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4 Thrones

For: iPad   Also on: Android, iPhone

Game of cards

Product: 4 Thrones | Publisher: Simple Machine | Format: iPad | Genre: Card/ board game, Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
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There's nothing particularly special about 4 Thrones. It's a simple digital version of a simple physical card game. It's polished to a reasonable degree, and there are no glaring glitches or problems spoiling things.

But in the end it doesn't really offer anything more than a pack of cards would, and while it is handy to have a quick card game you can play on the bus without risking dirtying your favourite deck, there's not enough innovation here to really recommend it.

House decks

The game is all about making four piles of cards out of the 52 in a standard deck. You start with four cards as the base of the piles and one to place. You can put a card on another card with a lower numerical value.

Pop it down and another one is drawn from the deck. Different cards have different special attributes. These mean you can have cards of certain suits on top of them that you wouldn't normally be able to.

If you can't place a card then you can tap on the deck to draw a new one. You only get three swaps on most of the game modes, though, and once you've used them up getting stuck again brings about the end of the game.

The puzzling is sedate and simple, and based as much on the chance of the deal as it is the way you position the new cards that come out. As well as the standard mode there's an Endless mode and King mode, which gives you extra points for laying down Kings.

Spades

As App Store card games go, 4 Thrones is perfectly presentable. It's solidly put together, and while it's not exactly inspiring to look at, it does what it sets out to do quite nicely.

Still, there's nothing about the game that's likely to spark anything other than mild interest, and though everything about it functions just the way it should, you're unlikely to be pulled back into it.

4 Thrones is an enjoyable little game, but once you've played it for half an hour or so, you'll have seen everything that it has to offer.
 
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Harry Slater | 5 September 2013
While it's well made and decent to look at, 4 Thrones doesn't really have the gameplay to keep you entertained for long
 
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