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| April 3, 2010
Traditional Board Games on the iPad
AppGuide for Boardgames, Shredder Chess. It can adjust the AI strength to match your own. It helps you analyze your games to help you improve. And it is full of chess puzzles to solve. Checkers HD. While it is more expensive than the other options, it boasts many more features - the classic "you get what you pay for" adage. eParchis. This might be a type of game to hold off on until more options become available. Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) HD Animal Chess is available now as a Universal App, meaning if you buy this version, you have also bought the iPhone version. And you SHOULD buy it, not just because it is an incredible game but because it is FREE. Padgammon Online. However, it appeared to have what is, to me at least, a major failing: it can only be played online. It does uses the FIBS servers, so you can play against humans or AI opponents anytime. But you won't be able to practice if you have no connectivity. Reversio. Luckily, this is a Universal App so if you already own the iPhone version, you can download this one for free. SmartGo Kifu. However, you can only play against the computer as this is meant to mostly be a tool to learn to play better. It does include a record of 20,000 professional games and 2000 puzzles to solve. iGomoku HD is a Universal App updating iGomoku to the iPad. Tengen Go uses IGS servers to allow you to play with opponents from all over the world. BoardBox and Boardz. Boardz in Universal so you get double duty out of your purchase. But BoardBox has more games. honestly, I'll probably get both. Actually, I probably buy everything is this article. :)