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Kingsburg Serving the Crown Review

By , on September 21, 2010

Kingsburg Serving the Crown
  • Publisher: iNigma
  • Genre: Board
  • Released: 9 Sep, 2010
  • Size: 61.4 MB
  • Price: $4.99
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4 out of 5


  • Absorbing strategic gameplay.
  • Hot-seat gameplay for local multiplay.
  • Simple, clean interface design.


  • 'Tutorial' seems a bit haphazard; hard to learn.


Hopefully we'll see the inclusion of the expansion some time in the future, but Kingsburg Serving the Crown does a great job of adapting a fun board-game for those on the go.

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Kingsburg (yes that's Kingsburg, not Kinsburg like on the App Store) is a moderately popular board game that was released back in 2007 and after an interesting - and immensely game changing - expansion in 2009, it is interesting to see this dice-based strategic game finally available for iDevices thanks to iNigma.

Despite being dice-based, Kingsburg is a surprisingly complicated title to dive in to, so don't expect your first game to be anything but a complete wash for the sake of learning. Thankfully the game itself is incredibly engaging and players will compete against their opponents to gain the favor of their king to be elevated to his personal court of advisers. Each round represents one of the four seasons over five years and players will spend their dice rolls to purchase favors from members of the king's court to get a 'leg up' as it were. Each season has specific bonuses and challenges to overcome and players will need to eek out any advantage they can by building fortifications to defend against winter assaults or gaining more resources to ply the greedy court members.

There's not a lot to the game's visuals, though dice rolls are animated and the static artwork taken from the board game looks great. Pass-and-play multiplayer is available, though a local network or online play would also have been a great addition.

It's hard to escape the game's learning curve and new-comers could easily find themselves put-out by its intricacies, but Kingsburg is an amazing adaption of a solid board game and fans of board games should definitely snap this one up.


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