Multiplayer Game of the Year 2015 Runner Up: Sentinels of the Multiverse22 Dec 2015 0
Sentinels of the Multiverse is a digital version of a co-operative deck building game that distilled a very social gaming experience into an excellent solo experience. So, it should have come as no surprise that one of the first major gameplay expansions that was added to the game was the ability to play multiplayer games.
The Sentinels of the Multiverse Online Multiplayer expansion not only brings the game back to its roots but does so almost seamlessly. The app uses Game Center under iOS and Google Play under Android so there is no reason to log in to a new online service. It is quite simple to join or create a game and there is online chat as well as a hint and voting system to allow players to communicate ideas quickly and make decisions. Sentinels also supports a Quick Play option that allows you to select a hero you want to play and then join an available game.
Prior to actually playing a multiplayer game I was doubtful about the benefit of adding multiplayer options to the game. For me the digital version of Sentinels was always about being able to play a game on my own schedule, which is rather odd when you consider that this is a digital implementation of a game meant to be played with multiple people. Those doubts were dispelled after my first game and most of that has to do with the quality of the game experience in multiplayer.
What makes Sentinels multiplayer so enjoyable is that there appears to be little that gets in the way of your gaming experience while playing, setting up or joining games. You can enable and disable expansions when you create a game and picking hero, villains and environments is also simple. Handelabra is not a large company and so the quality of the online experience that they have produced is even more impressive. There is no asynchronous option available yet but this is a minor issue. Multiplayer for Sentinels works well, is fun and brings a whole new playing experience to Sentinels of the Multiverse.
[Yes, we know SotM was released in 2014. The multiplayer update was just released in October 2015, however, and we felt it changed the game enough to warrant another look. -ed.]
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iPad
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle
To see all of the games recognized in the Pocket Tactics Best of 2015 Awards, visit the 2015 Awards Index page.