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Good digital version of the popular board game
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 08 May 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Needs better tutorials
Carcassonne for Android is the mobile version of the successful and popular tile matching board game. In the game you match tiles to connect roads, finish cities, or place monasteries. You place your followers in key points to accrue points throughout the course of the game.
The game feels very simple and clean. There aren’t a lot of menus to navigate, and while there are some microtransactions I think they are fair because they add new maps which is fun. I’m glad the developers went for a paid app instead of free to play because that app would look very different than the one I’m reviewing. Even if there were ads, the experience would be different.
The experience here is fast within the game, and matching up tiles is very easy. Sometimes its a little finicky rotating tiles, but for the most part the controls work well. While it can get a little lonely playing against a computer, he occasionally taunts you when he does especially well or you make a good play. Just like a real life opponent! You can pick your character in the beginning of the game, but its not really something that matters or you will notice.
I’ve never played Carcassonne before but I’ve heard a lot about it. The game is complex while retaining simple ideas. Sometimes I was puzzled why I couldn’t ever place pieces in certain spots and for newbies like me I think some red overlay or tip system to indicate why you can’t place certain tiles in certain places would of been helpful. The tutorial system is very similar to how might appear in a booklet, and its too bad they didn’t take advantage of the digital format to create an amazing way to learn how to play the game.
Carcassonne is a beautiful and clean digital form of the board game, but don’t expect any surprises or rich ways to learn the game.