The classic medieval board game of Tablut, lovingly recreated for iPhone and iPad.
It’s an interesting game in that it is asymmetrical – the two sides are the Attackers and the Defenders. The Defenders have a King. They start in the middle of the board, and must try to get their King to safety at the edge of the board.
The Attackers do not have a King. They start around the edges of the board in “Base Camps”, and outnumber the Defenders 2 to 1 (not including the King). Their objective is to capture the King.
Pieces can move similarly to a rook in Chess – vertically and horizontally any number of empty spaces. Capturing is different to Chess – it is done by “custodian capture” – moving a piece next to an opponent that has another of your pieces already on the opposite side. See the picture to the right — the red X is where a yellow beetle has just been captured.
It is safe to move a piece into a gap between two enemy pieces – the enemy would have to move away and move back to capture.
The Base Camps and the Throne (the central square where the King starts) cannot be re-entered once left, and are hostile to both sides when empty!
There are a few more rules – full instructions are included in the game.
These rules are based on John C. Ashton’s retranslation of Linnaeus’ original Latin text, providing the most balanced and accurate Tablut experience available.
- High resolution graphics for iPad and iPhone 4
- 10 AI difficulty levels
- Many different boards & piece sets
- Unlimited Undo
- Two players on one device
- iOS4 fast switching