How Is $10 Too Much?

Apparently even the Nintendo and Mario brands cannot prevent people from ragging on $10 for a well-made iOS app (so badly it caused stock to drop). If there’s something to complain about on this game, it’s the always-on internet connection, not the price. World Tour ultimately has 96 levels: 6 worlds, 4 levels, with 3 sets of special coins. On top of that, as you defeat enemies in the game, they level up. That would be a $10 game on its own, but there’s also Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder.

Fascinating Tie Between Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder

Toad Rally is addictive and I’m amazed by the main motivator: diversity in Kingdom Builder. To gain access to certain objects for your Kingdom, you must have a certain level of diversity among your toads. Therefore when you play Toad Rally, you’re looking for matches that will help you attract a certain color (in my case, purple) to your Kingdom, so that you can build things like Rainbow Bridges. I love how diversity-as-a-key-to-success is integrated into the gameplay.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and you’re not already playing Letterpress, you have to give it a try. This is easily my favorite game.

Basically, you and one other person play on a board of 25 letter tiles. All tiles are worth one point. Words are made by tapping the letters. Words cannot be prefixes of already played words (e.g. if I play “horseradish”, you can’t then play “horse” — but you could play “radish”).

When you play a word, the tiles become your color. If you use a tile and surround all its sides, that tile becomes protected, mean I can use it, but don’t get points from it. The game is over when all tiles have been used, and whomever has the most tiles in their color wins.

Here’s an example of how a Letterpress game plays out.