The Small World is a physical board game that debuted in 2009, allowing 2 - 5 players to select one of multiple races and pit them against each other to conquer the most territory and accrue the highest score. A virtual version of the game was released for the iPad on the day of that tablet's launch. Now a sequel is coming after having completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, thanks to which we're seeing an Android release.

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Small World 2: The Return comes to us from Days of Wonder, the company that brought us Ticket to Ride. While the first game that launched for the iPad only allowed for two players, the sequel can handle up to five, just like the original board game. In addition to face-to-face gameplay on a single device, Small World 2 supports competing with others online. On the other end of the social spectrum, new or bashful players can brush up their skills by challenging up to four computer-controlled opponents.

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The game will set you back $9.99, but that's far less than you would spend on most physical board games. And after you've mastered the mechanics, you might just walk away with another engaging way to share your tablet with friends.

Source: Days of Wonder

Thanks, Marchant Volschenk!

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  • Matthew Fry

    Kickstarter backer here. I'm liking it so far on my Nexus 10 but I think there is too much going on for a phone size screen.

    • CA719

      Just purchased the Z Ultra GPE, think that would be okay? 6.44"?

      • Phill_S

        I have played a few games on my Nexus 5 (it is fun, btw). IT would better better on a tablet, for sure, but you can get away with playing on a phone without issue.

      • Marchant Volschenk

        I'm currently playing it on a Nexus 7 and it does feel a little cramped.
        Then again I thought the same of Ticket To Ride in the beginning

  • Jdban

    I really wish there was a free demo version or something.
    Play store's 15 minutes is too short for this game (especially since my internet is awful here and it'll probably take that long to download)

    • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

      I think the 15 min timer starts after the download is complete :)

      • CerealFTW

        I still think 15 minutes is too short to really get a feel of a game. And some require additional downloads after installation(gameloft). I miss the old 24 hour refund window. somewhere in between 30-60 minutes would be perfect imo

  • Carlos

    too difficult for me :s

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Just played this game (the tabletop version) for the first time recently...very fun game once you get the hang of what's going on!

  • Ben Freund

    This is all kinds of fun on the Nexus 7. Though, it may help that I've played the board game before. But I think it is worth the $.

  • Antonello Piemonte

    This is an excellent "port" of a boardgame, and with all possible kind of multiplayer/pass and play option made available, it easily sets the standard bar pretty high for any other Android digital boardgame out there. Works perfectly on Asus tablet.