By Playdek, Inc.
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Playdek brings the venerable Sid Sackson classic to 3D!
Featuring a push-your-luck dice mechanic, this classic game pits up to 4 players in a race for the top!
Roll four dice to make pairs and start your climb to the top, but beware, the moment you fail to advance, you lose all progress! Next time, try to roll better! Rolling hot? You’ll earn Streaks!
How to play: Roll four dice and select from the pairs presented to place a “runner” on the numbered column. Subsequent rolls either add a new runner or advance a runner that’s already on the board. You only get three runners and when they are on the board, you must roll an advancing pair, fail to do so and you lose all your progress! When a player claims three columns, the game ends!
You Can Look Forward to Getting Hooked On:
•Beautiful 3d and animations
•Original Music and sound effects
•Up to 4 players: Single Player and Pass-and-Play Multiplayer
•Variable levels of AI
•Game Center Achievements
Praise for the classic board game:
•Spiel des Jahres: Game of the Year Nominee 1982
•Games Magazine: Best Family Game Nominee 2008
•Major FUN: Major FUN Award 2008
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad, iPad2 and iPad3.
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later.
Requires: Game Center account required for Achievements
Platform: iOS Universal App
Also by Playdek
Summoner Wars; Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer; Food Fight iOS; Nightfall; Fluxx; Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs Evil
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Improved AI decisions and speed. Brand new “How to Play” rule book. Bug fixes addressed, including: incorrect roll validations and 4th runner appearances.
Marred by excessive animation
This is the first time I've posted such a detailed review, but this app needs some help. The game itself is great; I really enjoy it. However, the art design is pretty bad. Looks like the designer used every type of animation s/he knows on one simple game board. Every screen in this app has excessive background animation. It hurts an otherwise fun, simple board game.
The game board screen: please get rid of the spinning background immediately - it's literally nauseating. Also, why the bubbles? The jumping and rotating runners can be toned down. Once a column has been claimed there's really no need for the cones to continue to jump and flip for the duration of the game; the lit up, pulsating column is a good enough indicator.
All other screens: all that background animation is just not necessary. Less is more.
The game is a lot of fun. If you can handle how "busy" this version is I would recommend it. If they fix the animation, and I really hope they do, it's a four-star game. If they also add online multiplayer it gets five stars. I'm looking forward to the next update...
The interface is overdone
As far as gameplay, this is fine. It doesn't do any variant rules. There are 2 levels of AI. I sometimes win and sometimes lose, so I guess the AI is not too good and not too bad. :-)
But the graphical presentation, IMO, is too much - this is not a game that needs the full 3-D sparkly bouncy visuals, and in fact on my iPod Touch (retina) I think they interfere with my enjoyment of the game and make it harder to read the board state - I suppose that might be less of a problem on iPad. The perspective 3D view of the board means that I have to look closely to see where the progress markers are on the far side, and having the little cones constantly bouncing up and down doesn't help. (Also, I can't help thinking that all that 3D action is burning my battery 3x as fast as a 2D interface, and makes the game take longer to load.)
Now, my expectations may have been set to some extent by having previously enjoyed a much more plain vanilla version on my (now long gone) Palm device. But I miss the very clear, easy to read visuals of that version.
Buy the board game
The game has been updated to address bugs, so I'm tentatively adding a star to my rating, but I'll have to evaluate the changes thoroughly before knowing for sure. If it just accurately captures the feel of the board game without brokennesses, it's at least a four star game.
Here's my initial review:
Bugs. Shocked that Playdek submitted this in this condition. It's a blast to play multiplayer if you all accept that bugs will mess you up, just treat them as random bad luck when they trash your turn. You won't have to deal with bugs if you have the physical game, but this is a lot cheaper and more portable.
Also, better not be prone to seizures or sickened by saccharine graphics.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Nov 01, 2012
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 24.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Playdek, Inc.
- © 2012 Playdek, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.