I've gone to the dark side. Now I need to pick out some iOS board games.
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My inevitable journey to the dark side will be complete sometime next week pending a visit from the "Brown Truck of Happiness." (technically, it's white [FedEx] in this case, but I digress...)

I'll admit I've been an Apple hater most of my adult life and am somewhat ashamed to join the cult of trenders and hipsters, but my motives are pure, I swear! Instead of coaxing with cookies, Apple offers something the Android alliance can't seem to: digital board games. This is pretty much the only reason I'm venturing into this swirling portal of doom, but if I happen to find other uses for this over-priced, blinky-light box, then that is just a bonus.

I have a few games in mind that I plan to purchase eventually, but I'm also looking for advice from my fellow gamers who have already consumed the forbidden fruit. I'm looking for games that I already enjoy in cardboard format, but am also looking for games that work especially well in digital format. A prime example of this is Small World. I've played this once and enjoyed it, but the amount of upkeep on each turn seemed like it would be better suited for digital format. Before anyone screams "Small World is NOT fiddly!" please understand that I'm not knocking the game, I'm simply admitting that I'm lazy and would rather have the computer move the bits for me.

My other motivation is to use this to learn new games. I generally don't enjoy reading rules and get frustrated when missing or misunderstanding a single rule will change the entire game for the worse. It seems that the games I enjoy the most were taught to me by those who also enjoy and understand them. Because of this, I hope to learn new games in digital format and then later purchase and play the cardboard format of those I enjoy.

Any suggestions and feedback on the games I've listed would be greatly appreciated.

Viva Las Manzanas! (or whatever we are supposed to say... I'm still new to this)
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1. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:190] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Probably will be one of my first purchases: $7

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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:371] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Yes, please! FREE, but has in-app purchases ($8 for everything)

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Edit: purchased the everything pack and loving it
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Just started playing the cardboard version recently: $7

Edit: picked up the Europe version
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I've been meaning to try this one for a while: FREE

Update: owned ($1 to remove ads though)
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Another one I've not yet tried: $6
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"Lite" version. Looks like fun: FREE
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Started playing the cardboard version of this recently: $7 for HD
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I've been wanting to try this one: $6
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Another classic I've not yet played: $4
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One of the few board games I have on Android: $5
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I love Hive, but haven't been able to justify buying the physical version of this one: $3

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I hear this might be a decent game: TBA

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13. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:510] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Really an excellent outing. Nearly the perfect DBG specimen to play on iOS due not only to the game systems, but the immaculate digital implementation, taking things that could have made it much more cumbersome (light decisions happening during other players' turns) and completely streamlining it. Plus, DBG games automatically have a one-up because you don't have to shuffle so damn much. Didn't think I'd play this nearly as much as I have, but it really is a must-have for the iOS platform.
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14. Board Game: Keltis: Das Orakel [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2084]
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This app made me go out & buy the physical board game (it's a German-only import); it's that good. Only local play or against AI, and the game has been changed so that you can see the hands of your opponents (and they can see yours) but it still works and is really fun to set up combo chains and use your cards efficiently.

Unfortunately, I've gotten to the point where I beat a single Hard AI 90% of the time, so I don't play as much anymore, but it's a fantastic game and one I really love to play FTF too.

Edit: oh, and I think it's actually in the App Store as Keltis Oracle (Americanized spelling).
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15. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:230]
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A bit pricy perhaps ($7?), but an excellent implementation. The Expert AI are VERY good, though when you're playing 2 of them they'll sometimes seem to collude a bit.
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16. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:681]
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Solid implementation but local play only (with or without AI). Fun game and very fast. the Hard AI is pretty good. There are variant board configurations you can unlock, and the achievements are appropriately difficult without being impossible (San Juan has some CRAZY hard/impossible achievements).
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17. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:297]
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A very solid app and one I play a lot. Odd decision to make the visual depiction of played handshake cards different from the way the numerical cards are displayed, but the game is good, UI is excellent, and the AI are not half bad. GC play is asynchronous, which is a little odd for a short, light title (having a game of Lost Cities last more than 15 minutes seems weird somehow).

Very addictive. Again a bit pricey at around $7 or so.

This is an iPhone app but looks pretty good at 2x on iPad (I have the 2nd iPad so not sure how it looks 2x on Retina).
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18. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1348] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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For $1 I couldn't pass this up.

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