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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Risk"

EA is getting all these conversions of classics, but are they any good? Not too bad, but they came out just average, sorry.

Risk is your basic conquest game... Use your armies to conquer "adjacent" territories. if you conquer territories, you collect Risk cards. If you collect a set, you can turn 1 set in for "bonus armies". The longer the game, the larger the army you get, but the opponents do the same on their turn. So, how does the mobile version fare? Not bad.

For those who need a quick fix, there is the "quick" version, which limits to the battle to 2 continents: North and South America, and 3 AI opponents. You can also take on 5 other AI opponents in the full game involving the whole map. You can even play "multiplayer" by passing the phone among several friends.

One thing I don't like is the inability to pick one's own color. You're always "red", and consider there is also orange and pink, those aren't the best colors to have. However, the AI are at least competent, though there are no tougher AI levels. The AI knows to attack weaker opponents, and clear out a continent to get the continent bonus, but other than that they don't seem to have a full strategy in mind.

The graphics are okay, but not as good as EA's Monopoly (tm) adaptation. The "battle" could be easier, though you're given the option of displaying EVERY dice throw, which can quickly bog down the gameplay.

The quick game can be done in a few minutes (as most lasts no more than 7 turns), but the full game can last a long while.

All in all, this adaptation is merely average, and offers nothing new, few optional rules or variations and such. There just isn't much here.

Overall rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Same Risk, same strategy, easy to learn
Cons: Easy to master, depends a LOT on luck and going first, nothing new

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