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Carcassonne is a tile based board game for two to five playres designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede back in 2000. It won multiple awards including the Spiel des Jahres which is German for Game of the Year. It is named after the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne in southern France, famed for its city walls. The game has spawned many expansions and spin-offs as well as several PC, console and mobile versions. It’s the mobile version, available on the android play store that I’m reviewing today.
If you have never played the original form of the game, I highly recommend it. It’s extremely enjoyable, tactical and most importantly re-playable. Being a tile based game, in which you literally build the world around you piece by piece and turn by turn, means that each game is different. It’s a great.
If you have played Carcassonne before then you’ll already know this and will be delighted in hearing that this mobile version keeps all that you love about the game. It’s a faithful adaption that loses none of it’s charm. In fact, this mobile version is quicker, smoother and easier than the board game. It can never quite have the same feeling as sitting around a table with your friends and playing though, however it is a fun version to have available while on the go.
I bought the game for 10p while it was on sale, an absolute bargain! Normally it’s priced around £3.99 though, which depending on your opinion on pricing for mobile games is either too high or a reasonable price. Comparing any price to 10p seems expensive though, so I’ll leave that for you to judge. I will say that it’s cheaper than the physical version and almost as good. If that sways you one way or the other.
Just like the original board game, this game comes with multiple expansions packs available. The basic game comes with an expansion back as ‘standard’, The River. Other expansions include Inns and Cathedrals, The Festival, Crop Circles, Double Base Tile Set, The River 2 and Traders and Builders. Each pack adds more to the game or an extra twist, ideally you would like to play with them all.
Much like with the board game, however these expansion packs are a lot cheaper than the board game variety. Prices vary, roughly between one or two pounds. You can buy all of the packs in a bundle for £4.99 though. If you don’t want to pay the extra, you don’t have to. They aren’t ultimately necessary for the enjoyment of the game. I play, much like on the table top version, just with the basic pack which is perfectly fine for me and my friends.