The official digital version of TOP 100 board game of all time – Istanbul!
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Release Date:
Oct 18, 2018

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November 21

Black Friday comes, up to 50% off on our digital board games!

We are happy to announce that our digital adaptations of some of the best board games to have ever hit the tabletop are going on a week long sale! Between 21st and 28th of November our products will be up to 50% off on Steam.

Istanbul: Digital edition - 20% off
Eight-Minute Empire Emperor’s Edition - 50% off
Steam: Rails to Riches Golden Train Edition - 50% off

And if you’re already a proud owner of any (or all of those) on your computer the promotions go even further on mobile devices! So if you want to try any of our digital board games on your Android or Apple device, now is the time to get them!
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October 18

Istanbul: Digital Edition is officially out! And 10% off for the first week!

You heard it first, folks, as of right now Istanbul: Digital Edition is available here on Steam and for the first week, so 18th - 25th October, it’s at a 10% discount. Is this not great?

To celebrate the release and to make it easier for anyone to find new opponents, we have launched a dedicated Discord channel for Istanbul: Digital Edition. You can join here:

Istanbul, for those who don’t know, is a game where you become a merchant in a bustling city. Your goal - acquire a set amount of Rubies in order to win the game. In order to do that, you need to manage yourself - a merchant, and your assistants, who are crucial for the player to take any actions. Merchants are the brains behind the entire operation, but you also need grunts to do deal with the details after all. The players will acquire goods that they can trade for rubies, use as bribes or sell for coin. They can upgrade their cart to carry more goods at a time or even free their mischievous relative from jail, to then use them as a free agent. Finally a player can decide they feel lucky and try their hand at gambling for goods.

This is a fantastic game for all of you board game fans who wish to play easily on your PC, Mac or Linux. And if you like it, it’s also available on iOS and Android mobile devices. With a full cross platform support it doesn’t matter what system or device you and your friends are using, you will still be able to play a game together no matter what!

We here at Mobo Studio sincerely hope you will enjoy Istanbul: Digital Edition as much as we do. It is a product of passion after all, and we sincerely believe it shows.

For more news, different products or just to chat, visit Istanbul: Digital Edition official FB page:
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About This Game

The official digital adaptation of one of the best board games in history – Istanbul.

Istanbul is, without a doubt, one of the best board games to have ever been published. The long list of awards and honors speaks for itself:

2015 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Expert Game Nominee
2014 Swiss Gamers Award Winner
2014 Meeples' Choice Nominee
2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres Winner
2014 International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2014 Hra roku Nominee
2014 Gouden Ludo Winner
2014 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2014 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2014 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee

In our 2018 digital version we have maintained all of the features that made Istanbul the fan favorite that it is, but also expanded upon it with a number of tools and features only available on the digital platform. We maintained the authentic board game feeling with the convenience you can expect from an electronic device.

So what is the game about?

Can you be the first merchant to collect a certain number of rubies?
• Run, collect and trade goods across the bazaar
• Take control over your assistants
• Increase your wheelbarrow capacity
• Acquire special abilities to increase the advantage over your competitors
• Buy rubies or trade goods for them

In Istanbul, you lead a group of one merchant and his four assistants through 16 locations in the bazaar. In each such a location, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge, however, is that to take an action, you must move your merchant and an assistant there, then leave the assistant behind to handle all the details while you focus on larger matters. If you want to use that assistant again later, your merchant must return to that location to pick him up. Thus, you must plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything…

What can you expect?

• Official Istanbul game - 100% original rules
• Adaptation of TOP 100 board game of all time by BGG ranking
• Play with AI, with friends or both
• Great artwork by Andreas Resch
• Languages: English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Spanish
• Pass and play mode
• Cross platform online multiplayer with synchronous and asynchronous modes
• Opponents' last moves replay
• 3 levels of difficulty AIs with individual strategies
• Preset or random generated game boards
• Atmospheric music and sounds
• Unique, original board game experience
• Intuitive gameplay
• Colorblind mode
• Over 70 achievements

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2
    • Storage: 650 MB available space

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