Werewolf iOS Reviews
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Everyone enters there name on the fly. Good for a quick game.
- Nice art.
- 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.