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Manabu Terao
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I found the following download page.

App Shopper: LET'S CATCH THE LION! (Games)
http://appshopper.com/games/lets-catch-the-lion

The page has two screen shots of the application.
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Thanks for the heads up - I've just downloaded the app and it's very nicely done. OK there are a few typos and it would be nice to vary the level of difficulty, but it captures the cuteness of the game perfectly.
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Does it have AI?
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Yes it does
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Hi,

I just bought it for the iPhone aswell. I was very very very surprised though, that in the very first game I played, the AI moved it's lion to a position were I was able to take it in my turn...

As far as I know it isn't allowed to place your lion in a 'check' position, meaning in a position where it can be taken by an opponent.

Anybody else had this same behaviour? Seems like bad AI to me.

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Yes it seems to allow taking the opponent's lion, rather than stopping at 'check'. I agree it's not the strongest AI but it's not bad for a first attempt.
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doh! I bought it already. Oh well. 99 cents won't break me.
I should have asked if the AI was good
I'll leave a feedback review on iTunes when I can about the AI to bug them. Maybe if everyone who reads this does the same they'll update it sooner. sauron
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Better AI for this game would only lead to draws every time...
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It's not bad, no. I agree. Actually it's ok for this type of game. It should stick to the rules though. Still a really nice game, certainly for and with children.
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Martinus wrote:
Better AI for this game would only lead to draws every time...


Actually it's pretty good. Well good enough to have fun with anyway and worth the 99 cents. It hasn't broken any rules with me yet.

I noticed that the final move is carried out, so if the last move forces you or the AI to move the lion into a position to be taken then it happens.

so... basically what david said

I had a chance to meet the lady who designed the game at Essen. She was kicking everyone's but at Shogi on the next table over. I ended up buying this game and when we have a games night it's surprisingly popular.

thanks for the heads up on this app!
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It's a great game indeed. I also consider myself lucky to have a signed copy of the game.

I did come across a bug in the iPhone app just now. I got the popup that I won the game. Then after that, the AI made another move, taking my lion also, and another popup appeared stating victory for the AI.

Great, fun app. But in need of some fixes...
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Incredible !! Two weeks ago I wrote to publisher with offer to wrote application for iPad - and they already have application written.
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HIDETCHI, who has released a lot of videos about shogi on YouTube, just released another VIDEO about Let's Catch the Lion! for iPhone/iPad. You can clearly see how the application is like through it.

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I've just downloaded the update to this app. It has a few minor fixes (not least the name is now "CatchTheLion"!) and seems to play a slightly better game. Good to see it improving.
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There's another update (v1.2) available on the App Store which seems to have some minor UI tweaks, but the AI is still fairly weak.
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v1.3 is now available. The tiles have a slightly more 3D feel to them but that seems to be the only change - the AI is still as "good" as ever!
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Hi,

Anybody having 'issues' with the undo function? Once I was playing a game and I wanted to undo a move to see how the AI would react if I had made another move. As I undid the move, I was pretty sure that the resulting situation wasn't what it should have been. In other words: I felt that the game didn't correctly undo the move. The move that I wanted to undo was a move in which I had captured an opponent piece.

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Martinus wrote:
Anybody having 'issues' with the undo function?

I've tried a few games and the undo seems to work OK for me. Could it be a certain move that isn't being "undone" properly?
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Hi,

Perhaps. But I can't replicate it... It must have been me...

Thanks,
Martijn
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There's a new version of LCTL on the App Store. The DX version has sound effects of the animals moving around the board

Strangely, it's not an upgrade of the existing app but a whole new app.

Hmm, I think I'll pass.
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davidestall wrote:
There's a new version of LCTL on the App Store. The DX version has sound effects of the animals moving around the board :what:

Strangely, it's not an upgrade of the existing app but a whole new app.

Hmm, I think I'll pass.


Hi David,

How did you find out about there being a new version available...? Surely you're not looking for something like that on a daily basis! ;-)

There's also mention of a so called 'Expert CPU'. Do you have any info on this? How 'expert' is it compared to what's in the non-DX app.

And DX stands for DeluXe?

Thanks,
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I just tried the DX version. The AI is way better than in the normal version. Worth the purchase, even if you already have the normal version. Newcomers should buy the DX version, and only the DX version...

I do think they should have just upgraded the normal app instead of making a new DX version. It's a bit of a rip-off for the people that already bought the normal version when it came out. Like me...

Still a good game though!

Martijn
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Wait up, wait up!....

The DX version is iPad native, meaning HD graphics! Which is very, very nice indeed...

If you have an iPad also, be sure to go for the DX version!

Cheers,
Martijn
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Funny, the giraffe sounds more like a cow to me... :-D
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Martinus wrote:
How did you find out about there being a new version available...? Surely you're not looking for something like that on a daily basis! ;-)

Now that would be sad... no, I just occasionally check the Board Games category sorted by Release Date, and the DX version was top of the list.
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