It’s Apple release day! Here’s what to play

Apple (the multinational technology corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California) is holding a press event today, presumably to announce new iPads and other goodies. It’s a momentous occasion for the company’s shareholders and fans, many of whom will watch the live broadcast of the proceedings with glee.

What should you play to commemorate this event? Here are a few suggestions.

Apples to Apples. The obvious choice. Released in 1999 (the same year Apple introduced the “Barbie Purse” iBook), Apples to Apples is a family game for 4-10 players. It has two decks of cards: “Things” and “Descriptions.” The active player draws a Description card, like “hairy” or “noisy,” and the other players select a Things card from their hands that best matches the Description. After seeing all of the options, the active player selects the Thing card that best matches the chosen Description. The player who contributed that card earns a point, and the turn passes.

apples to apples

Newton’s Apples. The appropriately-named Newton‘s Apples is a family game that’s about moving apples from point A to point B. They’re placed on rows of crates, and the goal is to get all of your apples to fall from the top crate to the bottom crate, while blocking your opponent’s path. It’s for two players ages 7 and up.

CorporationApple is a massive corporation, and GLS’s Corporation is all about global dominance. The objective is to be the first player to build a corporate headquarters on each continent. Bid for manufacturing sites, outwit opponents’ raids and make millions in revenue.

Progress: Evolution of Technology. This hand-management title from Agnieszka Kopera and NSKN Games starts in the middle ages and evolves all way way to the dawn of the Internet. You must research various technologies to help your civilization advance. Key technologies occur infrequently, so players must specialize to make their way forward.

Now you’ve got something to do while you contemplate buying that new iPad. Progress, right?

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