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I have a few of these iPad games, including the #1 game, Caylus. I really like the board game, but I'm not crazy about the iPad version. It's well done, looks great, but I think it would be pretty confusing for a new player because the rules aren't explained very well. If I played the iPad version first, I think it would turn me off from buying the physical version. But having played the physical version first, it's nice to have the iPad to play some quick games against AI opponents (which are decent).

That's my fear with buying some of these iPad games: I may get turned off by games that I would otherwise enjoy if they don't capture the tension of the physical game very well. That's the pro/con of iPad games against AI opponents. The pro is that the AI turns go by quick so that’s there no waiting. The con is that the AI turns go by quick so you don’t really appreciate the tense decision making that goes on. I also tend to play a lot more sloppy games when I know I can finish it in 10-15 minutes and start a new one.

Speaking of Caylus, my group has recently been playing Lords of Waterdeep. I mention it because it reminds me a lot of Caylus, but the theme is better done and I think they've improved some of the Caylus mechanics. In fact, they are similar enough that if someone I knew was interested in buying Caylus, I would probably point them towards Lords of Waterdeep as a slightly better implementation.

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