Type of Game:
Virtual Board Game
PC version through Steam
Settlers of Catan, Risk, and to a lesser degree Monopoly
An exact replica of the board game version, which means that the players get the same engrossing and competitive game they would play on a board
A wonderful multiplayer game (when it works – see below) that balances different strategy mechanics
Race and special power cards can really change the way that each gaming session is played and will also change the player’s choices
It is really nice not having to pull out all the physical pieces of the game to play a quick round with a friend
Being able to play against other players on different platforms ( iPad, Android, & Kindle Fire) is a definite plus
“Turn-by-turn” is a neat feature that lets players play their turns without having all players present. You can exit the game and continue at a later time once your opponent has finished their turn
Steam has a notification pop up when it’s the player’s turn
The online multiplayer is bugged and glitchy, which leads to dropped games and nonstarters
Seeing as most players will be picking up this game to play with friends, it seems as if it could have done with some more quality assurance testing in the online multiplayer department
The overall user interface is clunky and not very intuitive
Trying to get a game going has far too many steps and the lengthy registration requirements seem unnecessary
Sound design is awful and really could have helped with the immersion should some decent music and sound effects been utilized
Can you play it while the children are awake?:
Absolutely. Had a good time playing locally with my seven year old.
Did I make time to complete it?:
I played and finished five multiplayer games. I would have played a lot more, had the online multiplayer not had so many issues.
Recommended Purchase Price:
The gameplay is a blast just like the board game, but the online problems really hinder the overall experience. I applaud Days of Wonder for implementing the oft-requested feature for video game versions of board games (so many come out with just local play), but just wish they’d spent more time fixing the infrastructure before releasing the game.
67% of current retail value of $14.99
Upplagd: 10 Februari 2014