Board Games Without The Board

Jun 18, 2018
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Whether you’re a hardcore board gamer or just someone who likes a casual game at family gatherings, there is a board game out there for everyone, but they’re not always the most portable of activities however with an increasing number of companies expanding into the world of board game apps this is not a problem, carry your whole board game collection around on just your tablet and be ready for any event.

Below are five of your favorite board games for your phone and tablet:

Pandemic: The Board Game (iOS, Android)

Just like the popular board game Pandemic has you play as members of a disease-fighting team, traveling the world, working to find cures and preventing deadly diseases from spreading. The fate of humanity is in your hands, can you find the right cure before time runs out? The game is quick and easy to understand, helped along by an interactive tutorial and in game reminders, so all you have to worry about is defending the world. Multiplayer mode supports up to four players and can either be played online or by using pass and play mode, perfect for when only one person owns the game. A nice extra that is obviously not available with the physical board game is an adaptive soundtrack that sets the mood and adds to the tension when time is running out and the world is plunging into chaos.

The Game of Life (iOS, Android)

The Game of Life app takes your favorite childhood game and brings it to life, play like you’ve never played before with a 3D board and animations for all of your major life events. Now you can actually see the house, you’ve just invested your life savings into, on the board in 3D mode. Watch as your car with your constant expanding family drive around the board and work their way through life. As with the physical board game you make decisions and guide your character through college, work, new family members and ultimately finding the perfect place to enjoy your golden years. As with any app adaptation, there are some added extras including multiplayer mode and new mini-games.

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Catan Universe (iOS, Android)

Catan Universe takes the popular board game to a whole new level with a single player mode and expansions such as ‘Cities & Knights’ and ‘Seafarers’. In single mode play as a traveller who has discovered the unknown island of Catan but you are not alone as other explorers have also discovered this new beautiful island of possibilities, compete to build settlements and rule Catan. The app also offers multiplayer mode, making it easier than ever to take Catan with you wherever you go and compete against friends to be the ultimate settler.

Carcassonne (iOS, Android)

Carcassonne is a medieval landscape building game, title by title build your domain, claim landmarks and roads to collect points. How you play is entirely up to you, will you work with other players to build extensive cities or will you go it alone, even adding challenges for other players along your way? Carcassonne the app takes the award winning game and makes it easier to play than ever, with a full version of the game in your pocket and the option to play with friends or take part in online multiplayer you’ll never find yourself searching for someone to play a quick game of Carcassonne with again. For an extra challenge that isn’t available with the physical version of the game check out the online rankings, can you make it to number one?

Ticket to Ride (iOS, Android)

Ticket to Ride is a brilliant digital adaption of the popular board game, take control of the American railroad system by collecting wagons and connecting cities, guiding America into the golden age of the first railroads. You choose whether to take on the challenge alone in single player mode and rise to the top of the online rankings or to test your skills against other players from around the world in multiplayer mode. If connecting America through rail is not enough of a challenge Ticket to Ride offers other maps including Europe and Asia to really put your rail building skills to the test.

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Sam Eskenazi

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