Wizard Hex Review
- Publisher: Trouble Brothers, LLC
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 30 Dec, 2010
- Size: 17.7 MB
- Price: $2.99
- Varied gameplay based on player positions.
- Clear, detailed visuals and effects.
- Each game is relatively short; no lengthy sessions required for multiple players.
- Instructions only cover basic gameplay; basic strategy and positional implications not covered.
- AI can swing from easy to impossible at the drop of a hat.
Wizard Hex brings yet another iOS based board game for gamers to share with their friends, just be careful who you play with as friendships could be strained thanks to the game's unique 'ally' system.
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One of the better advantages of touch-device gaming is the simplicity of setting up and playing board-games with friends, sans-dice/pieces and cards that only act as clutter. Wizard Hex by Trouble Brothers is a new board-game concept that uses some familiar concepts along with entirely unique ones to keep the gameplay fresh, whether you're playing against AI opponents or against your friends.
As the name implies, the game is played out on a hexagonal grid (which is itself set inside a hexagonal board) and players can take up any positions on the board in an attempt to end up with the most amount of spaces occupied by the end. However, the twist is that players can control the pieces of players adjacent to their starting position, making some match-ups extremely interesting as you either directly control another player's pieces or a shared position between two or more players. Two moves are available to players each turn (barring the first turn, allowing only one move), allowing you to place down a token in an empty space, stack up tokens on a spot to fortify a position or attacking opposing tokens to clear up the board.
Thanks to the 'ally' system, the game can become extremely challenging to master as it's often possible for your opponent to take advantage of your stronger position on the board, clearing out opponents pieces (and your own) in the process. Unfortunately the game doesn't do a terribly great job of introducing players to the game's important strategic points, though learning the basics even without a guide doesn't take too long.
With other 'classic' board-games making the transition to iOS devices, it's great to see something new taking the center stage and while the game is a blast to play on your own or with friends, it'd be even better to see the game taking things online. Wizard Hex only takes a bit of practice to ease in to, but once you've played a game or six with friends it will become a staple of anyone's party-game collection.
Description❖❖❖ WIZARD HEX: AN ELEMENTAL GAME OF STRATEGY ❖❖❖ Wizard Hex is an easy to learn but challenging to win traditional board game using a beautiful hexagonal board for 1-6 friends or computer helpers. You select one of six magical elements and together with your adjacent allies, you expand, stack and attack your way to victory.
"With other 'classic' board-games making the transition to iOS devices, it's great to see something new taking the center stage."
"Wizard Hex only takes a bit of practice to ease in to, but once you've played a game or six with friends it will become a staple of anyone's party-game collection."
— AppSpy.com (4/5 points)
"Wizard Hex is a brilliantly original board game … So far I’ve been rewarded handsomely for my purchase with games like Small World and Carcassonne filling my time. Now I can add Wizard Hex, a game playable on both my iPad and iPod Touch, to that list!"
— GameZebo.com (4/5 stars)
"Presentation-wise, Wizard Hex looks absolutely superb on whatever platform you choose to play it on. From my humble iPod Touch 2G to the office iPad, the game looks stunning and interaction with the pieces is smooth and sublime."
"I loaded up the game, started to play, and I am embarrassed to say how much time went by before I took a breath! … The endless strategy and game play abounds and literally no two games will ever be alike. You think you have mastered a strategy when suddenly it fails and you must think quickly and move forward in that game another way."
— NoDPad.com "Must Have"
➤ Online Multiplayer through Game Center (2 to 4 players)
➤ Voice Chat (optional) during live games!
➤ Online Leaderboards through Game Center.
➤ Around-the-table Local Play (1 to 6 players)
Imagine a dark tower — where the forces of the world are harnessed by those brave enough and smart enough to control them. A wizard’s power brings these elements together: the wicked wind, rolling water, contracting ice, tumbling earth, lapping fire and sudden lightning. They will compete to establish control for once and for all.
Wizard Hex — a seemingly simple game. Played on a elegantly designed hexagonal board, you choose your element and then challenge yourself against as many as five other players or as few as one smart computer to attempt to be the strongest and to take forever control.
You begin as an Apprentice, learn to be a Journeyman and eventually challenge yourself and others at the Wizard Level. You play not only your own element but the friendly elements found on either side. Together you struggle to Expand to new regions, Transmute from Bronze to Silver to indestructible Gold, and Attack when the opportunity arises. All the time defending and consolidating a winning position. A new strategy game of resource management and area control — Chess or Go for the modern age.
Wizard Hex is such a great strategy game that we are releasing it first as a traditional abstract piece moving game. Next in Wizard Hex's future our goal, when possible, is to populate the game with unique Spells that will allow for a more modern fantasy experience. The portal to this clever creation is just now opening … are you ready?
What's New in Version 1.3.4Thank you for such great support and nice words for Wizard Hex. We've heard from fans who have said things like:
Superb thinking man's game! — What a wonderful game this is. It's like a modern day Go or Chess, guaranteed to tease the brain cells and intrigue the strategists. It's also aesthetically pleasing to look at and with so many variations in gameplay depending on how you set it up, there's just so much to explore! It's a must buy.
...and from a fan in Italy:
F A N T A S T I C O !!
This version (1.3.4) is simply adding bug tracking so we will be able to learn more if any issues come up with updates now and in the future. Please keep in touch with us at http://www.troublebrothers.com/ and let us know what you think, or ask us questions about the game!
— Jeff McCord, Trouble Brothers, LLC