Roll Through the Ages
By Vintru, LLC
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The 2010 "Best Family Game" (Games Magazine 100) is now available for the iPhone and iPodTouch!
Build a thriving civilization - in only a few minutes!
Collect goods, assign workers to build cities and erect monuments, advance your civilization through cultural and scientific developments, but don't forget to harvest enough food to feed your growing population. Grab those dice and Roll Through the Ages in this fast-paced, addictive and strategic game.
Play the solo game and post your score and Achievements to Facebook. Or play head-to-head against your friends with "pass 'n play".
This just in: RTtA was nominated for the 2010 "Spiel des Jahres" - Germany's prestigious "Game of the Year" award!
What's New in Version 1.1.2
Multi-language support: German and English
Playable, but would benefit from a version tailored for the iPad
This app was originally developed for the iPhone, and the author deserves kudos for a solid job of translating the IRL game into a fairly intuitive format. If I were just rating the iPhone version, I'd give it a 4 because I think it would be challenging to do better with such a small screen.
However, I'm basing my review on the iPad version (which is just the iPhone version in 2x on the iPad), since I've only had the experience of playing it on an iPad. It's a shame that the extra screen space isn't being used to it's full potential, as it would reduce the clunkiness of repeatedly tabbing through pages. I was constantly forgetting which developments I had already purchased, how much food I had, and the quantity & value of my goods. It would be convenient to have this information available at a glance at the bottom of the iPad screen.
Another feature I'd like to see added (both iPhone & iPad) is the ability to undo all of the discarded goods for that turn, so that a different choice can be made.
In summary, it's a good IRL game that was translated into a good iPhone app, but it's just OK on the iPad. The play experience would be dramatically improved for the iPad if the app took advantage of the larger screen space available.
Great game, but it has bugs
This is a wonderful game, and I do think the developers did a great job with the app. It works well on the iPad, too. But finding certain things can be a little confusing. For instance, I can't seem to find the list of disasters when I need it (e.g. pestilence, famine, and so forth). I would also love some kind of online component like through Game Center. Whether its asynchronous or real time makes less of a difference... Though having both options would be nice. The biggest issue, though, is the tutorial. Every time I open the app, I have to manually turn off the tutorial again. But these are fairly minor issues to me.
Lack of online removes a star
If this game would have the words with friends/ascension style multiplayer i would be able to talk all of my friends and family in to purchasing it. They are missing out on a big market by only having pass and play.
Everything else about this app is great. Some of the menus are set up weird and the game can feel clunky before you're used to it. Once you get the quirkiness down the spirit of the game is definitely there. The achievements are a nice touch too.
Give this game some proper multiplayer support and I'll bump it up to 5 stars!!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 15, 2010
- Version: 1.1.2
- Size: 7.8 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: Vintru, LLC
- © 2010 Vintru, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.