The Brain Games on iPAD – Game For Two

Game For Two App

Today’s review is broght to you by Celina, the NerdyBaker.  Celina is a wife, a mother of three, a self-proclaimed nerd, lover of movies, science, and science fiction. When her two kids got iPods for Christmas, she wanted to fill them with fun and educational content.  Let’s see what Celina have for us today.

My favorite games to play are the ones that challenge you without you feeling completely overwhelmed.  Games where you feel like you are learning with each move but in a watching an afterschool special way not a writing sentences way.  The app Game For Two has four games that let you learn and have fun at the same time.  All 4 games are twist of board games, but are on iPAD.

The app itself is pretty straight forward.  You pick your language (three languages available, including English).  Then you choose between “two player” or “versus robot” mode.  You have a choice of four games:  Caro “A variation of Gomoku”, Tiling “Make lines get tiles”, Co-Ganh “A Vietnamese traditional chess”, and Coloring “Fun coloring game”.  Each can be played at easy, medium, or hard difficulty levels.

In case the descriptions above are of no help to you (because they sure didn’t help me), let me break it down a bit more.  Caro, to me, is like a Connect Four but you have to connect five.  I didn’t win one game against the robot the entire time.  You can tell when the robot is being strategic.  However, I still couldn’t make the adjustments I needed to win.  Co-Gahn is my least favorite and my 9-year-old’s absolute favorite.  There is a grid of lines within a box.  The box is outlined on one half by red dots and by blue on the other.  The object is to move your pieces within the grid and end up in between two opponent’s pieces to make them disappear.  Whoever makes all their opponent’s pieces disappear first wins.Game for Two App

My favorite games are Tiling and Coloring.  Both games played and won at the medium level.  Tiling is my absolute favorite.  It is like playing Tetris except against someone and slowly, thoughtfully, and with more strategy.  You can make lines vertically as well as horizontally.  I could play this game all day every day.  Coloring had me a bit stumped at first.  It has these “null” blocks that you can make by coloring the outside of a still white polygon with the four different colors, making a polygon that can’t be colored anymore since two polygons can’t have an edge that share a color.  That wasn’t entirely clear to me in the instructions but I rocked it once I figured it out.

NerdyBaker Comments:

What I liked best about Game for Two was playing it with my daughter.  She is always up for games that challenge her and games that she can beat me at.  This app gave her the opportunity for both.  We both found games that played to our individual strengths.  Each of these games requires strategy and critical thinking.  You are always thinking two steps ahead.  This app is well worth checking out for what it has now but more games are promised to come.

Game for Two is available for iPhone and iPAD.  It is $1.99 on App Store. 

If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.
Game For Two - Guava7

GIVEAWAY

iGameMom has two copies of Game For Two to giveaway, thanks to the developer Guava7.

To win the app, please leave a comment at this post, telling us which board game you like to be available on iPAD. All entries entered by midnight Feb.26 are eligible to win.

The winner will be randomly picked and announced here at this post on Feb.27.

The Winner are Lutetia and Niamh.  Enjoy the app! 

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Phong July 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

iOS version 1.3.2 is out today.
This update brings lots of bug fixes and improvements, including:

+ Support zoom for Caro game’s grid
+ Tuning difficulty for some games
+ Setting screens: allow turning on/off sound/music, timer
+ Allow sharing achievement via Facebook, Twitter
+ VS Robot mode: allow changing turn (human or robot plays first) and difficulty while playing the game
+ VS Robot mode: added statistics (number of wins/loses)

Enjoy! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/game-for-two/id574723506?mt=8

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iGameMom July 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Thanks for sharing the new features.

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Phong June 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Oh, and we’ve also released an Android version on Google Play. Hope you’ll like it too. Cheers.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guava7.game42

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iGameMom June 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Thanks for sharing the news!

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Phong June 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I forgot to update news about version 1.3.1 which was released on May 14, 2013.

+ You can now listen to your own music while playing the game
+ No more bothering push notification!
+ Fixed crash bug after receiving a call on iPhone or from Viber, etc.
+ Game Center now works correctly

And version 1.3.2 is on the way too :)

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Phong April 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

Just want to let know you that version 1.3.0 is out today with some improvements, bugfixes, and it’s now UNIVERSAL (running on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Cheers! :)

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iGameMom April 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for the updates. I will make sure update the app.

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Phong February 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Hi everyone,
I’m Phong from Guava7, the maker of this game.
Thank you very much for the nice review and your interest in the game. I”d like to let you know that version 1.2.0 is now LIVE on the AppStore. Please update and enjoy! ;)
Change log:
+ Crash bug on iOS older than 6.0 is now FIXED!
+ A new fun game: Othello (aka Reversi)
+ Game Center achievements
+ Co Ganh: added “jump over” rule
+ More background music
+ Several UI tweaks

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iGameMom March 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Thanks for sharing Phong. Can’t wait to check out the new game!

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barbarastanley February 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for the awesome job you do to help parents make the wisest decisions.

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iGameMom February 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

You are welcome!

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Lutetia February 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

That looks like an awesome app to play with my older children, or them against each other!

The board game that I’d like for the I pad is the Minotaurus game by lego, it’s a great game the kids love to play, doesn’t take hours like Monopoly, but can still be played with two to four players.

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iGameMom February 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

We don’t have the game, but looks like a fan game.

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Niamh February 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

Love to have Zingo!

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iGameMom February 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Oh, we used to play Zingo a lot. It would a good one to be on iPAD.

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AmandaMac February 23, 2013 at 4:43 am

Wow – these look like so much fun. A great way to engage my daughter in problem solving without her realising she is utilising her brain. I am happy to have any of the apps, but the polygon one looks intriguing, as well as the tiling. Thanks for a great giveaway. I hope I am one of the lucky ones. Amanda

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iGameMom February 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Amanda, you have to answer the question “which board game you would like to have on iPAD?” to be eligible to win.

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