From Tabletop to Tablet: Board Game Apps

Times have changed, and these days phones (and all the other smart devices) have changed the way we spend our time. According to Flurry, an app analytic firm, as of December 2012 we spent on average of about 162 minutes per day on our smart devices, and if we are talking about a younger audience you’re looking at more like 470 minutes on electronics per day! When I was 12 years old I was looking at around 20 minutes a day and that was just time spent booting up the machine. By the time it was ready I was already down the street playing with my buddies.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I use my smart phone a lot and this isn’t some get your kids outside speech I love the s%$# out of my electronics. They can even be a great gateway to board games! There are lots of great apps out there now to help create (or encourage) a board game addiction.

Here are some that have made their way into my app collection:

  • Agricola,
  • Brass,
  • Settlers of Catan,
  • Civilization revolution 2,
  • Carcassonne,
  • Chronicle runescape legends,
  • Dungeon heroes,
  • Doodle city,
  • Elder sign: Omens,
  • Game of life,
  • Ghost blitz,
  • Ghost stories,
  • iDixit,
  • Lords of waterdeep,
  • Leaping lemmings,
  • Monopoly,
  • Mr Jack pocket,
  • Pandemic
  • Scrabble,
  • Small world 2,
  • Stone Age,
  • Soqquadro,
  • Ticket to ride,
  • The Manhattan Project,
  • Yardmaster
  • 1st & goal

Now, we all know that this is not all the games that have made their way from the board to the screen but it’s enough to show that it’s a popular trend. The one thing that I really hope is that kids, teens and adults are finding these games and playing them, learning them, enjoying them and realizing how much more fun these games could be if they were sitting around the table playing them in person with friends. And what better place than a game café?


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