Developer: Campfire Creations
Price: $6.99
Version: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Stone Age: The Board Game is about taking control of a tribe to collect resources and build a village that has the most powerful chief. It’s based on the award-winning board game, and lets players take on 3 AI opponents or battle it out with friends and family through pass-n-play or online multiplayer. It’s completely redesigned for mobile devices, and the impressive graphics and responsive gameplay make it an excellent port.

After gamers select their preferred mode, it’s time to choose a color. Players must then place their workers on the board in the preferred areas to build huts, collect cards and gather natural resources. There are four types of workers: village, resources, building and boat. The areas and placement of workers is often limited and sometimes blocked as gamers take turns.

The game then moves onto the collection phase where gamers use their workers to earn rewards by rolling dice. There are different areas like tool maker, hunt, field and cards and each area produces different resources. Players can use the resources collected by the worker or avoid paying the cost and return the worker to the tribe without the reward. The workers can be collected in a strategic order if desired.

The last phase of the game is the feeding phase where players must feed their workers. All the workers need one food and if a player does not have enough to feed the tribe, then they can use another resource to feed them. When there aren’t enough resources, the player loses ten victory points and their food supply. The goal is to have the most victory points to win the game.

There’s a tutorial to help gamers understand the rules. Going into more details would require a rather lengthy review but the overall concept of the game is to use strategy to place workers, use the actions of the placed workers and then feed the workers. The game is over when there isn’t enough civilization cards or one building stack is empty at the end of a round. Scoring is kind of complicated, but the game does most of this for players.

Since I never played the original board game, it was hard to learn the ropes at first. Once I started playing Stone Age, I started to like it more and more. It’s all about using strategy to win and that’s what makes a board game so great. While there is still some slight room for improvement like faster multiplayer games, more challenging AI players and additional gameplay options like customized house rules, it’s still an excellent game. the recent update made some really great improvements, and I can’t wait to see what else the developers do with this game to make it even better. It’s a perfect addition to anyone’s board game collection, and is well worth exploring.

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