Race for the Galaxy is a strategy boardgame where players advance their empire by playing cards to build technological developments or to settle planets. Its core mechanic is a phase choosing game. Players secretly and simultaneously determine which one of seven phases they will lock in, all reveal at once, then execute the phases in order. Will you build an engine to ramp up VP generation on cheapo production planets? Will you invest in exploration and settle rare and valuable VP rich planets? Or will you rush a military conquest to cut off your opponents before they have a chance to develop their strategy?
▪ 2 – 4 player with network multiplayer
▪ Single player mode with advanced neural network AI
▪ Five starting worlds and ninety settlement and development cards
▪ Free promo pack included: New Worlds with six additional starting planets
▪ Gathering Storm and Rebel Vs. Imperium expansions available immediately
Race 2nd Edition updates
- More color-blind friendly
- Balance adjustments to 5 base game cards
Performance and stability improvements
1.09.1 Fixes an issue with tapping buttons near the screen edge on iOS 11 or above
1.09.2 Fixes and issue with Merchant Guild scoring
Ratings and Reviews
Awesome port except for the scoring
I love the board game and was thrilled to find the app was a great port to the mobile platform. I can never get my group to play it anymore so I love all the AI options. I would LOVE to give this app 5 stars but I feel it needs 2 things that were brought up during your beta last year but never addressed. 1) there really needs a scoring breakdown on the end screen. Knowing the final score doesn’t help if it’s not explained out. the app would make a great learning tool to get better but not if we can’t figure out where all the points come from. And 2) if after the game is over it would be nice to be able to review all the tableaus to see how the scoring was and where we made mistakes. When I play this game on the table we always kibitz at the end to discuss and learn strategies. Aside from the scoring issues there are quirks to the app but I’m confident y’all will work them out. Please make the scoring/endgame better and I’ll be glad to bump it to a 5star review.
Excellent, but still some issues
I've really been enjoying the single-player against the AI and have spent more than enough hours playing to be happy with the purchase (273 games so far). My biggest complaint is that it keeps me up late playing.
One oddity is that playing a card you pay for with cards or activated abilities you can undo; if it's free (e.g. Military planet) you can't undo. It crashes infrequently, and usually restarts with no problem when it does (though you may get different cards), but twice now it's actually corrupted my profile such that any attempt to start or resume a game crashes the app; all I can do in those profiles is view stats. It is easy enough to make a new profile, but frustrating if you like to looking at your stats.
Even with those issues it's well worth it. I have the base game and 2/3 expansions.
4.5: Great game with one bug
If you like engine building card games this is fantastic. And the app runs smoothly. But in at least one game my final score didn’t include certain victory points granted by special cards. It’s fun to play even with thus flaw but accurately counting victory points seems essential to the game.
Update: I was wrong. The scoring was correct but not transparent. It turns out some card values are variably scored behind the scenes. But this isn’t explained to the user which is confusing. I thought I had a card worth x+y but in fact it was just x. In general the brief rules explanations are enough to get going but not enough to understand gameplaying mistakes.
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- Temple Gates Games LLC
- 92.6 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2016 Temple Gates Games LLC
- In-App Purchases
- The Gathering Storm $3.99
- Rebel vs Imperium $3.99
- The Brink of War $3.99