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iOS Board Games 2011 Gift Guide

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Welcome to the first iOS Board Games Gift Guide. We thought we would get into the gift-giving spirit of the season and encourage you all to finally get some use out of that "Gift This App" link in the App store. Maybe you have a friend or loved one who's been a little too hooked on Angry Birds. Wouldn't it be neat to gift that person an app so you could play the same game against each other?

We have done our best to include great examples, but we are bound to have missed something. If you want to mention something we missed, please add it to the comments below.

Happy Holidays from Brad, Gabe, and Mark.

What's In This Guide
• Family
• Children
• For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2011
• For Gamers: All Time Favorites
• Party Games
• Dexterity Games
• Board Game Tools
• Add-On Devices


Family
Family games can be enjoyed by young, old and everyone in between. All of these games are highly accessible, very well implemented, and great for the whole family to play tablet-style.

Army of Frogs



Army of Frogs is a simple and enjoyable abstract game that can be played by both children and adults. The iOS adaptation features cute design and is fun to use.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $2.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Army of Frogs
Based on BGG Entry: Army of Frogs
Review by iOS Board Games


Hey That's My Fish



One of the rare examples of an app that actually manages to match its physical game, Hey That’s My Fish is fun family game that feel right at home on a tablet device. It is quick and easy to introduce to children of all ages.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Hey That’s My Fish
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fantasyflightgames...
Based on BGG Entry: Hey, That's My Fish!
Review by iOS Board Games


Ticket to Ride



This game is one of the most popular family games of the last decade and the app adaptation of it provides the same great experience in a portable and online package. Ticket to Ride is a great choice for families of all ages.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $6.99 (iPad), $.99 (iPhone)
Players: 1-5
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Pocket
Based on BGG Entry: Ticket to Ride
Review by iOS Board Games


Forbidden Island



Co-op games are fairly new development that work great in a family setting as they encourage cooperation rather than competition. Forbidden Island is the best example of a co-op game for families available now on iPad.

Device: iPad.
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Forbidden Island
Based on BGG Entry: Forbidden Island
Review by iOS Board Games


Children
These apps are accessible to the youngsters, but still provide challenge enough to keep the parents interested too!

The aMAZEing labyrinth



With 25 years of popularity, The aMAZEing Labyrinth is a great simple game for children. Children seek treasures within a maze that is constantly shifting as players move tiles.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $5.99 (iPad), $3.99 (iPhone)
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: For iPad and For iPhone
Based on BGG Entry: Labyrinth
Review by iOS Board Games


Spot It: Dobble!



Spot It is a simple speed game of trying to find matching symbols. Two cards are flipped from the top of the deck and players must try and find which symbol the two cards share. This game is right at home on the iPhone touch screen.

Device: iPhone, iPad (at 2x size)
Price: $0.99
Players: 1-2
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Spot it: Dobble!
Based on BGG Entry: Spot it!


For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2011
2011 was a banner year for iOS board games. These are some of the hottest and most anticipated titles of the past year.

Ascension: Chronicle of the God Slayer

2011 Golden Geek Winner for Best Mobile/Handheld Game



This app has transcended and expanded the popularity of the game it is based on. Ascension provides one of the best experiences in both interface and online multiplayer on the platform. It is a must have for any iOS board gaming library.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Ascension: Chronicle of the God Slayer
Based on BGG Entry: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
Review by iOS Board Games


Puerto Rico



This game is one of the most respected strategy board games of all time. Puerto Rico HD is a great example of the “Euro-game” genre on iOS and will be a must have for any strategy gamer receiving an iPad this holiday season.

Device: iPad.
Price: $5.99
Players: 1-5
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Puerto Rico
Based on BGG Entry: Puerto Rico
Review by iOS Board Games


Tigris and Euphrates



This is another great example of strategy gameplay from one of the most famous game designers, Reiner Knizia. Tigris and Euphrates offers an attractive and well done app to present a game that is a easy to learn but difficult to master.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $5.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Reiner Knizia’s Tigris and Euphrates
Based on BGG Entry: Tigris & Euphrates
Review by iOS Board Games


For Gamers: All Time Favorites
Of course, there are modern classics of the iOS board game genre. Some are just classics of the Euro-era in board games, while others are now classics of the iOS board game era, setting the bar for great experiences of board games on iOS.

Carcassonne



This is the classic of iOS board gaming that all others are compared to. It presents this classic tile laying game in a near perfect design package and with online multiplayer that has yet to be beaten.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $9.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Carcassonne
Based on BGG Entry: Carcassonne
Review by iOS Board Games

Note: There is an Android version of Carcassonne that is a completely different implementation. Still, we think it merits a Gift List mention for Android Apps.
Price: $4.99
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.exozet.game.carcas...


Catan



This app may not be the best maintained and may have a dated feel, but it is still an excellent way to play the Settlers of Catan on the go. It is a must have in any iOS board game collection.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $4.99 (iPad), $4.99 (iPhone), $3.99 (Android)
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: For iPad and For iPhone
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.exozet.android.cat...
Based on BGG Entry: Catan


Small World



As one of the earliest board game apps for the iPad, Small World really paved the way for the genre. Small world recreates a slice of the physical board game by allowing players to face each other while playing one one device.

Device: iPad.
Price: $6.99
Players: 1-2
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Small World
Based on BGG Entry: Small World
Review by iOS Board Games


Neuroshima Hex



Neuroshima Hex is an excellent tactical battle game. The app is very well designed and has a lot of replay value.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Neuroshima Hex
Based on BGG Entry: Neuroshima Hex! 3.0


Party Games
Loosen up. Laugh a little. Act a little silly and enjoy the company and personalities of your fellow human beings with party game apps! Great for a festive holiday crowd!

Time’s Up



This unique and hit party game fits very well on iOS making it a portable experience that can be passed around a group.

Device: iPhone and iPad (at 2x size)
Price: $4.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Time’s Up
Based on BGG Entry: Time's Up!


Dicecapades



This app is interesting as it does not imitate the physical game but rather provides additional content for it. If you are a fan of Dicecapades this is a great expansion pack that adds additional digital cards to the game.

Device: iPhone and iPad (at 2x size)
Price: Free
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Dicecapades
Based on BGG Entry: DICEcapades


Reverse Charades



Lauded as one of the most interesting party games from last year, Reverse Charades fits perfectly in your pocket with this convenient app.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: Free
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Reverse Charades
Based on BGG Entry: Reverse Charades


Dexterity
The multitouch surface of iOS really lends itself to games in which you flick, drag, pinch, pull, and slide your way to victory. These games test your finger control and usually involve virtually moving something within game physics...or better know as dexterity game apps.


Disc Drivin'



Disc Drivin' has been around for a while now and is one of the easiest board game apps to learn and play. Similar in game play to PitchCar, you simply flick your disc on your turn. First to finish three laps is the winner. Of course, the guys at Pixelocity Software LLC bring the video game flair with power ups like turbo, jumps, bombs and more.

Device: iPad, iPhone.
Price: $1.99, $2.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Disc Drivin'
Based on BGG Entry: PitchCar


Lead Wars



Maybe you played a paper version of this when you were young and had nothing but a pencil, a sheet of paper, a fertile imagination, and a thirst for table top war. You drew your units and deftly flicked a pencil to score a "hit" on your opponent's forces. That experience IS this game! Only Lead Wars, as one App Store review puts it, "has a rare quality; the simulation is actually better than that which it simulates." And better it is in so many ways including multi-player async and no messy scribble marks everywhere. Don't let the lack of color fool you, this is truly a unique and very well done app of digital tabletop goodness.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $2.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Lead Wars


Jenga



Jenga is a nice light dexterity game for when you have a few minutes to kill, or to play with friends pass and play. Good graphics makes it look like you have a tower of blocks right in your living room. Don't knock it over.

Device: iPad, iPhone, Android Phone
Price: $0.99
Multiplayer modes: Pass and Play, online
iTunes: Jenga
Android Market: Jenga
Based on BGG Entry: Jenga


Rock'em Sock'em Robots



For a nice feeling of nostalgia, try Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Mattel puts out a nice app that puts those iconic robotic boxers back in the ring at your command with controls that feel similar to this plastic classic. Also has a training mode where your favorite boxer beats up on a heavy bag or other gym equipment to hone your skills.

Device: Android Phone, Android Tablet
Price: $0.99
Players: 1 against AI
Android Market: Rock'em Sock'em Robots
Based on BGG Entry: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots


Board game tools
iOS devices are great companions to board game night, whether it's for looking up rules, viewing player aids, or even determining a start player.

Start Player



Start player is simple randomizer that can help you determine the player to start any game. It is big help with game that do not give a rule to determine this.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $0.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Start Player
Based on BGG Entry: Start Player
Review by iOS Board Games


Add-On Devices
Who says you can't have an iOS device in a classic tabletop gaming experience? These game use your device as just part of the print board game.


Game Changer



This device turns the iPad in to a living game board. Its mix of physical and digital components are an interesting take on the term iOS board game. The games for the device are currently aimed at children but its unique technology will make it interesting for adults too.

Device: iPad.
Price: $79.95
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
Apple Store link: Game Changer


Yoomi Duo



Yoomi Duo is an early adopter of the iPad/physical device mix. It uses a light sensor on the device to communicate directly with the iPad’s screen. It is an interesting idea and the device is great for some basic party games.

Device: iPad.
Price: $35.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
Amazon Store link: Yoomi Duo
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