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Reiner Knizia's Medici for iOS

By Codito Development $0.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 19, 2011

Medici is the iOS adaptation of Reiner Knizia's classic bidding game, a board-game simulation of a dockside auction over the course of three days, in which three to six merchants bid to fill the cargo holds of their ships.

As with adaptations of similarly complex, European-style board games, existing fans of this popular game will have a much easier time with this app--but thankfully, comprehensive rules (perhaps overly so) along with nine different AI choices (each with varying skill levels and tendencies) help to make the learning curve a little less steep. Gameplay is actually very simple once you've learned the basics, and the richness of the game comes in anticipating the bids of your opponents while correctly valuing what each auction is worth. Players (any mix of human or AI) take turns putting up goods for auction, choosing either one, two, or three unmarked crates, which each then reveals a certain amount of cloth, fur, grain, dye, spice, or gold. Then each player bids on the lot of crates, with the starting player getting the final bid. Because each player's ship only has space for five crates on each of the game's three days, there is also a lot of strategy in how many crates you choose to put up for auction. Players are scored both on the overall value of their hold, and on how much of a relative monopoly they can establish in a particular good.

In most ways, Medici is an excellent adaptation of the original, with even better visuals and lightning-fast play times, thanks to the fact that the app handles all of the piece-shuffling and bookkeeping. One of the few advantages of the tabletop version, however, is the ability to make side deals and more-subtle negotiations--but the iOS Medici's gameplay and presentation largely make up for that. We would love to see online multiplayer, and even just a local leaderboard, but overall this is a solid adaptation of a well-respected, well-designed game.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4

- Bidding UI now larger and does not obscure scoring pyramid- Improved readability of welcome and scoring help text- Changed font for numbers to make them easier to read- Moved game menu buttons into a single pop-up menuA more substantial update will be coming soon!

General

Release March 20, 2011
Date Added March 20, 2011
Version 1.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required

Popularity

Total Downloads 82
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Medici is an award-winning board game ("Euro game") from designer Reiner Knizia that you won't want to put down!March Madness sale on until April 4th -- our lowest prices ever!Reviews:"[...] works amazingly well as an [iOS] app. Medici is a wonderful game and a true antidote to button-mashing video games." - TUAW"We have yet to come across a Reiner Knizia title that we did not fall in love with, and Medici is no different. [...] a great value, earning 4.5 [out of 5] Dimples." - AppSmile.com"Medici is in an excellent position to provide a boardgame experience for multiple human players [...] I dont see this app coming off my [device] any time soon." - BoardGameNews.com"[...] the gameplay rewards surpass other games many of which are deleted once beaten. [Medici] represents a great step forward in board game ports for more serious board game fans." - BlogCritics.orgBecome a member of the infamous Medici family in Renaissance Italy and compete to see who can make the most money in a no-holds-barred three day bidding war. Take turns opening crates on the dock, then auction them off to the highest bidder. At the end of each day, Florins are paid out to the merchants with the most valuable shipments and who have shipped the most of each commodity. The player with the most money at the end of the three days is the winner!With beautiful graphics and trademark attention to detail and theme, this latest offering from developer and publisher Sage Board Games makes it simple to play a quick game of Medici with your friends or by yourself -- no matter where you are!Combining deep strategy with an intuitive and beautiful interface, Medici is easy to learn but hard to master. Choose your favorite of nine different historically-based Medici characters, and then discover their true personalities as you compete against them in solo play.With no setup time required, no pieces to lose, and no arguments about the rules, the future of board games is here and Medici is an essential addition to your games night gatherings and your iPhone library. Features========Fast, easy, and fun game play for 3 to 6 playersBeautiful graphics with plenty of eye candyAuthentic Renaissance Italian theme and musicSupport for 2 modes of play: solo and "pass and play"9 different historically-based Medici characters to choose from9 different AI opponents to compete againstComplete rules and game guideUndo your last turnSaves your last setupPlay your own iPod musicComing Soon===========Wi-fi / Bluetooth playEven more features and eye candyAbout=====Dr. Reiner Knizia is one of the world's most prolific and best-known board game designers, and this version of one of his top titles has been fully approved and endorsed by him.Sage Board Games is an independent software developer, focusing on bringing award-winning and classic board games to mobile devices. With a veritable "who's who" of Euro games already licensed, Sage Board Games is poised to become the premiere source of board games for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.Visit us: sageboardgames.comFollow us: twitter.com/sageboardgamesLike us: facebook.com/sageboardgamesPlease send us your feedback and requests, and rate the game once you've bought it.

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