By Smart Games
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One of the fastest ways to get stronger at the strategy game "go" is to practice solving life and death problems. A game often depends on the life or death of a group of stones, so knowing the difference is vitally important.
Igowin Life includes over 2000 go problems, graded by difficulty. Problems are shown with random orientation and color to increase the variety to over 32,000 positions. The app tracks your progress and gives you problems that you will enjoy solving that are appropriate for your skill level, whether you just learned the rules or you are a Dan level player.
The iPhone plays against you as you solve each problem, and will challenge you with various moves.
Each go problem is an interesting puzzle which will help you on your road to mastery of this ancient game.
Frustrating and tedious
This app has a usability problem which is so severe that it becomes a waste of time. Its correct answers are long sequences, sometimes over 8 moves, where you need to play ladders out or capture obviously dead stones. Any error demotes you severely. Think you solved it and click 'Next Problem'? Sorry, lose 3 levels: the correct answer was to actually capture the stones in atari that you just killed. Misclick on the next problem? 2 wrong in a row, demotion at double speed. Then, when you finally do get one wrong for real, it doesn't even tell you the answer!
It's like the authors don't want you to learn anything. Instead they challenge you by making it hard to progress with the game levels. That won't help your Go game.
In the end you will spend all your time with this app solving problems that are too easy for you and fighting the interface, instead of actually practicing Go.
Needs problem upload
If this app would just let you upload your own problem collections, it would be killer (preferably in the same format used by GoGrinder or similar).
The magnifying glass can appear in awkward positions making stone placement difficult.
After playing for a while, the stone placement is REALLY BAD. Getting the stone to land in the right spot is more challenging than the problems. This causes you to get easier and easier problems just because of misclicks due to the poor UI
good, but needs more instruction
I am enjoying this app so far. I think the concept it genius. But the execution is a bit lacking. Many of the exercises have no explanation, they end abrubtly, or both; they assume I know why I placed a stone, when it was really just instinct. This makes it difficult to understand or visualize the /whole/ solution; often, I wish I could play out the exercise even after it says it is complete.
- Category: Games
- Released: Feb 10, 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 2.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Smart Games
- © 2010 David Fotland
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.