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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Carcassonne is an app version of the popular tile-laying board game. It is a great game to play as a family "huddled" around one iPad. However, because there is an over-the-Internet multiplayer option, there could be unwanted language and unsafe exchange of information via the built-in chat. However, that would be more of an issue with the "Quick Play," which automatically matches you to an available player. Playing with friends you've invited over email would be a safer option, and there are also solitaire modes.
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CARCASSONNE is a tile-laying board game: Players place square tiles on the board to complete cities, roads, cloisters, and farms around the French city of Carcassonne. While the rules are fairly easy to learn, the strategy involved can be quite deep. There is a solitaire mode that is different from the original board game, as well as a single-player mode against computer opponents. However, where the game really shines is in multiplayer mode, either sharing one device or playing against friends online.
The Carcassonne app is a faithful translation of the board game, with an easy-to-use interface, superb graphics, and understated music and sound effects.The multiplayer online mode is well-implemented and will alert you when it's your turn to play, and built-in chat makes it feel like you're sitting around the same table playing together. Although the app may seem a bit pricey, for board game enthusiasts it is well worth the price.