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Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: Delivers! :: Read Our Full Review >>

Ditch the cardboard and grab your Captain's hat. This one's a winner.

What's New

CRITICAL UPDATE: PLEASE DOWNLOAD FREE UPDATE IN APP STORE OR ITUNES *NOW* DUE TO INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN VERSIONS (1.0 > 1.0.1) β€” If you are attempting Online Multiplayer and you get matched from a 1.0 and a 1.0.1 version of the game, the random-number generation will not synchronize between the two versions. In mis-matched games your online game may crash. However, if you update to 1.0.1 you will get the new, improved random functions for the game AND the compatibility issue will be corrected (this is not an issue with around-the-table play). PLEASE UPDATE YOUR VERSION NOW.

MULTIPLAYER MATCHING SOLUTIONS: We have had reports that it is hard to find a match on Game Center with Online Multiplayer. We have some suggestions for how to increase the number of games you can play online.

➀ When possible, play with friends and family with the in-person around-the-table play. Other times "Invite a Friend" for guaranteed online matches!
➀ We know you cannot always find a friend or family member to play with, so we have a suggestion for ALL USERS – When possible, please try your matches online during the FIRST FIVE MINUTES of every hour. By more players coming during those five minutes (each hour) there is a much greater chance that random matches *will* occur. If you miss an hour, try during the first-five of the next hour. We (the inventors) will try a match ourselves at least three times per day during that time period (first-five) as often as we are able to. So you can look for us, Trouble Brothers, for matches a few times each day. We will also tweet when we are about to look for a match. Follow us @troublebrothers on Twitter to know when we are looking for a match, get updates about the game, etc.
➀ Finally, please check on our website (www.troublebrothers.com) for our Monday night Game Nights! On Game Night we will be playing all sorts of online iOS board games, including some of the other great iOS games by other companies! Find us there, use the Live Chat window, and join us for a very fun time Monday nights!

This 1.0.1 update of Cargo Runners contains:

➀ We’ve added a β€˜hand’ icon to the cards which may be β€˜Held’ in your hand and used later
➀ Fixed some random event distribution issues
➀ Minor bug fixes & performance improvements
➀ In the rules we’ve added a detailed section showing what each CommuniquΓ© card does!

MESSAGE TO OUR FANS: Trouble Brothers is a small, two-person independent dev team. We would like to say β€œThanks” to everyone for buying our game!

❖❖❖ Upcoming ❖❖❖

We’ve heard many requests for a solo play option in Cargo Runners and we’re actively working toward providing great AI for the game! It will take a little while to get it in and get it right, so please be patient with us. We will post further announcements as we know more. Other upcoming features will include: Voice Chat, and in iOS5 we will be adding Asynchronous play through Game Center…

Thanks again for your support! Please be sure to update your iTunes App Store reviews for this and future versions as you update. Your reviews and feedback are what help people decide whether or not to buy the game.

β€” Jeff (Trouble Brothers)

App Description

❖❖❖ ORIGINAL, CLASSIC-STYLED BOARD GAME WITH ONLINE PLAY ❖❖❖ Cargo Runners is a digital-only original board game for fans of lighter Euro-games that sets a new standard on the App Store. Ditch the cardboard and grab your Captain's hat as you set sail on the high seas. ❖ WE'VE LISTENED! WORKING ON AI FOR SOLO PLAY!!

➀ 148APPS.COM SAYS: "Ditch the cardboard and grab your Captain's hat. This one's a winner ... Cargo Runners is amazingly polished and is a wondrously enjoyable board game." β€” Rated 4.5/5 stars, 'Editor's Choice' ❖
➀ SLIDE TO PLAY SAYS: "Cargo Runners is an incredibly well-designed, original board game that sets a new standard on the App Store." β€” Rated 4/4, 'Must Have' ❖
➀ GAMEZEBO.COM SAYS: "Cargo Runners is a brilliantly fun and original board game for the iPad" β€” Rated 4/5 stars ❖
➀ WIRED! (GEEKDAD) SAYS: "I’d recommend Cargo Runners to anyone who is a fan of lighter Euro-games ... Excellent board game feel for a digital-only game, online multiplayer, good use of digital tech without overdoing it." ❖

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CARGO RUNNERS is a thirty minute 2-4 player traditional board game designed to be played with family & friends β€” "International Commerce on the High Seas."

❖❖❖ CARGO RUNNERS β€” 3 WAYS TO PLAY ❖❖❖

➀ LOCAL PLAY: 'Around-the-table' local play to sit play with friends, spouse or kids at your kitchen table.
➀ ONLINE MULTIPLAYER: Use Game Center to find an "auto-match" with other Cargo Runners players β€” BEST TIME TO MATCH? FIRST-FIVE MINUTES OF EVERY HOUR!
➀ INVITE A FRIEND: Use Game Center's "Invite a Friend" feature to play a long-distance game. Whether in Sweden or New York, Online Multiplayer is fast, fun, and intuitive!
➀ 4TH WAY TO PLAY: Currently working on AI for solo play!

❖❖❖ CARGO RUNNERS β€” HIGHLIGHTS ❖❖❖

➀ BEAUTIFUL GAME ART, SOUNDS, AND MUSIC: Illustrated world map graphics, original recorded soundtrack & sounds β€” or choose to play your own music.
➀ FAST PLAY: Games typically last 20-30 minutes, about 1/2 the time of an average printed board game.
➀ REPLAY VALUE IS HIGH: The distribution of the Cargo Contracts is different every time you play, as well as the Communiqué cards, weather events, and other challenges.
➀ 2 TO 4 PLAYERS: Cargo runners is like a traditional board game. It's truly a social game experience share with up to four human players (not currently against a computer opponent).

❖❖❖ CARGO RUNNERS β€” GAME DESCRIPTION ❖❖❖

Trouble Brothers’ second originally-designed game for iPad, Cargo Runners is played on a beautifully designed map of the world. The object of the game is to captain a ship that must journey around the globe racing to gather cargo as you compete for valuable contracts that earn you victory.

All the world’s a stage! Thirty cargo ports-of-call with six different types of goods: Aerospace, Apparel, Coffee, Energy, Fruit and Lumber. Six home ports, each with a couple of contracts that need to be delivered. A race to determine the captain of the sea!

Every game is different because the contracts always change. Dice rolls determine movement and you bank what you don’t use. Every turn, there is a chance that bad weather or political crisis will impede your decision. Often, there will be CommuniquΓ© cards that will give you bonus opportunities. Always, you will have to watch what the other players are doing.

Cargo Runners has the classic feel of a mid-50s board game β€” only it’s not! It’s brand new, designed specifically to take advantage of all the benefits of the iPad. Cargo Runners can be played around the table just like you would a regular board game, or with Online Multiplayer through Game Center, you can sail the world over with real players from all across the globe. A light strategy game built to bring back the joys of classic board games with family and friends.

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App Changes

July 15, 2011 New version 1.0.1
July 03, 2011 Price Decrease: $7.99 -> $4.99
June 30, 2011 Initial Release

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