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I don't know when heavy board games started being available on phones and not just tablets, but I approve.

I have not pulled the trigger on Brass because I read terrible things about the computer players. Waiting on patches.

But what about Steam? Which apparently is also out and is way cheaper.

For that matter, what's the difference between Steam and Age of Steam anyway? I know they're different but I never actually paid attention or played Steam. Yes, I'll check BGG as well.

Date: 2015-12-01 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reldnahkram.livejournal.com
The Brass AI are pretty terrible. It's a very well-polished app otherwise.

The Kingdom Builder AI consistently get the better of me. It may be that I'm not very good at the game, but i doubt it. Unfortunately, there's a really limited set of powers and goals available. There's a good Tigris app on Android, not sure about iOS. Suburbia i think only runs on tablets - the bots aren't very bright but the solo challenges are pretty good. The Manhattan Project app is mediocre, but scratches the itch.

I played Steam once a while back. IIRC, the main differences are that you can issue stock at any time, the powers have a fixed turn order associated with them, and there's something different about how goods come into the game. I was a little underwhelmed, but I'd probably play out again. I played Railroad Tycoon/Railways of the World recently, and enjoyed it much more. It's a much bigger map and much less tight economically, so it's much more about building the best railroad and optimizing the pickup and delivery. Comparing all three, I think Steam was too close to Age, so it felt more like an unsatisfying, watered-down version, whereas RotW was different enough that it felt like a unique game. YMMV.

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