April 5, 2012
Nearly a month after the new iPad and its Retina display were announced, the stream of apps that have been updated to measure up to the new device's high-resolution screen remains running. And one of the recent apps to come out of that stream is the outstanding iOS version of the award-winning board game Carcassonne. Carcassonne is a relatively new board game. It was released just over a decade ago and has attracted a worldwide following since. In the game, you and other players take turns in placing tiles on the board to gradually create a medieval landscape. The tiles represent cities, roads, cloisters, and fields, or, more often than not, just pieces thereof. The idea is to build landmarks with those pieces and consequently claim as many of them as you can with your follower pieces, known within the game as "meeples." As is the case for a lot of popular board games, Carcassonne has been translated to the iOS platform. And I must say that the translation is very well done, with an exceptionally soothing soundtrack to boot. The Retina iPad update that was applied to it just yesterday makes Carcassonne even better. Now, those medieval landscapes come to life in high definition, tile by tile. No UI stone is left unturned to be enhanced as well. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, the iOS version of Carcassonne is available in the App Store for $9.99.