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Reiner Knizia's Ra for iOS

By Codito Development $3.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 4, 2011

Reiner Knizia's Ra is the universal iOS adaptation of the popular European-style board game Ra (by German game-design legend Reiner Knizia), a fast-paced game of bidding and building that's nominally about achieving fame in ancient Egypt.

Ra is a pure auction game, with simple rules and a shallow learning curve once you get its basic flow. It's always easier to learn a board game from somebody who knows how to play it, but the app does include complete rules and a good bit of in-game help for novices.

Ra is divided--and scored--in three separate stages ("epochs" of Egyptian history), and players bid competitively for sets of tiles, which illustrate various gods, gold, monuments, pharaohs, and the like. Different tiles have a different impact on each player's score, so you need to know what a set of tiles is worth to you, what it's worth to your opponents, and how that might change over the course of an epoch. This iOS version does a good job of translating the game's central auction dynamic (complete with its brinksmanship and schadenfreude)--and it even makes the auctions more fluid, by eliminating some of the bookkeeping of the original, with features like scoring summaries and the ability to click on any tile to see its rules and scoring details (including how many of a given type of tile remain in play).

The animated interface (with optional Egyptian background music and sound effects) looks very much like the Ra board game, with a couple of improvements: a small sundial shows you how many Ra tiles have been drawn (which lets you know when the epoch will end), and it's always easy to see what tiles and bidding tokens each player is holding.

Ra supports from two to five players, with any mix of humans (for pass-and-play multiplayer) and AIs (with eight different AI opponents), and you can also play online through OpenFeint, although you'll probably have more luck finding games with people you know than random pickups. If you're new to Ra, the game can be a bit overwhelming--but it's a classic for a reason, and the app version will reward your patience. If you're already a Ra fan, you'll definitely enjoy this faithful adaptation (and it will give you a chance to hone your skills in solo play).

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6.0

Added support for latest device screen resolutions.

Added 64-bit support.

Minor bug fixes.

General

Release September 30, 2017
Date Added September 30, 2017
Version 1.6.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 59
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Developer's Description

Summer Sale + 64bit update celebration. We are working hard to avoid the Appocalypse - help support us and pick up some games on sale. Compete to become the most famous ruler of all time as you wield god-like powers over the course of three major Epochs in Egyptian history. Reviews: "Reiner Knizia's Ra app is beautifully done." - TUAW. "Ra is another brilliant 4.5 [out of 5] Dimple pleasure." - AppSmile.com. "[Ra] is very stunning and impressive. Keep up the good work." - Reiner Knizia. Build an empire that will live forever. Collect tiles representing various aspects of Egyptian life and civilization while your rivals try to do the same. Wisely use the few tokens that Ra, the sun god, has given you to earn your place of honor in the Valley of the Kings. Combining deep strategy with an intuitive and beautiful visual presentation, Ra captures the mysterious lure of Ancient Egypt and will bring you back for more time and time again. Choose your favorite of 8 different Egyptian gods as your avatar, and then discover the true power of the gods 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 Ra gives you exactly what you want. to play. How to play: Tap the draw button to reveal a single tile. The player with the highest sun (token from Ra) begins. A player without tokens takes no action on their turn. When an epoch ends, players receive or lose fame points depending on the tiles they hold. The player with the most fame after three epochs is the winner. Features. No set up required. Fast, easy, fun game play for 2 to 5 players (human or AI). Stunning HD graphics including support for Retina devices. 8 different Egyptian god avatars to choose from. 8 different AI opponents to compete against. Player rankings and stats. In-game help at your finger tips. Complete rules and game guide. Universal app with unique features on both iPad and iPhone/iPod. Leaderboards and achievements. Support for 4 modes of play: solo. "pass and play". "hotseat" (around the table) ; and. online multiplayer. About. 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.com. Like us: facebook.com/sageboardgames. Follow us: twitter.com/sageboardgames. Please send us your feedback and requests, and rate the game once you've bought it.