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Yggdrasil for iPad review

June 22, 2012

“Let death and destruction stand your foes before
And Midgard is safer the more”

10 word description: Board game adaptation. Norse Gods battle to defend Asgard. Game Center.

10 word review: Complex, visually impressive and significantly challenging. Not a casual game!

You will like this if you enjoy: Deep, strategic board games / card games. I mean card games such as Might & Magic rather than Solitaire.

This is one of many pages of rules and instructions

The good news: Impressive recreation of the board game on iPad. Very nice graphics and decent effects. Should keep keen players occupied for a long time. Full instructions and rules are included (there’s a lot to read!).

The bad news: Initially very complicated and hard to understand what you need to do. Tutorial scrapes the surface and leaves some fundamental questions unanswered.

Arcadelife verdict: I don’t think the baffling complexity and need for players to put in a fair amount of groundwork before making much progress is going to do Yggdrasil any harm, purely because the people who are going to want to play a game like this are not going to be expecting a quick pick-up-and-play 5 minute casual game. Even with that in mind, the tutorial could do with being a bit more helpful and the instructions need to be specific to the iPad game, not just a copy of the board game instructions, as many details are irrelevant or misleading as far as playing on the iPad is concerned.

Overall, if you enjoy the original board game or you are a fan of complex board/trading card games, you’re probably already playing this and laughing at my inability to grasp the basic concepts. If so, good for you and I’m glad you’re enjoying the game!

Here’s a .pdf of the original board game rules that are replicated within the iPad game Yggdrasil Rules (7mb).

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 7/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 7/10
Final rating – 79/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
iTunes link

Ludonaute / Yggdrasil website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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