Note - This set of Nerdy Notes is for the IOS version of Small World. It focuses purely on the mechanics of the iPad version. If you are interested in seeing our thoughts on the base game check out our Nerdy Notes on the physical version of Small World.
OGW - Great time waster: I can finish out a game of Small World in around 10 minutes or so. This is the perfect game to play while I am waiting on the dentist to come or for my wife to finish a school paper before we play a game.
OGW- 2 player only: I generally play 2 player Small World and I love it...but I'd have loved if the iPad version supported up to 5 player games. It is easy to find another person to play Small World with, but much harder to find 4 others. Having several A.I opponents at once would have allowed me to enjoy the deeper multi-player experience that I rarely get to otherwise!
OGW - The A.I.: While the A.I. is decent, and I am glad it's there, it's definitely not the best. Having a few A.I. levels would have been amazing but instead you get just the one average A.I. I have seen the computer make some moves that I just can not understand; then again, I have seen my Human opponents do the same. Well played computer A.I, well played indeed.
Princess Kuchi Kopi - 1 game active at a time: You can only have one game active at any time. If you are in the middle of a game and quit out to start a new game with a real opponent your old game will be erased. Since this game plays so fast, it's not a huge issue, but a few extra save slots would have been a nice touch.
Princess KK - Not all of the expansions are up: The first two expansions are available but that is it. I really hope they eventually add the other expansions since IMO, they are much better then the initial 2.
OGW - Lack of music: Seriously? They could not even bother to having music for the game? Yes, there is some at the intro, but while you actually play the game there is NO music. Odd and sad.
Princess KK - No set up: Small World's physical set up was not horrible, but it did take a bit. It makes me want to play this over the real version at times because of being lazy! It is also convenient that we are able to drop in and drop out. It is nice that you do not have to finish a game. We can easily start a game, have something come up and stop it and know the game will be right there waiting for us but not gunking up our table!
Princess KK - Sometimes does not recognize my touch: I think this is more of an iPad thing than a Small World thing (and O.G never has issue with it), but Small World frequently does not recognize my touching the screen. It can be incredibly frustrating having to make the same motion 3 times before the game does what I want. I think that it secretly wants me to make the wrong move and will recognize that touch. Grrrr
OGW -The game does not play how we usually play: While the physical copy of Small World has great rules and cheat sheets, apparently they were not clear on some of the rules. We got used to certain ways of playing, such as using the Sorcerer's powers even when you were out of tokens in front of you. This is not allowed on the IOS version. This is not a major dislike, but it can be a large annoyance when I think that I can make a move yet the iPad says, "I don't think so!".
O.G Willikers: So the music is non existent? And yep, not having online play is sad. Of course, it is outright laughable that they could not even be bothered to add achievements or make the game play up to 5 players. Small World on the iPad has some big secondary issues! I say secondary because the core of the game (the gameplay and interface)is amazing. And that is why this game still gets a huge recommendation from me! I love Small World's physical implementation (as our previous Nerdy Notes should show)and even if this app messes up so many secondary things, it still near perfectly replicates the board games amazing gameplay perfectly. And is that not the most important thing?
Princess Kuchi Kopi: The iPad version of Small World was a no brainer for us! While having no music drives me bonkers, there are so many more positives to override that one negative. If you have an iPad and enjoy the base game, then buy it! If you enjoy strategy games and would enjoy something that plays very fast, buy it! If you are a fan of good games in general, buy it! Unless someone is going to be disappointed by the lack of 3+ player games or is such a brilliant player that the A.I serves no challenge for them, I can not see why anyone would dislike this game. I recommend buying the expansions as well, just for more variety.