|Multiplayer:||Via GameCenter on the paid version|
|AI:||2 levels of difficulty on the free version; 5 on the paid|
|Universal App:||Yes (there is a single app which works on both iPhone and iPad in HD)|
|Purchase for iPhone:||Use link below to purchase universal app|
|Purchase for iPad:||
GD Star RatingTwisted Go,
A game that is as frustrating as it is intriguing, Twisted Go introduces a new dimension to the traditional connect-five variation of Go. For anyone that hasn’t already guessed what that variation might be, it’s twisting.
The goal of Twisted Go is to be the first to place five of your pieces in a row, either diagonally, vertically or horizontally. Every turn you place one of your pieces on an available spot, and then rotate one of section of the board. Each quadrant can rotate about its center spot 90-degrees, in either direction, and victory is declared as soon as five of one player’s pieces are aligned. This means that accidental victories may happen if someone isn’t paying enough attention to how they rotate a section.
This introduction of a board with independently rotatable sections steps up the traditional game of connect-five quite a bit. Players need to be able to anticipate nearly three times as many possible retaliations as with a static board, and those lacking in the spacial capabilities to do so will be quickly dominated. The game’s AI is as unpredictable in it’s starting and response moves as a real player might be, even on the beginner setting. One misplaced piece could mean certain defeat against even this introductory AI.
While the game is marketed as universal for both iPhone and iPad, it does seem unusually proportioned for the iPad. The images scale nicely, though, with little to no pixelation. The real issues with this game lie in the AI and lack of a local 2-player option, on either the free or $0.99 versions. The full version of the game is unlocked by an in-app purchase and enables multiplayer games via the GameCenter, but still does not allow pass-and-play. This is a huge oversight by the developer, as the AI, while non-predictable, doesn’t replace playing with friends on a single device.
The free app comes with only the beginner and insane AI levels available, though given the style and success of the beginner difficulty, I hesitate to call it that. The insane AI is as difficult as the title would lead you to believe. Three additional difficult settings for the AI are unlocked by the in-app purchase, though it’s hard to tell the exact difference they provide, aside from the fact that they’re between beginner and insane.
If you’re looking for an interesting twist on a classic concept, Twisted Go might be the game for you. With an initial cost of absolutely nothing, there’s no reason you shouldn’t download this app and give it shot, but don’t expect to be playing it with a friend. Unless you both want to spurge on the full version, plan to make a virtual frienemy out of the very competent AI instead.