Learn About the French Revolution While Being Entertained with Levee en Masse HD- an iPad App Review
How much do you know about the French Revolution? Do you wish you knew more, but don’t want to take the time to read up on it? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a fun board game that taught historical facts about France between 1789 and 1802? Oh, wait, Victory Point Games has already solved our dilemma with Levee en Masse, a dice-based board game where the spirit of the Republic is under attack by the forces of the Monarchy and Despotism. What will you do to keep freedom alive?
Players are charged with stopping enemy forces from taking over Paris. Everything is dice-based and there are five other countries that want to stake their claim on France’s metropolis.
To push back the enemies army, tap on the marker that you wish to battle. Each marker represents the army that is on its way to Paris. The army has a dice number that players must roll higher than. For example, Prussia’s number is four, so players must roll a five or six in order to win the battle. If you don’t succeed, you can keep trying until you either roll higher than four, or run out of action points. Each turn, players get a certain number of action points that can be used to battle armies, calm disorder in the city of Paris, or manipulate politics to keep the Republic on top.
In the political arena, player want to be sure that the Republic has the most points, if either the Monarchy or Despotism gain the top spot, the French army looses any positive modifiers to dice rolls.
Each turn is represented by an event. For example, “It was the Best of Times; It was the Worst of Times” is an event in which Vendee and Piedmont move one spot each on the board and the Monarchy loses one point, while the Republic gains one point. The political category also gets a +1 (plus one) modifier to all die rolls except one and six. Whenever there is a positive modifier, it is a good idea to take advantage of the help.
Every event tells a bit of factual information about a real historical event that took place during the French Revolution. So, not only do you get to play a fun board game, but you also get to learn some history.
The iTunes summary says this game is a “solitary game, suitable for group and classroom cooperative game play.” However, it is not really suitable for more than one player, unless the cooperativeness is in sharing opinions about what actions to take next.
It only takes about a half an hour to get through the game. As the enemy gets closer and events get more difficult, it gets harder and harder to stop the invaders from taking over Paris. Keep up the good fight, though. The Republic spirit will prevail.
What I liked: I love a good board game. This one is not too complex, but offers plenty of strategy options to keep it interesting.
What I didn’t like: The tutorial is very confusing and there is no in-game how to guide or rulebook. I still don’t completely understand the political part of the game.
To buy or not to buy: It may seem a bit pricey at $4.99, but this game offers hours of enjoyment and a little bit of history as well. Considering the board game costs $25, you’re getting one heck of a deal with the app.
- Name: Levee en Masse HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
- Category: Games
- Developer: Victory Point Games
- Price: $4.99