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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - Top 10 Local Multiplayer Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 27th, 2013

When people think of multiplayer gaming experiences nowadays most envision players sitting alone, staring at a screen, and maybe (just maybe) communicating with other players from across the world using a microphone or chat window.

Of course this isn't how it's always been. In the days before multitudes of multiplayer games took advantage of the internet, playing games with other people was social experience. People would gather around a TV or game board and interact with each other; both in the game world as well as reality. This layered interaction - with its ability to have player actions outside of the game create meaningful consequences on the world inside the game - adds a richness and complexity that is unmatched in most online games. Of course, this isn't to say that the ability to hop into matches with anyone that is immediately ready, willing, and able to throw down through the power of the internet doesn't have its own set of advantages, but rather that there is still inherent value in local multiplayer.

Luckily, there seem to be a number of game developers out there who agree with that sentiment. 2013 was a surprisingly good year for me in terms of enjoying local multiplayer experiences on iOS. With a slew of great board game ports, as well as more unique experiences best enjoyed with good game-playing company, I spent most of this year either scoping out the latest Playdek releases or digging into the back catalogue of overlooked awesomeness from years' past. Because of this, I decided to make a list of my favorite titles that scratched my local multiplayer itch the best. Although all these games may not be from 2013, here's what I had the most local fun with throughout the year:

10. Kingdom Builder

Kingdom Builder is a quick-and-dirty worker-placement game, at least in its iOS form. Players have to build their kingdoms based on terrain cards, and random elements like scoring cards and the modular board design can help keep it feeling fresh. Kingdom Builder is good for local play mainly because it is a port of a board game, and it is a relatively quick play. I know its a bit of an older game, but it's has been made more playable within the past year and is worth revisiting.

Pandemic: The Board Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PANDEMONIUM
Work together to cure the world of disease in this cooperative translation of a popular board game.
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Z-Man Games Creates New Studio, Will Bring A Digital Version of Pandemic! Board Game To iPad

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 12th, 2013

Z-Man Games, a publisher of card and board games, has announced the creation of a new digital studio that will create and launch digital editions of its board games. F2Z Digital Media will first release an iPad version of the cooperative board game, Pandemic!, where players must work together to stop the spread of four deadly diseases. Additional announcements will also be made at a later date on the studio's complete release schedule of games.

Pandemic 2.5 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGHLY INFECTIOUS
Who knew wiping out all life on Earth with a plague could be this much fun?
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BulleTrain .22 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on January 26th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DOWNSIZED
Downsized Games sticks it to... er... Elaborate Acquisitions with a blatant knock on their mega corporation "man"-ness.
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