Reiner Knizia’s Money, another in a long line of Knizia’s games to grace the iDevice, has been released by Skotos Tech and is available from the app store. A card game played with a custom deck designed to look like various forms of currency, Money is easy to learn and addictive as heck.
Reiner Knizia’s Money Pros:
- Clean graphics
- Addictive gameplay
- Reiner Knizia’s design
Reiner Knizia’s Money Cons:
- Some difficulty selecting the intended card when your hand gets full
- No music
The game boils down to bidding on and swapping lots of cards in order to acquire a hand of greater value than your opponents. The deck is divided into several currencies, each containing the following values: 20, 20, 20, 30, 30, 30, 40, 50, and 60. Six Chinese coins worth 10 apiece round out the deck. Playing against a random selection of 6 possible AI players, you and the three chosen players are dealt 6 cards apiece, while two lots of 4 cards each are placed in the center of the table. From your hand, you choose any number of cards to bid for one of the lots of cards. The value of the cards you choose becomes your bid. The player with the highest bid gets first choice, swapping his cards for the desired lot. The next highest bidder then chooses from the two available lots. This continues until all players have swapped for a lot. Alternatively, any player could swap for another player’s unplayed bid or simply return his bid to his own hand if the available options are undesirable. After all players have taken their turns, the center lots are refilled to 4 cards each, if necessary. Play continues until all the reserve cards have been dealt out. The player whose final hand value is highest is declared the winner.
Scoring your hand can be a bit confusing at first, but you’ll get the hang of it before long. Each currency is scored on its own, with all scores combining to create your hand score. The face value of each is summed and, if it totals 200 or more, the full value is earned. Anything below 200 is reduced by 100 points, though a currency’s value cannot drop below zero. A bonus of 100 points can be earned for collecting all of the 20’s or all of the 30’s in a given currency. The Chinese coins are worth 10 points each, regardless of the number collected. Your current hand score is automatically totaled and visible at a glance, so you won’t have to worry about accurately totaling your cards. You will need to do some mental math to figure out how each swap move will affect your hand total.
Graphically, the game is pretty clean, with a nice color-coded currency system that helps you to differentiate one from another with little difficulty. The point values are also pretty clear, so you shouldn’t struggle much to figure out exactly what you have. There is no in-game music or sound effects, but you can listen to your music library while playing. Controls are touch-based and easy to use, until you have many cards in your hand. To make your bid, you must tap cards in your hand, which is fine when you have a half-dozen cards. When you are pushing 20 or so, the selection area is quite thin and easy to mis-tap, selecting unintended cards. A pinch-zoom feature would be nice for those times. Otherwise, you tap the bid button when you have made your bid selection, then drag your bid to the cards for which you want to swap. It couldn’t be easier.
Replay value is great, as it’s never the same game twice, and there is plenty of strategy to learn and put into practice. It’s one of the more enjoyable card games we’ve come across in the app store. For $2.99, Reiner Knizia’s Money is a 5-Dimple winner.Reiner Knizia’s Money Worth Its Weight In Gold,