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Le Havre: The Inland Port

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Harbor builder hits troubled waters with confusing gameplay.

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Usually, an advantage of digital board games is that players don't have to worry about misunderstanding the rules because the computer plays referee and sticks to the law of the board. The problem with something like Le Havre: The Inland Port is that the rules and the gameplay are so convoluted, you can't help but wonder if it's simply making things up as it goes along.

The game has a tutorial that's limited in its usefulness. While it walks players through the steps of a game, it doesn't do a great job of explaining why it has players do the things they do. For example, during one turn, it has players use the resources and go through the motions to build a market, only to turn right around and sell it off. By the time players get through the whole tutorial, they've technically made just about every move available, but still have very little understanding of anything they've done. Over time, players will start to get the gist of what the game wants and be able to navigate the waters a bit better, but it never quite makes any sense.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: November 10, 2015
  • Category: Board Games
  • Topics: History
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Version: 1.42
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: June 8, 2020

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