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Find inner peace with this new meditative strategy game

Developer description

Ambit is a new, engaging and meditative strategy game for iPhone and iPad. Move pieces to create ... More

Editor's review

Published 23 Jan 2019

Different people desire different things from their gaming experience. Some want adventure games with lots of back story while others want puzzle games to test their brain and their logic. Some want games filled with fast-paced action while others would rather go for educational games involving math and science. However, over the last few years there has been a development towards calmer and more thought- provoking games. These are games that are played with the head rather than with an adrenaline filled heart. These games are almost uncategorisable but can be loosely filed under the title of meditative strategy.

When we talk about these types of online meditative games we are not necessarily talking about Zen and the art of transcendental meditation. We're talking about games that are played in the head and to lend an element of calmness to our lives. Games that encourage an exercise in stillness while we exercise our minds. If we were talking board games, we would be talking about chess and mahjong. If we were talking about math games you could probably throw sudoku in there. There's even an argument for Tetris to go under the same banner. 

Ambit is a new two person game app for iOS that fits very nicely into the meditative strategy category. It's an engaging and thought provoking online 'board' game where your pieces are moved to create shapes and score points. Each player takes turns moving their pieces to create scoring geometric shapes. Triangles, rectangles and squares will score points as you propel your counter around the scoring circle. At the same time you can block and break up your opponent's shapes to control the flow of the game while trapping and removing any opposing pieces and sending them back to the start. Every 15th scoring point can see your counter playing as a piece that can be used to create more scoring shapes. 

There's one final trick to this unique and mind calming game however and it will require your mind to work its magic as you move closer to your ultimate goal. You will have to plan your final moves carefully as Ambit requires you to score an exact 60 points in order to win. If you go over that score you will have to start all over again in order to complete your circle. 

Ambit is one of those games that, initially, seems quite simple to play. However, it will take all your skill and brain power to master this game. You might have to put yourself into a meditative state to work out your final moves and to keep your opponent at bay. There are several playing options here. You can play one on one against a friend or you can test your skills and your strategy by playing online against other would be experts from all over the world. Ambit is available now for iPhone and iPad at the App Store. As the developers say, 'Enjoy playing the serene fascination of Ambit!'

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