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Among the best things in life is playing printed games in person with family and close friends. When those are not convenient we like iOS Board Games. News, reviews, previews, and opinions about board gaming on iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Android devices. (iPhone board games, iPad board games, iPod board games, Android board games)

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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - #8 and #7

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Welcome to the new and improved gift guide!


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 device this Christmas, or want


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Brett Nolan and Suzanne Sheldon, who are, among many other things, avide digital board game enthusiasts.


The 4 of us have created a top 10 list and will share one rank each day with you. Let’s go!



Number 8


Suzanne





A classic game and now a classic app. Ticket to Ride is a stand out app that's improved over time. All the must-have features like online play, solo mode, pass n play, etc. are here in a beautiful digital experience. But the addition of a number of expansions ensured Ticket To Ride's longevity as an app as even experienced players can find new ways to challenge themselves and others. Ticket to Ride is a game deserving of a stellar app, and it has one - so there's no reason for you not to have this on your device.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.




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My mobile game of the year in 2015, Card Crawl is a unique take on Solitaire with an engaging dungeon crawling theme as well as stellar art. Players attempt to ‘clear’ a dungeon of 54 cards by playing these cards into either of their two item slots or their backpack . Then they either bank treasure, use shields and swords to attack monsters , potions to heal themselves or one of their five selected special abilities that were randomly mixed into the deck. The game requires players to employ a mix of skill and luck in order to properly manage their inventory to not only survive through the entire deck, but also bank some treasure. It feels like a very different solitaire experience and the app has continued to get updates and support by the developer with the addition of many more unlockable ability cards. A possibly overlooked gem with great replayability, a solid, digital original.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


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Before inkle Studios arrived with the first Sorcery! volume, interactive fiction on our tablets consisted of trying to recreate, as close as possible, the act of reading a dead tree gamebook. It was sepia tones as far as the eye could see with links to whichever page you were going to travel to next. With Sorcery!, inkle left the gamebook behind and instead created the game I imagined while reading gamebooks as an 11 year-old punk. Here was a vast world ready to explore where my choices and actions meant something as you continued on your journey. And what a journey! Stretching over three years and four apps, the Sorcery! journey has both an epic feel and the feeling of growth and discovery. It’s simply incredible and there’s nothing else quite like it on the App Store.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Neuroshima Hex is a strategy staple. The app was eye opening about how much can really be pulled off in the digital space. This is a complex game that needs to relay all the information it can to you so you can make correct decisions. It really is an achievement in information design. It has had continue support and has never left my device.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Number 7



Suzanne



This two player Uwe Rosenberg game is simple but deep and is a delight to look at and play. Patchwork as an app is satisfying, well implemented, and a must-have game. Digidiced ensured the app has all the features you look for in a top tier app including cross-platform online play removing any entry barriers for players. Patchwork, as an app, is intuitive and entertaining and smart choices were made in how you access the boards and pieces. With Patchwork, you get all the brain-tickling fun of the board game…but as a play-anywhere app.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Unless you've been living under a rock, odds are you've heard of Blizzard's free-to-play collectible card game. With its high production values, massive amount of content as well as regular content updates for balancing as well as numerous expansions, this (considered by many as a) Magic-killer has been a juggernaut since it debuted in 2014. The game continues to grow with the introduction of new Heroes, classes and mechanics. This kind of content growth can be daunting for new players who want to join into the game, so last year Blizzard made some important changes to the app, introducing a new Standard Play mode which is more friendly to newcomers. I also helps with organized tournament play by standardizing the card pool and forcing players to build their decks from a limited, consistent set of cards which were released in the current and previous calendar year, giving all players access to the same cards, putting them on an equal playing field. Hearthstone has become the new go-to standard for digital collectable card games, a fact that can be seen by the numerous other digital CCGs which have in some cases outright copied them. I'd say you need to try this out, but odds are, you already have. A top in class CCG that just keeps getting better.

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



It’s XCOM and it’s on my iPad. I think that sums it up fairly well.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Brad



When this game was released, Dave and I jokingly called this the marriage killer. This is one of the deepest RPG experiences on digital devices. It is a brilliant app that takes away a lot of the fiddly parts of the tabletop experience. This is a must own for anyone looking for a deep, long, digital board game experience.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.




Lists So Far:


Suzanne:
10. Neuroshima Hex
9. Pathfinder Adventures
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Patchwork


Brett:
10. Lost Cities
9. Lanterns: the Harvest Festival
8. Card Crawl
7. Hearthstone


Dave:
10. Don’t Starve
9. Agricola
8. Sorcery!
7. XCOM


Brad:
10. Forbidden Island/Desert
9. Hey That’s My Fish
8. Neuroshima Hex
7. Pathfinder Adventures
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - #9

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Welcome to the new and improved gift guide!


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 Digital Board Games Every Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS device this Christmas, or want


To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Brett Nolan and Suzanne Sheldon, who are, among many other things, avide digital board game enthusiasts.


The 4 of us have created a top 10 list and will share one rank each day with you. Let’s go!




Number 9




Suzanne





Produced by a top video game maker, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game was long in the making and very late to release. Thankfully - it was worth the wait because this deckbuilding adventure is a rich immersive experience full of thoughtful details. Personally, the app fired the card game because I prefer the game as a solo RPG adventure, the app removes all the fiddliness of deck and card sorting and management, and I can play it whenever and where ever I want to play.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.




Brett





Released earlier this year, this gorgeous digital adaptation of Renegade Game Studios' tile laying game set in imperial China casts players as artisans, decorating the palace lake with floating lanterns. Players take turns placing lake tiles which depict different color arrangements. All players then receive lantern cards based on the color arrangement facing them. Sets of these lantern cards can be traded in to earn diminishing amounts of victory points. One aspect of Lanterns that I love is that each and every turn counts whether or not you are the active player and that there is a satisfying risk/reward element as you try to keep from giving other players the lantern colors that they want, while still getting what you need. It means that all players are engaged every turn, so no down time. The app features beautiful animations and intuitive controls which elegantly transport the analog tiles into the digital realm. This may be a recent release, but it has already earned a prime spot on my iPad. Dire Wolf Digital has done an impressive job translating a game with a fairly large footprint to even the small screen of the iPhone. This is a studio to watch and I expect to see some great things coming from Dire Wolf Digital over the coming years as they bring other Renegade titles to the mobile devices (hoping to see Worlds Fair 1893). Delightful family-friendly fun.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Dave





While Agricola wasn’t the first “heavy” euro to make its way to the small screen, it was definitely the one that made me realize that just about any game could be made into a digital port. Not just any digital port, but a great digital port with polish and pizzazz. Agricola broke the mold by leaving behind the shackles of the physical world and giving us a presentation that could only be done with software. Chickens pecked around the village, fountains fountained (or whatever fountains do), and more. Uwe Rosenberg’s classic starving farming sim had come to life, and it was glorious. While Playdek has done better games since Agricola was released (spoilers!), this is where it became apparent that digital board games could be everything we wanted and more, and that the future was going to be very bright indeed.


Devices: iOS
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
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Brad





This is one of the oldest digital board games still on my iPad. It still gets regular play as a quick pass and play favorite. It truly set an early bar for UI and design from the cute penguins to the vicious Orcas. The simple point and click interface can span many age groups. This one is a road trip favorite and seems like it will be around for a bit. This is an oldie but certainly worth a look.


Devices: iOS
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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Lists So Far:


Suzanne:
10. Neuroshima Hex
9. Pathfinder Adventures


Brett:
10. Lost Cities
9. Lanterns: the Harvest Festival


Dave:
10. Don’t Starve
9. Agricola


Brad:
10. Forbidden Island/Desert
9. Hey That’s My Fish
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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - #10

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Welcome to the new and improved gift guide!

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 Digital Board Games Every Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS device this Christmas, or want

To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Brett Nolan and Suzanne Sheldon, who are, among many other things, avide digital board game enthusiasts.

The 4 of us have created a top 10 list and will share one rank each day with you. Let’s go!


Number 10


Suzanne



This two-player tactical battle game is endlessly entertaining with a plethora of available armies - each of which plays quite differently. But, it's arguable, that the app is even better than the board game because any of the fiddliness in actions, battle resolution, or scoring you have in the physical game is handled by the app. With almost all the armies available in the base game or as IAP, Neuroshima Hex is more than a fun game - it's a tactical learning tool that enables to you explore the armies at will. And playing Neuroshima Hex online against a buddy is extremely satisfying.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.


Brett



The app version of Lost Cities was released back in 2012, but still holds up as one of my go-to quick, digital board game time fillers. This Reiner Knizia two-player card game is super easy to pick up and play, (ignoring the theme) players are essentially trying to build stacks of (always) incrementing like-colored cards to earn points. Players take turns drawing (from either the draw deck or discard pile) and then either playing or discarding a card until all of the cards in the draw deck have been taken. When a player decides to start a new colored stack, they get negative points until they can play enough points worth of cards onto the ascending pile to work their way back into the positive. There is a nice press your luck element to the game as well as some tough decisions as you have to decide when to skip a number you may not have and continue incrementing your stack(s) or otherwise figuring out what to discard. Any card you discard may be picked up by the other player and this can lead to some immediate regrets. Despite its age and lack of native iPad support, Lost Cities looks great on an iPad even in 2x mode and the app continues to hold up well; there are always online opponents available as well as multiple levels of AI. A reliable old friend, Lost Cities is a great game to have on your device for whenever you need a quick little escape.

Devices: iOS
Price: $3.99
Purchase Links: App Store,
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Dave



When Don’t Starve arrived on mobile back in 2015, I was unaware that it was originally a very well-regarded PC title. Thus, I was a taken aback when I discovered that Klei had somehow conjured up not just an entire world, but worlds within worlds on my iPad. In my hands I was holding a game that looked like an animated film and was full of so many possibilities that it seemed endless. I was blown away. After 5 plays I was struggling to unravel the crafting mechanisms, after 10 plays I could survive for a few days, after 50 plays I could build a formidable base and yet still wander and discover something I hadn’t seen. While it doesn’t get the play it did in the months after its release, it still resides on my iPad and I will stroll around a new world, fighting off spiders and beefalo, every now and then. Simply one of the best experiences you can have on a touchscreen.

Devices: iOS
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Brad



Cooperative games really shine on digital platforms. Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert are two great examples. The graphics are well done and the digital platform makes for quick play. The pass and play functions of both make these essential for road trips, long lines, etc. This is a great one to pull out with the kids and has a permanent place on my iPad

Devices: iOS
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
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First Look: Rhino Hero and First Orchard

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First Orchard and Rhino hero
Availability: iOS
Price: $2.99 each
Store Links: First Orchard, Rhino Hero


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Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
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Preview: Colt Express

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Qwixx
Availability: iOS and Android
Price: $3.99
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Note: The Google Play version appears to be different. I am not familiar with it but included it for completeness.
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App News: Spot It! Dobble Announced, Armello Updated

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Spot It Dobble Challenges Announced for February 2017
We learned at Gen Con that Asmodee was working on a digital version of Spot it! and now we are getting more details. They have partnered with developer Virtuos to bring a digital version called Spot It! Dobble Challenges to devices next year.

This version was built for the ground up for digital and is boasting: many symbols, fast-paced and tactical gameplay, asynchronous multiplayer mode, leaderboard, competitive matchmaking, and collectible characters and powers. It will also be in 8 languages at launch.

Here is a first screenshot from their Twitter. We'll let you know as we learn more:






Armello Update and DLC Released Today
Armello is still PC and Console only, but for the developers still seem to delivering update after update. This week they've added the Art of Treason content pack that adds new cards and improvements on the bounty system. There is also a new DLC pack that changes the seasons of the board.

Here is a trailer with more details:

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Treasure Hunter
Availability: iOS and Android
Price: $4.99
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First Look Weekend Edition: NES Classic Edition

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NES Classic Edition
Price: $60
Store Links: Available at major retailers and Amazon





Note: We know this is not a board game, but we thought it may appeal to gamers that grew up in the 80s and is a nice weekend distraction. We think it is kind of cool.
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