Kings and Assassins: A Fantastic Board Game to Mobile Transition

Kings and Assassins

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All in all, this is a nice and entertaining game with just enough of wit that will give you a perfect board game appeal in a digital setting. Nothing beats playing cards and watching your opponent in the eyes to figure out their bluff, but for busy board game enthusiasts – this is good enough.

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Some board games simply go digital naturally and it fits them so well that you can’t tell which version is better. Yes, I said out loud what many board gamers also know it’s true. But, that is the way the modern age works, and it would be a shame not to give it credit for modernizing certain things in the right way.

Such is the case with Kings & Assassins from 2013, which in my opinion got much better when it was turned into a mobile game.

Published by Asmodee Digital, Kings and Assassins is available for $3.99 for iOS and $3.49 for Android devices. This is a cat and mouse game where one player plays the monarch and the other one is an assassin on a mission to kill him. At the beginning of the game, you will choose a side. If you pick a king and his knights, then you have to get to the castle before anyone kills you.  But if you pick assassins, that you have to prevent the king from reaching the said safety.

The player who took the role of the king won’t know who the assassins are since they appear as one of the citizens and in plain sight. However, as the player who picked assassins’ side, you will know who your characters are and have to make sure the king doesn’t find out before you realize your plan.

During each turn, players have at their disposal action points which they can use to move, jump, attack and scale buildings. Knights in the king’s guard can also act since someone has to kill the assassins once they reveal themselves. Knights also serve to protect the king when he is on the move, although he doesn’t have a lot of maneuver power, i.e. action points.

This is the perfect game to show off your strategizing skills, as well as how cunning you are. In order to assassinate the king, you will have to use innocent bystanders as your decoys and bluff a lot. However, you need to observe the game from an analytical perspective and try to figure out your opponent’s plans before they unfold and you end up dead.

All in all, this is a nice and entertaining game with just enough of wit that will give you a perfect board game appeal in a digital setting. Nothing beats playing cards and watching your opponent in the eyes to figure out their bluff, but for busy board game enthusiasts – this is good enough.