- Very simple mechanics leading to quite complex gameplay possibilities.
- Teaches concepts slowly through the discovery levels.
- A feature to move around the board when zoomed in would be nice.
- Presentation is quite average.
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.
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We've spoken about the renaissance of board games on the iOS before, but one great thing about it aside from fans of these games having digital and portable copies of their favorite titles, is for gamers to experience games in this category that they have never come across. This is the case with us here at AppSpy and Abalone. On the surface it looks like a version of Chinese Checkers but once the rules of the game are explained you'll find one of those games that is simple to learn, but contains rich complexity.
The goal of the game is to push your opponent's marbles off the board. This is done in straight line form, but to move marbles, your line has to be greater than theirs (for example if you have a line of three marbles in a row, you can push your opponent’s line of two). On each turn you can either make a move of a single marble in one of six directions, or you can move an entire line in one direction if that is possible. Perhaps you start to see how the this turn based game can become a parrying duel of offense and defense as both players wait for their opponent to make one mistake while they plan assaults from multiple fronts; especially with all the starting position variations available.
And while you can play friends with a wide array of variations, the main portion of the game is a challenge mode where you're given a board setup, and a number of enemy marbles to remove from play.
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 (at least on the 3GS), and the background music isn't that memorable. Also, there is no move function when zoomed in, so you can't use your finger to look around the board, the game forcing you to zoom back out instead.
For fans of the game, or those that love competitive board games like Chess, Abalone should keep you very entertained. 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.
DescriptionDiscover our new version with brand new graphics inspired by the latest edition of the famous strategy game. Abalone has been one of the best games around for nearly 30 years, known for its hexagonal board and black and white marbles. The goal of this abstract board game is simple: push your opponent’s marbles off the board! But beware, it’s not easy to master, so keep your wits about you and rise to the challenge!
HAVE A PLAN OF ATTACK...
Create a plan of attack to push your opponent’s marbles off the board. On every turn, you can move one space in any direction with 1, 2, or 3 lined-up marbles. When you’re in a Sumito position (that is, when your marbles both outnumber and are in contact with your opponent’s) you can push their marbles out! For example, you need three black marbles to push one or two white marbles. There’s no use in rushing; it’s better to take your time and think of every possibility since one hasty move can put you in a bad position and let victory slip through your fingers.
...AND HAVE A STRONG DEFENSE.
If you want to win, the key is not to attack, but rather to take specific positions with certain combinations of moves. Just like in chess and checkers, you can try to create traps by sacrificing marbles or strategic positions to block your opponent. The most dangerous contact points are at the edges of the board, where a bad move means losing a marble or the whole game! Sometimes, it’s better to be patient if you want to win!
DON’T CONFUSE FORESIGHT AND HASTE
The keys to victory are looking ahead and analyzing your opponent’s play. Although the game is easy to learn, it requires strategy and thought. To hone your strategic thinking, the game offers several modes that let you review your games play by play. For example, Challenge Mode helps you become a true Abalone master, one move at a time. The challenges get harder as you advance. For example, at first you must push out a single marble only to win a challenge, then two, and the master will get progressively tougher.
PLAY ALONE OR WITH FRIENDS
Play alone against the computer with Challenge Mode and Free Play Mode, or play against your friends. With Pass & Play Mode, you can duel on the same device! Tired of playing your friends? Log in to your Asmodee.net account to face players from all around the world and make your way to the top through the new ranking!
- 3 levels of difficulty against the AI (Easy, Medium, Hard)
- A solo campaign with unique challenges
- A game mode that lets you create your own game, your own rules, and place the first marbles
- Pass & Play Mode
- Online Mode
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