Better on ios than the table
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With two small children getting out of the house the game is hard. Who am I kidding, even gaming in the house is hard. On the train to work my ipad has allowed me to try some new titles plus play some already in my collection. There are a few that I think may be better on ios and some I can't judge because I have never played the tabletop version. Some I can't even imagine playing tabletop because of all the bits you have to manage, I would suspect.

The main thing you miss in ios is player interaction, but if I can't get the interaction anyway why not at least play the game?

So what games are better on ios (or android I guess)?

Apps I haven't tried yet, but want to at least try.
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Only played this on ios, I like it. A lot. The UI is so great I don't even know how I would be able to handle the game without it at this point. Would be nice to actually do some dice rolls, but I will take the auto calculation of resources over that.
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Played ios and tabletop, like them both. But the suggestions for tiles is super helpful for new players and teaching the game. Plus, as is the case with most of these games, able to play it way more and with more people online.
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Great UI, haven't played tabletop but don't see how it would really change the experience.
 
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Maybe it's just that the app is older, but the table definitely wins on this one. Miss the player interaction to much to really enjoy it on ios.
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Hardly played tabletop but I think the app does a great job of giving you the same experience.
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Not released yet, but once it is I imagine it will be an instant add to this list. Suburbia with the bookkeeping handled by computer, sign me up!

I may even prefer to pull out the iPad to do this as pass & play rather than use the cardboard. I've never done that with any other game.
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Played the iOs solo and two player. Works really well as a pass and play. Bit dry solo.

It does kill off the tabletop version though. Excessive dice rolls and, even worse, the scoring is made easy on the iOS. I was never a fan of the original HotW because of the downtime scoring and repetitive dice rolls.
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One of the great things about this game is watching while other players struggle to give their clues without giving away more information than is allowed. On the other hand, I realize that, for some folks, the fun of the game is trying to come up with in-house conventions that help to do exactly that. But I've often wondered what it would be like to play this game without any possibility of non-verbal cues. It's always exciting to win a game of Hanabi. But I think the ultimate challenge would be to do it in an online format, with only your deductive skills to guide you.
 
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