iPod freebies: classic boardgames
Three for the price of none here. Now THAT'S cheap.
Obviously there are scores of versions of old-fashioned boardgames on the App Store, but these three are all really nice ad-free implementations of their respective games, with decent CPU AI, slick interfaces, music and nice clicky sound effects, and a variety of options.
Championship Checkers is a straightforward draughts game, whose unique selling point is the option to play with cookies instead of normal pieces. You get three CPU difficulty settings.
Reversi Twist is Reversi (aka Othello) – but with a twist!, namely the option to play on a 10×10 board as well as the normal 8×8 one, as well as offering two board styles and four levels of CPU opponent.
Master Of Gomuku plays Gomoku (or Gomuku, nobody really seems to know which), also known as Five-In-A-Row, which is my favourite two-player classic board game. Incredibly simple in concept (play pieces anywhere, get five in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally), it rapidly gets fiendishly complex, and if you lose concentration for a single move you'll probably get crumped. This version offers eight different board sizes (from 8×8 to 15×15) and three levels of CPU skill, and is pretty and fast.
All three games also include pass-the-iPod multiplayer, but sadly no online play. Nothing more to see here. Move along.