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Ubongo - Puzzle Challenge goes digital!

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Fast-paced, addictive, and easy to learn – this puzzle game will challenge your brain! Sprint to ... More

Editor's review

Published 29 Apr 2017

If you're a fan of great board games you're probably well aware of Ubongo. It's a great, challenging and colorful game that was originally released over ten years ago and has proven to be a multi award winner. It has sold millions of copies all over the world. The idea of the game is for players to compete against each other to solve individual puzzles as fast as they can. The first one to complete their puzzles gets first crack at the jewels that are on hand for the taking. You get the picture? Well now there's a digital version and it's just as fast-paced and addictive as the original.

Ubongo - Puzzle Challenge is an easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game that is guaranteed to challenge your brain. Created by award-winning board game and educational toy manufacturer Thames & Kosmos, Ubongo sees players racing against a timer as well as each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get and the player with the most valuable gem collection after nine rounds of puzzle solving is the winner of the game! There’s also a companion app that features more than 400 extra engaging puzzles to solve as well.

The game works like this. At the beginning each player receives a set of 12 geometric shapes called polyominos. These are formed into equal-size squares and joined edge to edge in different arrangements. At the start of each round everyone gets a new puzzle panel. A roll of the die determines which polyominos you must use to perfectly fill in the empty spaces on your puzzle panel. Any player who completes the puzzle within the time limit will call out “Ubongo!” and grab a gem at random from the bag. The fastest player will also get a blue gem and the second fastest will receive an amber gem with each gem color being worth a different amount of points. After nine rounds, the player with the most valuable gem collection wins.

The app features three different single-player modes. One where you can race against other players online and another where you can play against friends and Ubongo fans from all over the world. It contains the original shapes from the board game as well as a whole bunch of additional new shapes and features more than 6,000 random levels with increasing difficulty as well as various tips to help beginners succeed. There’s also a 'time-attack' mode for long-term gaming fun! Ubongo - Puzzle Challenge is recommended for people of all ages from 8 upwards.

Ubongo is a great game that all the family will love. It's fast paced, stimulating and requires some skill and smartness to win. The original game has been nominated and has won many awards and honors over the years and has become a game night favorite in many households. Now here's the other great news! While its normal price is only US$2.99, the developers are offering a free download on the Ubongo app for a limited time only. Between the dates April 28th and 30th, 2017 the Ubongo game app is available as a free download on both iTunes and Google Play app stores. After that, between May 5th and May 7th it can be downloaded for just $0.99 before reverting back to its original price. The quicker you are, the more times you'll win so don't miss out.

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