WDYPTW: Morels App Review
Growing up in Upper Michigan there was always a hunt in the spring for the elusive Morel mushroom. Hunters had their secret hunting grounds. Restaurants suddenly had mushroom specials. Unfortunately, I hate mushrooms.
Fortunately, I don't hate the new Morels app just released by Mossbark Games. This is an app based on a board game of the same name. I seem to recall playing it, but don’t remember it well — so starting off with a really good tutorial was a plus. I used the tutorial and then played a bit, then did it again and I was pretty much good to go.
Morels is a set collection game. Morels being the rarest mushrooms and worth the most points, with more common mushrooms worth less. Just collecting them is not enough, you also need to cook the mushrooms. There are also frying pans that you add to at least three mushrooms and then they score. If they are in your hand when the draw deck runs out, you score nothing. You can spice up your recipes, adding butter or cider cards to get bonus points if you have enough mushrooms.
As a two-player game, you are racing to draw cards from a line. Two cards are always free. The cards higher up cost foraging sticks. In real life, these are the sticks used to move leaves and find the mushrooms below. You can turn in a minimum pair of cards to get foraging sticks. These allow you to skip farther down the draw line to complete that set of Shitakis before your opponent grabs them.
Cards you do not draw pile up at the end in a decay pile . There is an advantage to grabbing these and get four in a draw. Unfortunately, the line also contains some cards to avoid — poison mushrooms that reduce your hand size for a few turns.
I've played several games against the easy AI and moved up to medium. I also have a few online games going, with the notifications working well.
This may be a little pricey at $4.99 for a lighter app, but it is well built with no major flaws. The only one I have is that it is hard to see what mushrooms you have sometimes, it'd be nice if the cards had an icon in the corner or something.
One final note from the resident WDYPTW pun master — Besides being a well done app, the game has really integrated its theme well with use of flavor text.