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SmartGo Player app for iPhone and iPad

4.8 ( 2368 ratings )
Games Entertainment Board Strategy
Developer: Smart Go, Inc.
2.99 USD
Current version: 2.6, last update: 11 months ago
First release : 06 May 2009
App size: 23.62 Mb

Play the ancient game of Go against your iPhone or iPad. Starting with the empty board, your goal is to surround territory — the simple rules of Go lead to a complex and beautiful game. This 4000-year-old board game originating in China is also known as igo (囲碁), wéiqí (围棋), or baduk (바둑).

SmartGo Player includes a tutorial that teaches you the fundamentals of Go step-by-step. Each rule and tactic is followed by a number of problems that let you practice and fully grasp the concept.

If you enjoy strategy board games like chess or Othello, youll love Go.

SmartGo automatically adjusts the handicap to keep the game challenging, for beginners as well as seasoned players. Start with 9x9, and unlock 11x11 and 13x13 as your play improves. With a strong engine based on the latest research into Monte Carlo techniques, this is the game to beat.

- 9x9, 11x11, 13x13, and 19x19 boards
- Strong game engine
- Fast response (adjustable)
- Automatic handicap adjustment on 9x9, 11x11, 13x13
- Manual choice of handicap and board size up to 19x19
- Track level per user
- Computer resigns when too far behind (can be turned off)
- Territory estimator
- Hint
- Undo
- Replay
- Tutorial with over 100 problems

SmartGo Player is optimized for a quick and challenging game of Go against the computer. SmartGo Kifu is designed as a versatile tool for Go players who want to study professional games, practice Go problems, record their games, as well as play against the computer.


Pros and cons of SmartGo Player app for iPhone and iPad

SmartGo Player app good for

Its nice to finally be able to play againts the computer with a nice touch application. The AI is a bit strange though. It seems quite smart sometimes and then ignore fatal moves which gives you an easy win. Plus when you won againts the strongest level there is no more point playing the game. It would be nice to be able to play againts different AI such as gnugo or the igowin backend and being able to choose on a per game settings. Also being able to send yourself the SGF is a must Thanks Go Pro for tsumego
This is a crazy wicked game especially now that i find u can play 2 player i thought it was just 1! I also love the problems i wish u had more.. could you make a game with just problems and call it the problems of life and death? Anyway awesome game keep up the good work and all u go lovers out there this is the game 4 u! ふじわら の さい (Fujiwara No Sai)
Just wanted to mention in here that SmartGo does support local pass and play multiplayer even though multiplayer isnt mentioned at all in the description. Other than that, works as advertised. Great Go app, no complaints.
I dont think Ill ever be very good at the game, but that doesnt make it any less fun. Smooth interface makes it easy to use.
This is a good app if you just want to play for fun, but i only heard of it a while ago from Hikaru no Go Waya
I bought the Pro version of this game after realizing that the free version was already the best Go game on iOS. Since then the price has come down $11, SmartGo Player is only $3 and it is worth every penny. Top marks, great developer, great game. This is the only game that has been on every one of my iOS devices from the ancient 3G up to today.

Some bad moments

I wanted to play GO with my son interactively through game center This app does not do that. I often ( by computer resignation ) win, but have no idea why. Do not find that instructive at all.
Great app but much too strong AI for a beginner to play against. I hope you really enjoy losing because thats all youre going to do. Its impossible to win. If the level is easy enough that its possible for you to win, it just keeps resigning a few moves into the game, until it very quickly advances you back up to the level where its to hard for you to ever win. -3 stars because an unwinnable game is NOT FUN, its just frustrating and boring. Im going to look for a game with a different Go engine.
Couldnt figure out how to play a game. I see a board. Lots of buttons. None of them are the "play a game against the computer" button it seams.
Description makes it seem like you can play over the network, but you cant. Also no ability to see the whole board before you commit a move.
Is there a computer opponent? I cant tell. It seems like Im supposed to play both sides, because nothing happens unless I tap one of these obscure icons and place a piece of the other color myself. What does the flag button do? What do any of these buttons do? I tried the tutorial, but its just a text document about the rules of Go. I already know those. I want a tutorial on how to use this obtuse and incomprehensible app, but now I cant even get out of this rule book document without closing the app. Save your money. Do not buy this.
Can not play over network. I live by myself so there is no player 2 at home. The computer always win. Boring.

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囲碁, othello, to go games, go music player, go pro learning, and other. So, download free SmartGo Player .ipa to run this nice iOS application on iPhone and iPad.