Reiner Knizia's Ra
By Codito Development Inc.
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Compete to become the most famous ruler of all time as you wield god-like powers over the course of three major Epochs in Egyptian history.
"Reiner Knizia's Ra app is beautifully done." - TUAW
"Ra is another brilliant 4.5 [out of 5] Dimple pleasure." - AppSmile.com
"[Ra] is very stunning and impressive! Keep up the good work!" - Reiner Knizia
Build an empire that will live forever. Collect tiles representing various aspects of Egyptian life and civilization while your rivals try to do the same. Wisely use the few tokens that Ra, the sun god, has given you to earn your place of honor in the Valley of the Kings.
Combining deep strategy with an intuitive and beautiful visual presentation, Ra captures the mysterious lure of Ancient Egypt and will bring you back for more time and time again. Choose your favorite of 8 different Egyptian gods as your avatar, and then discover the true power of the gods as you compete against them in solo play.
With no setup time required, no pieces to lose, and no arguments about the rules, the future of board games is here and Ra gives you exactly what you want -- to play!
How to play:
Tap the draw button to reveal a single tile. The player with the highest sun (token from Ra) begins. A player without tokens takes no action on their turn. When an epoch ends, players receive or lose fame points depending on the tiles they hold. The player with the most fame after three epochs is the winner.
No set up required
Fast, easy, fun game play for 2 to 5 players (human or AI)
Stunning HD graphics including support for Retina devices
8 different Egyptian god avatars to choose from
8 different AI opponents to compete against
Player rankings and stats
In-game help at your finger tips
Complete rules and game guide
Universal app with unique features on both iPad and iPhone/iPod
Leaderboards and achievements
Support for 4 modes of play:
- "pass and play"
- "hotseat" (around the table); and
- online multiplayer
Dr. Reiner Knizia is one of the world's most prolific and best-known board game designers, and this version of one of his top titles has been fully approved and endorsed by him.
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What's New in Version 1.5.1
Fixed bug that could cause AI to stop responding.
Added lobby for local games.
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Issues with randomization of tiles
The app looks nice and runs well. I haven't had any issues with crashing. However, there are a couple issues. First and most importantly, there is almost no way that the tiles come out in a truly random manner. There have been many games that I have played where the last 8-10 tiles to come out are all Ra tiles. In theory, this is a possibility but the fact that it has happened in Several games makes it apparent that there are issues with randomization. This has never happened to me when I have played on the table yet it seems to happen in 15-20% of the games on the app. This really ruins the game in many ways because it makes the last round largely pointless and annoying to sit through.
The second issue is that the AI can be a little slow making turns relative to other games I have played on my iPad. Even with the graphics on the fastest level, it is not particularly fast. This can be annoying - especially during the afore-mentioned scenario where you have to sit through 8-10 consecutive Ra tiles being drawn followed by a round of passing each time.
The graphics are so awful that I actually feel a little angry. Time was spent on adding distracting details (like "sand" that periodically races across the screen, or tiles that fly around in the background on the rules screen) instead of designing a simple and appealing interface. Some elements were stretched for iPhone 5 optimization, but others weren't, so now none of the spaces line up properly, which is confusing and distracting. (Hard to explain but very clear if you're looking at the board.) Almost all of the text is difficult to read because of poor font/color/style choices.
The menu doesn't seem to consistently store my selection of turning off game sounds.
I'm pretty bummed that I spent money on this. I hope they re-skin it and fix the bugs so that I can give it a better rating and enjoy playing. I've spent many hours playing other iOS strategy games like Stone Age, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Ticket to Ride, Catan, etc., and this is by far the worst. Spend your money elsewhere unless it gets a major makeover!
A Classic Game Like This Deserves a Better App
The only great thing about this app is getting to play RA on my phone. That’s pretty much it.
Other than that it's just… bad.
The graphics are lack luster at best. Using a thin Papyrus font over everything is difficult to read and looks sloppy. The game ‘board’ barely reaches the edge of my screen and the font just spills off the edge. The tiles (which are the cleanest graphics of the entire game) don’t even match up with the board. I have to assume the game was designed for the iPhone 4 and never updated afterward and it’s trying to fill out the 5,6 and now 7 screens to terrible result.
I would suggest cleaning it up and get it back to the original board game's bright clean look or update it to capture the realistic tactile look of the new printing along with getting it to resize it’s self appropriately to whichever device it’s on.
Also the music is repetitive and dull. At least let the music last through a few turns before repeating. Also most of the "effects” such as the hole in the sand opening to swallow tiles and the "invoking RA' whirlwind is cheesy and slows the pace of the game down so I just leave them turned off.
This is a great board game. One of the best out there. It deserves better.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Nov 08, 2013
- Version: 1.5.1
- Size: 35.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Codito Development Inc.
- © 2010 Codito Development Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.