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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #6 and #5

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we continue with #6 and #5 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 6

Mina



Potion Explosion is yet another one of those games that I would never play in physical form because there is just too much STUFF (admittedly fun, cute stuff) involved for the payoff. This app is so beautiful that it makes up for the lack of clanky marbles. The dynamic graphics are delightful and engaging and the tutorial is very quick and effective. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a simple puzzle to play on their own or with friends online.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



Camels. It's all about those filthy, shaggy bad tempered camels. When your hand is full of them, you don't need them, and when you don't have any they're critical to your strategy. Having a fun, high admin 2-player game shoehorned on to mobile with a great solo mode has nothing to do with it. Camels.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Dave



It's Twilight Struggle and it's on my iPad. What's not to like?

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam




Brad



I believe this may be the most recent game on my list. Warhammer Quest 2 perfects the board game based dungeon crawling of the first game. The depth and breadth of the adventure is pretty amazing. If you want to journey to the land of Warhammer Fantasy, this is a great way to do it.

Devices: iOS
Purchase Links: App Store



Number 5


Mina



I adore Ticket to Ride in all its forms at this point, so it's no surprise this app is on my list. If you love Ticket to Ride, give this a shot, as it reproduces the physical game perfectly, even allowing you to play most of the existing expansion maps! You can play with one to four AI opponents or with friends online! A must for Ticket to Ride fans like me!

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



If there's a whole genre that works better on mobile than in real life, it's deck builders with their endless soul-crushing, finger-splitting shuffling. And Paperback is a revelation, a simple, skilful blend of hobby game and classic word puzzle that makes a perfect bridge for family fun.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



The release of Race for the Galaxy this year was a huge surprise, not only because after the Goko mess we assumed we wouldn't get a mobile version of RftG, but because it was so damn good. The app does everything it needs to make a medium/heavy card game accessible, from its great UI to its fantastic asynchronous multiplayer. Temple Gates made a great first impression with RftG and I can't wait to see what they do with Roll for the Galaxy next year.

Devices: iOS, Steam, Android
Purchase Links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/race-for-the-galaxy/id119067..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">App Store, Google Play, Steam


Brad



Lords of Waterdeep is one of my favorite games, in any format. The digital version allows for rapid replay and really let me explore the game’s depth. It is truly one of Playdek’s crowning achievements.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6. Potion Explosion
5. Ticket to Ride
4.
3.
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6. Jaipur
5. Paperback
4.
3.
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6. Twilight Struggle
5. Race for the Galaxy
4.
3.
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6. Warhammer Quest 2
5. Lords of Waterdeep
4.
3.
2.
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #8 and #7

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we continue with #8 and #7 Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 8

Mina



Cottage Garden is one of my favorite games to play when I want to relax after a particularly stressful day and the app is one of my favorite apps to play when I need to relax in a particularly stressful outside situation. The soothing nature-inspired sounds and colors perfectly compliment the garden-arranging puzzle that is the game itself. The AI is challenging enough and the app comes with options for online ranked and casual play, as well as local play with a friend.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



Sometimes, the oldies stay as the goodies and frequent updates and expansions have helped that happen to Ticket to Ride. The smooth, simple and speedy play make it ideal for bite-sized asynchronous plays, especially while travelling on its namesake.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



Agricola was the first "heavy" euro on the App Store that I remember being truly in awe of when it launched. Playdek not only created a brilliant solo title, but implemented async online with features and ease unlike any other board game on the App Store. They also infused the app with life, turning away from recreating a carbon copy of the tabletop game and instead offering a village full of people and animals to pick your action. I know the presentation turned off some purists but, for me, it was a revelation of how board games and digital could blend. I don't play Agricola as much as I used to, but there's no way I'm deleting it off my iPad, either.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play




Brad



Digital board games give me a chance to play things I’ve never seen in physical form. Onirim is a gem I am so glad I found. This solo game sings on mobile because you can quickly pick up and play. This is the go to waiting game and the best part is it’s free

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 7


Mina



This is the second instance of my enjoying the app without enjoying the associated physical game. Spendor is perfection in app form because it's a light card game to begin with and the lightness of it simply doesn't justify all the fiddle-y-ness of it for me. Plus, the app is a dream in challenge mode! I just love trying to beat the AI with all the "variants" of the game. Beautiful, simple, speedy, and full of variety, this app is hard to beat if you're looking for a set collection card game to fill your minutes in an entertainment void.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Matt



The alchemically enhanced hard AI in this app taught me there were more ingredients to the physical version than I'd realised at first. Playing against it offers a stout dram of challenge to an idle five minutes, enhanced by excellent presentation.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play



Dave



Dream Quest is saddled with some of the saddest art on the App Store, which is a shame because the underlying game is quite genius. A roguelike dungeon crawler, there's really nothing else like it on the App Store and, once you get into the gameplay, the art actually becomes somewhat endearing. If you've put off giving Dream Quest a go because of screenshots you've seen, think again. There aren't many (any?) original card games on the App Store with this much gameplay, strategy, and overall fun.

Devices: iOS, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Steam


Brad



Talisman is still one of my go to play games. Nomad has continued to drop expansion after expansion making the experience massive (and a bit confusing). I don’t play this game for deep strategy or epic multiplayer. Talisman is a blast of a silly single player experience. Each game is a story.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8. Cottage Garden
7. Splendor
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Potion Explosion
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8. Agricola
7. Dream Quest
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8. Onirim
7. Talisman
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own #10 and #9

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.

Today we start with #10 and #9 from our lists. Note: Mina’s list is not ranked, so I am just choosing two to share each day.

Number 10

Mina



Galaxy Trucker is a BOMB game and this is a BOMB app! Literally! This game is a hoot to play in physical form, but the app makes it even better! It is filled with hilarious animations and stories and campaigns and all manner of crazy spaceship-exploding wonder! This app is a true work of art!

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



The original game is sprawling and random but it is a fantastic generator of fantastic tales. Shoehorning the lot into an app means you can jettison all the baggage and just sit back to enjoy the wild ride.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Dave



Xenoshyft is the little app that could, a game I should hate but keep finding reasons to go back and give it another go. Released in the summer of 2015 it was ugly and unintuitive with a UI that made iTunes look almost usable. Over the next two years it's transformed into a slick title with victory conditions that are nearly impossible (I cannot remember winning a game, ever) and yet draws you back with the feeling that, somehow, you'll pull it off the next time you fire up the app.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam




Brad



Age of Rivals is a drafting game created with digital in mind. It borrow elements from games like 7 Wonders but manages to transcend them. This is a digital original but is also one of the best digital board games I’ve ever played.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Price: Free(ish)
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Number 9


Mina



I bought the physical version of Jaipur when it was first released and loved it so much that I took it on a few trips to Japan to play with my partner on the plane. Yes, we fiddled with all the chits and cards on those tiny, flimsy airplane trays. Lucky for us, the app has eliminated the need to fiddle with anything to play this great card game for two on the go. In fact, the app is so beautiful and multi-functional that it is one of my top go-to games. With solo, pass-and-play, and online duel options, as well as a great campaign mode, the Jaipur app gives players much to explore and is suitable to resolving many boredom binds. With gorgeous, vibrant illustrations and bouncy background music, this app is a ray of sunshine in a cloudy situation. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a simple and quick playing, and yet somewhat thinky, app card game for two.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Matt



It took a decade but with the blast-off on to mobile, Race for the Galaxy finally found a justification for its wretched iconography. With the symbols helping you follow the game on a phone screen you can now build your own galactic empire in record speed and time.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam



Dave



When Handelabra released Sentinels of the Multiverse back in 2014 they did the unthinkable: they made Sentinels playable. I mean, you could play it on the table, but it was such a fiddly mess that 5 minutes in I'd rather be playing Container (which is saying a lot for me). Simply by handling all the conditions, multipliers, additions, etc., the app became a must have for fans of the genre. Handelabra did even better by making the UI intuitive and adding multiplayer, not to mention staying on top of all the expansions and making sure everything works together in a way that I'm still surprised by. Much like Xenoshyft, it's a game I never win, but mixing and matching from the seemingly endless amount of heroes and villains always makes each game feel different and the losses hurt a little less.

Devices: iOS, Android, Steam
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play, Steam


Brad



Tsuro is a game that took a while to grow on me. With introduction of the AR feature this year, it really went over the top for me. It is a unique take on what a digital board game adaptation can be and has become the perfect way to demo the concept for people. This light family game is a prefect fit for any collection.

Devices: iOS, Android
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Lists So Far:

Mina (not ranked!):
10. Galaxy Trucker
9. Jaipur
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Matt:
10. Talisman
9. Race for the Galaxy
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Dave:
10. Xenoshyft
9. Sentinels of the Multiverse
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.

Brad:
10. Age of Rivals
9. Tsuro
8.
7.
6.
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own AND Community List Nominations

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Welcome to the 2017 Gift Guide!

In 2016 it occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Apps Every Board Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS or Android device this Christmas or just want some digital recommendations, this is the place to start.


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Milena Gubernic and Matt Thrower two big board games fans and lovers and digital board games.


The 4 of us have created top 10 lists and will share two ranks each day with you. It all starts tomorrow!

Community Top 10 List

By request from last year, we are going to do a top 10 list voted on by the community. The first step is to submit games that you think should be nominated as one of the Top 10 Digital Board Games of All Time.

You can submit games you think should be on the list via this Google form. The cut off will be 12am PDT Tuesday 12/12: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQ1yn7cmadIUtkE_sv...

Rules for game submissions:
- Currently playable on iOS, Android, or PC/Mac
- Based on an existing board game or presented as an original digital board game (interactive fiction that has tabletop roots also works, like gamebooks)

The staff of iOS Board Games on BGG reserve the right to not feature a game in the final listing for any reason.

Voting for the top 10 will start on Wednesday 12/13.
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Digital Board Game Sales for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

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The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us in the US. That means holiday shopping has reached a fever pitch!

It also means, it's time for digital board game sales. This year we're going to try something a bit different. Follow the link below for a Google Spreadsheet that we'll update as we hear about new sales:

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Digital Board Game Sales

Know about a sale we don't have on the list? Let us know in the comments or via geekmail.
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First Look: Flipflop Solitaire
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