Esfera is a 3D strategy game inspired by chess. Two armies fight a battle on a spherical world made of a lattice of hexagonal and pentagonal cells.
It will push your strategic and tactical abilities to the limits. Fans of Chess, Go, Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) and Checkers love Esfera.
Checkmate your opponent by trapping the enemy king or marching your king around the world to claim the enemy king's home.
* Original and unique game concept inspired by Chess — only much more futuristic.
* Stunning translucent, 3D spherical surface.
* Full HD on iPad
* Tap pieces to see valid moves.
* Spin and twist the sphere by swiping with one or two fingers.
* Intelligent sphere and piece animations
* Two-player or player-vs-computer (AI)
* Automatic piece orientation provides optimal visibility
5-stars: "Scintillating idea. Streamlined controls and sublime visuals synthesise to create an almost perfect experience."
5-stars: "Almost THE BEST Brain-game I've seen - This game is fantastic on many levels."
5-stars: "Wonderful implementation - Wow- thankful. I love the way the bishops move in a teleport like fashion across the lines. (try the game to see what I mean). Truly great execution. If this is all original hats off and even if derivative the execution is top notch. I love how the game is not bloated either. It's under 1MB. Love it."
* Tap your opponent's pieces to see possible moves.
* Fixed crash on iOS7
* Full screen support on iPhone 5 and later
Ratings and Reviews
Scintillating idea. Streamlined controls and sublime visuals synthesise to create an almost perfect experience.
Still a few minor flaws that need to be ironed out - en passant currently fails to exist (even as an optional rule), the AI's response to a human move is easily missed if the board is inadvertently rotated, etc at the time (an option to highlight the computer's last move, as exists in DeepGreen for example, would be an largely invaluable addition). A stronger AI engine would also be an ideal improvement, the current version appears to be almost exclusively preoccupied with advancing its pawns in response to virtually any move - an intriguingly consternating strategy that, rather surprisingly, fails to actually be effective whatsoever. With these improvements this could easily be marketed as an extremely worthwhile paid app (which it would be, this being the point).
I haven't had a proper game of it yet but from messing around, the interface works really well and is easy to use, interesting game !
Great that it's now working on iOS7!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.