Quadropoly 3D: Online Property Business Board Game - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

My main professional background is in Data Engineering, Database design, and Data-driven solution architecture with a strong focus on Machine Learning and AI development. Quadropoly is my first (and so far, the only) attempt at working with Mobile Applications or Games in general.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Due to my background and experience, building very complex logic and training AI was just a matter of time (5 and a half years and counting). However, what I am really struggling with is the User Interface (UI) and the User Experience (UEX). I am doing my best to learn and improve in this field, although it goes much slower than I would have liked :).

Serg, the interviewee and the developer of this app is a data engineer by profession. He developed this app as a side-gig "to prove that data science can be fun"!

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Quadropoly project has been taking up all my free time for many years on top of my day job. Apart from a few banking applications and messengers, the only game I regularly play is my own Quadropoly. This is the best way to find bugs or find something to improve. Besides, every game and every opponent are so unique that it never gets even remotely like any previous games. Prior to starting on Quadropoly journey, I tried all available Monopoly games on Play Store and App store, but all of them had very simple bot logic, making every game extremely easy to win in 4-6 rounds.

How long have you been working on this app?

I started working on Quadropoly AI in January 2016 and has been working on it ever since.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Mostly, ability to learn to play Monopoly on a professional level. Learn to evaluate trades based on current market conditions (not on the banking price), learn how to make your game quick and exciting defying the myth that Monopoly game should take over 20 minutes. Also, have all possible House Rules (or game options) in one place. Having a reliable way to compare players’ skills against each other and compete in Online Multiplayer.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

There are many features in Quadropoly that have never existed in any other Property Trading game. Here are just a few examples:
- Quadropoly is the only Business Game with AI trained with Machine Learning models on millions of games between players and players vs AI
- There are total of 8 different difficulty levels for AI opponents. First 2 do not use Machine Learning models and are just marginally smarter than bots of other games. The remaining 6 increasingly use AI, allowing players to develop their skills in a comfortable environment
- Quadropoly supports cross-platform Online multiplayer. You can now play a game against your friends, some on Android, and others on iOS
- Players can play the same account on multiple devices. You can play one game on an Android device, then login to the same account on iOS device and play another game there and your account statistics will be synchronized across all devices
- AI Advice is a game-long tutorial that could be enabled or disabled at will at any point during the game. It suggests the best possible actions and helps evaluate any trades
- Adjustable animation speed. On the fastest setting, the game is completed in 6-10 minutes on average
- The number of game customization settings exceeds all other available games’ settings combined. New settings are still added regularly
- Completed games could be watched as a Replay, as well as uploaded to your Leaderboard record from where it could be viewed by other players. For example, anyone could open the best player’s Leaderboard record and watch how they play, learning tactics. The size of the game-long movies is 6-8Kb only, so no reason to worry about the Internet costs

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Right now, I am working with a professional translator on Portuguese localization. This is expected to be available in a couple of weeks. There are already 5 languages available: English, French, Russian, German, and Spanish. Also, I am planning to add more 3D cities (currently, there are only Melbourne and Sydney available), each coming with their unique Chance and Chest cards. There are also ongoing design improvements, AI tactics, and new game modes being added

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Any questions or suggestions are always welcome. Most of the functionality added based on user’s feedback. If something does not work correctly or missing, please let me know at [email protected] – I will fix it ASAP. If you like the game – please share it with your friends and family and rate it on Play Store / App Store. Let’s build the best AI Property Trading game together!

Quadropoly 3D: Online Property Business Board Game

About App:

Are you looking for new classic business board games?
Welcome to Quadropoly 3D - business classic board game that uses AI trained with Machine Learning to enable a fun business board dice game experience. It is the more advanced, refined & visually stunning sequel of the famous business board game Quadropoly.

🎲STUNNING 3D ONLINE & OFFLINE BOARD GAMEPLAY
Our classic real-estate trading board game features unique AI opponents trained with Machine Learning models and enables you to play: Online, Offline and Free!
Enjoy beautiful 3D Board graphics, live animation & lighting fast gameplay of the best dice board game of all time.
Artificial Intelligence for Quadropoly has been trained on games with Machine Learning models since January 2016. So, playing against top AI level in Quadropoly is the same as playing against the combined intelligence of over 1.6 Million players who contributed to AI learning during the last 5+ years.
💡QUADROPOLY’S MAIN FOUNDATIONS:
🔵 No cheating. No re-rolls. No hidden luck parameters. Pure Data Science vs your business & negotiation skills
🔵 No preferential (discriminatory) trading for AI. AI does not know whether their trading partner is another AI or a human, nor their intelligence level regardless of the difficulty: trade offer evaluations depend on pretty much everything on the board, but not on who their opponent is

AIs are infinitely patient, make their turn as fast as you tell them, and never quit the game when you start winning. Also, with AI Advice system in Quadropoly you can rapidly improve your own skills in any Business Trading game, learn the real value (very different to the Bank value) of the properties, cash flow management, and money, improve your negotiation skills, and, most importantly, avoid throwing (or dodging) game pieces at your opponent’s face.

First 2 AI levels do not use Machine Learning models - they are very easy opponents. These levels do not require Internet.

The next 2 AI levels do not trade between each other - they are only permitted to trade with the player. They are also extremely penalized and are using only a fraction of the tactics available. These levels and above on our board game online, require the Internet.

The remaining 4 AI levels use more and more tactics and have fewer penalties.

📇 Support for all official rules by the book
🎓 AI advice at any moment in the game to speed up your learning
🎥 Watch replays of completed games played by best players from the Leaderboards (great way to learn new tactics)
🎻 Extensive game customization with support for hundreds of house rules makes it a great choice for classic life board games, family board games & business board game fans
🌠 Variable animation speed and improved balance allow the game to be completed in 6-15 minutes
🎭 Every single AI in every game is unique and has its personality which defines its risk-taking or risk averse tendencies as well as the attitude towards property. AIs are great at imitating real people: they could be annoyed, desperate or greedy
📠 Feedback loop. Full anonymous logs (5-8Kb per game) are uploaded to the Cloud for Machine Learning
Apart from the AI which has been evolving since 2016, this is a brand new business board game.
Now is the time to enjoy exciting property business board gaming!

Categories: Board, Game

Date: September 4, 2021

Developer: Serg - CleverMindGames

About developer: Serg, the interviewee and the developer of this app is a data engineer by pr ... Read more

Website: https://quadropoly.com.au/

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