Publisher: Merscom LLC
# of Players: 1-4
N Amer - 06/18/2007
Digital Download - 07/10/2007
Ingenious is a tile-placing strategy board game from Reiner Knizia that has garnered good reviews in gaming circles. Now, it’s been released as a PC game. Players can play with up to four players or play computer opponents in hotseat play, or play others online.
The premise is simple: place colored hexagonal chips in sets of two in the board so they match previously placed chips. Points are awarded for each chip in the row, excluding the chips just placed. The game is over when there are no more spaces for chips. The winner is the one with the most points in the lowest scored color.
The board is attractive and has brightly colored chips of stars, circles and other shapes. The music choices vary by time era, but there’s not much difference between the selections, it’s all very “techno” sounding. The interface is easy to use and understand. There is also a tutorial that will walk players through the rules, which is nice.
The software presentation is the same as the board game, but for some reason, just doesn’t translate that well. It’s not as much fun as playing the actual board game, even if everyone is around the computer. It’s more fun if everyone is huddled around the table. I enjoy casual games and like playing them on the computer and also enjoy playing board games with my family. It’s hard to say why this game isn’t as much fun on the computer as games like Tropix or Cake Mania, but it’s not. Maybe it’s the slowness of pace, or the unexciting music. Either way, while this is a faithful and well-designed rendition of the board game, I’m going to pick the board game over the software version every time.
Review Scoring Details for Ingenious
While this game is well-designed and very faithful to the original board game, it’s just not all that fun on the PC. And, as that is the point of playing a game on the PC, that means the gameplay value is somewhat low.
The graphics are nice and brightly colored.
The music is boring and uninspired.
The difficulty is a medium range, and really depends on the opponent’s skill, whether live or Memorex. The computer AI appears to be of a medium difficulty.
The concept is nothing new, but the presentation is well-presented.
The game is designed well and is wholly representative of the board game, but the fun factor is missing. For just a few more dollars, players can play the real thing around the table and have more fun.
Ingenious is ingenious in its combination of simple rules and complex strategy
Reviewer: Anise Hollingshead
Review Date: 06/22/2007