TGWK’s Review of “Field Fencer” 2.0.0 (iOS)

Field Fencer is a graphically enhanced take of a classic multiplayer game from developer Nutomix Interactive. By classic, I mean this was a game I used to play as a child with nothing more than a pen and some paper. Field Fencer is based on the game of dots and boxes. You play the part of Oinko who is trying to defend his field against other characters who want the land for themselves. Place fences around patches of land to claim them. Whoever has the most land, wins.

Playing the game is really simple. You just tap in-between the two dots you want to make a fence. Each player take a turn until someone makes a square. If you make a square, you can take another turn until you can not make any more squares. It’s a rather simple game, but requires quite a bit of strategy where you’ll need to calculates some of your moves several turns in advance.

There are six different fields you can play on, a 4×4, 5×5, a donut shaped field, a corner field, a slash field, and a X shaped field. These fields are great for quick games, however I did wish that there were some much larger fields for much longer, complex games.

The art in the game is very good and well done. The characters are cute and the overall presentation of the whole game looked fantastic. All the graphical elements were polished and really looked like the developers took their time creating this game to make it look as good as they could make it.

Field Fencer is a fantastic multiplayer game. I used to play dots and squares all the time with my wife at restaurants while waiting for our food and now, we can enjoy playing it on the iPhone or iPad without the need for a pen and paper. What’s even better, you can actually play Field Fencer on two separate devices via internet connection or Bluetooth. Even though Field Fencer is a simple game, the classic game it is based on is one that I’ve always enjoyed playing. This is definitely one of those games that will forever stay on my iPhone.

Field Fencer is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Description

Field Fencer is based on the classic Dots and Boxes game (aka Boxes, Squares or the Dot Game), and adds gorgeous graphics with adorable, fuzzy, fence-building obsessed creatures to a traditional game that everyone knows and loves. Combined with its ease of use, unique single player options and numerous ways to play with friends, Field Fencer will keep you entertained for quite a while.

Help Oinko to defend his field! There’s a shortage of land, and everyone is eyeing his property. Toby needs a place to plant his bonsai trees. Sammy wants to grow a big field full of sunflowers. And Swineko would love to steal the land and turn it into a big mud pool to roll around in.

Place fences around patches of land to claim them. You can build one fence per turn. Earn points for each claimed square. Whoever completes a square gets another turn. The player with the most squares of land wins.

Play single player matches against computer-controlled opponents of varying difficulty levels. Start out with a few rounds against Toby, who is still learning how to play. Sammy knows the basics, and will give you a harder time. Be prepared for some sneaky tactics when you try your luck against the experienced Swineko.

Invite your friends to join you in a multiplayer match. You can either play on one device, use Bluetooth to connect two devices, or play online via 3G or Wi-Fi on any Game Center enabled device.

Features:
– Six unique playing fields
– Three challenging opponents
– Share your device for local multiplayer, or connect two devices using Bluetooth
– Online multiplayer matches over 3G or Wi-Fi on any Game Center enabled device
– Achievements and unlockable rewards
– Leaderboard for single player high scores
– Player customization with a choice of playable characters
– High resolution graphics for iPad and Retina display devices

For best Bluetooth performance, make sure Bluetooth is enabled in your device settings, and temporarily disable Wi-Fi. Bluetooth networking is not supported on the original iPhone or the first-generation iPod touch.

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