The Royal Game of Ur is a 5000-year old Mesopotamian strategy board game which is wonderfully easy to learn. Download free for iPad the high-quality reconstruction of a game board from 2600 B.C., found in the Royal Tombs of Ur (Mesopotamia). You can play in single- or local two-player mode on a single device, at the difficulty level of your choice from beginner to advanced. This is the first piece in the AGON – Ancient Games of Nations series, a collection of amazing traditional board games for iPad.
About the history of The Royal Game of Ur:
In the 1920s, British Museum’s archaeologist Sir Leonard Wooley (1880-1960) found two of these game boards in the city of Ur. There is evidence that The Royal Game of Ur was the most popular game of the era. It is a typical race game, the ancestor of the genre. The rules applied in this iPad reconstruction are based on a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd century.
The framework application that comes with AGON - Ancient Games Of Nations is a virtual box which has twelve compartments to accommodate further board games. These will be made available one by one by Private Moon Studios. All AGON board games purchased will automatically integrate in the collection. The series will include various game types from all over the world: ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Japan, Korea and many more.
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- Stunning artwork, stylish, steampunk user interface
- Authentic chill-out music
- Easy to learn, hard to master gameplay
- 9 different AI difficulty settings
- User friendly hint system and undo feature to help learn gameplay
- The complete rules & history of featured ancient board games
- Local multiplayer mode
The title AGON could be familiar from the critically acclaimed adventure game series about the travels of British Museum professor Samuel Hunt, which have earned a cult status among adventure gamers around the world. Although the Ancient Games Of Nations collection is not an adventure game, it can be deemed AGON’s spiritual successor in terms of quality.
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
The original game of Ur uses what are effectively four two sided dice which each have a chance of totaling 1 or 0 so the highest possible roll is only 4 not 5 as the game makes it and there is a chance to get no moves on a turn this changes game balance and makes it less historically accurate which really bums me out.
This game with a beautifully designed old time layout plays just as nicely as Ur but my only issue is that their is not much contrast between the dark pieces and the game board which at times can be tough to distinguish between the two. Great job though.
Beautifully realized interface, gorgeous to look at and easy to play. Works great.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.