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Game review
Put some mussel into it
by Jon Mundy 3/4/2013
Product: Abalone
Developer: AMA
Publisher: Bulkypix
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Card/ board game
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Besides being named after an edible sea mollusc, Abalone is notable for being that rare classically-styled board game that hasn't been flogged within an inch of its life through endless digital interpretations.

Like some kind of bizarre mash-up of Othello and sumo wrestling, the original game is a unique mix of lengthy strategic manoeuvring and odd moments of controlled aggression.

But let's swoop in with an obvious frontal attack and ask: does Abalone make for a good iOS and Android game?

What a load Abalone

Each round of Abalone provides you with a hexagonal game board filled with divots for placing your coloured marbles in. It's black versus white, with the object - as ever - being to remove your opponent's playing pieces from the board. ...
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A stripped back conversion of a strategically challenging if one-paced boardgame, Abalone isn't up there with the classics, but it is a worthy alternative
Audio/visual: 6
Gameplay: 6
Value: 6
Innovation: 6
Overall: 6
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