Another week is starting and we have already presented the latest edition of the Windows 8 Red Stripe Deals. Now, it’s time to have a look at what we consider to be the best new Windows 8 app from the Windows Store for this week – the popular Carcassone board game.
Last week, we kickstarted a new series of Windows 8 apps roundups – one that was describing only a single best Windows 8 app or game and another one that was enlisting the best Windows 8 games and apps for each Month. Last week we featured Georama, one of the best Windows 8 travel apps, and this time we’re going to talk about Carcassone, yes, that popular board game that you were probably playing as a kid. Filed in the Windows 8 strategy games category, it has a pretty small size of around 44 megabytes, so it won’t take up too much of your storage space.
Play the classic Carcassone board game on your Windows 8 tablet
Turn by turn, the players create a landscape by placing tiles with roads, cities, fields, and cloisters. The players deploy their followers – knights, monks, thieves, or farmers – to earn points. The player with the most points after the final scoring wins the game. The ever-changing landscape makes each game a new experience. You can play against clever AI opponents or with up to 5 other players in a local multiplayer match.
Since a board game can’t be played on your own, the Windows 8 version of Carcassonne comes with local multiplayer mode for up to 6 players. However, if you’re alone, you can still enjoy the game, battling against slick AI opponents that have their own strategies. The game isn’t quite cheap, as you will have to get 5 bucks out of your pocket to download and install it on your Windows 8 tablet, but if you’re a true lover of the Carcassone game, then this won’t be a problem.
There’s also a free trial option available, so you can try it out and see whether this game is worth buying or not. I’ve played around with it for a few good hours and I can recommend it. Playing it on a Windows 8 tablet makes it even more enjoyable, as the good old board game suddenly feels more interactive and fun to play.
Carcassone for Windows in 2018 [update]
It is very important for Carcassone players or those who want to play it that the game will soon run out of license. You will be not able to buy the game on Microsoft Store anymore. This is not a problem for those who already purchased the game and want to redownload and reinstall it on another Windows device. Also, you are still able to buy expansion packs for the next few months and play online as the servers are still available.
In case Carcassone does not work on your computer and you are not able to play it anymore, no matter what you do, you can switch to other games from Store. You can check the list of best 30 games from the Store or best 100+ Store games that you can try to play on your Windows 10 PC this year. Be sure that you will find a good replacement to Carcassone in case it does not work.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.