Romi - Rummikub Game

Review by: Claire J Rottenberg

Romi - Rummikub Board Game for iPad Romi is an iPad version of Rummikub, a tile board game invented by Ephraim Hertzano in the early 1930s. It is also similar to the card game Gin Rummy, created in 1909 by Elwood T. Baker and his son C. Graham Baker. The basic goal in all three games is the same - create matching sets while discarding unneeded cards or tiles.

Romi can be played with two to four players, including computer players. You can play one of three levels (beginner, intermediate, expert) and with or without time limits for each player's turn. Each player starts with fourteen tiles that can be ordered by number or color sets. The goal is to make sets of three or more tiles, using either consecutive numbers of the same color (for example, numbers 7, 8 and 9 all in red) or sets of tiles of the same number (for example, a set of three tiles with the number 5). The first sets of tiles a player places on the board must add up to at least 30 points (for example, three number 12 tiles would equal 36 points). On successive turns, however, a player can add any number of tiles to any set already on the board or create a new set of three tiles. Any player who cannot add a tile to the board must draw a new tile. The player who places all of their tiles on the board first wins the game.

I played Romi years ago on my Mac computer and I was delighted to see that there is also an iPad version. Although there is an official Rummikub game for Android, I prefer the Romi version of the game on my iPad. The game has a lovely, colorful board and easy ways to move tiles. For example, you can often just click a tile once and it will move to the correct position on the board. I also like that this version of the game lets you use a 12-13-1 combination.

If you're looking for a good Rummikub/Gin Rummy tile board game for your iPad, I highly recommend Romi. You can learn more about the game from the developer's website or you can purchase it for $2.99 from the App Store.

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