Featured Game Review: 08s
There are plenty of puzzle games and board games to play on Android but, the problem is that they’re all pretty generic. Most of these formulas or the games themselves, have been seen and played before – many a time. So, when something new finally emerges, there’s always the question of whether or not it’s any good. 08s is a new board game for Android that revolves around the matching of numbers and octagonal pieces to defeat your opponent. Just because it’s new, does that mean it’s worth playing? Read on to find out.
Description: 08s is a game that has you matching octagonal pieces together, sort of like Dominos but, on a much larger scale. You have to make sure that the numbers match, be that the outer ring, the inner ring or both. The more tokens you match, the more you’ll build and sooner or later you’ll have a board full of tokens. Matching tokens together will add to your score and doing so will make sure that you beat out the opponent. You can play against humans either locally or online, as well as varying difficulties of AI player, too. Soon, you’re be able to build endlessly by continually matching as well as fight it out against others in the upcoming battle mode. To see how the game plays, take a look at the video below:
How it Works: To start playing 08s, all you have to do is to download the game from the Play Store. After that you can select a game mode.
It’s good to play offline when you first start out.
You can set it up to have more than one AI player, and change their skill level as well. If you’re still getting used to the game, why not try playing with just one AI on Novice and yourself.
You have to match the tokens together by numbers, like the two 7s touching here. The longer the game goes on, the more tokens will flood the game board:
Every turn, you’ll be asked to spin a wheel, this will determine what token you get and/or you miss your turn, sort of like wheel of fortune:
You can check on your progress by pulling the bottom left tab out:
It’s a fun game and building your own collection of tokens is a lot of fun and you’ll soon end up with a lot on the board:
Opinion: While there’s no denying 08s is a different type of game, it’s still a lot of fun. I’ll admit that I didn’t have a great idea of how to play when I first started – a tutorial would be great – but I soon grasped the concept and started to match my tokens. I found it best to play against one other AI Novice to get a feel for the game and after a short time I was matching faster and covering larger areas of the board. The aim is to match as many tokens as you can together and to then create quadrants of tokens matched together. The music and interface are all suitably fun and are more than enough to keep you engaged but, if you’re someone that likes to work with numbers as little as possible then you might find 08s giving you a headache.
- Speed (4/5) – 08s ran well on my Nexus 7 and once you pick up the fundamentals of the game you’ll be matching tiles very speedily.
- Features (3/5) – They’ll be more to do when the game is updated but, with no tutorial it can be an uphill struggle to get to grips with the game.
- Theme (4/5) – The retro music and colorful design is great and works well to create an engaging look and feel.
- Overall (4/5) – It’s a shame there’s no tutorial because, once you figure out what to do, you’ll soon find the game a lot of fun.
- Unique and original game concept.
- Requires a definite level of skill to be competent at the game.
- Cool music and engaging look will keep people coming back.
- Makes good use of extra screen space on tablets.
- No tutorial for new players.
- Could be aimed too much at number-lovers.
Conclusion: 08s is a fun game, there’s no mistaking that but, it’s not exactly a game that everyone will take to easily. For one thing, there’s no tutorial for new players to play along with, there is however a help manual included in the game. Players that aren’t very good with numbers won’t be able to play 08s without suffering from a headache but, despite these niggles it’s a very fun game to play. It’s a fresh concept that hasn’t been done before and instead of just going over what all games before it have done, 08s carves its own path and it really shows. Board game fanatics and casual gamers should take to 08s quite nicely and I can see this being a lot of fun for some time to come. Why not give the game a go and see if you can get your friends involved as well?