Blokus is originally a board game, and now is available on iPAD. The game is fairly simple. You link your like-colored blocks to expand your territory. You have to link them diagonally by their corners, with no sides touched between two pieces. You want to place as many of your own color while blocking the other players from laying theirs. Whoever placed more pieces at the end wins the game.
You can play by yourself, or by 2-4 players. When it is your turn, the pieces you can use appear at the bottom of the screen and little triangles flash on the board in the spaces where you can still place a piece (This makes the game a little easier than the original board game). You tap the piece you want to play, move it into the position you want to place, rotate the piece if necessary, and tap the green checkmark to place the piece in location. One thing took me a while to get used to is rotating the pieces. You don’t rotate by turning the pieces. Instead, you rotate the circle appears around the piece before you tap the green checkmark.
It has a colorblind mode that overlays little shape on the pieces to make them easily distinguishable from one another. The screen looks a little busy, but it enables color-blind people to play.
It is a good game to foster strategic thinking and problem solving skills. With multi-player mode, it can be used at family gathering and sleepovers.
There is a iPhone version called “Blokus”, it also works on iPAD. There is also an iPAD version called “Blokus HD”, which only works on iPAD. Both are $0.99 at the App store. I recommend you get “Blokus HD”. (Update on Nov.2013 – the app is pulled from the app store currently and an updated version will be launched soon. In the meantime, you can still enjoy the board game, of which the link from Amazon is provided below.)
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