Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Neuroshima Hex -- One of My Favorite Apps of 2010

Michal Oracz's Neuroshima Hex was initially released in 2006 to much deserved critical acclaim. The game combined traditional territorial control wargame interactions with Eurogame game play and card game style interactions. The resulting product is easy to learn, quick to play, and a rewarding repeat experience. I consider my imported copy of the game -- which is now sold in the US by the excellent Z-Man Games -- one of the treasures of my collection.

Shortly after purchasing my iPhone, I discovered that Neuroshima Hex was being offered as an application for the bargain price of $2.99. I quickly purchased the app and it has been one of the four or five apps I turn to when I need a quick bit of entertainment.

Rather than write a full review of the game, I have attached the two videos below. The first is a trailer for the game and the second is a tutorial which goes over gameplay.

I have to say that one of the things I find most endearing about the app revolution, for both smartphones and tablets, is how quickly it has become a platform for distributing excellent versions of quality board games to users who might never encounter the game otherwise. To buy a copy of the Neuroshima Hex board game requires finding a niche hobby game store, but to buy the app one only need visit iTunes. Now if we could just spread the word about this excellent game.

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