Best MULTIPLAYER AndroidOS Board Games
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I am creating this list to try and give a comprehensive list of great boardgames that can be played online (remotely - NOT locally). I have long felt it is a feature that is under utilized. This is understandable given the added programming complexity however I find I would pay substantially more for an App that supports remote multiplayer so here I will recommend the Apps that do a great job.

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Realtime Play: Y/N (Does the game support playing in realtime online)
Play by Mail Option: Y/N (Can you play at your own pace ie. without having to stay in the app waiting for the other player)
- Notifications: Y/N (Does the game trigger notifications when it's your play)
Local Network Option: Y/N (Does the app have settings for playing online with others over a local network)
iOS cross compatibility: Y/N (Can you play with players on iOS)
Desktop cross compatibility: Y/N (Can you play with players on Desktop)
Plenty of players: Y/N (Because what's the point in playing if there isn't anyone to play with!)
Rating: (This rating is for the IMPLEMENTATION and does not reflect the game itself! - I'd give 10 stars for a good app of Candy Land!)



NOTES:
I am attempting to make this as comprehensive as possible as I want to avoid prematurely rushing to judgement. This means that I will revise reviews as I discover updates, new features etc.
If you have an app to recommend here, please comment and let me know about it! I will add it in and help make this list as comprehensive as possible.

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Support Apps - These are not complete boardgames but rather apps designed to help you play the physical copies. Randomizers, Score Counters and Dice Rollers are some types of app you may find in this list.

Multiplayer (Online) - These are the apps that have full online multiplayer versions of the game. Some even allow you to play against specific friends.

Pass & Play - These games allow multiplayer play on a single device by passing it around the table.

Solitaire - These games allow you to play on your own, offline either with or without bots.
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1. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:464]
Board Game: Alhambra
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Alhambra is based on the BrettSpielWelt account. It is similar to the implementation of Kingdom Builder unsurprisingly however it does allow you to password protect your game to ensure only friends join, although this isn't really needed as there seem to be so few users.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y (I think)
Desktop cross compatibility: Y (I think)
Choose to play with strangers: Y
Choose to play with friends: Y
Plenty of players: N
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2. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:580] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
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Ascension uses some combination of PlayDek and Google Play for online play which works well.

This is an interesting online app. It includes a bunch of the game expansions and has a great mechanic for handling dodgy internet connections when out and about - Each player has a 30min chess clock giving them some chance to think/address technical issues. The online lobby is a little strange as you have to add friends - but can only do it when they are online.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: n/a
Plenty of players: Y
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:177] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
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Carcassonne has recently upgraded their app to include online play. At the moment this is ver limited but the announcement promises potential to match Ticket to Ride or Small World so I have a lot of hopes for these guys!

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N (Coming?)
Local Network Option: N (Coming?)
iOS cross compatibility: Y (I think)
Desktop cross compatibility: n/a (I think)
Choose to play with strangers: Y
Choose to play with friends: N (Coming)
Plenty of players: Y (though not too responsive at the moment!)
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:385] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Board Game: Catan
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5. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:380] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Colt Express
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Colt Express using the Days of Wonder account makes an obsessive gamer like myself happy as it doesn't require I create yet another account! It also has Google Play integration for awards.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: n/a
Plenty of players: N
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:183]
Board Game: Galaxy Trucker
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Galaxy Trucker using Google Play integration for awards with it's own account handling.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: n/a
Plenty of players: Y
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:236]
Board Game: Hive
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Hive offers an online play option through an in app forum of players. This allows you to search for users you know... unfortunately that is about the only way you are likely to get a game as there are seldom any players (I have in fact yet to see one I don't know).

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: Y
Choose to play with strangers: Y
Choose to play with friends: Y
Plenty of players: N
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8. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:535]
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
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Kingdom Builder is based on the BrettSpielWelt account. It is not especially easy to navigate the online access. Implementation is a similar set up to Ticket to Ride although you can choose the number of players for a game. The game seems to be missing any expansion options as well which is a shame.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y (I think)
Desktop cross compatibility: Y (I think)
Choose to play with strangers: Y
Choose to play with friends: N (You can jump into games with users you know, but you can't control who accesses a game)
Plenty of players: Y
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9. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:242] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Small World
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SmallWorld uses Days of Wonder's online accounts to allow you to enter games with strangers or friends in much the same way as you could do for the online game.

*THIS IS WHAT A MULTIPLAYER ANDROID APP BOARDGAME SHOULD BE*
This game is definitely the one to beat and although I formed my checklist before playing SmallWorld, it manages to check every box.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: Y (friend only)
- Notifications: Y
Local Network Option: Y
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: Y
Plenty of players: Y (Oh Hell Yes!)
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The result of a long awaited kickstarter, despite Days of Wonders apparent desperation to avoid catering to Android users, they have managed to make a truly fantastic app.
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10. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1434]
Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
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Talisman is the classic totally random, mildly thematic game from Games Workshop.

It took me a while to get around to rating this app and although I love it for it's single player features and great Play Games integration, it is still lacking on the multiplayer options. Real time play works great but still no sign of async play.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: Y
Plenty of players: Y
Rating:
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11. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:486]
Board Game: Through the Desert
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Through the Desert
I have included this because the play option seems to be offered although I have absolutely NO idea how to activate it.

Realtime Play: N
Play by Mail Option: N
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: N
Desktop cross compatibility: N
Choose to play with strangers: N
Choose to play with friends: N
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:170] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
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Ticket to Ride uses Days of Wonder's online accounts to allow you to enter games with strangers in much the same way as you could do for the online game.

This app has seen a huge amount of improvement with the latest version building in many of the features seen in SmallWorld2 app including async play! and India map. This app has been a huge boon for me in being able to stay in touch with my friends back in the UK and now it's even better. Days of Wonder continue to be the gold standard for Android Apps. One star dropped for missing some of the physical maps... for now.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: Y
Local Network Option: Y
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: Y
Plenty of players: Y
Rating:

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Updated to reflect newest build of this app!
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13. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:909]
Board Game: Tsuro
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Tsuro uses Facebook to control who you game with. This makes playing cross device a lot simpler but has issues in getting the game going as it seems that sometimes it doesn't trigger the notifications.

The graphics for Tsuro are beautiful however they cause some issues with the UX as starting online games seems to require a pop up that can be hard to find on demand.

Realtime Play: Y
Play by Mail Option: Y
Local Network Option: N
iOS cross compatibility: Y
Desktop cross compatibility: N
Plenty of players: n/a
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