As a huge board game fan, I am always looking to take the action on the go with my HTC EVO 4G in hand to play some games. The latest game to make the digital conversion is the winner of the German "Game of the Year" award as well as the "Deutscher Spielepreis" when it was published in 2001, Carcassonne by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede. It has landed on the Market in a big way courtesy of exozet games and at only $5.77, it is sure to win over many fans.
A tile placement based board game, Carcassonne allows you to take on the AI or up to five local players and take turns creating a landscape by placing tiles with roads, cities, fields, and cloisters in order to gain points. Now this might seem simple but when you can only place one tile each turn and your friends-turned-opponents are racing to do the same, competition will get fierce.
Drawn randomly, tiles have to be placed in a way that they not only extend the board but also make contextual sense; you are not allowed to dead end a road into a city, for example. Once you place your tile, you can then place a single follower from your follower pool, which turns them into knights, monks, thieves, or farmers, and into points.
The player with the highest collective score wins the game.
With an ever changing board to play on, it is hard to get tired of this game as each play presents its own strategies and angles of attack. The game features 12 challenges, the official "The River II" expansion, tutorial and manuals for beginners, and language support for English, German, French, and Spanish. Coming in at 19MB, this is a larger install but well worth it for the value at hand.