Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy iOS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. May 15, 2013
    Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is a solid digitization of a compelling board game marred by an insanely steep learning curve and very little help for new players.
  2. May 7, 2013
    Classy design, comfortable handling, challenging turn based strategy. This is the best board game conversion far and wide – 4X at its best!
  3. May 6, 2013
    A deep strategic battle for dominance among alien races, Eclipse is a robust and challenging affair that translates well to the touchscreen.
  4. Games Master UK
    Jun 26, 2013
    An incredibly polished and compulsive offering. [Aug 2013, p.77]
  5. May 6, 2013
    Before playing Eclipse I believed that what it set out to achieve was nigh impossible. The board game offers many things that seem mutually incompatible. The app squeezes a game needing acres of table into an iPad screen. You’ll need dedication to experience this marvel: the rules are complex, the strategy makes your head hurt and the app isn’t as good as it should be at making the game accessible. But if you’re up to the challenge, the effort you put into this game will be rewarded a hundredfold in terms of entertainment.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 13, 2013
    An excellent MOO-style strategy game. The original board game has been converted to iPad pretty much perfectly. [June 2013]
  7. May 17, 2013
    Sceptics will have their own reasons for shaking their heads and walking away, but those who make the investment will find a rewarding experience, with oodles of depth, hours of playtime and, yes, an abundance of menus.
  8. May 6, 2013
    If you are ready for a grand space strategy epic, this an amazing specimen on iOS.
  9. May 29, 2013
    The electronic nature of Eclipse for iPad made it possible for me to appreciate this deep, fulfilling board game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 17, 2013
    An excellent conversion! To be able to take the complexity of the tabletop version into something that can actually be understand by those ofAn excellent conversion! To be able to take the complexity of the tabletop version into something that can actually be understand by those of us who are relatively new to the game. It took me playing, losing, reading the manual and then playing with real players who helped me put the missing pieces together.

    There are a few bits that create frustration, but they tend to focus on specific parts that are relevant to people who have been playing for a while. Not that I am saying they aren't issues and don't cause issues with the game, but they aren't problematic to any real extent.

    Plus, Big Daddy (the publishers) have been decent in the past with updates, and it seems they are working to fix a lot of the issues, so hopefully that will be out soon. Seriously, persistent chat is a must have (at least it's better than NO CHAT like in Playdek's games...)

    Check it out, this is one of the most complex and unwieldy board games out there (seriously, google what the actual game looks like!) and maybe you can give BDC a freaking break. Seriously, this is a GREAT game.
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