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By Slitherine

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


“My recommendation is that if you like Risk style boardgames you should by this now; heck, if you generally like boardgames or similar just buy it anyway – you won’t regret it.” (The Wargamer)

“I really like the game and this will be one that I keep on the iPad. It takes a very different approach, which is very refreshing.” (appreviewcentral)

“'s a better game than Risk” (Digitally Downloaded) => note that he’s more talking about the board games at this moment of his article

Magnifico (Previously Da Vinci's Art of War) is a popular region-based board game where the ultimate goal is to dominate 16th century Europe. Now you can play it on the iPad!

Players are faced with tough economic and military decisions as they earn Victory Points and attempt to outbid opponents at the auction and get their hands on Leonardo Da Vinci’s most powerful war machines. Every Victory Point has to be earned by careful placement of your troops, construction of fortifications, and invasion of bordering regions. Each new turn brings a chance to acquire Da Vinci’s precious projects and get the upper hand over your opponents.

Cannons, flying machines, bombards, tanks and many more inventions will be available as options at the auction table, but only with a perfect balance of risk and caution will players make the most of them.

Play hard or play clever, Europe’s dominance is just one Victory Point away.

Main Features:

•The only strategy game with Da Vinci’s inventions and works of art! Build Castles, Tanks, Aircraft and much more!
•Bid at the auction for Da Vinci’s inventions.
•Upgrade your infantry, tanks and aircraft with new technologies to increase reliability and combat power.
•Fight battles with wondrous technologies but be careful as tanks can explode!
•Many special weapons including the Great Cannon, Submarines, Armoured Ships, Paratroopers and more!
•Compete for control of 16th century Europe on a region based map.
•Earn Victory points for most castles, territories, technologies, being Magnifico and other special actions.
•Single player mode against up to 3 AI players, selected from 10 AI characters with their own play styles.
•In depth in-game tutorial and detailed manual.
•Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Chinese!
•Based on the popular board game “Da Vinci’s Art of War - Magnifico” created by Spartaco Albertarelli

What's New in Version 1.1

* New maps and technology cards are available in the in game store.
* Bug fixes and optimizations.

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Customer Reviews

Updete haz sevral mispelings

Update -> I previously rated this 5 stars and commented about how unique the game play is, how well it's designed, and how smooth it plays. It's simply a great game, fun to play, and the recent update adds new content.

However, two things:
- I don't think the Easy AI was "made easier" as promised.
- geez, I've only seen 2 of the new cards (Missile and Mobile Bridge) but on those two there are three spelling errors! If I recall: "destruot", imfantry, and something with two m's where there should only be one. Frankly, there's no excuse for this. Please review the new cards and correct the spelling! This is too nice a game to have such blemishes. Thanks

Da Vinci Is Da Bomb

I liked this game much more than I thought I would. I have played the board game and enjoyed it, so I figured why not try this digital version? I am glad I did!
It plays very well, it is stable, and easy to learn the rules. If you like light war games, this is for you.
The new maps and new cards (available as cheap in app purchases) are well worth the money, spelling errors and all.
One of the best turn based board games on the iPad - give it a try.
A lot of fun for a good price.


This is the best turn based strategy game on iOS.
Haven't played Slitherine's other Pike & Pitch but looking forward to spending $20 on that one once I get bored with this game, if ever. Nuanced strategy and great UI and audio. There are some spelling errors and it occasionally thinks I am Italian but that only adds to the atmosphere of invading Europe with DaVinci's war machine driving you.

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  • $3.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 425 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Magnifico - Card Pack$0.99
  2. Magnifico - USA Map$0.99
  3. Magnifico - Asian Map$0.99
  4. Magnifico - German Map$0.99