GameRoom

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Beauty of a board game set -- for two or more players only.

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The rules of the games vary in complexity. The interface works very smoothly.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GameRoom offers five classic board games in one app, all of which are meant to played by two (or more) players on the same iPad. In fact, there is no other way to play -- no solo mode with computerized opponents and no WiFi or online modes for competitors with their own iPads.

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Is it any good?

Some might consider it a flaw that GAMEROOM offers no computerized opponents to challenge solo players, but in an age where kids are spending more time in virtual worlds, it's nice to see an app that promotes face-to-face human interaction. And GameRoom does just that, turning the iPad into what is essentially a good old-fashioned game board with (virtual) playing pieces. The game sets included in GameRoom -- Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Reversi, Mancala, and Go -- are gorgeously depicted, with nice little elements of whimsy (Mancala, for instance, can be played on a beautiful stone board -- or in an egg carton). So gather the family around the iPad and start playing.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 15, 2010
  • Category: Board Games
  • Publisher: MetaVersal Studios
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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