10 Best Board Games For Android And iOS You Must Try

Board games have been around for a long time. The oldest board games date back to 3500BC and have come a long way since then. Most of us can remember playing the classics like Monopoly to the more modern games like Pandemic. If you want to use your mobile device to play them, here are the best board games for Android and iOS!

1. Carcassonne

Carcasonne gameplay

If you love strategy games, then you would love the Carcassonne Android app. This tile-based game has won multiple awards bringing a modern twist to a beautiful game.

You have to create landscapes by adding roads, fields, cities, and more. Deploy your “Meeples” or followers as they take on the role of knights, monks, farmers, thieves, and more. Earn points by creating beautiful landscapes, and the player with the most points wins. Choose to play against the computer or other players online and showcase your skills.

You will get a free add-on called The River II when you installed the game. Play with or against up to 6 players online or in multiplayer mode. Enjoy hours of entertaining gameplay.

The Carcassonne app costs $4.99 and has multiple in-app purchases that make it expensive and difficult to complete. There are a few bugs that need fixing through updates.

2. The Rolling Sky

The Rolling Sky

The Rolling Sky app is a fun, fast-paced and exhilarating game that tests your speed and reflexes, by beating obstacles and challenges with an endless rolling ball that can move either left, right or up. This game will test your limits and bring the adrenaline rush right on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Google Android device.

Rolling Sky takes the player on a fast-paced journey of overcoming traps and obstacles which include hammers, platforms, and gaps. The objective is to reach the end of the maze without hitting any obstacles while guiding the ball. Successfully avoiding every obstacle on one platform unlocks a new, even more, challenging level. If you hit an obstacle, you lose and have to replay the level again.

You can play as different characters in the game, with different kinds of powers associated with each. These include the regular ball, basketball, Magic Pupil, Trickball, Voyager, SnowBall, Supersonic and the Scarab Sign among others. The latest version has an updated scene for the ‘eye of Horus’ which takes the player through ancient Egypt.

3. Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire gameplayPyramid Solitaire lets you play the ancient Egyptian game of the same name right on your Android mobile. With a great design, seamless control and great sound effects, you’ll enjoy playing this leading Solitaire game on your device.

Pyramid Solitaire for Google Android requires you to remove pairs of cards that add up to the highest value (in this case Kings-13) from the pyramid of 28 cards. The pyramid is lined from one card face up at the bottom of the arrangement to 7 cards at the top. The remaining cards from the deck of 52 cards are piled face down to the left in what is called the ‘Stock.’ Cards are drawn from the stock one at a time and matched with exposed cards. If no match is made, the drawn card is discarded into the foundation. Kings, with a rank of 13 move to the foundation immediately upon being drawn or touched.

At the bottom of the main display window, you will access a panel with various tools such as settings, play, stats, hints, and rules.

Controls are just as simple as tapping the card that you want to draw and then using a combination of drag or swipe. You can get hints to learn new moves and access rules if you are stuck. The simple controls are easy to learn and quite convenient.

4. The Mahjong Titan

The Mahjong Titan gameplay

The Mahjong Titan app brings you one of the most addicting and ancient board games in the world on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Google Android device. With over 1,600 boards and pleasantly designed tiles, you’ll enjoy relaxing with this game after a long day.  

Mahjong Titan requires you to match tiles using either one of six selections, i.e., Crab, Fortress, Spider, Cat, Dragon or Turtle. There are 144 tiles for every layout with the three basic tile types of Ball, Bamboo, and Characters. The purpose of the game is to remove all the tiles from the game board in pairs, and each move that you make should be permitted. The tiles under the stacks cannot be moved or paired with a free tile. The controls are just as simple as tapping the tile that you want to play, which is quite convenient for a mobile board game like this.

5. Farkle

Farkle gameplay

The Farkle app is a two-player dice game reminiscent of the real-life board game. With a simple design, it is available for Google Android users who want to experience the game right on their phones. This is far from the leading Farkle game in my books.’

Farkle requires two players (in this case AI vs. Human) to play in turns, by rolling a set of 6 dice and matching combinations to win the high score of 10,000. At the beginning of turns, each player rolls all six dice consecutively and then decides which die rolls to keep based on the scoring combinations. You can keep one or more dice and may either choose to bank a selected combination or continue with your turn. The banked points are entered on the leaderboard. If all the six dice rolled score points, you may continue on a ‘hot’ roll of the six dice again and accumulate more points. If you don’t score any points with any of the dice thrown, you forfeit all points accumulated for that turn, also called ‘Farkling.’ The preferred scoring combinations can be chosen from the game.

6. Battle Chess 3D

Battle Chess poster

The Battle Chess 3D app for iOS and Google Android brings the classic board game to life by giving the chess pieces human motivation for those who may find the original chess pieces boring. However, the creators added a control pad to this game, making it slightly cumbersome.

Battle Chess 3D is regular chess with a twist. The aim remains to capture the opponent’s pieces and ultimately, the opponent’s king. This particular game brings the black and white chess pieces to life through humanoid pieces and also lets them battle instead of just capturing pieces and moving them off the board. The gameplay is similar to regular chess, but this particular game has a D-control pad which is highly inefficient in my view. They should have let the game have regular touch-and-drag finger movements because this makes screens (especially for smaller devices) quite cluttered. You can’t select color pieces, and the default human piece is white. The latest version offers fixes for bugs and an updated D-Pad.

7. Words With Friends

Words With Friends gameplay

Are you a fan of the old-school Scrabble? Words With Friends is another word game that resembles it a lot. It’s a cool way to spend some leisure time, compete with your friends or strangers, and test your brain power. Is there something special about this game? Let’s take a look!

As the game is the Scrabble analogue, the main goal here is to score as many points as you can by composing words. You get 7 letter tiles, and all of the letters have their own value. Needless to say, there are bonus tiles on the game board that let you gain even more points.

8. Yahtzee

Yahtzee app screen

Have you ever heard about Yatzy, a.k.a. Yahtzee? That’s a dice game which resembles poker to some extent. Yahtzee was even included in a game set called “LUCK – 15 Grand Dice Games”. Now, you can enjoy this classic board game on your phone with the Yatzy app.

Yatzy is a dice game which rules resemble that of poker. Since I wasn’t familiar with neither of them, I started with studying the Yatzy rules on app’s page on Google Play. The main goal of the game is to score points by rolling five dice and make certain combinations. I can’t tell that the rules are simple, and they will take some time to grasp. There are no instructions on the app itself, and that is a solid con. It would be so much more convenient if I could just revise the rules while playing.

With the Yatzy app, you can play with random players or with your Facebook friends. Since none of my friends has heard of the Yatzy game, I had no choice other than to play with strangers. I’m totally fine about that, yet I have a strong feeling that sometimes I played with the computer. For me, that’s okay as well since I just want to kill some time playing a funny board game. The only problem is, sometimes scoring can be seriously wrong. And I’m not the only one who faced miscalculations as other players mentioned them in their reviews, too.

9. Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire app screen

Spider Solitaire is a leading card game on Google Play for all old and new Solitaire fans. Remove all 54 cards from the table and assemble them on the tableau before removing them. Assemble piles, build them down by rank and turn yourself into an expert right on your Google Android device.

The objective of the game is a typical solitaire fashion; building a descending sequence from King to Ace within the created tableau. Two decks of cards are used and thoroughly shuffled, and 4 tableau rows of 10 facing down cards are dealt to create columns. A face-up card is dealt at the end of each column with four face-down cards to the 4 leftmost columns.

Standard spider rules apply; you can move an exposed card at the end of any column to any other column in the tableau, provided that it creates a descending suit. If you can build a complete descending suit, then this is transferred to a foundation automatically.

You can have 1-suit, 2-suit or 4-suit variations. You can also choose custom backdrops and cards from your own photos. The app keeps your stats on a leaderboard, and you will also be afforded hints so that you can overcome obstacles.

10. Dominoes

Dominoes app screen

Dominoes is a fun and relaxing way of building your mind and logical capacities by matching tiles and scoring higher than your opponents. Play against bots or real players with this free get on your Google Android with Dominoes by Carl Hopf and see why this game has been so popular in history.

The aim of dominoes is to be the player with the most matching sets of tiles by adding sets of dominoes. There are three game modes you can play in; Muggins, Block, and Draw. There are 28 tiles marked with 0 to 6 dots, similar to dice. The player then picks the order of play, and once the double tile is set up, the player can start dealing from the set of 7 that he had opened, packing tiles with similar counts on their ends aside.  

If the player isn’t able to add a tile for whatever reason, they forfeit their count. The player who deals all their 7 tiles wins and receives points equal to the total count on the remaining tiles of the opponent. In Block mode, play tiles and get points by having the fewest tiles left. One can also draw when blocked, or play all fives with a Spinner.

Choose your play difficulty level and challenge yourself, play against an AI or invite player online to spar with you, and check your ranking on the leaderboard.

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