Tech: Play popular board games on your smartphone

Jul 04, 2016, 08:16 IST | Hassan M Kamal

From classics like Monopoly to new favourites like Galaxy Trucker, your favourite board games are now available on phone to play without rolling a dice

For the brainiacs

A strategy game at a different level altogether, Tsuro (Rs 354 on Android and Rs 300 on iOS) made its debut on mobile phone earlier this year and is gaining popularity ever since. For those who may not be aware of the game, Tsuro requires you to place a tile and slide your stone along the path created. Like in real life, you paths can cross and connect, and sometimes using someone else’s path may get you off the board.

Chess Free, Chess Online, and Tall Chess
There are many versions of Chess but we are fans of Chess Free (AI Factory Limited) for offline games and Chess Online (Cloudroid) that allows you play against users from around the world. Both are available for free and among the top-ranked games of Chess. Tall Chess by Friends of the Web, LLC is available for free on iOS. It comes with great graphics and the option to challenge your friends.

You can add a dash of colour to your collection of strategy board games with the digital adaptation of the 19th century strategy game Reversi (AI Factory Limited), also known as Othello. Reversi costs Rs 86.85 on Play Store, but there is a free version with ads available as well. There’s another game called The Othello as well, but we are not sure how good that is. IOS users can try the free games, Reversi by By Optime Software LLC. 

Master builders
Le Havre: The Inland Port, Galaxy Trucker, Carcassonne and Catan
Build spaceships and fight off bad guys in Galaxy Trucker (Rs 292.76 on Android and Rs 300 on iOS). If you get bored with the intergalactic fights, compete with your friends to build the iconic French port of Le Havre  (Rs 300). You can also build your kingdom in Carcassonne (Rs 120 on Android and Rs 620 on iOS) or build the most settlements, the longest roads and the largest army on Catan (Rs 229.36 on Android and Rs 300 on iOS). 

Back to the classics
Monopoly, Ludo, Scrabble, Game of Life, Snakes & Ladder
You are never too old to revisit these board game favourites. Whether you are at a friend’s place or have guests over, download any of the popular board games like Ludo, Snakes and Ladder, Scrabble, Monopoly and Game of Life to get the evening rolling. You might have to loosen your digital wallet for a few — Monopoly (Rs 120) and Game of Life (Rs 60) — but  Scrabble, Ludo Parchis Classic Woodboard and Snakes and Ladder (by Sudhakar Kanakaraj) are free. For iOS users, we recommend the Ludo by TOP APP d.o.o. It’s free and feature a minimalist design. 

Build your reputation as a jewel trader with the Splendor  app (Rs 130 on Android and Rs 420 on iOS). Apart from the challenges of the board game, the app comes with a new Challenge mode, which allows you to challenge your competitor to achieve a goal. Currently, there’s a 70 per cent discount on the Android app.

PatchWork THE GAME 
Developed by Digidiced, the same guys behind Le Avre, quilting has never been this fun as it’s with PatchWork The Game (Rs 227.99 on Android and Rs 190 on iOS).

Though we aren’t a fan of the sewing art, it is a fun app for the monsoons, especially to gift to someone with an inclination towards the art of quilting.

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