iOS App of Note: Lost Cities
“Lost Cities” is an iPhone app, but you can get it for iPad and just use the 2X option to expand the app to nearly full screen. This does cause the game to pixellate a bit, but since this isn’t a game that’s driven by graphics, it’s hardly noticeable. This game is easy to figure out, simply by reading the tutorial at the beginning and grasping the scoring concept. I am a person that doesn’t do well just by reading the rules, so I prefer to skim them and then jump in. Sure, this model does give you a shitty win/loss percentage at the beginning, but that’s how I learn to play best. Then again, I am used to playing this in a table top setting where win/loss percentages are only tracked by people with Asperger’s.
There is an online play option, but I do not generally play online and, therefore, can’t really speak to the experience. There are a LOT of complaints about the online system in the iTunes Reviews for the game, but those complaints are not really focusing on the app, but on the lack of ability of other online players or just plain whining about how an opponent will take five minutes to make a play. I suppose the developers could build some sort of timer mechanic into the system that requires a person to play in a certain amount of time or they lose their turn, but it is my opinion that online play should mimic IRL play as closely as possible, in which there is no temporal limits set in the rules, as far as I can recall.
I really like this app! The main reason is due to the ease of play. Play cards to build the biggest score. That being the case, I’ve also found that I can very easily get lost in time while playing “Lost Cities,” something that I don’t get when playing the IRL version of the game. Since it is a card based game, you always end up having to do that pesky shuffling. It’s a great way to pass the time of a boring car ride or, in my case, a slow day at work. You can pick up your iPhone/iPad and start playing and 3 hours will flash by.
It is this gamer’s opinion that this app is a great deal at $3.99 and well worth the money spent.
Posted on September 12, 2012, in Card, Gaming, Geek, iOS Apps, iPad, iPhone, Mobile App, Nerd, Reviews and tagged albany, alloy matt, corvallis, gaming, geek, ios app, ipad app, iphone app, lebanon, lost cities, matt jacobs, nerd, oregon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.