djfooboo's Top 20 iOS Games Of All Time
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I am taking this challenge in a bit of a different direction. I will be discussing boardgame implementations on iOS. My device of choice is an iPad 2 if that matters to you I always wait for a sale, but if you add up these all together at MSRP they are probably still less than a blockbuster boardgame like Fantasy Flight pumps out.

If you think I am missing some amazing underrated boardgame on iOS please do tell!
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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#1

Base + River + Inns & Cathedrals + Traders & Builders

Even before all the expansion stuff is added this app was WAY ahead of it's time. Always been stable for me and has beautiful graphics/interface/sound.
 
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2. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:770] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Base + Expansion Characters

I dove headfirst into this one based on the fact that I could get a 200 dollar game for 20 bucks! It did not disappoint, and remains one of my most played games because I can knock out a match pretty quick. The graphics are great and the game is quite intuitively controlled.
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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USA + USA 1910 + Europe

Another out of the park app. There is really nothing I can think of changing because it is so well done. Updates are frequent and they keep making it better.
 
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4. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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Base + Undermountain + Skullport

I actually prefer this to the cardboard version (blasphemy, I know). This is simply because I can knock a game of this out so fast it will make your head spin. The computer players are actually quite competent. The design is gorgeous and it has enough content for a ton of playthroughs.
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5. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:94]
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This is one of my all time favorite games. You may be asking why it's so low on the list then? Well, to tell you the truth for some reason I vastly prefer the cardboard version. The math being taken care of for you makes it seem less fun (I know you can turn this off, but then AI has a leg up). The game features a sweet campaign. I hope they add Suburbia Inc. at some point.
 
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:129]
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The new hotness! This game is so addicting and I have only begun to scratch the surface. I have been bouncing around the campaign every chance I get. The rounds are fast and I love the implementation. I was dubious that the speed-dexterity/spatial awareness would translate well to swiping, but I was wrong. In addition, the inclusion of a turn-based mode is amazing. Even if you are a grizzled veteran of Galaxy Trucker cardboard edition, there is so much to discover in this game.
 
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Let me preface by saying I am TERRIBLE at this game. Even though I am terrible I still find myself exploring this gorgeous farm building game trying to beat the easiest of AI's. That is pretty impressive as I have the attention span of a gnat.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I prefer this game solo on iPad to cardboard. Even though my game group doesn't have the quarterback issue too bad in co-ops, I feel like this is a fantastic solo game. This one took a long time to come out, but it was worth the wait.
 
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9. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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A clever area control game that I can play quickly and looks and feels just like the cardboard version, sign me up! I will probably get the expansions one day, but for now this is more than enough to get me to launch the app every once in a while.
 
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10. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:31]
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One thing holding this back for me is the amount of stuff going on at once. In the real game this is pretty easy because you watch people take their turns. In the iOS implementation screen space is at such a premium often things go unnoticed until a giant fleet is breathing down your neck and you get rocked. Also holding it back is the game length. I would rather play a real video game on my computer in the amount of time it takes to play this game.
 
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11. Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:550] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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If this game were implemented as well as Yomi it would be #2 easily. I prefer this game to Yomi based on the fact that there is a spatial element and I feel that is important for a 2D-fighter simulator. In addition, the variety in gameplay is pretty staggering. This game is not for the AP-prone. The current implementation crashes relatively often and has a few hiccups in layout. I know Battlecon:Online is in development, so I have only the highest hopes for this. If I were rich I would throw so much money at Brad Talton to hire the best iOS developers in the biz. This game deserves an amazing digital version more than anything I can think of.
 
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12. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:659]
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Base + Some Stuff (forget)

I feel this is less boardgame and more RPG-lite. The campaign is fun, although it starts to get repetitive after a while and you eventually hit a ceiling with gear. The graphics are great and I hope they bring down the cost a bit on expansions. Even when they go on sale they are still expensive considering there isn't a bundle pack or something.
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13. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:212] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Base + Steel Police + Vegas + Smart + New York + NeoJungle

Only Galaxy Trucker is a newer install than this. I am a little late to the party, but am glad to report the party is still going. While not normally a fan of abstracts, this has enough cool powers and stuff to make me smile. It's like someone took hive and made it a game I would want to play
 
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14. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:498] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Base + Revenge of the Fallen + Storm of Souls + Immortal Heroes + Promo 1 + Promo 2

This was actually the first game that really convinced me iOS was a fantastic gaming platform. At first I scoffed at it because obviously a Nintendo DS was better. Little did I know I stood on the precipice of a rabbit hole that has no end. On a train ride to Chicago my friend and I played this at least 10 times learning the rules just by playing the game. Although it has fallen out of my favor because it is just so random I can't deny it is a perfect implementation of the pulp version.
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15. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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This is the gamer equivalent of junk food for me. Random-draw central-buy games just don't appeal to me as much as tight engine builders like Dominion. Star Realms is a chicken ring from White Castle, Dominion is a fine ribeye from St. Elmo's. The chicken ring is technically food, but is obviously not as satisfying to me. The game shines though, it is implemented well and has a lot of shine and I have noticed no bugs or anything in my play.
 
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16. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:686] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Base + Quarmageddon

I actually sold my physical copy of Quarriors when I heard this announced. It wasn't getting enough play even though I liked it well-enough with the "optional" rules. The game falls into the random category much like Ascension, but is even more so due to there being 6 sides to a die. Alas I can usually only stomach one game of this every once in a while.
 
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17. Board Game: A Fistful of Penguins [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3510]
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A cute little dice game that you can bust out pass and play real quick. This was one of those early purchases I always come back to. Simple, elegant, quick.
 
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18. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:229]
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Until I get Race for the Galaxy on iOS this will have to do. I dislike the art, but that is true of the cardboard version too. Teh game is solid though.
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19. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1157]
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Talisman is a bad game to play in real life. This lets me play a while then jump out to real life to do something besides decide left or right after a die roll.
 
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20. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:366] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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This game is so buggy. I want it to work, it just refuses to. As such, I refuse to buy any expansions as they are a waste of money.
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21. Board Game: Fields of Honor [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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HONORABLE MENTION

These are games I own and why they aren't on the list

Hearthstone: Lost my interest pretty quick on this one
Hive/Khet 2x: Abstracts are usually kryptonite for me
LeHavre: Haven't learned
Ghost Stories: Still figuring out interface
Chainsaw Warrior: Not a terribly good game
Puerto Rico/Survive:Escape from Atlantis: Why is this port so bad? It could have been amazing
Nightfall/Ra/Tikal/Tigris and Euphrates/Food Fight/Penny Arcade/Lost Cities: Haven't even tried to learn yet
Can't Stop: It's ok, but it doesn't get me excited in the slightest
Wits and Wagers: Doesn't translate well to iOS
Phantom Leader: I have tried many times to figure this game out only to get frustrated and leave. I have even watch "how to plays" of the cardboard version and still don't get it. Maybe one day Phantom Leader, one day.
 
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