A Brief History of the World
By Codito Development Inc.
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Take a sweeping ride through the history of mankind in the famous board game from Ragnar Brothers!
"4/5: Conquering a country is really cathartic and very intuitive. The app works well and is clean and polished. Very fun… I definitely recommend you pick this one up!" - BoardGameGeek.com
"4/5: Fun … strategy game with bags of historical flavour. Works brilliantly when played asynchronously against other people." - Gamezebo
"... simple and straightforward, which makes it a decent alternative to more in-depth historical sims like Civilization Revolution.” - Slide to Play
Control the decisions of major leaders and conquer the world!
Lead your empire to victory in this turn-based strategy game!
Play as the character of Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, or Napoleon Bonaparte and command armies through 6 riveting epochs in history, with 42 major empires and 15 minor empires.
Choose from over 40 event cards to enhance replayability and alter the course of history.
All set to an epic soundtrack (or listen to tracks from your own music library) with beautiful graphics and original artwork from the Ragnar Brothers’ board game.
With no setup time required, no pieces to lose, and no arguments about the rules, the future of board games is here and A Brief History of the World gives you exactly what you want -- to play!
- Easy-to-learn and easy-to-play
- Comprehensive tutorial
- Play solo against varying levels of AI
- Enjoy a game with family and friends around the table or as “pass and play”
- Online multiplayer games available for up to 6 players
- Post your scores to Game Center and climb the leaderboards
This Universal app runs on all iOS devices.
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Ragnar Brothers have designed a range of popular board games and game rules over the last 20 years and this version of one of their top titles has been fully approved by and developed in cooperation with them.
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Please note: in order to properly support iOS 7, this app now requires iOS 4.3 or higher, as per Apple directives.
- issues with Empire feature use (including United States)
- bug with undoing after playing an event with no valid targets
- properly discard Leader and Weaponry after rolling triple or quadruple
- occasional crash when invading
- rare issue with placing monument due to event invasion
- rare bug tapping "Skip" near the end of playback
- improved iOS 7 support
- minor graphics tweaks
- improved handling of switch from airplane mode to online mode
Please rate the game (again) after updating to this version.
The wait is over
Bottom line up front: this is the REAL DEAL!
But first, some background. The Ragnar Brothers designed and released a boardgame called History of the World (HOTW) in 1991. A couple of years later it was picked up and published by Avalon Hill, and then republished by Hasbro when that company acquired Avalon Hill. When the Hasbro version went out of print, the rights to the game eventually returned to the Ragnar Brothers, who apparently did a complete redesign that did much to streamline game play while adding fresh elements of historical chrome. They released this version as a boardgame called A Brief History of the World (BHOTW) in 2009.
And now it's available for the iPad! For those who played the Avalon Hill HOTW boardgame as I did for years and years, and longed for it to come to iOS, rest assured, it's all here in BHOTW - epochs, lands, areas, empires, events, etc., plus many new and clever touches and an intelligent AI. I've already played dozens of games on the iPad, and it continues to impress. I look forward to trying the online play.
I noticed a couple of reviewers had trouble with the tutorial because it froze. The first time I tried the tutorial, it also locked up on me, but seemed to work fine the second time. Although a troublesome tutorial can be frustrating, the rules are clearly written. I recommend skimming them and then just dive right in and learn from how the AI plays.
I rarely review. I own this board game and played hundreds of times with friends. I also play lots of iOS games. This is, thankfully, in another league as far as quality and game play. Similar port quality as Ticket to Ride. They kept everything to a tee based on rules. A few changes that I disagree with. For example, picking epoch cards are blind picks and can be passed. This game just allows you to make an open pick of remaining cards with no pass. That's a big difference. A few other knit picks. Amazing job making feel as close to playing the board game. Highly recommend the game and don't listen to the 1 star reviews. My only question to developer is why not allow players to play defensive dice rolls? Hopefully developer offers other rule variants. Minor quips and possibly a good argument why not to. Congrats. I will spread word in my gaming circles.
30+ year boardgamer, heavy iOS user. Played only on iPad Air, with no problems (other than Game Center which seems to never report turns correctly, however is suspect that is Apple's issue).
Really enjoyed this one, fast, great async play, an interesting set of decisions each turn. Easily 25+ hours of play online for me, with no issues. A few of the special powers seemed strange, but after a while of play I figured out everything fine and grokked the interface.
Considering the return for the developer on a niche title like this, I'd say there is little to complain about if you have a hobby tabletop perspective and come at this looking for that kind of feel and experience. In fact this is as well done as Puerto Rico, La Havre, Tigris, Tikal, etc. Multiplayer even better than those, mostly because of the design of the board game itself however.
Non-hobby gamers might gripe about the interface here or there, but this is really a great boardgame, and I am grateful we even have these on iOS.
They will never make anyone a lot of money on iOS or in physical form (a best selling physical boardgame might sell 5,000 copies!), so considering they are mostly a labor of love, I'm very happy.
Serious designer/euro/German-style/hobby gamers will find this to be a strong offering.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 02, 2013
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 139 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Codito Development Inc.
- © 2013 Codito Development
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.