Pente is a board game that is easy to learn, difficult to master. Compete with players all over the world on a 19x19 board. There is
- turn-based play,
- realtime (live) play,
- play against 2 different computer players,
- participate in tournaments,
- play King of the Hill and earn a crown,
- search the game database by position for the most popular or best move!
Gomoku: To win, place 5 (not more) of your stones in a straight continuous line (either horizontally, vertically or diagonally).
Pente is like Gomoku but you can win by getting more than 5 in a row.
In Pente you can capture stones by enclosing a pair of your opponent's stones. For example, if the stones are like this XOO and you place your stone so it becomes XOOX, then your opponents' stones are removed from the board, leaving X__X. You can also win at Pente by capturing 10 or more of your opponents stones. You can't play into a capture.
Rated games have a "Tournament Rule". It restricts player 1's second move so that player 1's second move must be at least 3 intersections away from the center of the board.
Keryo-Pente is like Pente but you can also capture 3 stones in a row.
G-Pente restricts player 1's second move, like the tournament rule. It additionally prohibits playing on the 4th and 5th intersections away from the center of the board that are one the same horizontal or vertical line as player 1's first move. (These are the most common 2nd moves for white).
D-Pente: Player 1 places 2 white and 2 black stones as a first move. Then player 2 decides to continue playing as player 2, or decides to swap seats and take over as player 1! Afterwards, play continues like regular Pente.
Poof-Pente: The main difference is that you can play into a capture! (e.g., from XO_X player plays XOOX) then the stones are "poofed" (removed from the board and counted as captures). Normal captures are still allowed and the number of captures to win remains at 10 stones. Up to 5 stones could be poofed in one move! Also note that my current implementation performs the following actions in sequence after a move:
Check if move captured any opponents stones, if so remove stones from the board.
Check if move creates a poof position, if so remove stones from the board.
Check if player has a 5-in-a-row, if so the player wins.
A player could capture and be poofed in the same move and the capture count could end up as 10-10. The game keeps going until one player has an advantage (i.e., gets more captured stones or gets five-in-a-row). There are no draws.
Boat-Pente differs in the end game. Once a Pente is made (5 stones in a row), the game continues as long as the opponent is able to capture across the Pente! Capturing 5 pairs is still a win like in Pente and the tournament rule is used for rated games.
Connect6: The goal is to be the first player to get 6 pieces in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Player one plays one stone at the center of the board. After that each player gets to place two stones on the board at a time.
DK-Pente is a combination of D-Pente with Keryo-Pente rules.
O-Pente combines the rules of Keryo, Poof, and Boat Pente
Go is also available on 3 different board sizes: 19x19, 13x13, and 9x9.
This app offers a 1 year auto-renewable subscription for $4.99 USD/year. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Prices may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period. If you don’t choose to purchase a subscription you can simply continue playing for free.
- some iOS15 changes
Ratings and Reviews
Take back move option
I love Pente, and this game is a good challenge with the computer players. I have not tried the online (Live) feature.
I recommend this game if you ever played Pente in the 1980’s. I think will enjoy it.
My only complaint is that there is no way to take back an errant move. Occasionally, my piece is played at the wrong location due to my finger being too large for the small screen. If it had a take move back feature I would give it 5 stars.
UPDATE: Thanks for the response below. Now that I know the take back move feature exists I give it 5 stars!
Developer Response ,
You already can do this, with turn-based games you can re-set your stone any time until you hit submit, there's an option in live play to request an undo, and swiping left on the AI board lets you take back a move.
My favorite game with some amazing features
I have been using this app for years! I have played about 3000 recorded games :-). The team continues to add new features to the app. One of favorite is being able to search the archive of finished games. Just set out a few stones and hit search and the board will show in color-coded format the best and worse moves based on all prior games. This is a great way to study up. You also can filter this process in many ways, by players, by winner, etc. My next favorite feature is that in live games you can swipe to dynamically rewind the prior moves and watch how the game has developed. Then just place your piece and the board snaps right back to its current state. Lastly, it has a great community of players! There are 20 or more plays the I know well through our chats and strategy discussions during and after games. There are many other features I like but download the app and give it a spin. In closing, once you know you like the games (Pente and its various versions and recently added Go) it is worth it to pay the small price for ad free games. Hope to see you soon!
Too fast to observe and seems to cheat
This game cheats and makes it not fun :(
I love this game in board game format and was so excited to see an online app. However, when playing the computer, it seems rigged to win & purposefully goes super fast that you cannot see the move the computer makes (other than where it landed with your pieces “mysteriously” captured) There have even been times when captures took place that weren’t possible but my pieces get moved by the computer (as another rater stated). I watched diligently for this and it happened frequently. If you can slow down the computer so the player can watch the move in real time (like other games allow) & fix the cheating glitch the game would be enjoyable; otherwise, who wants to play a game you can never win?
Developer Response ,
You can swipe left on the board to go back a move in the game, or swipe right on the board to go forward, in case you want to replay a move that went by too fast.
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- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
English, Simplified Chinese
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- Pente.org subscription $4.99