The Works by Fun Digital icon

The Works ($1.99) by Fun Digital is a cheesy board game with too many toppings. Use your checkers based skills to be the player to get rid of the most olives. Play against the game or with a friend in pass-and-play multiplayer mode.

The Works by Fun Digital screenshot

The game board is a pizza and the game pieces are olives. Players must remove as many olives from the pizza as possible until there are no more moves. To remove an olive, you must “jump” an adjacent one, just like playing checkers; except that you can only move an olive if it is properly situated to jump another one.

Players can jump more than one olive if the board is set up for it. For example, if there is an olive in every other space past the first one, players can line up as many jumps as possible.

To move the olives, tap the one you want to move and then tap an empty spot that is two squares from the current one. Remember, there has to be an olive in between in order to move the one you want. To jump multiple olives, tap the first one and the next open spot, then tap the next open spot past it, and so on.

There are purple, green and red olives on the pizza. The red and green ones are worth more, but don’t spend too much time trying to grab those. Sometimes, a better move with multiple jumps is set up for the taking.

Players can compete against an artificially intelligent opponent or against a real-life friend in the same room. The computer opponent becomes smarter and harder to beat as you play the game, however, it eventually plateaus and does not increase in intellect after the third round of games.

This game is great for kids between 7 – 12 years old. Like checkers, it is very easy to pick up, but a player’s ability to win is based on his skills in strategizing future moves. The price of the game is twice what it should be. There isn’t a whole lot to it. For what you get, it should be $0.99. If you are looking for an interesting casual board game to play with friends, this will definitely keep you occupied for a while without requiring much training.