our top 10 iOS board game apps (Updated 2019)
We've updated our top 10 list for 2019! Check out which games were added, which fell off, we'll help you find your new favorite app!
We had a tough time trimming this list to ten and even more difficulty deciding on the ordering. We tried to rank based on the overall fun factor of the app above all else which results in some apps which may be lacking in features placing higher than other, full-featured apps. Looking back, we likely gave a little extra weight to iOS exclusives as they often immediately come to mind when considering the topic of iOS board game apps. The ordering makes for a fun debate topic, please bring up all of your critiques in the comment section, but the important thing is that we believe you will enjoy all ten games on this list.
Don’t fret Android owners, we’ve got you covered too. Our Top 10 Android Board Game Apps can be found here. Also be sure to check out our full review database for games that didn't quite make this list.
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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.
#2 - Agricola
Our Review: 4.5 Stars
Agricola is the quintessential “heavy Euro” game, featuring a laundry list of what have become cliches for the genre: worker placement, point salad, farming, sneakily brutal unforgivingness, nondescript wooden blocks, etc… The app allows new players to try out the game and genre, teaching it through a great tutorial series, and experienced players get to play a variety of modes including solo challenge and online play.
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 received a major overhaul earlier this year 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 additions of leader boards and stat keeping only enhance this already great experience.
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.
Sentinels is a cooperative card game pitting 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. The cleverly designed heroes and villains will have you coming back time and time again.
The one Carcassonne port to rule them all. Well, not really, but it should have been! This port gets the classic gateway game absolutely right, providing a fantastic version of the board game. Play with a slew of expansions, online or against AI, this is one of the apps that absolutely nails the port and is lucky enough to have a simple, easy to pick up game behind it to give it staying power.
One Deck Dungeon was named ours (and our reader's) game of the year for 2018. It is a mix of easy to learn (just roll the dice and place them!), unexpected depth, and brutal difficulty that is a tough balance to attempt, let alone pull off so incredibly well. The only thing holding this game down somewhat is that it is a tablet-only release right now (and Steam), which prevents us from playing it as much as we'd like. On the other hand, it has us using those tablets a lot more than we were previously!
Meteorfall is a digital-only game that starts with a very simple concept: swipe left or right. It expands on that to build a really fun deck building adventure with a few different characters to play with, with some unlockables along the way. What has put Meteorfall over the top, and onto our top 10 list, is how well supported the app has been since release. There have been too many free content expansions to name, ranging from minor tweaks to major additions which have extended the life of this simple swipe game into seriously impressive territory.
Onitama is a genius take on chess where players use a mere five pieces and movement is controlled by cards. The twist is that there are only five cards in a single game and after you use the cards, they get passed to your opponent. This leads to some amazing back and forth trying to trick your opponent into giving up the card you need to complete a victory. That the app is free is a huge bonus, you should stop reading and go download Onitama now (especially since we've come to the end of our list!)