So as someone who has appreciated such board games from afar, but a) doesn’t want to invest hours into learning them and b) rarely has enough people interested in playing together, how is this a single-player experience?
Yes, Through the Ages is one of those games that I like the theory of, but never bought since I knew I would never get to play it. There is an upper limit to my gaming groups complexity, and time, one that means anyhthing more taxing and time commited than Railways of the World or X-wing. With kids a long game drags forever, since all of my regulars have kids.
We’ve played a handful of longer Euros, the Le Havre’s of the world, but the reality is they just aren’t good for our group. So a game like Through the Ages would fall flat, as we spent half a day trying to learn the rules while fighting our kids chaos.
I play single player and multiplayer. it’s great. They even have that slow-ass mode some people love… like 3 days to do a turn kind of things… so thousands of sessions at any given time even if there are less than a hundred online. Or for a die hard, no timer at all.
I’m assuming the IOS and Android versions are identical, since I own it on Android. At any rate, the PC version offers some QOL improvements such as tool tips, hot keys, and achievements. Other than that they’re the same.
I find that www.boardgaming-online.com made our cardboard version of TTA obsolete. I have trouble seeing how the app version is better for playing with my friends, but I might pick it up on steam for the possibility of playing versus AI opponents.