iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Ludo PlaySpace brings the classic game of Parcheesi to your iPhone and iPad. Developed by PlaySpace, this exciting board game is perfect for anyone who is looking for a modern twist on this popular game.
Concept and Gameplay:
If you’re not familiar with the classic game of Parcheesi (or Ludo in the United Kingdom), it’s fairly similar to the commercial game “Sorry!” and other variants.
Essentially the whole point of the game is to round the board with your game piece and reach home first. Ludo PlaySpace allows you to play with people all around the world, which means you’ll never be left hanging when you’re up for a game.
Before we go any further, I do want to mention that Ludo PlaySpace requires you to have a Facebook account in order to sign into the game server. While many users don’t have a problem with this, I personally feel that it’s a huge disadvantage to players who don’t want anything to do with Facebook or those who don’t want to give apps permission to access their account.
Facebook aside, the game itself isn’t difficult to learn and play. I’m not an avid player, so I became confused fairly quickly when Ludo PlaySpace sped along. I also want to mention that many users voiced concerns about how the computer can make moves for players that run out of time, and I did witness this quite a bit in matches I played. This means that someone can start the game and leave it unattended for the computer to play. I agree with other players who said this definitely isn’t fair and that users who run out of time should have their turn skipped.
Ludo PlaySpace comes with quite a few features that enhance gameplay. While the Facebook login requirement might be a major issue for some, it can be a huge benefit to others. Ludo PlaySpace allows you to challenge your Facebook friends as well as strangers across the globe.
You can even see live game stats on the main screen, such as the number of players who are logged into the game, the number of active games, and how many coins are in the jackpot.
To enhance gameplay, Ludo PlaySpace even includes a shop to buy powerups and other assorted goodies. Be careful, though, because the more you spend on powerups, the less you have to wager during games.
While Ludo PlaySpace is available to download for free from the App Store, I have to admit that the game contains some of the most annoying ads I’ve seen. These include perfectly timed ads that pop up full-screen so you’re almost guaranteed to tap them if you’re navigating the game, as well as video ads that autoplay. Personally I’d much rather spend $0.99 to banish them forever.
Overall, Ludo PlaySpace has a few bugs and exploits that need to be worked out (mainly the computer making moves for players), but it’s still a good game to check out if you’re a fan of turn-based games like Sorry! and other variants of Parcheesi. Note that this game is cross-platform and can be found on Google Play for your Android device.
Ludo PlaySpace requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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