Abalone® is an adaptation of the famous multi-million selling board game!
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Mixed (64 reviews) - 50% of the 64 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 23, 2014

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Feature List

- 60 challenges for players of every level
- Free game mode with over 30 official variations available
- Online Multiplayer against several player with an international ladder
- Local multiplayer games
- Level editor - create your own challenges

About This Game

Abalone® is an adaptation of the famous multi-million selling board game!

Discover - or re-discover - all the fun of Abalone on PC. Play the classic game or try out the different competition boards.

The rules could not be simpler - moving your marbles in lines, push your opponent's marbles off the edge of the board. The first player to push six marbles off the board is the winner.

Reached the end of the official Abalone game mode? Get to grips with the many challenges lined up by the game's creators. Have you got what it takes to succeed?

Play a local and online multiplayer game and challenge your friends - may the best player win!

Devise the most elaborate strategies and let battle begin! Ready to accept the challenge?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Petium III 1gh or equivalent
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 mo DirectX 9.0C compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Petium IV 2ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 Mo DirectX 9.0C compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 MB available space
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Mixed (64 reviews)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Abalone is a board game app done by a company called Bulky pix which doesn't seem to exist anymore as I could find no web page and the developers never respond to any customer’s complaints about Steam achievements not working. The game is really awful. It has a terrible tutorial which tries to teach you how to play the game while quoting some random quotes from Sun Tzu as if it's some sort of profound sensei.

4-5 million people have played the game Abalone throughout their lifetime and for those people this version is hardly to be considered fun as it has no proper match making ability. Hence a novice will probably be pitted up against a world champion in no time. The ai in the single player is perfect and never makes a mistake. Some people have made a statement that violent video games make people violent. I don't believe that. I personally believe that BADLY MADE/UNFAIR GAMES make people violent and there are a few of those that I have banned myself from playing. This is soon to be one of them. The game is so unfair that I often start shouting 'FRUIT' at the top of my lungs and yodelling threats that I’m about to get a sledgehammer so I can turn their marbles to gelatine.

The board game has often been criticised that it’s possible to make a game go on forever by simply taking a defensive position and maintaining that. This version prevents that from happening as you’re often dictated that you need to win the game in so many moves etc.

Because of non-working Steam achievements, deaf eared developers, bad match making and completely unfair ai, this game gets a solid thumbs down as I often found myself losing more than my marbles every time I played it...

Below is an example of me playing one of the advanced levels called ‘war stage 3’, originally I was going to give someone 5 steam games for simply showing me the solution to it, but somehow I magically found a bug and was able to win by setting out only one of my opponents marbles though in reality I was supposed to set out two. After that I begin to look at ‘War stage 4’ and after getting frustrated with it after a couple of seconds I now hold out the 5 Steam game reward to the person who can show me the solution to this puzzle. It should be enough of a sample for you to work out if this is the game for you. Thanks for reading…

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56 of 72 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Achievements are broken. If you're into that sort of thing, don't buy this game. Developers have claimed to be 'working on it' since May, with no updates and no replies.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Achievements won't work, portuguese language is listed as supported but doesn't work either. There are also some black screen problems for higher resolutions on fullscreen, but it works for me in windowed mode.
This is an otherwise very pretty adaptation of a very nice board game, however it's plagued with problems and the support is totally uninterested and unresponsive, so it doesn't look like they're going to be fixed any time soon. I don't recommend it (I might change my mind if those problems are fixed, though), only get it if it's VERY cheap and also if you don't care for achievements.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
I've always loved this board game! It's sort of an abstract sumo wrestler strategy thing where you're trying to lure opponents to the edge and use their momentum against them. The weight of the pieces as they clack along the track and against each other was just perfect.

This adaptation does a great job of capturing the physical feeling and the controls are just right. It's also nice that you can try out moves and undo them without the opponent seeing, rather than having to imagine the outcome and poker-face.

Matchmaking finds me an opponent within about 30 seconds and seems to do some amount of matching based on skill. Since lag and language isn't an issue it can easily pull from the worldwide pool. There's no chat features... I wish there was at least a selection of emoticons so I could congratulate good plays. After each match you can watch the full replay at fast speed. In about 10 games I've never seen anyone rage quit when I'm clearly at an advantage.

I haven't tried the single player vs AI or non-traditional layouts. But it has a nice interactive tutorial and several simple practice levels of increasing difficulty to teach the game.

My only complaints are the missing chat feature, a way to see the total online pool of players searching, and the stupid chime sound when you knock out a piece. Otherwise I'm really happy with this version.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Monochrome Chinese Checkers that aren't Chinese. Must play!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
82.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Abstract board games are amongst the oldest entertainments devised by humanity. And despite the dominance of ancient classics like Chess and Go, abstracts are still being designed and produced in the modern age. Like most abstracts, it’s pretty simple. The game is played with marbles on a hexagonal board. You can push a group of one to three marbles as one move, so long as they all move in the same direction. If you can line up more marbles along an axis than your opponent, then you can push them backwards. The aim is to push your opponents’ marbles right off the board.A slow paced game that at first is reminiscent of Chinese checkers, but is actually quite different. Whether playing the puzzle mode against the computer or a game against a friend, board game and puzzle fans will find value in this title.While the gameplay is extremely engaging however, the camera controls and presentation are a little on the average side. The textures have a soft blur focused look to them and the background music isn't that memorable. Also, there is no move function when zoomed in and the game is forcing you to zoom back out instead.In general, fans of the game, or those that love competitive board games like Chess, should be very entertained by this game. It has the right balance of depth and complexity, and barring a few niggling control and visual issues, is a top notch digital version of a very interesting board game.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
A faithful transposition of the eponym board game. Interface and mouse commands are comfortable. Game itself is good, no complaint about it.

However, steam achievements don't work at all.
Players opened a relative topic on dedicated steam board long time ago.
And 4 months ago have sent a (polite) mail to Bulkypix editor.
Time has passed, still no patch or answer from devs.
It seems they published the game and left it out.

Here a negative review among other to call their attention on this bug.
Or at least, to inform about it as players knowingly buy or don't buy.

(And sorry for bad english.)
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Achievements are broken and developer does not care. Tried to contact on facebook, given a copy and paste answer, just don't bother
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
The game runs all right after tweaking (black screen if run full screen for me). Whatever you do, do NOT hit 'esc': there's no dialog box, so the game closes to desktop no matter what you're doing. Local multiplayer crashes about half the time, and online multiplayer sits waiting to connect...then exits to desktop.

It...looks nice? There's a positive. The rules are consistent, and the AI doesn't seem to cheat. The control sceme is fiddly with my mouse, even turned way down. Don't know about anyone else.

Acheivements aren't a priority for me, but it'd be nice if they *worked*. As anyone can see from the forums and other reviews, the developer just doesn't care. If you plan to buy the game, only get it super cheap (say, 50 cents or less) and and don't expect achievements.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
It could be a fun puzzle game if Steam Achievement is working. It seems that dev will never work to fix it.
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CSLNG | Bgazilgorda
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 3
Interesting game. old but gold
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2.0 hrs
Posted: February 8
Great computer implementation of a board game.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: January 20
I bought this so I could play online, but after quite a few matches I'm not even sure anymore whether I'm playing real human beings or some AI made to pretend there are actual people playing this half-hearted abomination of a port.

There really is no way to tell, because the game offers no chat functionality or any way to make contact at all. In addition to that nicknames seem to be masked or something - every search for player's profiles I made on Steam turned out empty. Why?
Well, if there are people playing, matchmaking almost always gives you ridiculously weak opponents: they walk into the most obvious traps and let their forces be split incredibly easy. Out of my 50 games I had like 2-3 really good ones.

Besides that the game has a lot more issues:
- some people seem to be unable to start the game at all
- Devs don't care / forum's dead
- Connectivity
- Ugly unintuitive menus

Don't get me wrong though - Abalone in itself is a great tactical game with a certain geometrical beauty to it. Try it if you dare!
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4.8 hrs
Posted: December 11, 2015
Bad game.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 14, 2015
Achievements broken since release.
Developer doesn't care, no intention to fix and just ignores forum posts
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69.0 hrs
Posted: September 19, 2015
Didn't expect to find this on steam, always wanted to play abalone again.

The achievements in game are broken though.
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GO Green
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 21, 2015
just one word CRAP
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0.5 hrs
Posted: July 22, 2015
People can't unlock any achievements. That's serious, means you dev guys made this just in the "helter skelter" state and show no respect to players.

Please show us your attitude of solving the problem, or I won't change my review here.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: July 12, 2015
Bot is way too good and rules are way too bad, play the new game "offboard" or just craft the badge for backgrounds.
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