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Best Go Game for iPhone

by: Elton Gahr ; edited by: Simon Hill ; updated: 6/7/2012 • Leave a comment

Go is an ancient game that can seem deceptively simple. These are a few of the best iPhone Go game apps that can help lead someone from a superficial understanding of Go to being able to take on truly good players in this difficult game.

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    The Best iPhone Go Game Apps

    Go is one of the oldest games in the world. It is a game that appears very simple, but play with someone skilled and you will quickly discover just how complicated the game really is. It is also a game that has a lot of variants and there are a number of good apps which will let you play Go. Here are some of the best Go apps.

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    Mr. Yoo's Go School

    go school 

    Mr. Yoo’s Go School is the perfect app for someone who has heard of Go, and perhaps even found other apps but then discovered that while it appears a very simple game they get destroyed every single time. This app plays out through a series of interactive comic strips of a grandfather explaining Go to his grandchildren interlaced with interactive board quizzes that help you to ensure that you understand the basic rules of the game. This app makes Go far easier to understand and if you go through all of the lessons you’ll at least understand why you’re getting trounced in every game, which is a good start.

    (Cost: $1.99) [Download Link]

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    5 Stones

    Five stones 

    Not actually Go, this is a variant of the game which uses the Go board and stones in similar ways to Go. What this game is, is basically Connect Five. You do not remove stones, instead you simply try to put five stones in a row before your opponent can. This is a far faster game than Go and the ability to play against the A.I. means that you can play around with it. This is a fun game and with a free version it is worth trying.

    (Cost: $1.99) [Download Link]

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    Aya Go Free

    aya go 

    The best of the free iPhone Go games available, this has both a pay and a free version. The biggest advantage that this has over many of the other free versions is that it has an A.I. that you can play against. This can be controlled by a number of settings including the size of the board, the handicap, the skill level of the A.I. and the color. In addition you can play a two person game if you want. If all you want is a simple free version of Go then try Aya Go Free and if you like it there is a paid version with more features.

    (Cost: $2.99) [Download Link]


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    The Ancient Game of Go

    The Ancient Game of Go The best of the iPhone Go games in terms of appearance is The Ancient Game of Go. This app is extremely well made graphically, making it feel far more like the experience of the real game. This is important because one of the reasons that Go is such a great game is that tactile sense of board and stones.

    In addition to this it has more of the tournament options such as the ability to have a time limit. This improves the game considerably for more advanced players, though for someone learning the game it can be a bit of a frustration. With a number of recent updates this is a great version of Go for either the iPhone or the iPad.

    (Cost: $2.99) [Download Link]

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    SmartGo Pro

    smartgo pro game list 

    Not for the casual Go player this is an app designed for someone who wants to master the game. This app allows you to experience tens of thousands of professional games as well as access thousands of problems designed to help you learn the game. If you want to learn to become a master Go player there is no doubt that this app is the one you want.

    (Cost: $12.99) [Download Link]

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    • Source: Author's own experience.
    • Image Credit - Screenshots courtesy of the respective developers.
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