Wingspan

released on Sep 17, 2020

In Wingspan you are bird enthusiasts - researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors - seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves.


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got this after playing in person. love the bird game, although having played it a lot i'm sliding into doomer mindset about how insanely luck-dependent the average run is. skill curve ramps as you play with more people due to decreased birdfeeder autonomy and pink power utility. fuck the ravens. all my cronies hate the ravens.

also wish the trivia was a bit deeper; perhaps like the infobank in civ v

literally couldn't get past the tutorial WHY IS THIS SO COMPLICATED ITS A STUPID BIRD BOARD GAME

Wingspan is a very solid adaptation of the physical game. I especially enjoy the animations, bird trivia, relaxing music, and cross-platform play with friends.

Wingspan has perennially been one of my all-time favorite board games. It's a card-driven engine building game with endless variety (especially with expansions), and a welcoming and educational theme. Although I much prefer the physical game, the app is a great entry-point thanks to the lower price and the full tutorial.

I'm not a big board game app player, but it's clear that a lot of care and attention went into this implementation. It features an original soundtrack, voice acting for the bird facts, bot AI, and even small animations for the bird art. My biggest issue is with the interface; it's designed with a one-size-fits-all approach across mobile and PC. This means every platform looks the same despite varying screen sizes and control methods. There's no way to nicely view an overview of all three bird rows and all the information you need at once. There are different view modes, but regardless of the one you choose, multiple swipes/clicks/taps are needed to scroll through everything. What's worse is that there's no way to lay out or organize your hand, which is a critical part of effective strategic planning in this game.

I'd recommend this app for those wanting to learn and get into the game. But I believe the original game is still the best and fastest way to play. Hopefully my interface quibbles can be fixed with updates eventually.

3.5/5 because it's wayyy cheaper than owning physical. Unfortunatly on PC you can feel that jank. If you have over 5 cards in your hand, they become hard to select. The general feeling of observing the computer-players' boards is difficult as well. Apparently the online has one play mode which is 5 minute long turns which is simply too long for a game to last, making online play worthless as well. That being said I still enjoy the game immensely in single player or against bots.