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If you've not heard of Abalone, it's one of the most amazing - yet simple - board games in decades. It won "Game of the Decade" at the Cannes Games Festival 15 years ago, and has been a massive hit since its debut in 1990. The objective of Abalone is simple: push six of your opponent's marbles off of the board.

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The rules of the game are very simple, and take only a few minutes to learn. However, make no mistake: Abalone is a serious exercise in strategery. The game is featured in the Mind Sports Olympiad every year, and has sold more than six million units the world over since its introduction. For serious Abalone players, the paid version of the game includes 'Free Mode' with more than 30 variations on the official board layout - you can even create your very own board layout.

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There are achievements to unlock, bonus 'levels' added every day, and a local multiplayer mode (in the premium version). Head to the Play Store to try it out.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • RitishOemraw

    "Abalone is a serious exercise in strategery. The game is features in the Mind Sports Olympiad every year, and has sold more than six million units the world over since its introduction."

    Why?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Gee, I don't know - maybe play it and find out?

      • HellG

        LOL

      • fixxmyhead

        dude 3.50$ hell no!

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

          Look about one inch lower and to the left. It says Abalone Free.

          • fixxmyhead

            Yea I see it. I'm a little drunk lol

        • Sootie

          God damn lock ness monster....

          • TylerChappell

            He said he need 'bout tree fitty. And it was about THAT DAMN TIME I REALIZED IT WAS THAT DAMN LOCH NESS MONSTER 'GAIN

      • RitishOemraw

        I was actually asking why there were so many errors in such a small piece of text.

        strategERy?
        The game is featureS in....
        every year, and.... (why the , )

        • usnmustanger

          You really don't know where "strategery" came from? Seriously? I award you NO points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

          • RitishOemraw

            I take it you are referring to this:
            "The word "strategery" (pron.: /strəˈtiːdʒəri/ strə-tee-jər-ee) was coined for a Saturday Night Live sketch, written by James Downey, airing October 7, 2000, which satirized the performances of George W. Bush and Al Gore, two candidates for President of the United States, during the first presidential debate for election year 2000.[1] Comedian Will Ferrell played Bush and used the word "strategery" (a mock-Bushism playing on the word "strategy"), when asked by a mock debate moderator to summarize "the best argument for his campaign", thus satirizing Bush's reputation for mispronouncing words. The episode was later released as part of a video tape titled Presidential Bash 2000."
            ???

            Because if so.... I wish I didn't know it still. Tsk...USA and their weird elections debacles.

          • usnmustanger

            I see you have mastered the fine art of Internetting. Congratulations.

            And I'm fairly certain that the US is not the only country with its fair share of "weird [fill in the blank with a political phenomenon] debacles."

          • RitishOemraw

            Cool now I have just as many masters as sciences!
            Next up, Pokemon Master! Watch out Ash! I'm gonna Ketchup!

  • Bojan Gutic

    Looks very interesting... but $3.50?!

    Edit: There's a free version! I'm dumb.

    • William Meitzler

      It's expensive- the physical game is $35

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        yeah well this isnt the physical game

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It's not but when it comes to unique board games, their virtual implementations charge for IP and invention. $3.50 isn't that much money for something truly unique and interesting.

          • TylerChappell

            Yeah, c'mon people! That's not even 4 Matchbox cars! Sheesh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larryjasonstorey Jason Storey

    Why GPS location?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ads.

  • Ian Frankham

    Anyone else notice that the game requires GPS and network location permissions.... why on earth would it need those?
    I for one am getting very tired of android apps asking for un-needed or over the top permissions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      omg paranoid much?

      • ignitionnight

        Normally I would agree with you when people complain about permissions, they don't think about them. But I do have to wonder why a game that isn't based on my real world location needs to know my location. Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

      • s427

        It's a legitimate question. Too many people don't even look at the permissions they give to apps they install.

    • s427

      On the Play Store, the developer of the game replied to one of the comments regarding this issue. Oddly enough, his answer is in Romanian (while the comment he answers to is in English). Using Google Translate, it gives:

      "Hello, We want to announce that you should not worry about issues mentioned. The game is free, but within it are integrated advertisements tailored depending on where you are. In order to know the region, we need user permission to the current location. Thank you."

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Whenever you see location and network permissions in an app that should not need them, and the app is free, it's going to be for ads. No question about it.