App Review – Patchwork

Patchwork is a game of grid-management, putting puzzle pieces into your grid in a much more efficient way than your opponent.

That’s basically what it breaks down to.

Since I am not the most spatially aware person around (I once tried to push a 5-inch object through a 1-inch hole), I don’t really care for these games.

In fact, when I played Patchwork on the table for the first (and only) time, I really didn’t like it.

When Digidiced put out an app for it, even though I’m a fan of their work, I had no interest in picking it up.

Then the other residents of the wonderful Stately Play web site forums decided to do a decathlon of various mobile games, and Patchwork was chosen as one of them. I told myself  “fine, I’ll learn the game just to participate.”

Lo and behold, I ended up loving the game.

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Somebody went to the remnant sale!

How can you not like a game where you make ugly quilts?

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Mobile Terra Mystica is Out – First Impressions

Last Thursday, Terra Mystica hit our mobile screens, right on schedule.

It’s a great-looking app. Digidiced should be proud.

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I’m not going to go into the rules or how the game itself plays, however, as it would take way too long and probably wouldn’t make sense anyway. That would assume that I actually understand it.

I will talk about the app itself and how well it translates, though.

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Terra Mystica App Magically Appearing on Apr 20

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The two times I’ve sat down to play the game Terra Mystica, I’ve bounced off of it pretty hard. It’s a complex game with a lot of different moving parts that tie up your brain like getting wrapped up in a huge blanket and finally falling over because you’ve tripped over it.

I did enjoy flexing my mental muscles, but I just felt kind of lost. I knew this was a good game and that I would enjoy it…eventually. Once I didn’t feel like I was pounding my head against the pavement.

However…

There’s no need to fear! Digidiced is here! And not even wearing a cape (or droopy dog ears)

Yes, Digidiced, the wonderful boardgame app developer that has created stellar implementations of Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small, Patchwork, and Le Havre: Inland Port, have a digital version of Terra Mystica coming out on April 20 (hat tip: Stately Play). That’s only a week from now!

What are the benefits of the app? The ability to play alone against the AI so you can figure out just what the hell you’re doing. Or, you can get some asynchronous games going with friends in other parts of the world and learn as you go, but not having to sit down at the table for 2 hours and discover that you’re no better off now than you were when you started.

Go to the Stately Play article linked above for some wonderful screen shots (I’m not going to steal their thunder). It’s a truly beautiful-looking app. How can you go wrong with asynchronous multiplayer, three levels of AI, the ability to add an AI player to a multiplayer game (if you only have one other opponent but don’t want to play 2-player game, for example).

I have enjoyed two of the three Digidiced apps (I haven’t played Patchwork as I’m not a fan of the game itself), and they were both phenomenal.

Instead of the screenshots, I will embed the trailer though. And will be anxiously awaiting April 20 (the App Store is getting a lot of my money in the next month or two).

Terra Mystica will be released on iOS and Android systems, and according to their Twitter feed, they are trying to get greenlit for Steam, so it may come out there sometime in the future.