Abalone® is an adaptation of the famous multi-million selling board game!
User reviews: Mixed (26 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 25 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 16
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 4
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 16
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥ling control and visual issues, is a top notch digital version of a very interesting board game.
Posted: August 18
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Abalone is a strategy game with very simple rules (the tutorial will take about a minute of your time), but is pretty tricky to play. I've never played the physical boardgame before, but this digital version seems solid enough, and in addition to the requisite multiplayer options, has many single-player scenarios to teach you the basics and progressively tougher strategies (I've only played SP so far).

See those screenshots on the store page? That's exactly what the game looks like--no bells and whistles here. I've encountered only one music track so far, and it loops pretty fast, but I just turn it off and play my own music... or have silence if I need to concentrate, which is most of the time ;) The controls are very simple, and there are easy ways to backtrack if you accidentally click on the wrong piece. However, you can really tell this is a port of a game that had touch controls; small things like having to move your cursor all the way to the bottom right corner to finish your turn could have been a bit more streamlined for the PC version.

The big question for single players is: is the AI good? As of now, I'm working through the scenarios to learn the game and the AI is still at the Easy level, but as a complete newbie I find there's still a fair amount of challenge to be had and I'm improving and making steady progress. Would a veteran Abalone player be challenged at more difficult levels? I'm not good enough to judge properly! But for a beginner, the difficulty seems accurate so far.

Just a note for achievement hunters that this game does have achievements, but they appear to be broken.

Abalone is straightforward strategy game that wears its boardgame origins on its sleeve, and has a good amount of content for the Single Player. It may not have any flash, but it's solid.
Posted: July 7
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