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iPad Review: Dominant Species

Brad Cummings
United States
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The Stats:
Compatibility: iPad Only.
Current Price: $4.99
Developer/Publisher: GMT
Version: 1.0
Size: 49.3 MB
Multiplayer: Yes, Pass and Play.
AI: Yes, varying difficulties.
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Dominant Species

Dominant Species is a complex and deep game. It features important choices and the ability to adapt to situations as the game progresses. As a board game it is a great piece of design and this app allows you to play it in a faster (no book keeping)and more portable manner. If you really enjoy Dominant Species you have (or should have) already picked it up, and if you like hardcore games you will be able to comprehend and enjoy the game through a combination of the tutorial and included rulebook. However, despite the great game at its core, this app is far from the pinnacle of iOS board game design. It struggles in the areas of AI and user interface. The barrier of entry to new players is aided by a decent but incomplete tutorial. The developers also seemed to have missed huge opportunities to widen the game's general appeal through graphic design and user experience design. For many, being able to play this great and complex game on iOS will make it an easy 4 out 5. However, in my view of the entire package it is an average iOS experience, or 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3/5 A fine game

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