Ludo

Players:
1 - 4
Multiplayer:Pass n Play, or Coffee table style
AI:Yes
Universal App:No
Purchase for iPhone:None available. Buy an iPad now!
Purchase for iPad:
LUDO Family Board Game
Price: Free
User rating:
GD Star Rating
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Ludo, 5.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

Since everyone knows how Ludo works, I won’t go into too much detail. Suffice to say, the iPad version of Ludo is a fairly good translation of the original game, though not without it’s flaws. Of course, whether the original is all that great anyway is up to you. Then again, this game is FREE, so what do you have to lose.

I must admit, we spent the first 5 minutes of play in complete frustration, unable to roll 6’s and get out of the damn starting square. I really spent the whole time thinking, “was this game truly this bad? What the hell am I doing, this isn’t even worth mentioning on the site!”

…and then things got started. Even playing with just my wife, I quickly got into the fun of chasing your opponent round the board and pushing them back to the start, and the mild strategic decisions involved. I soon forgot I was reviewing it, and just had fun instead. I don’t think it’s a game we’ll pick up again for a while – it doesn’t require an awful lot of forward thinking and logical planning, you just roll the dice and choose where to move. It pretty much epitomizes everything I hate about traditional boardgames, and yet, it was fun. And I think that’s the point.

As for the actual implementation on the iPad, the graphics are rather pleasing in a neo-futuristic (that’s not actually a word, is it?) kind of way. Sadly, the sensitivity for the pieces is a little low, so you find yourself dragging your markers around a few times before they actually respond. The developers have promised an update which fixes sensitivity issues and have even promised additional graphics themes, which is nice.

UPDATE:
The app was updated, and any sensitivity problems have been solved. They’ve also now added the rule option of players rolling 3 times if they haven’t yet placed any pieces, which helps tremendously to speed up the game at the start. As for the additional graphics, they are available as in-app 99cent purchases, which given that the basic game is free is quite reasonable, I would say!

Personally, I didn’t feel up to rating the game so I asked my wife how she would rank it. She gave it 3 stars – because although it was fun, she thought that the original board game had more features – like secret tunnels on the board, the ability to get more than one piece onto the board if you roll another 6. Or, it could just be because she lost 😛

I guess if you’re looking for an implementation of Ludo on the iPad, you could do no better than this. It’s simple, fun once you get started, and your kids will have absolutely no problem figuring out how to play. And it’s free. If you really wanted to, you could play single player against all AI opponents, but really – the only fun of Ludo is from playing with friends.



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