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Best of 2013 - Android Apps

Mark Webb
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The iOS Board Games Best of 2013 Awards are meant to recognize excellent board game apps in several categories.


In this post: Games For Android
- Family Games
- Abstract Games
- Card Games
- Strategy Games


Our Android Board Games of the Year will be presented on 1/20/14.


Family Games

Gold Award:

We know that Days of Wonder can put out quality apps, as demonstrated by Small World above. In fact, they have been doing digital versions of Ticket to Ride for a while, on website, CD-ROM, iPhone, and iPad. This year it was Android and Steam's turn. Couple their ability to make a good app combined with a game that has mass appeal in Ticket to Ride, you have an app that is wanted by many, not just the hardcore gamer. Talk about a family app - my fourth grader wanted this app when she got a Google card for Christmas. Even when both my wife and I already had it on our devices. - Mark

Developer: Days of Wonder
Purchase Links: Google Play
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Silver Award

A fun family game, Alhambra won the Spiel des Jahres in 2003. Buy tiles with different currency, and place them down in your personal Alhambra. Strategy lies in making sure that you buy the tile that fits your space, as well as trying to make efficient plays in order to pay with exact change, giving you another turn. With online play, or pass and play, I have played this classic more often that I have usually been able to get this to the table. Mark

Developer: Queen Games
Purchase Links: Google Play
Kindle Fire


Abstract Games

Gold Award:

Sometime you just want to flexthe mental muscles and abstract games are great for that. Abalone is a simple game to learn the basics. From there, you can add to the mental challenge, with daily puzzles, and alternate starting configurations. The graphics show clean looking black and white stones. The app offers pass and play or online play.
- Mark


Developer: Advanced Mobile Applications
Purchase Links: Google Play
Kindle Fire



Card Games

Gold Award:

Magic the Gathering...Since the early nineties, those three words changed the gaming world. This year, Wizards of the Coast released their franchise card game in app form. What is interesting about Magic the card game was that it had different aspects of the game people enjoy. Some people like the deck building, some the card play. Others enjoyed sealed deck tournaments to do the best with what you had drafted. The app brings all of that, including the ability to play online. The app also brings the visuals of the card art both on the cards and brought to life as computer opponents. - Mark
Developer: Wizards of the Coast
Purchase Links: Google Play
Kindle Fire



Strategy Games

Gold Award:

Frozen Synapse is a game where you maneuver your units in a hi-tech skirmish against the other team. You plan your movement, test your scenario, and when you think you have it right, you commit your actions. There are some shades of RoboRally, where you are pre-planning your actions in order to move around a floor with obstacles, such as walls or enemies you wish to avoid. Unlike[ thing=18]RoboRally[/thing], you can test the outcome before it happens for real. The app offers several play modes, such as online play, campaign mode, and hotseat. - Mark

Developer: Mode 7
Purchase Link: Google Play
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