thegameofthegoose Review


Version Reviewed:
1st Sep, 2011
Review Date:
Reviewed by Nikolaos


2 out of 5


  • Publisher: ManualiPc
  • Version Reviewed: 1.2
  • Review Date: 1st Sep, 2011
  • Cost: £2.49
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Before I go into the details of the app, I have to say that I had never heard of this board game. After some quick research, I discovered that this is the ancestor of "Chutes and Ladders" or "Snakes and Ladders".

Once the app is loaded, the main screen has various buttons (sound, a hand, number of players, help, setting, and developers). The help popup displays Help Online and Invert drag mode (not sure why this is even included in the app since it swaps up/down with left/right motions, and vice versa). When the Help Online was selected, the Mobile Safari browser opens and I got an error message, which means no help!

With that in mind, I tried to figure the app out on my own. The object of the game is to get your duck to the house on the last position on the board. The board consists of 94 spots and each player takes turn by spinning the number wheel on screen - the choices are 1 through 6. Some of the positions on the board contain STOP signs (player is skipped in the next round), go back spots, and move forward spots.

There is music (kinda cute) through the game which can be turned off or on on the main screen. The game itself can be repetitive as it can take a long time before a duck reaches the end with the exact number of moves.

The board for this game feels like something inspired by FarmVille rather than an actual board game. The actual spots that the ducks move on are not clear (there is a number next to them but it never seems to stand out). After playing a little more, I discovered that the hand icon on the main screen is used to turn on manual or automatic mode. In the manual mode, each player has to move the duck to the correct position based on the number spun - however, since the spots are not clear, it was frustrating to get the duck on the right spot. Additionally, the app allowed only limited customisation of the ducks (4 ducks to choose from) before starting the game.

Final thoughts

The game is likely to appeal to kids rather than adults due to the repetitive and easy game play. If the developer improves the board display as well as fixing the missing help and includes a tutorial, this would most likely be a good choice for keeping young kids entertained for sort periods of time.

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