Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Twelve Hnefatafl Games for Your Mobile Phone: Ard Ri Tactics

Ard Ri Tactics for Android
Ard Ri Tactics for Android

Tuesday, 20th September 2016

About the cutest hnefatafl game I've seen for any mobile device is Ard Ri Tactics, by Wizcorp Inc. This is for Android phones, and features teams of little cartoon knights on a 7x7 board.

The game offers solo play against the computer, as well as on-line play against other people. As its name suggests, the game implements only the Ard Ri rules. Generally once players are familiar with the rules of hnefatafl, Ard Ri is impossible to win as the king's side. But the game is still useful as a practice pad for beginners.

You can download Ard Ri Tactics from the Google Play Store. Tomorrow I return to Apple to look at an iPhone hnefatafl game.

Update: Ard Ri Tactics is available for iPhones too, see comments below.


Most of the time, is Ard Ri a single step game?

Cause it is in this app, and the AI is really dumb with it! On both sides :P I didn't try online multiplayer yet cause it doesnt find opponents the times i try. Just to save you some searching, i run it on apple device, ios 6 required. 


Dayvigco - 12:24, 21/09/2016

Hello Dayvigco,

Ard Ri does tend to be single-step. Rook moves give the attacker a very quick win every time; I have an example game somewhere which I'll add to the "Matches" section when I find it.

Thanks for the information about the Apple version too.

Damian Walker - 14:35, 24/09/2016

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