Developer: Marmalade Game Studio
Type: Digital Board Game
Platform: Windows (Steam)
# of Players: 1-4 Online
Risk is a classic strategy board game that is produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro). It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World"). It was later bought by Parker Brothers and released in 1959 with some modifications to the rules as Risk: The Continental Game, then as Risk: The Game of Global Domination.
Over the years there have been many conversions of Risk to various video gaming platforms and digital mediums. Many of these versions have attempted to expand or improve upon the original game by adding new features, rules or modes.
This particular iteration of Risk released for Windows on Steam by Marmalade Game Studio attempts to do none of these things, but is simply a multiplayer online digital version of the original classic game. The graphics, user interface and mechanics of the game seem sound but there have been some rough edges around the launch. The game's Steam page states that it requires Windows 8 or newer, although "unofficially" the game does run on Windows 7. There have been some multiplayer stability issues at launch, and the game client lacks matchmaking thus far supporting only multiplayer games with people on the player's Steam friends list. Marmalade Game Studio has acknowledged these issues and more as well as committing to fixing them in an announcement posted here.
Despite the aforementioned launch hiccups, and some negative user reviews on Steam as a result of them, the developer seems to be committed to listening to and communicating with the community to get these issues resolved. At it's core this game looks to be a faithful recreation of a beloved classic board game that isn't loaded with extra modes and features that fans of the original game have no interest in, and includes online multiplayer which some noted previous ports have lacked. Here's hoping that the game's developers can get it up to speed and see an active player base evolve around this reasonably priced digital adaptation of a classic.
Windows version on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/382970
Link to the game's official trailer: http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/256659101/movie480.webm
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