Play the digital adaptation of the beloved tabletop board game. Root is a game of adventure and war where 2 to 4 players battle for control of a vast wilderness.
The nefarious Marquise de Cat has seized the great woodland, intent on harvesting its riches. Under her rule, the many creatures of the forest have banded together. This Alliance will seek to strengthen its resources and subvert the rule of Cats. In this effort, the Alliance may enlist the help of the wandering Vagabonds who are able to move through the more dangerous woodland paths. Though some may sympathize with the Alliance’s hopes and dreams, these wanderers are old enough to remember the great birds of prey who once controlled the woods.
Meanwhile, at the edge of the region, the proud, squabbling Eyrie have found a new commander who they hope will lead their faction to resume their ancient birthright.
The stage is set for a contest that will decide the fate of the great woodland. It is up to the players to decide which group will ultimately take root.
Patch 1.27.5 contains bugfixes and quality of life improvements!
Added visual cues to distinguish which clearings are available to build in for Marquise de Cat.
Players can now read tooltips of cards mentioned in the Action Log.
Eyrie no longer deals rolled hits when their last warrior is removed by the Marksmen ability in the Marksmen challenge.
Resolved a visual issue where a Woodland Alliance supporter was not displayed if gained when the deck was being reshuffled.
Reduced the frequency of Eyrie Dynasties AI entering turmoil when options are available to fulfill their decree.
The AI will no longer exclusively choose to play as the Ranger Vagabond.
Removed Dominance cards from Challenges where they are not relevant.
Fixed an issue where the Vagabond icon would change while moving on a Riverboat.
The Electric Eyrie now displays the correct icon.
Players should now see the correct amount of VP when viewing Vagabond quests.
The Outrage card selection panel will now only display when there are cards to select.
Ratings and Reviews
How board game apps should be done.
Root is a fantastic game. It’s not an easy game to learn, nor is it for everyone. But for anyone out there interested in this strategic war game set in a woodland setting with cats, birds, mice, and even a lone badger thrown in, you couldn’t ask for better. Many apps translate a board game experience into a digital experience fairly easily, and with roots intrinsic complexity you wouldn’t fault a more basic experience for this one, but that’s not what you’re getting here. No, this is the premium deal with combat animation and catchy beats, each character on the map has heart; this is bar none the best digital adaption I’ve ever witnessed. Bravo to the developers.
If your new to root or just to the app, the tutorials are brilliant. The controls are fairly straight forward, but give the tutorials a glance, because there’s a lot going on. That being said, the app condenses much of the fiddliness of the physical game and manages things with ease.
A couple of points that I’d love the developer to consider in future updates: an option to invite friends to a game and a small notification when a message in in-game chat has been sent. Thanks.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words, we deeply appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts! We are absolutely thrilled to hear you are enjoying Root!
As for your feedback, we are working towards making Root the best it can be and we hope to incorporate new features and quality of life improvements as we move forward! If you have additional thoughts or feedback, you can always drop a line to email@example.com as well!
Impressive in every sense!
First off, the graphics are charming. I love how the pawns are animated in battle sequences. I feel like the length of the sequences is just about right. It’s slow enough to let you appreciate the tension of the outcome without dragging things out.
The music is great too! It’s a little country and a little renaissance festival which (strangely enough) seems to set the appropriate tone. It invites you into a game of strategy and battling and ever-shifting alliances without ever taking itself too seriously.
There is a LOT to Root. As a relative newcomer, I think the easiest way to think about it is that you have essentially a completely different game to learn with each faction. It isn’t like many (perhaps most) games where a faction is defined by a top-down bonus or two layered on top of the basic game. Players are essentially playing different sub games within a bigger one.
The execution on the technical aspects is really great. All of the menus are easy to read, the rules are easy to access, and the tutorials do a good job of introducing you to the various factions without forcing you through a full-length game with them. My wife said it felt like she would be making a lot more mistakes if it weren’t for the guidance in the app (which is really useful, given the rather steep learning curve).
This is worth every penny and more. This is a grand game of building, battling, and bunnies that can’t be praised enough.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your thoughts! We truly appreciate all of your kind words and feedback!
We hope you continue to enjoy Root and if you run into any issues, have any questions, or any feedback feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Just 1 Issue (2 now, there's errata!)
Great port of the boardgame. This is really well-done! My only issue is that I usually play in 2D (I love to see the entire board at once) and, while in 2D, the bottom-most left clearing is covered by the Vagabond's "mat," when I play that character. I can't see the pieces in that clearing. Also, the 2 other clearings on the left side are obscured by other "mats." Since we can't scroll the board in 2D, I have to switch back and forth (2D/3D) to see what's in the clearings. We should be able to scroll the board in 2D so no clearings are ever obscured. Put this fix in and the game is a solid 5 Stars.
OK, lowered my score due to another HUGE problem -- the lack of an "Undo" button after you perform an action but before any dice are rolled/cards revealed, etc. I have now lost 3 games as the Vagabond as I selected an incorrect item by mistake, didn't notice until I selected it and was unable to undo the choice after I hit continue (twice this happened because the screen is small and my fingers aren't).
Please put in an Undo button to cancel a given action as long as you haven't rolled dice, revealed something or moved to a new action. Do this and the game's rating rises again. As is, too frustrating to me to lose games because I touched the wrong part of the screen. :-(
Developer Response ,
Hi Rob! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, we are so happy to hear you are enjoying Root! Would you mind sharing this feedback and maybe a screenshot with our team at email@example.com so we can take a look?
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- Dire Wolf Digital LLC
- 548.3 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2020 Dire Wolf Digital, LLC under license from Leder Games
- In-App Purchases
- The Riverfolk Expansion $9.99
- The Clockwork Expansion $5.99
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