The 11 best classic board game apps for your phone
Board games are a great way for family and friends to spend time together. But you don’t have to fill your house with boxes. Some classic board games have gone mobile, and here are the classic board game apps you need to play on your smartphone today.
1. Monopoly GO!
Even though Monopoly is popular, board games are well known to be a time consuming affair. This does not translate well into creating a Monopoly app. But Monopoly GO! wants to bring some of that fun to a smartphone.
A real-time multiplayer game, you can still collect Go’s, send opponents to jail, ride the railroad, and more. But a smaller board helps move the game forward at a much faster pace.
You can play Monopoly GO! for free, but in-game purchases are available for in-game currency.
To download: Monopoly GO! for iOS | Android (Free, with in-app purchases)
2. Hint: the classic mystery game
Who, what and where are at the heart of Clue: The Classic Mystery Game. The game begins with the murder of Mr. Boddy. It is up to you to find out who the killer is, what weapon was used and in which room the murder took place.
You will be able to determine which of the famous characters — Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Ms. Peacock, Mr. Green, Dr. Orchid and Professor Plum — did the deed.
As you roll the dice, you can move around the mansion and ask questions to try and solve the crime. A virtual clue sheet will allow you to take notes and eliminate the red herring. In-app purchases are available to unlock new characters and themes.
Test your verbal prowess in this mobile version of classic Scrabble. While you can play against the computer to improve your skills, the real fun is fighting a real opponent. Compete against friends via Facebook or play against random opponents from all over the world.
To help you improve your word game, a special teacher feature will show you the best words you could have played after each round. If you want to take on someone in the same room, there is a pass-and-play option that can accommodate up to four players.
To download: Scrabble for iOS | Android (Free, with in-app purchases)
4. Boggle with friends: pun
Boggle, another iconic word game, is also available to play on a smartphone. If you’re new to Boggle, there’s a great single-player mode that lets you play against a trainer in a three-round competition. You’ll try to find as many words as possible in the displayed jumble before the time runs out.
When you’re ready for some live action, you can create a three-round match against an opponent.
The live tournaments feature allows you to challenge your friends, family and others. There are also daily and weekly prizes to be won.
5. YAHTZEE with dice buddies
Roll with the punches in YAHTZEE With Buddies Dice. You can play with friends and family or random opponents in the dice roll adventure. As you play, you can create your own virtual “family” to entertain and help others.
For a different experience there are a number of tournaments like Yahtzee Solitaire, Yahtzee Bingo and Yahtzee Stars offering different ways to play.
There is also a solid single player experience where you can take on the dice masters and win prizes like custom dice and more.
6. The game of life
The Game of Life takes a big step forward when switching to a board game app. While you’ll always be trying to conquer life by attending college, taking on a job and more, the game board is a real treat. All characters come to life with 3D animations as you progress.
You can play with up to three friends on one device. For a quick session, you can also select a quick mode with different victory conditions.
There is also an online multiplayer option where you can fight against other competitors from around the world.
7. Ticket to ride
Even though the board game wasn’t introduced until 2004, Ticket to Ride quickly became a new classic. And digital adaptation brings that same family fun to your smartphone.
You can ride the rails across USA or various other maps like UK, Europe, India, Asia etc. There are several ways to play. In the same room, the pass-and-play mode allows up to five players with the option to add computer enemies.
There is also a single player mode with up to four AI opponents and a cross-platform multiplayer mode.
If you’re looking for something more analog to play, take a look at these free printable board games.
8. Air Pictionnaire
Pictionary Air brings fun new technology to the timeless drawing game. To play, you must first purchase the Air pictorial set that includes a special pen and clue cards.
When you are in possession of this, launch the application. Players will be able to see what designers draw using augmented reality technology. The other players will then try to guess what the drawing is.
There are two different game modes. The game mode allows players to choose the length of the game and the number of turns. Selfie mode lets you work on a Pictionary masterpiece without a timer. The app also allows you to edit and share videos of fun gaming moments.
9. Domino – Online Dominoes
Dominoes have been played for over 700 years. So it’s no surprise that there are a number of domino game apps out there for you to try out.
Domino – Dominoes Online features five of the most played versions — all five, draw game, block game, all three and kozel. You can play online against Facebook friends or random players. There is also a difficult computer opponent to fight in single player mode.
Take to the high seas and face off against other opponents in BATTLESHIP. There are two different multiplayer modes. The classic mode remains faithful to the original game where you will face a single opponent. You will try to sink their fleet before they do the same with yours.
Commanders mode offers a number of different twists to the usual naval battle. A more tactical version, there are three new basic abilities that open up different possibilities. Each commander will sport unique abilities, and new forms of ships will also help bring a new level of fun to the game.
Before you fight against real players, there is a single player mode for you to fight against the computer.
11. Chess – Play and learn
Even the age-old chess game is available to play on your smartphone. In Chess – Play and Learn, you can hone your skills against a computer opponent or other real players.
When going up against real opponents, you can choose to play a real-time blitz or a more casual daily match option. To help you learn more about the complex game, there are thousands of videos and interactive sessions with helpful tips and highlights.
During the game you can choose from over 20 different themes for boards, rooms and backgrounds.
Enjoy these classic board game apps
As the old saying goes, classics never go out of style. And this is certainly true for those classic board games that have moved into the modern era (like playing backgammon online). So, download a few and enjoy the best board game apps available for your smartphone.
And if you’re looking for something a little different, here are the best augmented reality games for Android and iOS.
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