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McGuire - an investment and expansion strategy game.

The aim of the game is to earn the most money by building and merging corporations.

When a corporation is acquired by a larger corporation, players earn money based on the size of the acquired corporation. At the end of the game, all shares are sold and the player with the most money wins.

Features include:
- Single player vs 3 computer players.
- Adjust game speed.
- Adjust game volume.

The following features are available on iOS versions 4.1 and above:
- Game center enabled.
- High score leader board.

What's New

Version 1.0.1

fixes a crash on iPad and earlier iOS versions

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

223 Ratings

223 Ratings

Happy it's available. Excellent close reproduction. How bout an update?


I love the game of Acquire. A friend discovered it while we were in college. When he couldn't find his own game to own he made one, and we played the heck out of it. It's just one of those excellent board games that relies more on strategy than chance. The 99¢ was well worth the gamble just to see if the game was remotely like the board game. I was pleasantly surprised. It would be great to get an update as swiping one of the buttons atop the board (game I think) seems to lock up the app. I also get a warning that the app is not optimized for newer versions of iOS. But the game is so much fun to play that those items are easily overlooked. My only criticism is that in the actual game the companies (or hotels or corporations) do not start out at equal value. There are budget, standard, and luxury stocks with tiered pricing. All of the chains in this game are identical in value. With a fresh coat of paint I would pay $2.99 for an app like this and I think loyal Acquire fans looking for a quick Acquire hit would do the same.

Bare bones, but works


Since there doesn't seem to be anyplace on the author's site to provide specific feedback, I'll have to do it here. The game works fine, but there could be many improvements to the usability that would make it much better:
- allow players to choose the color of their pawn,
- make the colors of the pawns clearly different from the colors of the hotel chains,
- highlight each newly played tile as it's placed (color the icon black temporarily?),
- change the house icon to something more hotel-like or get rid of the icon altogether,
- show the location of my unplayable tiles (mark with a gray x or a dot or something),
- offer to exchange unplayable tiles for new playable ones (per the original rules),
- in the Detail table, add a row showing the size of each chain (and perhaps highlight safe chains),
- in the Detail table, highlight the human's row (light shading?), and
- when selling stock (normally, or after a merger), allow players to change their mind before clicking on Done, either by reverting to the original situation, or better, by allowing them to reverse their choices bit by bit.

Good first version!



This knock-off of the board game Acquire is extremely well done. The interface is great, and the AI is superb.

I agree with others that some improvements would be beneficial -- such as having different colors for players vs hotel chains, separating the listing of bank holding from player holdings, the ability to change your mind before clicking on "Done", etc. The only flaw that really detracts from proper strategy and game play, in my opinion, is the inability to see temporarily unplayable tiles. (Couldn't those easily be make to show up in grey?)

All said though, I think this app is superbly done. And for just 99 cents it's a steal!

Highly recommended!


Andrew Williams
2.4 MB
Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010 Smuggly Systems Intergalactic


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