Acram taking beta sign-ups for Istanbul’s digital edition

By Joe Robinson 25 Apr 2018 0

As our dearly departed friend Dave Neumann noted over on his new digs, 2018 seems to be the ‘Year of the Beta’ as far as digital board games are concerned.

I’m not sure if everyone’s suddenly worried they don't know how to make a videogame anymore, and so need extra feedback, or maybe they’re playing one massive game of chicken with each other to see who launches into general release first. With this latest beta test, at least, us mobile users can get in on the action as well.

There are plenty of amazing digital board games and card games already out. You should check out our list of which ones are the best.

Acram Digital, the masterminds behind the digital port of Eight Minute Empire (which is fantastic) and Steam: Rails to Riches (which is ‘ok’), is working on a digital port of popular grid-based economic/strategy game Istanbul.

In more detail, on a turn you move your merchant and his retinue of assistants one or two steps through the bazaar, either leave an assistant at that location or collect an assistant left earlier, then perform the action. If you meet other merchants or certain individuals at the location, you might be able to take a small extra action. Possible actions include:

  • Paying to increase your wheelbarrow capacity, which starts the game with a capacity of only two for each good.
  • Filling your wheelbarrow with a specified good to its limit.
  • Acquiring a special ability, and the earlier you come, the easier they are to collect.
  • Buying rubies or trading goods for rubies.
  • Selling special combinations of goods to make the money you need to do everything else.

When a merchant has collected five rubies in his wheelbarrow, players complete that round, then the game ends. If this player is the only one who's reached this goal, he wins immediately; otherwise ties are broken by money in hand.

The beta will be on Steam, iOS AND Android (hurray), and you should go here to sign-up if you’re interested.

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