One of my favorite board games is Hasbro’s, Risk. This global domination strategy game puts you against your opponents in a winner-take-all land grab; conquer or be conquered.
Well, Hasbro is introducing the game for mobile devices, which includes an option to play on your Chromecast.
To conquer, or be conquered
The game is very much like the original board game (and its iOS companion). There are two different boards to play, French Revolution and Classic.
The game play features multiple methods of challenging friends, including online. The settings also allow “pick up” style challenges with other, unknown players of the same caliber. That’s nice, since even the game’s hard mode is pretty difficult — I lost one game in about 2 minutes.
I like adding 5 computer opponents and beating them all — you’re given more opportunities to conquer and obtain all of their action cards.
Flip it to the big screen
The Google Cast function is really cool for big groups. Unfortunately, the game won’t recognize my Nexus 5 device as cast-enabled, so it’s a defunct device.
Otherwise, when the game works, the board appears on your television, leaving your mobile device to show the miniature sized version. In reality, what you see on the screen and on your mobile device won’t differ too much.
Also, if you’re trying to play a number of different friends with different devices, each player will need to purchase his or her own copy of the game. At $5.99, you’re going to shell out some cash. I’m really not a fan of this, and here’s where I wish Google would open multi-user Google Play accounts. Obviously, since cash is king, opening Play Store for “family share” accounts deducts from developer revenues.
Classic game play condensed
If you’re a fan of the board game, you’ll probably like the mobile, big screen, version, too.
My real complaint is that easy opponents are almost too easy, and the hard opponents are really hard — the AI needs fine-tuning.
Note: Hasbro has other “big screen” apps, but this one is my favorite.