Istanbul is, without a doubt, one of the best board games to have ever been published.
The long list of its awards and honors speaks for itself:
🏆 2015 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Expert Game Nominee
🏆 2014 Swiss Gamers Award Winner
🏆 2014 Meeples' Choice Nominee
🏆 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres Winner
🏆 2014 International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
🏆 2014 Hra roku Nominee
🏆 2014 Gouden Ludo Winner
🏆 2014 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
🏆 2014 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
🏆 2014 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
In our 2018 digital version we have maintained all of the features that made Istanbul the fan favorite that it is, but also expanded upon it with a number of tools and features only available on the digital platform. We maintained the authentic board game feeling with the convenience you can expect from an electronic device.
So what is the game about?
Can you be the first merchant to collect a certain number of rubies?
✔️ Run, collect and trade goods across the bazaar
✔️ Take control over your assistants
✔️ Increase your wheelbarrow capacity
✔️ Acquire special abilities to increase the advantage over your competitors
✔️ Buy rubies or trade goods for them
In Istanbul, you lead a group of one merchant and his four assistants through 16 locations in the bazaar. In each such a location, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge, however, is that to take an action, you must move your merchant and an assistant there, then leave the assistant behind to handle all the details while you focus on larger matters. If you want to use that assistant again later, your merchant must return to that location to pick him up. Thus, you must plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything…
What can you expect?
• Official Istanbul game - 100% original rules
• Adaptation of TOP 100 board game of all time by BGG ranking
• Play with AI, with friends or both
• Great artwork by Andreas Resch
• Languages: English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Spanish
• Pass and play mode
• Cross platform online multiplayer with synchronous and asynchronous modes
• Opponents' last moves replay
• 3 levels of AI difficulty with individual strategies
• Preset or random generated game boards
• Atmospheric music and sounds
• Unique, original board game experience
• Intuitive gameplay
• Colorblind mode
• Over 70 achievements
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Excellent adaptation of the board game, only way it could be improved is if they chose to add the expansions.
Apr 08, 2021
This app is fantastic! Please add the expansions. I will happily pay for them as soon as they become available.
Feb 09, 2021
I only play this with AI, so can't comment on the online mode, but I absolutely love this. The AI on hard level is unusually challenging (for me at least). The game itself plays very well. It's simple to learn but hard to master. Random set up makes the tactics in each game different, as does player count. It's a very different game with 2 than with 5. It's also very quick to play with games lasting maybe 10-15 minutes. The artwork is top notch and the app functionality very smooth.
Jan 30, 2021
For someone who has played this board game will love playing it online. You can play online with your friends. It's very easy to add your friends to the game room. Easy to understand and user friendly. Thank you!
Apr 08, 2021
No issues so far. I've only played one game online. There's definitely enough people playing this game. The only problem has been that, I'm new to Instanbul, and the Tutorial was terrible. Its too 'touch here, then touch here' instead of telling me all options for play. I was so confused during the Easy game afterwards and had to use the i bubbles alot for help. I used the in-game rulebook for actually learning how to play.
Apr 09, 2021