Board Games For Your iPad
One of the great things about iPads is the ability to play Board Games for free/cheap that would normally cost you lots of money to buy the physical product, time and effort to obtain.
Board Games On The App Store
iPads and iPhones all come with the Apple App-Store, which is a huge collection of games, helpful apps and utilities that you can download directly to your device. Some of these cost money, but many are free to play and allow you to dive right into the action with just a click of a button.
Board Games have been struggling to compete against the onslaught of video-games for the last decade; Board Games have been given an undeserving title of being boring and old-school style of entertainment. For us Board Game lovers, this couldn't be further from the truth, but there is no doubt that the industry struggles to get the younger generation on board (no pun intended) with Board Games. The simple fact is it's a lot more convenient to purchase/download a video game and they are a lot more interactive and flashier than most board games can ever be. Even if they have the same mechanics or skill-set as a board game, video games generally dominate.
So what can Board Games do to combat this? Well, one of the ways they have been experimenting is to make App versions of their Board Games so that you can play them on your iPads/iPhones. They apps are developed with the same rules and game in mind, it's just that it now all exists on your tablet device without having to worry about the physical issues are having many board games. Not only does this provide less clutter in your house, but it brings the cost of these board games down and in some cases, they can even be offered for free due to the Board Games being able to make money through advertisements or in-game micro transactions (usually to allow you to buy extras for the game).
A Board Game on your iPhone/iPad obviously isn't the same as setting up the physical game in real life. A lot of these Board Games have limitations- such as you won't be able to play with others, or you're placed against AI Bots who can make the game boring to play against. Some games offer online-multiplayer, allowing you to play against your friends/family, but they would also need a device of their own. And some even offer local multiplayer, whether that be through a simple split-screen option or the tablet can be passed around to each player when it's there go.
Before we look at some interesting Board Games you can get on your devices, we should also mention that you can also get Board Games on Android devices that have the Google Play store. Much in the same way Apple's App Store provides apps, so does the Google Play store. This article will mostly be featuring Apple Apps, but most of the time these apps will have also been developed for both devices, so do a quick search to see if you can find them on your Android device. We chose Apple's App Store for this article as it's one of the most popular app stores in the world.
It's also worth mentioning we didn't look at Apple's new Apple Arcade subscription service, which offers premium games for a monthly fee. You might be able to find some good board games there.
Best Board Games for your iPad/iPhone
Let's have a look at some of the most popular board games that can be played on iOS devices below. I've gone for a variety of different card-games and board games, some that are free to play and some that are paid for. If you've got a favourite, let us know in the comments and we'll add it to this post!
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Self-described as the World's Number One Card Game, Uno app version allows you to play the classic card game against friends using their online multiplayer system. The game has all-new-rules, tournaments that you can enter to earn prizes from and many other features that make this version of UNO! exciting and revitalised. The game is free to play, but does contain in-app purchases that are optional if you want to expand the universe.
Okay, this game didn't start out as a board game but there is a board game version of it and so I'm including it in this list. You can now also play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on your phone and tablets using the latest app. This free-to-play app allows you to play along as if you were on the show, obviously with fake money but it's still nice to test your quiz knowledge and getting rewarded as you climb towards the $1 million dollar question. There are daily leaderboards so you can compete with your friends and family and the game can be played in offline-mode too.
This classic board game has been around for decades and now you can also play it on your phones and tablets. Connect 4 or otherwise know as Four In A Row, requires you to play against an opponent and try to connect four solid tokens in a row whilst blocking off your opponents attempts to do the same. The game is free to play, contains a multiplayer mode, has high scores and contains three different modes of difficulty. A great game for all ages.
Monopoly is a paid-for-app that allows you to play the classic property management game on your phone. It brings the game to life with great graphics and animations, whilst removing the hassle of having to setup the physical game elements and store them away. The game includes cross-platform play, allowing you to connect with out tablets and devices to play with your friends and family. Since this is a paid for app, it also contains no adds, pop-ups or waiting times in game for a premium experience. There is a single player mode where you play against AI Bots and an online multiplayer that allows you to connect with people across the world.
Risk has also been brought to life with its own app version. You can play online against anyone in the world and locally against bots. Risk contains the same features as the board game, including defending territories, draft troops and attacking others for ultimate domination. The single player mode comes with four difficulties to help rookie players advance to veterans and contains leaderboards for online modes. The game is free to play and it contains in-game purchases for extra maps and avatars.
The classic game of scrabble can now be played on your phone and ipads at any time. Developed by EA, Scrabble allows you to play against anyone in the world or against the computer's AI bots. It contains many different languages and is perfect for anyone looking to improve their scrabble playing skills. It even has an in-game dictionary that you can use to help you come up with words.
The app store is filled with versions of these games, so I thought instead of simply listing one of them I'd group them together. App Developers have created many different versions of these classic popular games, so a quick search in the app-store will bring up many different versions. Check out the review scores on each app to make sure what you're playing is actually playable and not-outdated junkware.