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Tafl

Tafl
  • #: 25625
  • Price: $2.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2010-09-17
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • 1.2
  • Size: 45.80 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: MachineCodex Software
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © MachineCodex Software Australia
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Description

Ancient Games of Asymmetrical Strategy

Tafl Games - favourite board games of the Celts and Vikings - were played for millennia in northern Europe. This loving iPad rendition of Tafl brings to life seven ancient board layouts: Brandubh, Fidchell, Ard Ri, Tablut, Tawlbwrdd, Hnefatafl and Alea Evangelii. Four layouts are included in the iPhone version: Brandubh, Fidchell, Ard Ri and Tablut.

Whether playing against your iPad, iPhone, or your friends, Tafl will provide you with hours of enjoyable strategic play. The smaller boards afford swift, decisive games, while the larger boards allow lengthier development and immersive game play.

Unlike Chess or Checkers, Tafl is an asymmetrical strategy game. Put simply, the Attacker aims to capture the opponent's King, while the Defender attempts to get the King to a corner square.

Interesting historical notes about each board are included. I have found the process of researching these games to be a fascinating journey of discovery, and I have aimed to share some of the richness of this history in these notes.

What's New in Version 1.2

New features:
• New settings interface:
• Control whether Throne and Corner squares are Out of Bounds or Hostile
• Special 4 piece King capture
• Special King edge escape
• Improvements to the Autoplayer
• Enabled paging on the main picker view
Bugfixes:
• Autoplayer now handles being played into a corner by forfeiting the game

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Rated 2/5 based on 2 customer reviews.

 

3/5 stars

Poor AI

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I love this game and gave it a five star rating a couple months ago. I have to change that, though. Since the update, the AI seems very poor. I set it to difficult and play as defender; one of the attackers goes into the upper left corner next to the keep and it just moves from side to side every turn. If I try to eliminate an attacker theAI responds appropriately. But if I'm not making any offensive moves it just simply moves from side to side as I set up defense and slide my king right into one of the available keeps. It's just too easy. This is one of my favorite apps and has inspired me to carve a tafl board of my own; it's almost finished. Please fix the AI soon.

2/5 stars

Needs upgraded

:
It's cool to play Tablut, but the following would be nice:
1) The AI is pretty lame.
2) Not everyone agrees that the defender (king's team) goes first. It would be nice if you could choose to have the attacker go first.
3) In one version that I've played, the king could be captured with 2 pieces just like any other piece EXCEPT when on the throne or adjacent to the throne he had to be surrounded on 4 sides.
4) Bug alert: For some reason I sometimes get booted out of the program in the middle of the game.

If it were free, I wouldn't complain. I don't think it should be a pay app until it is ready for prime time.

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