Developer: The Innovation Games Company
Price: free Download on the App Store
Knowsy - Plenty of board games have made the leap to the iPad. Scrabble, Monopoly and other long-time favorites have converted their popular gameplay to the iPad's multi-touch screen.
Along comes Knowsy. It plays like a board game that has been re-imagined for the iPad. Knowsy is played by trying to guess your competitor's preferences. One player starts out as the VIP. This person must choose a topic among options such as movie genres, elementary subjects, hobbies, toys or colors. Within these categories are more specific subjects that the VIP must rank in order of preference from one through five. The options are all written in playful font on a series of tiles which are slid around the screen until the choices are complete.
Next, another player is presented with those five choices, but instead they are scattered around the screen. Their mission is to guess the order the VIP ranked them. The more correct answers the higher the score. This process then repeats, with up to six players able to compete at once.
There are a lot of nice touches, such as a tutorial for those who want to read about playing before actually diving in. Also a ghost-like icon accompanies each user's name after it has been created. The results page uses a series of icons and trophies to track everybody's success.
In fact Knowsy's only weakness is that after playing the game for a while it can be easy to run out of content. Fortunately the developers continue to add new content from time to time, making it a pleasant surprise to see new content when logging on.
It is also easy to imagine the social potential from within Knowsy. Many iOS games have embraced sharing scores on social networks or allowing two or more to compete against one-another in real-time.
Even with these caveats it is easy to recommend Knowsy in its current form. It is a solid game that is fun for just about any age - something that can't be said of many App Store games.