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The 25 best boardgames on Android

No reason to be board
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, Board Game
Updated January 23, 2018: New entries added

Most of us will have fond memories of playing boardgames with our families. However, I dare say most of us haven't really scratched the surface of what boardgames truly have to offer.

There are countless physical boardgames that are far richer, deeper, more strategic, and just plain more interesting than another round of Monopoly.

Fortunately, the advent of smartphones and tablets has led to a second life for many of these boardgames in streamlined digital form - and a fresh chance for everyone to check them out.

#1 Ticket to Ride

Product: Ticket to RideFormats: Android, iPad, SteamPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a true crossover hit with its almost unique mixture of accessible mechanics, inviting presentation, and strategically rewarding gameplay.

#2 Antihero - Digital Board Game

Product: Antihero - Digital Board GameFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Versus Evil

Antihero - Digital Board Game
Antihero looks and feels like a slick and pacy turn-based strategy game, and it even has a fully fleshed out single player campaign mode. Look a little deeper, though, and you'll find a super-tight digital board game at its core.

#3 Twilight Struggle

Product: Twilight StruggleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, Windows Phone, Windows 8Publisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer, Strategy

Twilight Struggle
Digital boardgame maestro Playdek here tackles one of the best boardgames ever made - with predictably ace results. Twilight Struggle manages to encapsulate the complexities of the cold war in a strategically rewarding boardgame.

#4 Pandemic: The Board Game

Product: Pandemic: The Board GameFormats: iPadPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Pandemic: The Board Game
If you think boardgames are too small-scale, Pandemic's global scale will come as a pleasant surprise. Team up with other players to solve a number of deadly outbreaks and avert disaster.

#5 Colt Express

Product: Colt ExpressFormats: Android, iPhone, SteamPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game

Colt Express
Colt Express shows that boardgames don't have to be sedate and deliberate. The idea is to rob a train in the American Wild West, but the key twist is that all of your moves must be initiated in advance, leading to plenty of surprises.

#6 Galaxy Trucker

Product: Galaxy TruckerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Czech Games EditionGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer, Strategy

Galaxy Trucker
Another game that puts the lie to the idea that boardgames are boring, Galaxy Trucker is heart-pumpingly frenetic. Race to build your spaceship against the clock before embarking on an event-filled sci-fi mission.

#7 Carcassonne (Asmodee)

Product: Carcassonne (Asmodee)Formats: Android, SteamPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer, Strategy

Carcassonne (Asmodee)
This the second digital take on board game legend Carcassonne, and it's a much better version than the 2011 original. Take turns laying tiles to build a map of medieval France, but pick your moment to launch a treacherous land grab.

#8 Summoner Wars

Product: Summoner WarsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: PlaydekGenres: Card/board game

Summoner Wars
Summoner Wars really grabs hold of you thanks to its hybrid nature. Part deck-building card game, part tabletop strategy game, it requires you to position and move your acquired cards on a battle mat.

#9 Pathfinder Adventures

Product: Pathfinder AdventuresFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game

Pathfinder Adventures
Here we have a stripped down card-based version of the popular tabletop role-playing game Pathfinder, and it feels perfectly suited to mobile. Pick your team, kit them out, and embark on a series of combat-filled quests.

#10 Agricola

Product: AgricolaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Suitably enough for a game that concerns itself with running a farm, Agricola takes a fair amount of graft before you'll reap its rewards. But this engaging and beautifully presented boardgame is well worth the effort.

#11 Catan HD

Product: Catan HDFormats: iPadDeveloper: Exozet GamesPublisher: United Soft MediaGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Catan HD
The Settlers of Catan is one of the biggest boardgames of the past few decades. This conversion expertly captures the game's accessible yet strategic trading action.

#12 Pathogen

Product: PathogenFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Birnam Wood GamesPublisher: GameblyrGenres: Card/board game, Puzzle

One of the few games on this list that isn't a conversion, Pathogen uses its mobile-first angle by adopting a beautiful abstract art style for its Othello-esque gameplay.

#13 Elder Sign: Omens

Product: Elder Sign: OmensFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: In-housePublisher: Fantasy Flight GamesGenres: Card/board game

Elder Sign: Omens
Elder Sign: Omens is a deep tactical boardgame that takes ages to master, but it also has the added spice of a universe based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

#14 BattleLore: Command

Product: BattleLore: CommandFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Fantasy Flight GamesGenres: Card battler, Card/board game, Strategy

BattleLore: Command
BattleLore: Command takes the popular Commands & Colors system and builds an absorbing strategy game around it.

#15 XCOM: The Board Game

Product: XCOM: The Board GameFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Fantasy Flight GamesGenres: Card/board game

XCOM: The Board Game
XCOM: TBG is a novel hybrid of videogame and tabletop, supplying a mobile app to guide the tactical turn-based battles in a physical boardgame.

#16 Splendor

Product: SplendorFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer, Strategy

Splendor has all the defining elements of the economic engine boardgame sub-genre, but it's easy to learn, quick to play, and surprisingly exciting.

#17 Bottom of the 9th

Product: Bottom of the 9thFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Handelabra Games

Bottom of the 9th
Don't worry if you're not a baseball fan - Bottom of the 9th is great fun regardless. It's essentially a game of dice, but with an intuitive set of rules and expressive graphics.

#18 Warhammer 40,000: Chess

Product: Warhammer 40,000: RegicideFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Hammerfall PublishingGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer, Strategy

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is essentially chess, but with big heavily armed space marines in place of static pawns and bishops. It's a gleeful mash-up of boardgame elements old and new.

#19 Eight-Minute Empire

Product: Eight-Minute EmpireFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Acram Sp. z o.o.Genres: Card battler, Card/board game, Strategy

Eight-Minute Empire
Whisking through the life of an empire in just ten turns might sound like a fairly shallow experience, but Eight-Minute Empire isn't lacking for depth.

#20 Hey, That's My Fish! HD

Product: Hey, That's My Fish! HDFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Fantasy Flight GamesGenres: Card/board game

Hey, That's My Fish! HD
Hey, That's My Fish! reminds us that boardgames can be about knock-about family fun. However, its adorable penguins hide a challenging abstract game.

#21 Through The Ages

Product: Through The AgesFormats: Android, iPadPublisher: Czech Games Edition

Through The Ages
Who says board games need to be humble, small scale affairs? Through The Ages is one of the most in-depth strategy games that the App Store has to offer.

#22 Small World 2

Product: Small World 2Formats: Android, iPad, SteamPublisher: Days of WonderGenres: Card/board game

Small World 2
Small World 2 asks you to control a succession of fantasy civilisations, all squabbling for space with others on a cramped map.

#23 Warhammer: Arcane Magic

Product: Warhammer: Arcane MagicFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Turbo Tape GamesGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Warhammer: Arcane Magic
Warhammer: Arcane Magic sees you controlling a band of wizards questing through a grim and distorted fantasy setting. It's a largely successful distillation of the famous tabletop Warhammer brand.

#24 Neuroshima Hex

Product: Neuroshima HexFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Big Daddy's CreationsPublisher: Big Daddy's CreationsGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Neuroshima Hex
This deeply strategic tile-based boardgame sees you vying for control of the board as one of four sci-fi armies. The game's strategic requirements are particularly taxing, but it's a bit of a classic among hardcore boardgame aficionados.

#25 Space Food Truck

Product: Space Food TruckFormats: iPadPublisher: One Man LeftGenres: Card/board game

Space Food Truck
Fans of non-boardgames like FTL and Out There will appreciate this colourful sci-fi boardgame, but it remains a deep experience with a steep learning curve.


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Jon Mundy 24 January 2018
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