Root Board Game 9+

Board Game of Woodland Warfare

Dire Wolf Digital

Designed for iPad

    • $9.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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.

What’s New

Version 1.29.5

Bug fixes, localization updates, and optimizations

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
375 Ratings

375 Ratings

Chriss Jackson ,

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 ,

Hi Chriss!

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 as well!

Jenching! ,

Great way to learn the game

Friends that we usually play board games with every winter weekend bought the board game and remarked how complicated it seemed. Not knowing anything of it, I downloaded the instructions and tried going through it without the board or pieces and I was lost. Even online videos were confusing but the game looked interesting and I read about the app. I decided to download it even though it was $10 and I was hooked!!! This game is so charming and a lot of fun and the app really explains well how to play the game and it translates to the board game very good as well. I played the four basic factions Friday and we played the board game Saturday with me using the app as a tutorial and it was a lot of fun. I even went out that day to my LFGS to snag what I could of Root and I’m still using the app as a tutorial. The app itself is great as the gameplay follows the board game and the animations are awesome with music that really fits the game. If you are a fan of the board game or just want to learn how to play, this app is a sold must have. Highly recommended and can’t wait for them to release the Underworld Expansion.

Developer Response ,

Hi there!

Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thorough and kind review! We are so thrilled you are enjoying Root!

Rob the W. ,

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 so we can take a look?

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