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Graphics: (We all know looks matter)
Tutorial: (How well does it teach the game)
Gameplay: (How seamless is the gameplay)
Replayability: (Do you keep coming back for more)
Value for Money: (Is it worth it)
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!)


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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.



Update 23/11/2016: Updating games lists. I will try and write more reviews during the holiday season. If there are games you want me to focus on, please comment and let me know which ones!
Update 28/03/2018: It's taken some time but I'm up to date with all the apps I currently own. As ever if you have any suggestions please comment.

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1. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:600]
Board Game: 6 nimmt!
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6 Takes!

Graphics: - This game looks good, but a lot of the actionable parts of the game (card selection) are stuck on the outer edges of the screen and it is hard to interact with them on a small screen. or if the device has a case.
Tutorial: - The tutorial gives the mechanics but it is a little hard to follow at times and not super engaging or tactical.
Gameplay: - Facing off against AI is ok, they have varying difficulties but are all set the same. Controls scale well to different screen sizes.
Replayability: - I would love for there to be a challenge mode to help the quick in and out play style but I say this about most of these Bot run games. Google Play integration rewards heavy playing and the AI is decent.
Value for Money: - £1 is a bargain, even without the online play features it's a good get (especially if you just destroyed your physical copy of the game in an ice melting incident...)
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This app looks good and the single player works well but the pass and play is the reason to get this.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:54]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
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3. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:261]
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4. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:256]
Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
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5. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:464]
Board Game: Alhambra
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Alhambra is a former Spiel de Jahres and now available as an App.

Graphics: - This game looks good, but a lot of the actionable parts of the game a stuck on the outer edges of the screen and it is hard to interact with them on a small screen.
Tutorial: - Alhambra is not a complex game... but the scoring is. If you have seen the TableTop review you may have a sense of the fairly random scoring that is very dependent on other players. The tutorial certainly teaches you enough to know most aspects of the game (tile placement is not very clear) however it is not particularly engaging.
Gameplay: - This is a game against bots. The bots have well made difficulty levels giving the right degree of challenge for skill levels. A challenge mode would have been good. Bigger panels for the actions would be good, esp selecting money to spend on buildings which is tricky even on my 10" screen and all but impossible on my phone. Selecting what type of action you want to do also seems cumbersome and unnecessary. Overall the game is reliable, simple and fun.
Replayability: - I would love for there to be a challenge mode to help the quick in and out play style but I say this about most of these Bot run games.
Value for Money: - £4 is a lot for a boardgame app and whilst it is well built, it seems a bit steep for what you get - the online multiplayer is glitchy and silent as the grave, expansions are not included (it seems there is the facility, but they are still unlaunched)
Rating:

This app looks good and the single player works well but the features that would justify the price point are simply not there.
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6. Board Game: Arimaa [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2601]
Board Game: Arimaa
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Graphics: - The artwork is very basic. It is clear (camels and horses confused me a little but other than that they are all clear). There was no zoom option so the
Tutorial: - The tutorial is more of a slideshow than playthough but it does the job and makes the game clear. The english is pretty poor but understandable.
Gameplay: - The way that push/pull moves is handled is a little tricky and can be an issue with small screens. Fortunately the click to confirm works well to prevent accidental moves.
Replayability: - AI only with no achievements so pretty basic unless you are playing with a friend in person (no online playmode)
Value for Money: - Free and no invasive ads - perfect!
Rating:

It's a great app for a freebie, lacking some features I'd like to see on my games apps though.
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7. 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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Graphics: - This game looks good, the styling is very in line with the physical game. I don't find it super clear always but it looks good and doesn't really interfere with gameplay.
Tutorial: - The tutorial is well paced, covers everything you need to know and gives some tips to get you up and running.
Gameplay: - The cards have a lot of text that can be tough to read. The card gallery is a nice touch and helps some. It can be easily to swipe a card to the wrong place at times but that's an issue shared with a lot of these games. Undos in instances where there's no revealed info would be nice.
Replayability: - I would love for there to be a challenge mode to help the quick in and out play style but I say this about most of these Bot run games. Multiplayer options are solid though.
Value for Money: - Free is a great price point. The inapp purchases are reasonable and far from 'essential'
Rating:

I've been playing this app for a few years now. I really don't know why I hadn't written the review sooner. It's a solid representation of the physical game.
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8. Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:226]
Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition)
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i have not played Battlelore in it's physical form but have played other miniature games i.e. D&D Attack Wing, Mice & Mystics, Zombicide so please do not expect an accurate comparison vs the physical game

Graphics: graphics is good. characters can be clearly identified apart from one another even if your view is zoomed out. zooming in too much will pixelize graphics but not to the point of ruining the game
Tutorial: Clearly shows you how to play. Do not expect strategy tips though, you learn that from the actual game play
Gameplay: I have the notion that dice rolls are biased towards the AI, i guess you have to play the game to have a good judge of it
Replayability: I would probably replay missions...might
Value for money: I got the android version primarily to save on cash. i would say the savings i got is definitely worth it
Rating: Overall the android implem of this game is solid. The only significant game breaker for me is the too-good rolls of the AI
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9. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:628]
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Blokish there are a number of these unofficial Blokus apps, I have only tried this one so far.

Graphics: - The graphics are basic but functional, the game clearly indicates where you can play. It does the job although seeing all the shapes you have is a bit clunky as you have to scroll through and that isn't immediately apparent.
Tutorial: - There isn't one which is a bit disappointing. This isn't a complex game but some sense of how to play would be nice
Gameplay: - The bots are the right challenge level for me, one or two of them just beat me every time but you don't seem to have any control of their skill levels.
Replayability: - This game doesn't keep me coming back. It is fast enough that I may occasionally play it if I can't find something else to do on the tablet but frankly Hey! That's My Fish is more likely to get played for a similar game length.
Value for Money: - It's free, that's not really a price tag you can complain about. No invasive ads either which is nice
Rating:

It's worth getting, and playing given it's free... but I am not sure it will really engage. There are no online or pass and play options either so really limited.
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10. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:311]
Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook
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Graphics: - Ok so this game looks pretty impressive with fully rendered 3d graphics... that are going to murder your battery and make the screen waaay too busy to make out what you really need to be seeing. Oh and don't even try to run this on a phone.
Tutorial: - The tutorial is pretty good... and you are really going to need it because the controls are basically impossible to learn otherwise.
Gameplay: - Even going through the tutorial a couple of times, I just couldn't comprehend or see the commands. I'd get instructions wrong and end up making moves I didn't intend to.
Replayability: - For a game to be 're'playable at all, it has to be playable in the first place and sadly this isn't.
Value for Money: - $5 is not a lot for such a highly developed game... it's just a shame nobody stopped to check it was actually playable.
Rating:

This app looks good; but is simply unplayable. I love BloodBowl, I play it every week and even I can't face using this app.
 
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11. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1914] [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
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12. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:18]
Board Game: Brass: Lancashire
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Graphics: - Brass looks really good, the board is a little small on a mobile but is still readable. There are optional animations and some nice sound effects. It's also possible to switch these off.
Tutorial: - The tutorial gives the mechanics but this game is all about the strategy and there is nothing in the tutorial to really help understand how the different pieces work together. It also totally fails to give a good understanding of what scores and when.
Gameplay: - Challenges would've really helped with the tutorial and solid grounding on the rules, as it is I think a good player will find the bots to easy and I found them totally impossible.
Replayability: - I would love for there to be a challenge mode but as it is... I might try and play with friends, I'm prob never playing solo again.
Value for Money: - It looks like it's worth $7 and if you have already played the boardgame version, it may well be worth it... just don't expect to learn to play from this app.
Rating:

This app looks good; the tutorial really lets it down.
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13. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:713]
Board Game: Can't Stop
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Graphics: - Painful is the only way to describe these graphics. Board elements don't align, notification overlay on top of one another to the point of making the game almost unplayable.
Tutorial: - There isn't one.
Gameplay: - Can't Stop is normally 2-4 players. The app only supports 2 player with some varying AI difficulty.
Replayability: - It's hard enough to get through the game once, unless you're a masochist (or a reviewer) I don't know why you'd do it again.
Value for Money: - It's free, you just can't argue with free.
Rating:

I held off of reviewing this game for a long time thinking I had made some mistake and was doing something wrong. Taking another look - I wasn't, there are simply a lot of issues with the app.

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14. 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 been rebooted with a new look and even better features

Graphics: - This game looks good, nicely integrated. It is not too over the top and although it can work on a phone, I'd recommend playing on Tablet but even then a 7" is sufficient.
Tutorial: - The tutorial created by Exozet for the app is fantastic. There are even tips although these mostly surface on the loading screens.
Gameplay: - This is a game against bots. They have personalities and varying difficulty levels which is great but I still prefer humans to bots. A challenge mode would have been good.
Replayability: - I would love for there to be a challenge mode to help the quick in and out play style.
Value for Money: - It's not the cheapest app but I would say the £2.50 I paid is money well spent! The in app purchase gives you all the extras which is a nice model but the £4ish price tag is quite high.
Rating:

A good app, better as a multiplayer but not too shabby solo.

*EDIT* - Recent reboot has added some fun achievements that have got me coming back for more.

*EDIT* - Exozet version has been superseded by an Asmodee Digital version:


Carcassonne: Official Board Game -Tiles & Tactics

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15. Board Game: Castle Builders [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:12936]
Board Game: Castle Builders
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This is a seemingly official app that is totally free!!! Sadly I can't review it as it crashes on boot on every device I have tried it on...
Edit: Now working! Review below

Graphics: - Not the best looking game in the world but it is pretty clear, the graphics are clean and scale well to a mobile screen.
Tutorial: - The tutorial covers the rules... but you will need to play it before you really understand the nuances.
Gameplay: - This is a game against bots. They provide challenge but it isn't the same as a real person.
Replayability: - This is a pretty basic game - a slightly randomized Connect 4. It's fun but not a must have.
Value for Money: - It's free... I mean really what is there to complain about? Aside from the ads.
Rating:

A good app, better multiplayer but not too shabby solo.
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16. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:128]
Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
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Graphics: - This game looks and sounds amazing. The animation sequences are compelling and not too invasive.
Tutorial: - This is how tutorials should be done, nice and simple progression with good pacing and leads nicely into a campaign.
Gameplay: - Works well even on small screen sizes, requires action confirmations.
Replayability: - I keep coming back to this game any time I am bored on a long flight. Probably my favourite offline game (not just boardgame, ANY game on Android).
Value for Money: - $10/£6.50 with no online multiplay is a bit of a slap in the face. The game is good but that's a STEEP price.
Rating:

Great game, too expensive imho. If you just want a campaign game then it's not a bad option if you're ok with the price.

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17. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:385] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Chainsaw Warrior [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6852]
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19. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:380] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Graphics: - There are some fancy animations here however the game scales well from Tablet to Phone screen which is great.
Tutorial: - A nicely paced tutorial that guides you through the mechanics of the game.
Gameplay: - This is a game against bots. They have personalities and varying difficulty levels which is great but I still prefer humans to bots.
Replayability: - A story mode with unlockables that is pretty challenging and has a separate play through for each character.
Value for Money: - $5 is a reasonable amount for an app, however for that you are getting a well developed Story mode and online multiplay with a bunch of features.
Rating:

One of the top boardgame apps out there at the moment. The online options (see my other geeklist for a review) are there and use the Days Of Wonder account so anyone with SmallWorld or Ticket to Ride will already be good to go!

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20. Board Game: Cottage Garden [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:782]
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21. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:491]
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Graphics: - The game looks fantastic
Tutorial: - The Tutorial runs you through the game play and some basic tactics effectively.
Gameplay: - Clean UI and good controls with appropriate confirmations of actions.
Replayability: - I wish there was a single player challenge mode but there's plenty of online activity.
Value for Money: - Free is a great price.
Rating:

I'm not a fan of the game but the execution is flawless.
 
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22. Board Game: Cthulhu Realms [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1495]
Board Game: Cthulhu Realms
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Graphics: - This game looks EXCELLENT. The images are clear, you can zoom in on cards easily so this is playable even on a phone. Animations are smooth, and show everything you want although a little excessive at times.
Tutorial: - I had never played this before and the tutorial taught me the basics. I can see that there are some issues with not giving tactics and maybe if you are not a board gamer there could be a bit of a hurdle.
Gameplay: - Game plays quickly maybe a few more taps than really needed, particularly to zoom in to areas of the screen but nothing major.
Replayability: - FINALLY!!! a game that has discovered Campaign concept. The difficulty ramp is pretty steep, not as bad as Star Realms, but this is what keeps bringing me back to this game.
Value for Money: - It's Free, no ads although there are in app purchases.
Rating:

This game rivals even SmallWorlds and Ticket to Ride as one of the best App implementations for Android. I would like a little bit more in the tutorials but that's about it. I am looking forward to trying out the multiplayer features too.
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23. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2492]
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Graphics: - An interesting design aesthetic to use scans of the physical game. It looks a little primitive and clearer markings would help a lot.
Tutorial: - There is no 'tutorial' per say but there is a copy of the rules to read through. The problem is that in game there is no explanation of what's happening each turn making it tough to follow.
Gameplay: - The game seems functional but very hard to follow. Very little clarity about tiles and movement options. It's like a complex candyland with some theming...
Replayability: - I think the game itself is a little lackluster and the implementation doesn't help. If you are a big fan of the original then this may be fun but not for me. No online and no challenges or achievements either.
Value for Money: - Free and the ads are not invasive.
Rating:

If you love the game, it may be worth it.

 
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24. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:593]
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No single player or pass and play. Review to be found on Multiplayer Geeklist
 
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25. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:94] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Androminion THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL APP!!! It seems that the creators of Dominion have not requested it be taken down but I wanted to point this out.

Graphics: - Although everything is clear, it is missing any sense of artwork, unsurprising given it is unofficial but it does mean some of the atmosphere is lost.
Tutorial: - There isn't one.
Gameplay: - This is a game against bots. They have personalities and varying difficulty levels which is great but I still prefer humans to bots.
Replayability: - The stats and achievements are a great way to drag you back in.
Value for Money: - It's hard to beat free.
Rating:

The deck randomizer features are a bit restricted but a good app, better multiplayer but not too shabby solo.
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