App Review – Istanbul

Rubies make the world go around. Isn’t that what Marilyn Monroe always said? (Editor – Dating yourself *and* being wrong all in one sentence. That’s quite the accomplishment!)

If you’re a merchant in Istanbul in some vague time period of the past, rubies are your ultimate goal and the reason you’re doing all of that trading to begin with.

At least that’s the case if you’re playing Istanbul, the new boardgame app from Acram Digital, adapting the boardgame designed by Rüdiger Dorn.

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Acram Digital is known for their stellar boardgame app editions of Steam and 8-Minute Empire and Istanbul blows those out of the park (it probably helps that I like this game better than the other two to begin with).

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Acram Digital reveals Istanbul app

Earlier in January, Acram Digital tweeted this.

With the hashtag #screenshotsaturday, I expected something posted the next Saturday.

Then nothing showed up on the next Saturday and I kind of forgot about it.

Dave at Stately Play displayed none of my laziness and was evidently keeping an eye on them, because when they started their contest, I completely missed it.

They were slowly revealing the picture for the game over a series of days, and Dave figured it out before I even knew it was a thing (did I mention the “lazy” thing?).

Istanbul app

Yes, Istanbul is apparently coming this year from Acram in app form.

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8 Minute Empire released on Mobile/Steam

Did you want to build an empire in less time than it takes to walk down to the store and back?

Now you can, digitally!

8-Minute Empire the boardgame is designed by Ryan Laukat for Red Raven Games, and the digital app is developed by Acram Digital (the developers of the really well-done Steam app) and it just hit the App Store yesterday!

I had played the game once on the table before and it was pretty decent. It plays quickly and is very abstract, but considering how short the game is it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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Hey! I’ve been there before!

You start with your opponents in a region and with 14 coins. Players bid to see who decides who goes first (yes, you’re bidding on the decision, not on actually going first, unless you want to go first of course)

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