our top 10 android board game apps (Updated Fall '17)
It hasn’t always been easy as an Android board gamer. The stigma that Android users don’t pay for apps really damaged the platform in the early days. Some of the biggest name games got high quality ports on iOS but weren’t ported to Android, many of these still haven’t made the jump (looking at you Agricola, among others). Over time, the majority of developers started releasing apps for both platforms, there are still the occasional exceptions, but for the most part, the big new releases show up on Android.
This won't be simply us ranking the games we've reviewed down the line 1-10 based on scores. We review games based on the fun and app quality, but some apps which are packed full of features and do everything right just might not have the game behind them that keeps us coming back over the long haul. Other times some apps might have minimum features but we can't stop playing them. The other difference between this list and our reviews is that reviews are ultimately handled individually by the reviewer, while this is a fully collaborative list. Not that you care about our methods, the import thing is that we are confident that you will love these high quality Top 10 Android board game apps.
Don’t worry iOS owners, we’ve got you covered too. Our Top 10 iOS Board Game Apps is posted here.
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The game is a classic and the app does everything you could hope for. Great AI play and challenges give the solo play tremendous depth, while the great online game offers a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous play options. Simply put, Through the Ages is the best board game app out there, if you enjoy a heavy dose of strategy and don't mind taking a lot of losses against good online opponents, get this app now.
Star Realms gets just about everything right. The two player deckbuilder makes for a fantastic multiplayer game, asynchronous or real-time. The app adds a tough AI opponent and an extensive campaign mode which provides dozens of fresh challenges. The app has been around for awhile but just received a major overhaul and remains fresh to long time and new players alike.
Race for the Galaxy was released earlier this year and it's made a big impression. Race is a classic hand management game and the app provides a smooth experience with an active online player base to go along with a great AI system for single player mode. The forthcoming additions of leader boards and stat keeping should only enhance this already great experience.
Galaxy Truck is probably the most content packed, complete app out there today. My editor won't give me enough space to list off all of the features but both the single player and online multiplayer games have everything you could possibly want. Tough AI, robust campaign, and array of online options are just the start. If every app were made like this, we'd need more than ten spots on this list.
The longtime, and now former, king of Board Game Geek has a faithful adaptation in the digital world. The game is one that requires repeated plays but for those willing to put in the effort, Twilight Struggle offers the payoff of being one of the deepest, most strategic games to make the jump to Android. The active online community keeps this game going strong as there are no shortage of opponents waiting to crush you in the Cold War battle.
Burgle Bros. provides a fantastic solo experience. The co-op heist game is a ton of fun and the app adds a lot of variety in play modes which scale the difficulty quite well from novice to expert, ensuring players of all skill levels will find something to enjoy. The satisfaction of pulling off a heist is one of the best moments offered in the board game app world.
Ascension is a free to play deckbuilder with a huge library of expansions which have kept it a favorite among digital board game players for a while now. Star Realms may be the preferred deckbuilder around here, but we still appreciate what Ascension offers and that is an extremely fun version of a deckbuilder and a rabid online user base.
Sentinels is a cooperative card game pitting the players as a group of super heroes facing off against a diabolical villain. The game is definitely a “love it or hate it” type as it is incredibly difficult to the point of it feeling hopeless to start. However, if you enjoy it enough to keep going, the game reveals an amazing level of depth and replayability through a slew of expansions that will keep any player busy for a long time.
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Splendor is the fantastic set collection game released a few years back. The game is simple to explain to new players but remains fun for veterans as well. The app is a quality port which gives you all of the expected options (versus AI and online) but also adds a fun scenario-based Challenge mode to switch things up. The AI is based on strategy rather than set difficulty levels, this allows for a larger variety of AI game experiences. We haven’t reviewed this one yet, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been playing it!
Pandemic is a cooperative strategy game set in an Earth being destroyed by four different Diseases. Your mission as a Disease Control Team is to discover the cures and thus, save the entire world. Should you run out of cards to draw, the Outbreaks fill up, or the disease cubes become depleted, you will have failed humanity and the world/game as we know it is over. This game is intense, addictive, and stylish. It's a must play.