[Review] Animal Kingdom

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  1. chameleon2424

    chameleon2424 New Member

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    Price: $0.99




    Gameplay

    Animal Kingdom is a brilliant little app based off of the game Dou Shou Qi which most people compare to Stratego. The game consists of eight animal pieces each with a different "rank." A higher ranked animal will destroy any lower ranked animal except in the case of the elephant. The elephant is the strongest animal at rank 8, yet it cannot destroy the lowest ranked animal, the mouse, yet the mouse can destroy the elephant. All which is explained in the screenshot below.

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    The point of the game is to get any of your animals into the Den space on the opponents side of the board. The den space is surrounded by three trap spaces. Whenever an animal is in a trap space, an animal of any rank, even lower, can destroy that animal. So you don't want to put your animal into a trap space if an opponents animal is right next to that space.

    The board also has two Lakes in the middle. The only animal that can walk in the lakes are the mice. Although they cannot attack an animal while they are in the lake and the defending animal is on land. The other animal that interact with the lakes are the lions and tigers. They can each jump horizontally or vertically over the lakes and attack any animal that is on the land space they land on. The only time they cannot jump over the lakes is if a mouse is in their pathway.

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    The game can be played against four different AI difficulties, or against a friend on the same device. Although, even the beginner AI is pretty difficult to beat, so the game is quite a challenge. It takes a lot of thinking to beat the most difficult AI.

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    Graphics

    As you can see, the graphics are very smooth and clean. The Chinese theme is brilliantly done. The 3D animal tokens are very well made and they each have their own movement animation which makes it that much better. The game is brilliantly crafted compared to the real board game which is usually cheap paper and circular cardboard playing pieces.


    Audio

    Each animal has it's own sound when it moves. The background music is absolutely perfect for the game. It's got the Japanese oriental sound to it, but it's also up beat and evokes competitiveness.


    Controls

    The controls are very simple. You tap on an animal to choose it and clouds appear on the spaces you can move that animal. You then tap which space to move it. If you want to redo a move, you can simply shake your ipod/iphone and an option will pop up asking if you'd like to redo that move.


    Replay Value

    It's a board game so naturally there is replay value. You can choose between four different difficulty levels, or even play against a friend on the same device. Each game goes pretty quickly and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete, so it's great for playing on bus rides or while waiting in line.


    Closing

    Animal Kingdom is a very addicting very challenging game. It's definitely worth the dollar especially compared to most of the other higher end board games in the app store. The only thing that it is lacking is background music, if it had that, then it would be perfect. You can't go wrong buying Animal Kingdom and you most certainly won't regret it. I actually want to go out and find a copy of the real board game after playing this.


    Ratings

    Gameplay/Controls: 4/5 - Simple controls, simple directions, yet deep gameplay that is hard to master.

    Graphics: 5/5 - They are smooth and clean and the animations are great yet they get a little blurry while moving.

    Audio: 5/5 - The background sound is perfect and the animal sounds are great.

    Replay: 4/5 - The game is addicting and very challenging.

    Value for Money: 4/5 - It's one of my all-time favorite board game apps.

    Overall: 4.5/5 - It's a great board game which will keep getting even better with the update they have planned.

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  2. TooGoodAtCOD4

    TooGoodAtCOD4 New Member

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    Woooord! Very cool.
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    studangerous Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    A great review. Well rounded and covering all salient points. A word of advice though - we encourage all reviewers to use the official app scoring system which makes scoring more easy, accurate, fairer and allows for some comparison between apps.

    edit/ also text looks much better when it's left justified - but leave your images centered.
  4. Juni44ever

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    Looks nice, going to try it right now

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    It so great. Thanks a lots.
  6. jeffreyzhang

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    IT's really cool and in v1.2 (releasing soon) a fantastic background music has been added. In further v1.3 wifi playing also is rolled in

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    It's polish game! I playing many games a day and waiting for the score tracking system in v1.3
  8. Mgssidley

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    Has nice graphics and a nice look to it.
  9. jeffreyzhang

    jeffreyzhang New Member

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    Hope all you guys really enjoy it!!
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    jeffreyzhang New Member

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    Hi all,

    The new version v1.2 has come out~!

    What's new in this version:
    -- Brand new BACKGROUND MUSIC & SFXs added.
    -- AI adjusted.

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