Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Q8 Dama Brainco" Game Review

Popular ancient game, not known it is origin, from India or Turkey, Kuwaiti ancestors knew about DAMA when they traveled to India by virtue of old trade and mutual visits and has become a game of Kuwaiti heritage.

Developed by Dr. Anwar Alharbi of KTV 2 Digital Talk Fame, it lets you relive the traditional game on your modern smartphone or tablet. Let us take a closer look at it.


This is a two player game. it is played on a 8x8 squared checker board. The game consists of two teams: Each team consists of 16 Hatabah (soldier) and is characterized by each team in its own color, for example yellow and black (and can be any color for each team).      

Your aim is to eat the Hatabah (soldier) of the opponent team. A Hatabah can move one step to the left,right or front. Once the Hatabah reaches the last row of the board, it becomes Sheikh with can move in any direction and any number of steps. The first team to eat all the opponents Hatabah wins the game.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are exceptionally well designed. The UI is basically has a Black/Yellow theme which matches the color of the Hatabah's. The colour of the board could be improved. The music also has a traditional feel which matches the game's concept. However, I could not enable the sound. This is a bug which I hope will soon be resolved.


Q8 Dama Brainco succeeds in bringing out the traditional feel of the game to the modern smartphones and tablets. The developer has to be applauded for his efforts. However, I think there should be a stats menu also where we can see things like wins and losses. I hope that he adds this menu.

Rating: 4.5/5
Pros: Good Graphics and Music, strategic gameplay
Con: No information on number of games win/loss 

Download for iOS from here and for Android from here
Like their Facebook page Q8 Dama Brainco


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