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Reiner Knizia games wants iphone game developer

03-12-2009, 09:02 PM
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Reiner Knizia games wants iphone game developer

Basically Reiner Knizia wiki is a German board game designer and probably the most famous in world of board games.


Reiner Knizia is looking to see if anyone, publisher or individual, with a track record is interested in programming any of his back catalogue that is suitable for the iPhone to sell through the Apple Store. This would be on the basis of a distribution of the proceeds, after Apple's cut.

Bottom line is that it takes three things - a game design (which Reiner has lots of), software and a distribution channel. I'm pretty sure Reiner's open to offers on any platform that make sense. Obviously it needs to at least potentially offer enough sales for it to be worth the programmer's time - and in some cases not to tie up one of Reiner's crown jewel properties (a few of which may be spoken for, but most aren't). What the percentage split between the various parties would be, and other commercial details, are absolutely, definitely, something I have no part in the discussion of. Anything that gets to that point of discussion will be with me out of the loop.
I have most of his boardgames...very strategic. For those not familiar with his games you still might be able to port them. Lemme just tell you some of my favorite ones post links to some online play so you can quickly get an idea.

RA see game info here currently #24 boardgame on bgg. Great auction one and each game due to the tile draw and you need to adjust your strategy on the fly). I'd love to play this 2 player or 3 player wifi or heck even internet. There exists a PC (unofficial port) that has an AI of this. To me not all that fun.

Lord of the Rings Confrontation see bgg and here is a spin on Stratego but way better. Deluxe version is also out. Great 2 player game.

Amun-Re a see bgg Knizia title (turned based) I used to be champion at Tikal on that website. (completed game screenshot) play online here.

Lost Cities see bgg would be probably the easiest to port and probably one of the all time high sellers if you get to port it. I play it on my ds and own the card game too. Very simple 2 player game. I play it on my DS which I have version there. You can play online here. Battle Line is similar see bgg

Tigris & Euphrates kinda hardcore game but with panning around it might work. play online here.
Tigris & Euphrates

Samurai this is one of my all time favorites by far. I have an overview on my site here and bgg. Also I use to play a lot of it online here.

Taj Mahal see bgg another hardcore one like Tigris & Euphrates. Play online here

Modern Art see bgg is awesome but personally don't think it would work too well on iphone.

Ingenious see bgg I'm sure this would be a huge hit. Use to play it online but taken down since official PC version is out.

Hollywood Blockbuster see bgg parody names due to movie, actors theme to avoid copyright but still a fun auction game which I have.

Medici wow this auction game I love btw my sister is one in photo holding Medici boardgame see bgg.

Anyway I think those are some of his main staple games although he has hundreds. Personally I think you need to be a huge publisher or an extremely talented developer with a few hit titles to be considered. My opinion the ones with the most mass appeal and huge sellers would be in this order
1) Lost Cities (easy rules to learn, quick play, against AI is semi decent too).
2) Ingenious easy too but not would require some panning to see whole board.
3) Samurai (actually this might be best seller with Lost Cities since AI is fun to play too...I have pc and mac version and of course couple copies of boardgame too). Extremely strategic.
4) LOTR Confrontation...guessing it'd be successful but not sure if Reiner would have to renegotiate licensing rights or not so I'm don't have my hopes up.
03-12-2009, 10:25 PM
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I remember playing a really great PC port of Samurai. The developer had to discontinue it for whatever reason though.

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03-13-2009, 02:31 AM
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That PC / Mac port I believe you can still download demo. Anyway Knizia has over 300 games and went through his list and these ones you might also consider porting to iphone well perhaps not all would work but these are the ones I like of his so you don't have to look at all 300 especially if you haven't a clue about em.

Circus Flohcati card game
Colossal Arena card game
Euphrates & Tigris Card Game not as good as boardgame but decent
Fish Eat Fish quick and easy board game
High Society one of my all time favorite ones but not sure if this 3 to 5 player game would work on iphone though.
Ivanhoe a classic card game 2 to 5 players
Kingdoms can play online at bgg...this one is decent believe movie Beowulf remade this and called it Beowulf Board Game.
Loot quick
card game...I have this one.
Lost Cities Board Game (German board game of year 2008)
Money! always wanted to play this but never could cuz couldn't find a copy and not
sure if it ever got reprinted.
Palazzo love this game..build Palaces...I love it so much wrote a Quick Reference for it.
Pickomino dice game....I wasn't too hot about it but the others I played with sure were.
Poison really like this for a while....think it's if your cause a cauldron to hit 13 you take the cards with the poison (which you don't want).
Razzia! this is a mafia card game like RA.
Relationship Tightrope quick nice little game I've played a few times before.
Strozzi is 2 player version of Medici
Taj Mahal I have this one it's pretty good but might be too hardcore. There is an AI for this one online I've played a few times.
Through the Desert actually this would be really fun to play on iphone..love this one. Please if you do develop it NO PINK CAMELS or at least give us option to change color.
Too Many Cooks nice trick taking game...often overlooked.
Tower of Babel might work but probably too hardcore.
Trendy ...fashion design card game..yes I own this one I admit it.
Winner's Circle great horse racing gambling game with some blind betting / bluffing.

Forgot to add Blue Moon like Magic the Gathering and the tons of expansions and the board game version Blue Moon City (have that one)

Last edited by mrbass; 03-13-2009 at 02:35 AM.
03-13-2009, 04:51 AM
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One of the best Kawashima clones on the Nintendo DS is also from him: http://www.amazon.de/EIDOS-GmbH-Rein.../dp/B0011V7EMO

So, please, port this game to the iPhone! It would fit perfectly!


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03-13-2009, 06:34 PM
Many of Knizia's games would be brilliant additions to the iPhone library. Provided the AI was strong I'd love to play them.

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03-18-2009, 01:37 AM
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It appears they've narrowed it down to a few big publishers which is great news. I honestly don't care who it is as long as the ball is rolling. Sweet Lost Cities via bluetooth anyone?
03-19-2009, 04:43 PM
Loved Samurai

I loved playing Samurai on my Mac and would be interested in an iPhone version.
03-22-2009, 05:27 PM
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I would buy any Knizia game for iPhone without even blinking. I own quite a number of his games, and many of his smaller games could work on the iPhone just fine. Card games like Korsar/Loot, Lost Cities, En Garde, Money, Blue Moon... I would be in heaven to be able to play these mobile.

The Samurai computer game was withdrawn which was a shame. I still play it quite often, and the boardgame is one of our gaming groups favourites.

Not only Knizia, but Michael Schacht, Alan Moon, Bruno Faidutti etc. could jump on the bandwagon too. I'm quite sure the market in US and Europe would be large enough to make any well-made boardgame adaptations worthwhile.

Of course, Apple should find a way around the 148 app limit first!
04-01-2009, 09:49 PM
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Knights of Charlemagne

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd chime in here, that Reiner Knizia's Knights of Charlemagne is planned to be released to the iTunes appstore on April 8.

I've also posted to BoardGameGeek as well, you can see the original thread here:


There's some screenshots there too
04-03-2009, 06:11 AM
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Thanks for the update on that on. I ws very curious which game it would be.

BGG is a great site for all who have not checked it out BTW