Kingsburg Serving the Crown
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Kingsburg Serving the Crown is the iPhone and iPod Touch port of the award-winning board game Kingsburg, in which you will be asked to oversee a province, at the very edge of King Tritus’ realm. With the help of the King’s trusted advisors, you will obtain the resources to construct buildings, strengthen your defences and train your army. Challenge the artificial intelligence or compete with your friends to prove yourself the most skilled governor!
- Solo mode: play against your iPhone
- Pass and Play mode: compete with your friends in challenges for up to 5 players!
- Achievements system
- Available languages: English, Italian
- Official port of the board game Kingsburg, featuring the original artwork
- Complete game rulebook and in-game hints
- Chance to unlock new game modes.
- New languages support.
- New virtual opponents with different game features.
- Official board game expansions port.
- New unpublished expansions and game variants.
- iPad version.
What's New in Version 1.2.0
Retina display support
Fixed minor issues
This is the rare game that's both easier and faster to play in real life. The game itself is great fun, but the user interface hampers at every turn. You must choose a starting resource before reviewing the available buildings. The function of the buildings is hidden in a not-skippable pop-up (I realize it's difficult to be both hidden and unavoidable, but they found a way), requiring far too much clicking to get simple information. There is no board overview whatsoever, making choosing an advisor a tedious guess-and-check game -- and, perhaps worse, eliminating any strategy for dealing with other players. Do I make a move to block my opponent from getting that critical wood this turn? Who knows? Unless I've memorized all 18 spaces of the board, I don't know what he might possibly have access to! Many reviews have criticized the multiplayer solitaire aspect of the game. It doesn't have that characteristic in real life, but they've created that feeling by removing your ability to have meaningful and informed interaction. One star reviews are for apps that don't work. This works, but I can't recommend any part of it. Kingsburg the game has been long since made, tested, and refined. All the app needed to do was add a digital UI; that's been done so poorly it makes the game itself less enjoyable.
The AI is also pretty middling, for what that's worth.
Not worth $5
The game simply doesn't have enough strategy. It is basically a solitaire game. You try to get the most points (banners), and nothing you do impacts your opponents (or vice versa). You all have the same buildings to choose from and what they build has no impact on you. You do compete for the same resources, but that isn't even that strategic (you just take whatever is available). When you have to protect against invading armies, it is the same army attacking each of you equally and your performance has no impact on others. My second issue is that the AI players are way too easy. I lost the first game (there is no tutorial, just an old-fashioned instruction booklet), but I have won every game since (half of them by double the next highest score). I am playing against 3, 4 and 5 players, trying different colors and using different building strategies, but I keep winning. I'm not that good, but I don't really pay attention to what they are doing different (again, because it doesn't impact me). Beautifully drawn game, but not worth $5.
Good implementation, but expansions wanted
This is a good implementation of Kingsburg, and I have yet to encounter any of the complaints mentioned in earlier reviews.
The game is in need of one or more expansions from the "To Forge A Realm" expansion set, however. First and foremost, the soldier tokens make the game much more predictable for those who prefer to rely less on the outcome of the white die in winter. The governor cards would be a close second, as they add an element of personalization to the different players.
The expanded track rows and alternate tracks would be welcome additions, and I can take or leave the yearly events, some of which are too cruel.
I would also like to see an iPad implementation for the game, and for the end of year soldier review right before monsters arrive to adjust for the farms, and if you've peeked at the monsters, to calculate any specific bonuses against them.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jan 03, 2012
- Version: 1.2.0
- Size: 64.4 MB
- Languages: English, German, Italian
- Seller: Tiopi S.R.L.
- © 2010-2012 Tiopi S.r.l.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.