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  Abalone, the famous board game, will be available March 21 on smartphones and tablets.
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Available on: iOS | Android

Price: $2.99 | 2.69€

Release date: March 21, 2013

Paris, March 11, 2013

With close to seven million copies of the famous board game sold around the world, Abalone is officially coming to iOS and Android devices! Sppa4apps and Cazap have teamed up with the game's creators Laurent Lévi and Michel Lalet to develop a smartphone and tablet version of Abalone that will appeal to the wannabe strategist in you.

Take the famous black and white marbles wherever you go and play against the game's artificial intelligence or a friend on the same device. Put your thinking cap on, weigh up your options and make your move.

Use your strategy to drive your opponent into a corner:

Abalone is a board game that only takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. Be the first to push six of your opponent's marbles off the edge of the board to win. Move one, two or three of your marbles with an in-line or broadside move: if your line has more marbles than your opponent, you can push his or her marbles off the edge of the board. Keep a close eye on your positions!

The iOS and Android version of Abalone features around 60 challenges designed by the game's creators that become progressively more difficult, with realistic sound effects, over 30 game variations and the option for expert players to create their own boards.

Whether going solo or playing against a friend on the same device, take on the Abalone challenge!

"We were both proud and delighted to lend our support to the project and take part in the development of the Abalone app. The app perfectly captures the spirit of the board game, with its simple learning curve, its non-age-specific design and the endless fun that comes from playing with others." Michel Lalet - Laurent Lévi

Play alone or with a friend:

In addition to playing the challenge mode against the game's highly developed artificial intelligence, you can also play Abalone in multiplayer mode with your friends. Move your marbles together on the same phone or tablet.

Reckon you have got what it takes to become a champion?

Take a crack at the freeplay mode and pit your wits against over 30 official competition variations, including the Swiss daisy, the Alien and the Fujiyama… And if that fails to satisfy your appetite for crazy challenges, create your own boards with the level editor.

Features :

  • Voted ""Game of the Decade"" at the International Games Festival in Cannes and recipient of the Mensa Select award by American Mensa.
  • Challenge mode: 60 progressively difficult challenges for honing your strategic skills.
  • Freeplay mode with over 30 official variations.
  • Multiplayer mode on the same device for challenging your friends.
  • Up to 15 bonus levels to be unlocked by the most dedicated players.
  • Enhance your Abalone experience by unlocking achievements.
Abalone® Published by Bulkypix, AMA, Software developed by sppa4apps, Produced by Cazap

© Copyright Michel Lalet-Laurent Lévi – 1987-2011, all rights reserved.

Abalone® is licensed by Abalone Sarl. The Abalone® trademark is registered by Abalone Sarl.


Created in 2008, BulkyPix is an international digital entertainment provider based in Paris and San Francisco. With close to 100 games in its portfolio, such as MyBrute, Autumn Dynasty, The SandBox and Saving Private Sheep, BulkyPix has gone on to become one of the leading players in the video games market for smartphones, touch tablets (iOS, Android, Samsung, WP7, etc.), PCs and Macs in less than four years. BulkyPix has also created a BtoB department, BulkyApps, in a bid to develop, produce and publish applications and games for such major groups as Véolia, Hachette, Siemens, Orange, Samsung, Antalis, TF1 and France Television. In the spring of 2012, BulkyPix secured funding from Axa Private Equity.


Founded in 2004 by the Guillemot Brothers, Advanced Mobile Applications is an international game and application developer and publisher specializing in content for mobile devices, tablets and Kinect. AMA, sister company of Ubisoft and Gameloft, is present on all the current mobile OS - including iOS, Android, QnX, Windows Phone 7, J2ME and Brew. AMA partners with a selection of the best development studios worldwide to stay at the cutting edge of video game technologies.


sppa4apps is the studio where focus all playfull and technical skills. Authors of successful games, game designers and developers for over 15 years, a 3D engine owner. And a catalog of unique games such as Abalone, Offboard, Tic Tac Boom, Quarto, Quoridor, Katamino ...


Cazap is a French game development studio founded in 2007. With titles such as Kung Fu Rabbit or Little Amazon, the company focuses on producing and publishing independent video games on all digital platforms, as well as developing casual applications for professionals. Cazap also provides guidance for studios seeking a better understanding of the market, and helps organize their productions to release the games in the best possible conditions.