This week I am covering two games with some historical connections. Now not all games need to involve guns and blood to be fun. Some of my favorite games do not even have any violence in them at all! One of those games is Reiner Knizia’s Medici HD by Codito Development Inc, which I am covering here. The other game is Medieval Merchants by RapidRabbit over at my site AppReviewCentral.net
The game is set in the Renaissance Italy and you play a member of the infamous Medici family. The Medici family was a rich family that was involved in politics, banking and even produced 4 popes in the 14th and 15th century. You can read more about them on their wiki page.
In the game you need to make the most money in three days time. You will be competing with 2- 5 other players and your competition can be other humans or computer (AI). There does not seem to be an online multiplayer option but there are nine different computer opponents, each with a different tactic. If you need help, there is a nice help section that gives you the basics of the game which I would recommend you read it. Overall the game is pretty easy to pick up and play.
The graphics and music are very well done, plus if you do not want to listen to classical music you can play your own in the game! As was mentioned above, you are trying to make the most Florin (money) in a three day bidding war. The goods up for sale at the dock are cloth, fur, grain, dye, spice, and gold. Each turn is started by opening crates on the dock and you can open one to three crates. Each player can bid on the crates shown as long as they have space in their ship for them. At the end of each day, when all ships are filled, Florins are paid out to the merchants.
Scoring for the game is as follows:
- At the end of each day the merchant with the most valuble cargo in their ship gets a bonus.
- At the end of each day, the amount of purchases for each item is tallied and the merchant with the most of any single item gets a bonus.
So to do well in the game, you need to be smart on what you bid on. See what you opponents are going after, keep any eye on the type of item and value of it. Be patient. The game is only 3 rounds and once you get the hang of it, you should be able to play a game in only a few minutes.
I found the game to be challenging and enjoyable. It is not overall complicated but it does take some practice and thinking to excel at it. So if you are looking for a casual, thinking board game that will not take all day, Reiner Knizia’s Medici HD for the iPad is right up your alley. You can bet your Florin on it!