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Origin Stories: Sage Board Games

Codito Development is behind Sage Board Games, a company which has been cranking out iOS versions of board games for a few years now. Perhaps most notably, Sage has released a number of classic Reiner Knizia games, but they also publish Ravensburger's Puerto Rico and recently released Uwe...

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App Review: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth leads us to a solid puzzle game

Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth [US$1.99, universal, trial version available] is one of a number of iOS-only games the prolific game designer has created (the others being Monumental -- here's our review -- Roto, Yoku-Gami and Teocalli). It's always been difficult to keep up with the board and...

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App Review: Reiner Knizia's Battleline is numerically superior

The latest bit of digital entertainment based on a Reiner Knizia game to hit the App Store is your typical Knizia numberfest: a brilliant game design with a theme that could be anything. In this case, with Battleline, the theme happens to be ancient Greek military. In fact, the very first...

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App Review: Reiner Knizia's Through The Desert proves that pastel camels have serious staying power

The latest big name board game to make an appearance on the iPad is Though The Desert. Serious board game fans have been anxiously waiting for this app ever since it was announced and I'm happy to say that this latest Reiner Knizia port to the digital realm is totally worth the wait. The app...

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App Review: Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms

Once you've got the foundation in place, it's easy enough to redecorate your board game app. That's what the developers at Skotos Tech/RPGnet have figured out with their series of games that use the MobileEuroCard platform. These apps include Money, High Society, and now, Reiner Knizia's...

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App Review: Reiner Knizia's Samurai app makes it fun to influence Buddhas, peasants and helmets

Samurai is the most in-depth, "heaviest" game design by Reiner Knizia to make an appearance on the App Store, and it arrives in all of its interesting glory. Medici and Small World, two other games we've reviewed in this series, are meaty Euro board games we can compare this to, so if you enjoyed...

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App Review: Medici ships good gameplay onto your iPad

Medici [$5.99] is the latest in a growing, impressive line of heavy-ish board games to make the jump from the table to the iPad, and it's amazing to see this game – so carefully crafted and respected by the designer board game community – on a touch screen with an animated background....

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High Society card game app is money (almost)

As promised, RPGnet has transformed another Reiner Knizia card game into an iPhone/iPad app. The coders' last such project was the very well done Money. This time around, it's High Society [US$2.99], and RPGnet has kept the interface and look of the games almost exactly the same but swapped the...

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Review: Keltis Oracle is a great, light strategic board game for iPad, iPhone

Keltis is a relatively new marquee family of board games – in Europe, at least – with a somewhat meandering history. The series started as the Lost Cities card game, which evolved into the original board game in the series, Keltis. That game won the Spiel des Jahres, Germany's highest...

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Review: Reiner Knizia's Topas

We don't mind it when iPhone versions of board games differ from their realspace counterparts, but the Topas app ($2.99) takes the basic ideas behind Reiner Knizia's 2009 game Topas and twists them into a mash-up of Tetris, the standard line-up-three-of-a-kind video games, and dominoes. The dominoes...

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Review: Knights of Charlemagne card game is simply simple, and we like it like that

The clever 2006 card game Knights of Charlemagne has made it to the iPhone and iPod touch as a simple little number placing app [$1.99, iTunes link]. We don't mean simple in that it's easy to beat or uninteresting. We mean that the game is clearly designed and plays quickly. While the beginner...

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Reiner Knizia's Money app worth spending time with

The iPhone is shaped a little bit like a deck of cards. Like a deck of cards, Apple's little magic toy device can be used to play any one of a number of different games. Unlike standard cards though, the iPhone can easily transform into specific decks of cards from the Eurogame world. We recently...

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Review: Reiner Knizia's Poison a fun way to kill (a few minutes)

One of the criticisms launched against prolific game designer Reiner Knizia is that his games get their the theme pasted on. This means that whatever the players are trying to accomplish through the game's mechanics really doesn't have much to do with the graphics and the box description. He has at...

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