The best mobile boardgames as of November 2017

Jessica Citizen 7 September 2017

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Forget lost pieces or mis-thrown dice with our picks of the top boardgames that you can buy right now for your mobile device.

Let's face it: Even though boardgames are a lot of fun, they can also be a lot of work. Even if you know you have all the pieces and you've found a pair of dice, it can sometimes be too much effort to clear off the kitchen table, let alone the calendar.

Why not try playing a little differently? Here are 10 of the best boardgames you can play right now on your mobile - no actual board required.

Carcassonne

One of the oldest apps on this list, Carcassonne has been playable on iDevices since 2010. It's a faithful recreation of the German tabletop creation, which is played by placing tiles and game pieces on a board, representing towns, roads and fields.

The obvious benefit of this smartphone adaptation is the inclusion of online multiplayer. Whether you want to play a game with your best friend, or face off against a complete stranger, the choice is just a tap away.

(Please note: While Android versions of Carcassonne are available, none are as good as the original Apple-flavoured edition.)

Buy Carcassone from iTunes Store

Play the original award winning board game Carcassonne with friends, family, or other board game enthusiasts - online or offline.

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Galaxy Trucker

More than just a great adaptation, Galaxy Trucker (and its iPhone-friendly sibling, Galaxy Trucker Pocket) is a great app in itself. The original game came out of the Czech Republic in 2007, and focusses on building cardboard ships to move plastic astronauts and various cargo around a map. On your smartphone, you get the same experience (even in single-player too, if you'd like) with all the intergalactic explosions and assorted NPCs neatly animated.

With a stack of achievements, no in-app purchases, and a handy tutorial for newcomers, Galaxy Trucker prides itself on being family-friendly, but that doesn't mean it's easy to win!

Buy Galaxy Trucker from iTunes Store

The award-winning adaptation of Vlaada Chvátil’s award-winning board game. Build space ships, dodge meteors, and fight off bad guys, all in a quest to be the trucker with the most cosmic credits at the end of the game.

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Buy Galaxy Trucker Pocket from iTunes Store

The award-winning adaptation of Vlaada Chvátil’s award-winning board game. Build space ships, dodge meteors, and fight off bad guys, all in a quest to be the trucker with the most cosmic credits at the end of the game.

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The Game of Life

Yes, that Game of Life.

This one should be familiar to a few people, having been around in various formats since 1860. The brightly-coloured modern version, complete with its little plastic cars, launched in 1960, and that's the one that's been squeezed onto your mobile. Land your dream job, find love, and win (or lose) your fortune as you race to reach that last yellow tile.

The mobile versions of The Game of Life feature local multiplayer, meaning up to four people can play on the same device. Alternatively, you can play by yourself, or find a friend or three online. There's even a new game mode that offers a quicker way of playing.

Buy The Game of Life from iTunes Store

The Game of Life features a new, unique and much-anticipated multiplayer mode. Online matchmaking lets you play in a whole new way online. Match and play against other online players as you all spin and race in the direction of the last yellow tile; retirement.

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Patchwork

A more intimate offering than some of the others on this list, Patchwork is playable by just two people. You and a partner patch your way to victory, designing and stitching your own virtual quilt.

The winner is the person who uses the most fabric and collects the most buttons, but it's not quite as simple as that. You have to keep an eye on how long it will take to stitch that patch, and how much it will cost as you darn it all against an opponent who could be on the other side of the world.

The initial price includes the entire game, but if you like a bit of bling with your blanket, in-app purchases offer cosmetic-only upgrades.

Buy Patchwork The Game from iTunes Store

In the long-awaited digital adaptation of Uwe Rosenberg's Patchwork, players patch their way to victory using fabric pieces of assorted sizes, colors, and buttons.

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Scotland Yard

Labelled "Game of the Year" way back in 1983, this cult classic saw families across the globe hunched over a map of London, trading tickets in the hunt for Mister X. Transported now into the 21st century with "razor-sharp" HD graphics, the gameplay is essentially the same.

Between 2-5 players (who can be local, online, or connected via wifi or Bluetooth) play as detectives, searching for the remaining player, who is the mysterious Mister X. All players navigate around the map of London, using train, bus or taxi, using their powers of deduction to figure out where the bad guy is lurking.

For those people new to the game, there's an interactive tutorial and comprehensive instructions on offer. For long-time fans, the new version is a straightforward translation as well as portable bus trip down Memory Lane.

Buy Scotland Yard from iTunes Store

Set off as one of five clever agents on the hunt for the legendary Mister X, or step into his shoes, diving into the heart of London's nightlife to escape the agents.

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Scrabble

There are many imitators, but the original is still the best. Scrabble lets you spell out words with friends and strangers, connecting to Facebook to share your best scores.

Matches are played one turn at a time, and you can even play multiple games at once, so you don't get stuck waiting for that one person to carefully consider every possible combination (there's also a "speed play" mode that will limit you both to 2 or 5 minute turns).

Want to get better at Scrabble? Use the handy "Teacher" feature to see what your best word could have been after each turn, or play against the computer to improve your skills.

Get Scrabble from iTunes Store

Get a game of SCRABBLE going with just about anyone – or play solo against the computer!

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Buy Scrabble Premium from iTunes Store

Get a game of SCRABBLE going with just about anyone – or play solo against the computer!

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Ticket to Ride

Proof that modern boardgames are "more than just Monopoly", Ticket to Ride lets you live out your dream of designing and claiming railway routes. Expand your empire and earn rewards for owning the longest track. Collect cards representing cars, then play them to connect cities across the United States, or further abroad in new expansion packs. A detailed tutorial will walk you through exactly how to play your cards and win the game in short order.

Put in some solo time against up to 4 AI players, or gather some friends around the same device for a little pass-and-play. If none of your friends want to play, hop online. Tens of thousands of players are online at all hours of the day, so you'll never wait long before being partnered up for a quick match (a new game starts every 4 seconds on average!).

Buy Ticket To Ride from iTunes Store

The official adaptation of Days of Wonder's best-selling train board game, Ticket to Ride, now on mobile version!

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