20 Squares: Royal Game of Ur 4+

An ancient game of strategy

Ooh La Banana

Designed for iPad

    • 3.9 • 16 Ratings
    • $0.99



Twenty Squares, or the Royal Game of Ur, a strategy/race board game. dating from at least 2600BCE. The oldest game boards were found in the tombs of Ur in Iraq in the 1920s. While the ancient rules are still fuzzy, two players race around the board to see who can bring all their stones home before the other, with some surprises along the way.

- No ads and no in-app purchases!
- 1 or 2 players

This version currently implements the simple route and rules of the game, perfect for kids and beginners to the game.

Some reviewers have suggested that the dice rolls are rigged when playing the AI. The dice rolls are not fudged in any way! Part of the allure of Twenty Squares is that you can't predict the winner until the very end of the game, as one bad roll can change the outcome completely.

Feedback/reviews are welcome to help future development. Some things on the go:
- GameCenter support to play with people around the world
- better AI
- more race routes and special squares

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

- mute button, so you can play in the office, during class, on the bus, ....
- clearer dice rolling

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

swhellweg ,

Great Implementation, but graphically unappealing.

The designer has done a wonderful job of implementing Dr. Irving Finkle of The British Museum’s ruleset. I do wish it had some sort of graphic representation of the tetrahedral dice and the ability to “roll” your own dice. I have to objection which keep my rating T Four. My biggest objection is THE AI CHEATS! On the highest difficulty level it almost ALWAYS gets exactly what it needs to knock you out, get a second roll, or to score... almost always. It’s even noticeable on difficulty II, but it is much more balanced. My second biggest objection is the amateurish graphic design. While this has no bearing on the game interface or playability, the visual appeal of the original source game Ur, or many other versions available as tabletop editions, just isn’t there. As a graphic designer myself, I look forward playing games that are pleasing to the eye. When I’m playing this it makes me wish I could help bring this best-of-the-ur-apps-so-far to the next level. Ultimately the gameplay is relatively intuitive(except the ~), smooth and enjoyable, which I suppose is most important.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review! I promise you that the AI does not cheat. It uses the same randomness as player rolls. I’ve had many a game with human opponents as well that go sideways at the last minute; that’s what makes The Royal Game of Ur so enduring I think.

me87653 ,

Love the game but....:

I wish it had a harder level. And PLEASE add a option to turn off volume. Last request leaderboard and show number of moves to help with learning the game

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review!

A mute button is coming shortly...

As for the AI difficulty, it’s something I want to improve for sure.

WRS15743 ,

Perfectly done, awesome game!

First off, thanks, developer, for pricing this so fairly as a premium game with no ads or IAP. I heartily support developers like you who do that right.

The game plays awesome! The rolls are fair. The graphics are good. The interface is intuitive. The rules were simple to learn.

Thank you for giving me a great new (very old, LOL) game to play while I’m having coffee or taking a break.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much!

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