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(Gift Guide) Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own - #8 and #7

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 Apps Every Board 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 8


Suzanne





A classic game and now a classic app. Ticket to Ride is a stand out app that's improved over time. All the must-have features like online play, solo mode, pass n play, etc. are here in a beautiful digital experience. But the addition of a number of expansions ensured Ticket To Ride's longevity as an app as even experienced players can find new ways to challenge themselves and others. Ticket to Ride is a game deserving of a stellar app, and it has one - so there's no reason for you not to have this on your device.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.




Brett





My mobile game of the year in 2015, Card Crawl is a unique take on Solitaire with an engaging dungeon crawling theme as well as stellar art. Players attempt to ‘clear’ a dungeon of 54 cards by playing these cards into either of their two item slots or their backpack . Then they either bank treasure, use shields and swords to attack monsters , potions to heal themselves or one of their five selected special abilities that were randomly mixed into the deck. The game requires players to employ a mix of skill and luck in order to properly manage their inventory to not only survive through the entire deck, but also bank some treasure. It feels like a very different solitaire experience and the app has continued to get updates and support by the developer with the addition of many more unlockable ability cards. A possibly overlooked gem with great replayability, a solid, digital original.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play


Dave



Before inkle Studios arrived with the first Sorcery! volume, interactive fiction on our tablets consisted of trying to recreate, as close as possible, the act of reading a dead tree gamebook. It was sepia tones as far as the eye could see with links to whichever page you were going to travel to next. With Sorcery!, inkle left the gamebook behind and instead created the game I imagined while reading gamebooks as an 11 year-old punk. Here was a vast world ready to explore where my choices and actions meant something as you continued on your journey. And what a journey! Stretching over three years and four apps, the Sorcery! journey has both an epic feel and the feeling of growth and discovery. It’s simply incredible and there’s nothing else quite like it on the App Store.

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


Brad



Neuroshima Hex is a strategy staple. The app was eye opening about how much can really be pulled off in the digital space. This is a complex game that needs to relay all the information it can to you so you can make correct decisions. It really is an achievement in information design. It has had continue support and has never left my device.


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






Number 7



Suzanne



This two player Uwe Rosenberg game is simple but deep and is a delight to look at and play. Patchwork as an app is satisfying, well implemented, and a must-have game. Digidiced ensured the app has all the features you look for in a top tier app including cross-platform online play removing any entry barriers for players. Patchwork, as an app, is intuitive and entertaining and smart choices were made in how you access the boards and pieces. With Patchwork, you get all the brain-tickling fun of the board game…but as a play-anywhere app.


Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.


Brett



Unless you've been living under a rock, odds are you've heard of Blizzard's free-to-play collectible card game. With its high production values, massive amount of content as well as regular content updates for balancing as well as numerous expansions, this (considered by many as a) Magic-killer has been a juggernaut since it debuted in 2014. The game continues to grow with the introduction of new Heroes, classes and mechanics. This kind of content growth can be daunting for new players who want to join into the game, so last year Blizzard made some important changes to the app, introducing a new Standard Play mode which is more friendly to newcomers. I also helps with organized tournament play by standardizing the card pool and forcing players to build their decks from a limited, consistent set of cards which were released in the current and previous calendar year, giving all players access to the same cards, putting them on an equal playing field. Hearthstone has become the new go-to standard for digital collectable card games, a fact that can be seen by the numerous other digital CCGs which have in some cases outright copied them. I'd say you need to try this out, but odds are, you already have. A top in class CCG that just keeps getting better.

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


Dave



It’s XCOM and it’s on my iPad. I think that sums it up fairly well.

Devices: iOS, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.


Brad



When this game was released, Dave and I jokingly called this the marriage killer. This is one of the deepest RPG experiences on digital devices. It is a brilliant app that takes away a lot of the fiddly parts of the tabletop experience. This is a must own for anyone looking for a deep, long, digital board game experience.

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




Lists So Far:


Suzanne:
10. Neuroshima Hex
9. Pathfinder Adventures
8. Ticket to Ride
7. Patchwork


Brett:
10. Lost Cities
9. Lanterns: the Harvest Festival
8. Card Crawl
7. Hearthstone


Dave:
10. Don’t Starve
9. Agricola
8. Sorcery!
7. XCOM


Brad:
10. Forbidden Island/Desert
9. Hey That’s My Fish
8. Neuroshima Hex
7. Pathfinder Adventures
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