Review: Smallworld App for iPad


Should you not be familiar with Small World, as a table top game, I would like to refer you to the included episode of Wil Wheaton’s “Table Top” show on the Geek & Sundry Network at the end of this article. However, if you don’t want to get into all that, here’s a basic rundown of the game.

In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all. You choose your race (each having a distinct advantage that other races don’t) that you wish to try to populate this small world with. Each race comes with a randomized special ability giving them extra bonuses toward conquering. It is also important to know when to push a fading race into decline and ride another one into victory. There is a more detailed description with images included on the Days of Wonder site, which is the company that produces and distributes the game.

Just like any other game, it gets a little boring if you play it enough, so you can also purchase a few different expansions to the set to change the game up and ease that boredom. I am a big fan of the game, but I also understand that $45 to purchase the base set can be a bit expensive for a noob that wants to try it out. Well, while I was browsing around on Days of Wonder’s site, I found out that they have created an iPad app for people who want to play in a single or two player format! I downloaded it for a measly $5.99 and wanted to review the app here.

The iPad app is, of course, less in-depth than the full table top version of the game, but not to a fault. I think the app is amazing! Regular players will find that the iPad version is a little simplistic when compared to what they are used to, but I think it’s a great way to get people into playing the game. Should you be a gamer that wants to get your friends into playing more table top games, this could be the answer you’re looking for. You can both use the same iPad, trading back and forth from turn to turn. I think it’s an amazing in between media that could draw in people who are usually just video gamers to expand their horizons into table top gaming.

I can play against the computer to hone my skills when I am not able to play with friends on the table top version. The computer is, by no means,  a super stratego to play against, but it is very aggressive and will make you play a little more so, if you happen to be new to the game or a somewhat passive player when it comes to gaming. Some people go into this game with a “the best offense is a good defense” mentality, while others apply the opposite strategy. This app teaches you a nice balance of using both. I was fairly new to Small World when I picked up this app, and it really has helped me, even if it only comes to remembering the various abilities of races and powers instead of having to constantly look at the cards.

It also has downloadable expansions for the game, so if you find yourself fatigued by the same old Small World, you can download one or both of the expansions for $1.99 a piece. I plan to review the expansions separately at a later date.

All-in-all, this is a really good app. I think it accomplishes exactly what Days of Wonder was hoping for, allowing turbonerd gamers, like myself, the ability to play the game when having a table full of friends isn’t an option. It is only available for the iPad, at the time this article is being published, so that’s the reason for the low “Availability” score. It’s a cheap enough download and a great time, so check it out!

Download the Small World App for iPad | Purchase the Small World table top version


About Alloy Matt

Happy Husband | Beardsman | Blogger | Dreamer | Wholigan | Drinker of Coffees | Tweeter of Hashtags | Gamer of Table Tops | Amature Astronomer | Fanboy of Apple

Posted on June 20, 2012, in Board, Games, Gaming, Geek, iOS Apps, iPad, iPhone, Nerd, Reviews, Smallworld, Video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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