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  • Summary: The legend begins with a single-player series of adventures designed to invite both veterans and newcomers to explore the land of Talisman. While multiplayer gameplay will be available in upcoming expansions, Talisman Prologue focuses on creating narrative depth through its single-playerThe legend begins with a single-player series of adventures designed to invite both veterans and newcomers to explore the land of Talisman. While multiplayer gameplay will be available in upcoming expansions, Talisman Prologue focuses on creating narrative depth through its single-player campaigns. The story unfolds as the player rolls dice to move around the outer, middle, and inner regions of the board. Each space will require the player to draw a card or resolve a special effect, leading your hero to encounter monsters, discover friendly followers, and gather treasure Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 25, 2013
    100
    Excellent though the gameplay and presentation of Talisman Prologue is, the most remarkable thing about the game is how accessible it is to players of all levels of experience.
  2. Apr 26, 2013
    80
    I thoroughly enjoy Talisman’s overall design and presentation, and encourage fans of board games and role playing games to give it a shot.
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    75
    If you like fantasy board games with a hefty dose of luck, Talisman Prologue is an able translation of a classic.
  4. Apr 26, 2013
    70
    While it accurately recreates the mechanics of the boardgame, Talisman Prologue HD's lack of multiplayer options and stringent quest structure make it a little less enjoyable than it should be.
  5. May 13, 2013
    70
    If Talisman is new to you, Prologue can be a good way to see if you want to invest your time and money in the boxed or digital versions of this flawed but enjoyable classic.
  6. May 1, 2013
    70
    It's pretty, and it will certainly conjure memories, but Talisman: Prologue is only an appetizer - not the main course.
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    40
    These canned side quests are a pretty poor substitute for whatever entertainment you and your friends might normally wring from a real-world copy of Talisman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ridiculously addictive and a real companion for the board game version as it will teach you a lot of the finer points of this game. Can't wait for the multiplayer version later in the year. Go Nomads! Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    7
    As a phone-sized simulation of the original board game, Talisman Prologue HD delivers what it promises. Overall, I found it to be pretty muchAs a phone-sized simulation of the original board game, Talisman Prologue HD delivers what it promises. Overall, I found it to be pretty much just like I remembered the basic board game to play, without any of the later expansions. The big difference is that it 's a single player "campaign". There are no computer AI opponents and no multi-player function.

    The game makes up for that by presenting the board game sessions as a series of "quests" with objectives that the player must meet in lieu reaching the Crown of Command. As an example, one of the warrior quests involves spending a certain number of turns building your strength, after which a "flight of dragons" arrive, which is accomplished by pulling every dragon card from the encounter pile and putting them in various places around the board. Defeating all of the dragons completes the quest and ends the game.

    This sort of gameplay necessarily means that "losing a turn" is mostly a dead penalty. Likewise, being forced to drop cards (due to over-limit inventory, or changing alignment, or other factors) is not as painful as in the cardboard version due to there being no opponents to happen by and pick up the dropped cards.

    A player who completes all of the quests for a character is awarded a talisman token. The game does not actually say what the token is, or what it's good for, making it less of a completionist incentive than it might otherwise be.

    One useful feature is the ability to save your progress in the cloud. If you have Prologue on mulitple devices, you can transfer your progress around between them, and presumably it will also transfer to Digital Edition on a computer if you own that.

    As a faithful adaptation of the board game, it also suffers the faults of the board game, including games that can run on for a very long time. Players motivated by nostalgia for the board game will have no problems with that. New players whose first experience with Talisman is this single-player app may find that it starts to drag after a while.

    The UI is perfectly playable on my Galaxy S3. My only complaint is that it asks for confirmation of nearly every action. It would be desirable, speaking as an experienced player, if the confirmations could be dialed down or turned off after a certain point. I'd rather make a mistake and learn to avoid that mistake in the future than spend every single turn verifying on every single action that yes, I really do want to take that action.

    Disclosure: I "purchased" the app free from Amazon as one of their daily free apps. The normal price is $2.99. Given that I have fond memories of Talisman and the app is an adequate and faithful reproduction of the board game, I would have no qualms about paying $2.99 for it. I might have wanted to try it out first, though.
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  3. Sep 3, 2013
    1
    It has no computer opponents how it could get 8 from gamefans is beyond me the next version may get a higher score from me because it will beIt has no computer opponents how it could get 8 from gamefans is beyond me the next version may get a higher score from me because it will be fun with computer players the way it is now is a game we got charged for that wasn't finished Expand