StarXStar for iPhone, iPad Review

On February 16, 2012

App Type: iPhone

StarXStar for iPhone, iPad Review

Our rating:

By: Steve Ma

Version #: 1.1

Date Released:

Developer: By Steve Ma

Price: $0.99

User Rating:

The iOS platform has been a great playground for fans of board games. There have been so many great board games that have been successfully brought to the iPad and iPhone that many publishers are looking to expand their development to the mobile space. StarXStar is a card based board game that pits you against an opponent in a strategy game themed around star constellations.

Unfortunately the first thing I noticed about the game was a lack of instructions. There was no way to know how the game was to be played. I initially attempted to figure the game out on my own, and while I could place cards on the board easily enough, I was unable to determine what the meaning of each card was. The iTunes app store page for the app was also unhelpful. The answer came from the app’s website, which doesn’t rate high on Google’s search results. From there I was able to learn how to play the game.

The basic game is played by laying down on of the drawn cards on the 3×3 board. If you place it next to an opponent’s card that has a lower number adjacent to your’s then the card is turned your color. The object is to have more cards turned your color when the board fills up. Games are played as best of three and there are many variation to give you variety of games, each with their own strategy.

As you play the game you can unlock new cards to add to your deck. The game has a simple concept that is implemented such that it will offer a wide variety of strategy. The lack of instructions would be a big set back for the average gamer, but once the game is understood its is a fast card battle that will challenge the mind. For $.99 this game is a possible buy is you are a fan of the genre.

We rate this app 3 out of 5 stars.

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