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Werewolf iOS Reviews

I love Werewolf. If you haven’t played, it’s a great party game. To quote BoardGameGeek if you haven’t played:

Werewolf takes place in a small village which is hunted by werewolves.

Each player is secretly assigned a role – Werewolf, Villager, or Seer (a special Villager). There is also a Moderator player who controls the flow of the game.

The game alternates between night and day phases. At night, the Werewolves secretly choose a Villager to kill. Also, the Seer (if still alive) asks whether another player is a Werewolf or not. During the day, the Villager who was killed is revealed and is out of the game. The remaining Villagers then vote on the player they suspect is a Werewolf. That player reveals his/her role and is out of the game.

Werewolves win when there are an equal number of Villagers and Werewolves. Villagers win when they have killed all Werewolves. Werewolf is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.

Now, I have young kids and have tried to play this game with them and their friends with various degrees of success. The problem is, to play people have to cover their eyes during different parts of the game and you just can’t trust kids to do that and that messes up the game.

But I’ve found having an app run it makes all the difference. 🙂 However, everything I’ve used so far has had it pluses and minuses. Here is the two best I’ve found so far:

Werewolf

Werewolf

Good:

  • Standard rules and the interface is well done.
  • Has other roles like the Seer, Vigilante, Protector and Lovers.
  • The app handles the voting and the night time perfectly.  Villagers have to guess who they think a wolf is at night for fun.  This gives everyone something to do at night and doesn’t single out the special characters.  Nice touch.

Bad:

  • There is only one, but it is big: You MUST pick players off of your contact list.

This is a major pain in the butt. If someone isn’t in your contact list, you have to jump out and add them. This slows down starting a game quite a bit. Enough so, that I’m looking for another app when I want to toss a game together quickly.

This app has not been touched since 2009, so I don’t think changes are going to happen soon.

Werewolf – Curse of Pandora

Werewolf2

Good:

  • Everyone enters there name on the fly.  Good for a quick game.
  • Nice art.

Bad:

  • Non-standard Programming: No back buttons to move between screens and using dails for some of the functions seems off.
  • No rules with the game and the rules it does use are not what I call standard.  For example, there is not a day and night voting phase.  Just one hidden voting phase where everyone votes for who their team kills.  Seems odd to me that the village vote would be private.
  • Items and more roles exist than the first game.  That’s nice, but more control is needed for this option.
  • Not fully sure the seer is working.  I need to play with this game a bit more to see how it’s being handled.

Well, the guy does have blog and did update the app in 2011. Maybe it will improve.  It has the feel of someone’s first project.

Which one to get? Well, I have both depending on what I run into, but the first app is a lot closer. ‘Pandora’ needs an overhaul for the serious Werewolf player.

If I had an Mac, this would be my first coding project.

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  1. March 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hey there! 😀

    I made a Wherewolf iOS App too, and I sincerely believe it is at a whole different level than the others up here 😛
    It achieved many awards in Italy, where this was published and come from…

    If you wish to play it and judge it by yourself here is the link

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wherewolf-for-ios/id507773409?mt=8

    Enjoy it!

    • March 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

      ‘In order to play, you will need a Moderator, who will guide the players and lead the game using the iPhone/iPad.’

      Do you really need a moderator? What is he doing that the app can’t handle?

  2. March 12, 2013 at 4:33 am

    This Application is based on a clear principle, there have to some characteristics: the game must be immersive, im-mediate, engaging and this can only be accomplished if the players can feel the atmosphere of fear, night, danger.
    Letting the App run the game would mean that players are continually interacting with the device on a one-on-one relationship… and not with each other!
    Moreover the Moderator can create atmosphere narrating the game, accelerate the rhythm if the players are shy, or giving them more time to talk if they are interacting and thinking well.
    “Wherewolf for iOs” is simply a helping hand for the moderator, it takes all the “not fun” parts of moderating (shuffling and distributing cards, writing down names, counting votes and applying algorithms, keeping a dynamic list of characters to call on nights, etc…).
    This App is not a “beginner” version of Werewolves, in a single game there can be up to 31 different roles (but of course there can be even only 8-9 if the players are not experts).

    Sooo to answer your question “What is he doing that the app can’t handle?”: in our opinion the App can’t handle well emotions and true relationship among players, a human being can 🙂

    • March 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I would argue the mod can create atmosphere in the other WW apps as well. The break in the day/night phase is the time to do that. After that the mod should get ‘out of the way’ for the most part and let the players figure out the kill.

      Is the players using the app to vote who to kill, view, etc during the night phase? If so, what does the villagers do? Is the app telling the seer his view?

      In short, I would want the app to get rid of the whole ‘close your eyes’ phase of the game. The app should run the whole night phase.

      This is similar to the ‘Cassy’ program at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/58/boardgamegeek/werewolf which has been the best WW program I’ve seen so far.

  3. March 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    The players are not even touching the device once after the game has begun, in our opinion it would totally ruin the feeling of actually being in a village, with your life in danger, few people to trust and some Werewolves to find and burn. Wherewolf is an experience, it must be as realistic and engaging as possible to be really fun and a little scary 😉 .

    I actually believe that the “eyes-closed” phase can be actually very thrilling if you know something of what’s happening and it’s not too long: the Mod narrates what happens during the night, for example he may say: “Seer, open your eyes. Point me a player and I’ll tell you if he/she has a Dark Aura” (of course he would then nod to say yes, the others don’t know the answer)
    Same goes for Werewolves, Vampire, Assassin, Mastermind, and so on if they are present.
    Players raise their hands to vote (with their eyes closed, voting is secret!) and the Mod, aided by the App, quickly sums them up.

    Wherewolf is also a game of pace, if it runs too fast it’s not engaging, if it goes too slow it gets boring. The “eyes closed” phase is part of this good pace.

    P.S.
    As I was saying, in Wherewolf the atmosphere is fundamental, for this reason people have to close eyes during night (they are sleeping!)… when we play we also turn all the lights off during the nights! Clearly separating these moments helps making the game much more realistic and exciting. 😉

    • March 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Yea, then we have disagree. I don’t see how using the device to vote takes away from the experience. I would argue the other way as it moves the game along to when the players are more engaged and removes errors by the mod\players which can mess up a game.

      More importantly, it doesn’t meet my needs playing with smaller kids. I’ll have a game with 8-9 year olds in a few weeks.

      However, good luck with the app. 🙂 As you say, if I had a large party with many people who have played before, I would consider it.

  4. March 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    P.P.S.
    I know children may tend to naughty when playing, Wherewolf for iOs is actually not making any good in such situations.
    It is intended to be played by responsible players! 😛

    • July 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Can i get wherewolf promo code, please thanks!

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