It can be extremely difficult to explain
the concept behind Fertang. It is part chess and part checkers. At least
that is the way it was described to Family Friendly Gaming. To me it
felt more like an upgraded and different version of checkers. I did not
see as much strategy in Fertang as there is in chess, but it can become
really involved if the players are good.
We have square, circle, and triangle pieces. The squares move one way (horizontal and vertical), the triangles another(diagonal), and the circles can go both. Most of the time pieces can only move one space at a time. If they are capturing a piece they can go more. The point of Fertang is to stack on top up to at least five. The more you stack up, the better your chances are to win. Once a stack reaches five or more it is locked in that space. Nothing can harm it, and it can't move.
Does that make sense? I really hope so. You may just need to play Fertang to get it. There is an in game tutorial to explain how to play. It takes all of ten seconds to learn. But once you know, then you can devise strategies. Going all crazy capturing pieces is rarely a good idea. Getting that fifth piece is the real goal.
Fertang looks like a board game graphically. There is not much art, or bells and whistles in this hand held game. It does not need it. What it does have is some extremely relaxing music. I caught myself wanting to take a nap while playing Fertang. That would have been bad for my winning streak. The game does wait for players to take their turn. Multiple players can enjoy Fertang. Just hand the iPhone/iPod Touch to the other player for their turn.
I was not really sure about Fertang at first. But after spending some time, and exploring strategies I realized this is a fun little board game. Yes I know its an electronic version of a board game. Which is actually something special because new concepts and ideas can be brought to market without all of the upfront costs. Fertang is a game families need to check out.
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Anderson Games
Rating: ‘4+' - 4+
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