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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - #9

Brad Cummings
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Welcome to the new and improved gift guide!

It occurred to us that the gift guide is basically just a collection of some of the best games we feel every digital board gamer should own. So, we decided this year that we would instead make a Top 10 List of Digital Board Games Every Gamer should own. The concept is the same, only the format has changed. If you open up an iOS device this Christmas, or want

To help us in this endeavor, we’ve enlisted Brett Nolan and Suzanne Sheldon, who are, among many other things, avide digital board game enthusiasts.

The 4 of us have created a top 10 list and will share one rank each day with you. Let’s go!

Number 9


From gallery of thequietpunk

Produced by a top video game maker, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game was long in the making and very late to release. Thankfully - it was worth the wait because this deckbuilding adventure is a rich immersive experience full of thoughtful details. Personally, the app fired the card game because I prefer the game as a solo RPG adventure, the app removes all the fiddliness of deck and card sorting and management, and I can play it whenever and where ever I want to play.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.


From gallery of thequietpunk

Released earlier this year, this gorgeous digital adaptation of Renegade Game Studios' tile laying game set in imperial China casts players as artisans, decorating the palace lake with floating lanterns. Players take turns placing lake tiles which depict different color arrangements. All players then receive lantern cards based on the color arrangement facing them. Sets of these lantern cards can be traded in to earn diminishing amounts of victory points. One aspect of Lanterns that I love is that each and every turn counts whether or not you are the active player and that there is a satisfying risk/reward element as you try to keep from giving other players the lantern colors that they want, while still getting what you need. It means that all players are engaged every turn, so no down time. The app features beautiful animations and intuitive controls which elegantly transport the analog tiles into the digital realm. This may be a recent release, but it has already earned a prime spot on my iPad. Dire Wolf Digital has done an impressive job translating a game with a fairly large footprint to even the small screen of the iPhone. This is a studio to watch and I expect to see some great things coming from Dire Wolf Digital over the coming years as they bring other Renegade titles to the mobile devices (hoping to see Worlds Fair 1893). Delightful family-friendly fun.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.


From gallery of thequietpunk

While Agricola wasn’t the first “heavy” euro to make its way to the small screen, it was definitely the one that made me realize that just about any game could be made into a digital port. Not just any digital port, but a great digital port with polish and pizzazz. Agricola broke the mold by leaving behind the shackles of the physical world and giving us a presentation that could only be done with software. Chickens pecked around the village, fountains fountained (or whatever fountains do), and more. Uwe Rosenberg’s classic starving farming sim had come to life, and it was glorious. While Playdek has done better games since Agricola was released (spoilers!), this is where it became apparent that digital board games could be everything we wanted and more, and that the future was going to be very bright indeed.

Devices: iOS
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.


From gallery of thequietpunk

This is one of the oldest digital board games still on my iPad. It still gets regular play as a quick pass and play favorite. It truly set an early bar for UI and design from the cute penguins to the vicious Orcas. The simple point and click interface can span many age groups. This one is a road trip favorite and seems like it will be around for a bit. This is an oldie but certainly worth a look.

Devices: iOS
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.

Lists So Far:

10. Neuroshima Hex
9. Pathfinder Adventures

10. Lost Cities
9. Lanterns: the Harvest Festival

10. Don’t Starve
9. Agricola

10. Forbidden Island/Desert
9. Hey That’s My Fish
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