Mr Ludo Review

Mr Ludo Review

Oct 28, 2013

Mr Ludo, a new board game sim from YoAmbulante, attempts to condense years of corporate drudgery into a fun game of Ludo. But does this odd mix succeed?

Screenshot_2013-10-26-22-33-52Mr Ludo mixes a bit of a story with the classic boardgame. Players compete to see who can sneak out of the office early without being caught by their fellow employees. The first player to get all 4 of their corporate drones out of the door and to the beach first wins!

A few deviations from the ancient game of Ludo give this revival its own personality. Besides the office worker angle, in game currency (called beans…geddit?) is also up for grabs on certain squares. In game currency allows the player to put pieces on the board without throwing a six and is also needed to join online games.

Screenshot_2013-10-26-21-50-49As players move around the board, landing on opponents sends them back to the doldrums of their cubical, where they will stay until they throw a six, a huge setback. Each turn allows the choice of which piece will move next, so with several pieces in play players can either choose to strategically move pieces behind the opponent’s pieces, so they land on them and send them back to the start, or move around the board with one piece as quickly as possible to keep it safe. This gives the game of Ludo a good shake up and really spices up the game.

Both single player and online multiplayer are available for play. Online multiplayer can match up games with random players, or use your Facebook profile to play with your friends. The online MP works quite well and everything works as it should.

The game also features local multiplayer, but rather strangely the game’s single player mode must be finished completely in order to unlock it. This is an odd decision to say the least and could be annoying as it’s not possible to play a quick game with people who don’t have a device of their own without spending an hour or two finishing the single player game.

Graphically, Mr Ludo is simple and inviting. The board looks good and actually changes depending on what level you’re playing. The game is very colorful and will likely appeal to just about anyone.

Soundwise the game is limited to beep and clicks with some catchy background music as well. The sound is really all it needs to be for a game like Mr Ludo.

Mr Ludo is an enjoyable game of Ludo in a very friendly form. It’s as fun as ludo has always been and adds just enough of its own twists to give the game a new feel without ruining the greatness of the original. Play it today!

Drisk Review

Drisk Review

Aug 2, 2013

Remember playing the board game Risk back in the day? If so, I bet one of those memories is how long it took to play the game. In fact, it took almost as long if not longer as a good game of Monopoly. Well, the makers of Drisk came up with a game really similar to Risk but won’t take 6 months to play a full game.

Starting out with Drisk, there will be the choice to play a local game or an online game. When playing a local game, the number pf players can be selected as well as if they are actual people or computer players. When playing online, the sign in is done through a Scoreloop account. This is mandatory to play online.

To get the hang of the game, it’s a good idea to watch the tutorial. It goes pretty quick but it gives you a basic idea of how the controls work. If any questions arise, take a look at the help button on the main menu screen to hopefully answer them.

drisk-6Drisk has about 30 maps to choose from some are more broad than others. A fun one is playing just the USA. The overall idea is to conquer all of the states. Some of the other maps are the entire world. The idea is the same through every map and regardless of the number of players… conquer the entire map.

Initially the plan is to reinforce the areas currently held, be it a state or country. The number of areas currently held will determine how many reinforcement troops are available. Once the reinforcements are settled, it’s time to attack the surrounding territories. There needs to be at least one more troop in a territory held than the one about to be attacked.

Once the attacks complete, there’s the chance to move around troops to fortify other areas that might be weaker and possibly be conquered on a player’s next turn. Once the areas are fortified, it’s time to end the turn by swiping over to done.

The controls are tapping and dragging. There really isn’t that much to them. One thing that’s easy to forget is the cards available.

Playing a game with three computer players and myself took about 20 minutes.

Ticket to Ride Makes a Stop on Android

Ticket to Ride Makes a Stop on Android

Jun 5, 2013

Ticket to Ride‘s next stop? Android! All aboard!

Yes, I went with a train pun. Deal with it.

But seriously, as of today, the popular Ticket to Ride board game from Days of Wonder is now available on Google Play for Android tablets for $6.99. A minimum resolution of 1024×600 is necessary, though 1280×800 resolution is recommended. The Nexus 7 and 10 come particularly recommended to play the game.

Online play is available, and it supports cross-platform play with the PC/Mac, iPad, and online versions of the game. Those preferring a more solitary experience can take on one of four AI personalities with their own play styles to go up against.

The Android version won’t come lacking for content: all the digital maps and variants, including Asia, Europe, Switzerland, and USA 1910, are available as in-app purchases as well. New to the game? Conductor’s Notes in-game can provide helpful rules references and tips to make sense of the game. [Ticket to Ride is available now[(

Neuroshima Hex Review

Neuroshima Hex Review

Feb 19, 2013

Board game ports usually fit firmly into two categories: hit or miss. It can be a tough proposition; does the developer make it more mobile friendly by making some, uh, adjustments… or is staying 100% faithful to the original the script for success?

Let’s see…

Neuroshima Hex is a board game port that has a lot to live up to. It comes from the unique game of post-apocalyptic war strategy that bears the same name (itself inspired by table-top RPG Neuroshima). Like most quality board games, it has a large and intense following, which isn’t a surprise, as it combines a bunch of elements: chess-like strategy, Terminator-type armageddon (and ITS after effects) all strapped into an inventive storyline.

The Android port came out to be pretty faithful to the board game, giving me the option to lead one of four disparate factions in war against one or all of the others. There were the invading machines, the mutants, madmen and the stapled last bastion of humanity. Set on a hexagonal board and using hexagonal game pieces (tiles), my job was to inflict the most damage on my opponent’s most special piece (the HQ tile) while protecting my own.

To accomplish this, I had to strategize with my pieces and react to the moves of my opponent within the confines of the game rules. Outside the HQ cards, I had other “units” of varying abilities (like the ability to inflict or withstand attack). These units also had measures like distance of attack and direction. Additionally, I could use Module tiles to increase abilities and adjust characteristics and such.

Kudos for the tutorials and the ability to play folks in person or the game AI. I would have loved to see online multi-player — this game practically screams for this to be implemented — but the multiple levels of gameplay and ability to expand play (albeit for a price) should make it okay for some gamers.

The developer was able to create a valid port that simplified the board game without dumbing it down. The artwork was a dead ringer for the original, which was a phenomenal touch; overall, the coloration was fantastic.

This game was a familiar treat dressed up in modern clothes.

Drisk Review

Drisk Review

May 16, 2011

Risk has always been one of my favorite board games, but I can never find anyone who wants to play it with me. I can’t necessarily blame my friends for not wanting to get wrapped up in a game of Risk; after all, you need a large table to set the game up on, and a lot of time to play the game from start to finish. Drisk brings Risk to the Android platform in a surprisingly effective way. You don’t need a table and a large game board to enjoy Risk alone or with friends anymore, but do the flaws outweigh the great gameplay elements?

Drisk is a very direct port of Risk with some unique additional features. You can choose to play on a wide variety of maps, including the entire Earth, America, Europe, Asia, and even Middle Earth. You can choose to play with other people by passing your Android device around the room, or go solo against the built in AI. The AI is surprisingly challenging, and if you like, you can set it to Skynet mode, in which all AI players will be more inclined to attack human players – not a good idea if you’re playing alone against a lot of AI opponents.

If you’ve played Risk, you know the rules; deploy troops, attack other territories, redeploy your troops to reinforce your territories, end your turn, and hope your opponents don’t ruin all your hard work. You receive rewards in the form of additional troops for knocking other players out of the game, and for achieving various goals in game, though Drisk never does a good job of letting you know which tasks merit reward and which don’t. In other words, if you’re not already familiar with the rules of the various versions of Risk, you may not have a clear idea of what’s going on in Drisk. That doesn’t necessarily keep the game from being fun, it just means that there’s a somewhat steep learning curve for users unfamiliar with the original board game, and the alternate versions that have come out over the years.

Drisk allows you to customize the rules to your liking, and it offers a lot of great gameplay options to keep you coming back for more…if you don’t get frustrated by the controls first. The maps are all fairly large, and without a zoom function, tapping the right territory can be an exercise in frustration for all but the most patient of players. This might not be the case if you’re playing it on a tablet, but on a cell phone, you’re almost certain to have some problems witht he controls.

Despite the control issues, Drisk offers up a great Android adaptation of the classic board game Risk. If you love Risk, you’re going to want to grab Drisk. Despite its flaws, it’s a great game that will keep you coming back for more.