Experience thrilling matches in “Wars of the Roses – The Rose King” – either against your friends, players worldwide or against the AI in the campaign mode. Which player will apply the best tactics and get the right cards?

Wars of the Roses is a card game about influence and territories. It is set in 15th-century England where two families – the House of York under the white rose and the House of Lancaster under the red rose – are fighting a fierce war for the English crown. Which family can seize upon more territories – and thus more influence – than the other? With the right tactics it’s up to you to decide in the rose war.
Exciting medieval board game tactics based upon the classic and awarded original board game by Dirk Henn.
There are three very important rules that are easy to learn:

I. To claim a territory, use the might cards to move the king’s crown in the direction and over the distance indicated.
II. Use one out of four heroes at your disposal to snatch a previously claimed territory from your enemy.
III. The player who controls the largest coherent territory at the end of the game wins the game.

Wars of the Roses can be played against the computer, with friends either on the same device or via Bluetooth, or via the internet with players from all over the world.

Compare your tactics skills to members of the global Wars of the Roses community with the aid of the scoreboard and the achievements available in the Game Center.

• Simple rules quickly provide lots of fun
• Challenging AI (three levels) and exciting single-player campaign
• Three different multiplayer options: on the same device, via Bluetooth, via the internet
• Scoreboards for ‘”the best of the best”
• The board game classic by Dirk Henn

▶ “Love the game and love the app.” - ZugzwangNC
▶ “Very original game, beautifully implemented, whether you play online, or the multiple scenarios against the AI.” - Ericlepreu
▶ “Very nice game and very polished and playable” - Readerjoe93
▶ “I’m a fan to the original board game and glad to see it on iOS” - typo_kign
▶ "Over all it is a great implementation of a unique game with interesting gameplay." longago

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What's New

Version 2.3

Fight in the rose wars to win exciting duels! We have further optimized the Wars of Roses app and fixed the display problems that occurred on the iPad Pro. Have fun playing the medieval strategy game!

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Not just Othello with cards.

Lord Gek

I held off for the longest time as it looked like a game of Othello with cards thrown in some weird way...but having played it is too cool and not really directly Othello related.

Your opponent and you take turns moving the king via cards with the king depositing a token of that player's color. Each card lists a direction and a roman numeral from 1-3. Normally you can only move onto blank spaces, but if willing to use one of your 4 knights, you also have an option to flip an opponent's token over to your side. The key tactic is to try to clump as many of your tokens together so that they are connected to one another in an up-down or right-left manner (i.e. diagonally adjacent doesn't count).

Your knights are your aces in the hole! While you usually only start the game with 4, using them strategically to extend overturn an opponent that has placed themselves in the midst of one of your huge continuous territories or just to jump in the middle of one of your opponent's biggest territories to break stuff up, can make all of the difference. It's best to save them into as late of the game as possible although this runs the risk of forcing you to use them in less than optimal ways if their use is the only legal move you have at the moment.

Needs tutorial


There is about 4 to 8 hours of game play in the campaign. I have not seen any players online for automatch, maybe the game is still too new.

When I first started playing the game, I could not figure out what I was supposed to do, which is a cardinal sin in an app. I finally worked out that you click on the card once to preview a move and a second time to play that card, and that the battle/knight resources are spent automatically when your move is onto the other side's pieces. The draw deck is hard to find as well, since the card backs have dark backgrounds and are drawn on top of a dark background.

The key mechanic of this game is that you see both players cards, so you can maneuver in such a way that your opponent cannot move, which is advantageous.

One thing that would help would be to get help text when you click on various sections of the game.

Another thing that would help would be if the campaign mode's first scenario had a tutorial built into it.

Once you get past the confusing user interface, there is a decent board game here, but nothing special. I think if you liked the board game, you will like this game.

Great interface, clear rules, great gameplay!


The rules are very simple and the interface and menu are very easy to navigate. No real need for a tutorial, as the application lets you know which cards are playable. It also counts down the number of playing pieces left, as well as the number of heros left to play. It also gives running totals for each player, so if you cut your opponent's group in two, their total drops as your rises. At the beginning of the campaign, I did get bounced out at the end of the first battle, but it hasn't done it again. Overall it is a great implementation of a unique game with interesting gameplay.


United Soft Media Verlag GmbH
306.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Japanese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2017 United Soft Media Verlag GmbH, München; Brettspielvorlage 1999, 2012 Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart


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