Board Game Review: Carcassonne for iOS

Game Stats:

Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede

Publisher: Hans im Glück

Players: 2 -5 Best: 3

Age: 8+

Time: 30-45 Min

Awards:
2012 Ludo Award Best Board Game Editor’s Choice Winner

2004 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner

2002 Årets Spel Best Family Game Winner

2001 Spiel des Jahres Winner

2001 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner

Gameplay:

Carcassonne is a tile placing game in which players take turns creating a southern France landscape. The tile might feature cities, roads, cloisters, grassland or a combination. Then players decide to place one of their meeples on an area of the board: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When an area is finished, the player in possession of that area gains points.

Complexity:

Carcassonne takes a fair amount of strategy as players are faced with many different decisions, the choice to expand a city, or to or to cut off an opponent’s project. The game is simple enough to understand while the objective remains complex and challenging.

Recommendation:

This is a phenomenal game to play for a board game night, and the game is quick enough to get in a couple of rounds. The iOS release has allowed the adaptation of solitaire mode and quick online play. The iOS release also added most of the expansions into the app. This game is fun, challenging and can be played in short or for a full evening.

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