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Android Overview - Heptalion

Mark Webb
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Name: Heptalion
Devices: Android
Launch Price: $0.99
Multiplayer: Solo against AI, Pass and Play
Publisher: nestorgames
Developer: Kris Wolff
BGG Entry: Heptalion
Google Play:
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Does the developer's name Kris Wolff seem familiar to you? If you are a fan of Android board game apps, and read this blog, it just might. This developer of the Android games Don Quixote and RED has released a new app for your gaming pleasure -- Heptalion from nestorgames.

For those unfamiliar with the game, here is a quick description of this abstract game. In Heptalion, there is a board made up of squares with a variety of seven different symbols on it. See the screenshot to the left for how that looks. In addition to the board, there are 28 domino-like pieces with two each of the same symbols featured on the board on them. Those 28 pieces are dealt to the players evenly, with one being left out in a three player game. The players play the game by choosing a piece of theirs and matching onto the board where adjacent squares have the same symbols as the piece. This takes those matching squares on the board out of play. The fact that you have to eliminate symbols from the board in adjacent pairs, it is possible to play one piece rendering another impossible to play. Object of the game: Be the last person able to play a piece.

Heptalion comes in two versions, free and paid for 99 cents. The big difference between the two versions (besides giving the developer some love) is that the paid version comes with three more board arrangements, as well as a random board setting, which the free version only allows play on the one board. Both versions also include some solo puzzles, where the object is to place your tile pieces in the correct order so that all tiles in the puzzle are able to be played. Placed in the wrong order, and you are not able to complete the puzzle. You advance through the puzzles "Angry Birds" style, where you cannot go to the next puzzle until you solve the one you are working on currently. The paid version gives you 250 of these puzzles and the free version only 20 puzzles to give you a taste.
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