The Best iPad Board Games

The Top Board, Dice and Card Games for the iPad

The iPad is uniquely qualified to be the best tabletop of all time for board games.  The excellent graphics, touch controls, almost-like-paper feel in your hands and excellent sound, especially from the new iPad Pro models, make the iPad a great substitute for the real thing.  And a great enhancement when it comes to digital board games is most don't need everyone gathered around the same table to have fun.  

The best board games include a few classics as well as a dip into some of the great board games that have been created in the last few years, but we concentrate on board games. While there are a lot of great card battle games for the iPad, we've left off Hearthstone on Magic: The Gathering to focus on more traditional board games.

One part fantasy role-playing and one part board game, Warhammer Quest is one of many games based on the Warhammer game world.   And if the graphics and art look a little similar to a certain other game, it might be because the Warcraft series,including World of Warcraft, took a lot of inspiration from Warhammer.  

Warhammer Quest is a great adaptation of the board game.  And in many ways, it plays out like any other turn-based role-playing game, with players involved in quests that will have them delving deep into dungeons.  Warhammer and fantasy fans alike will love this board game.

Warhammer Quest has a sequel, but many feel it didn't quite hit the same feel as the original. More »

Dungeons and Dragons defined the pen-and-paper role-playing game, and with Lords of Waterdeep, the deep history of the Forgotten Realms was merged with the rich elements of a strategy board game to create a novel game.  The mixture of strategies is delivered home by a patron system that will have you going after different quests and objectives each game, as you compete against human or computer opponents to take control over the city of Waterdeep.  

Lords of Waterdeep is a must have for Dungeons and Dragons fans, but anyone who loves a good board game will fall in love with this game.  Each game session will last about 20-30 minutes, so it is easy enough to go through several games in a night.

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The Settlers of Catan board game gained popularity during the mid-90s.  The game mixes in elements of strategy like resource gathering and trading as players race to settle the island of Catan, gaining victory points both for settlements and achievements such as building the longest road or having the largest army.  

The iOS adaptation of the game has the original rule set and allows both for single player and hot-seat multiplayer gameplay. Fans of games like Civilization and Rome will love this board game. More »

If you love games like FarmVille but hate the time-limited free-to-play money grab the infests so many of these games, you will love Agricola. A medieval farming simulation, Agricola doesn't center around slaying monsters or global domination, rather, it's all about feeding your family.  And, perhaps, denying others the ability to feed their families.  Because, you know, you want to win. One great thing about Agricola is the huge number of possibilities you'll have to play the game, which really adds to the variety. 

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Star Wars: Imperial Assault

We may very well be living in the golden age of board games without even realizing it. Step into any local game shop and you'll be amazed at the sheer variety of titles up to and including some pretty cool Star Wars games.  The board game was created by the makers of Descent, which is a fairly popular dungeon crawler board game, and pits a single player as the game master controlling the Imperial forces and the other players as the rebels. In the app version, the iPad takes over the Imperial forces, allowing all gamers to play cooperatively.

Ticket to Ride is a board game centered around claiming train routes across the United States and parts of Canada.  Players receive hidden destinations that will garner them extra points at the end of the game if they can connect them, and the person with the longest track gets a bonus.  The iPad version of the board game is a great rendition and allows single player and multiplayer with both online multiplayer and pass-and-play options. More »

Splendor is a gem-gathering board game that pits players against each other to earn the most influence by acquiring developments and catching the eye of nobles. A board game without a board, Splendor uses a combination of cards, which can be developments or nobles, and tokens, which can represent gems or gold.   

The iPad version supports single player against the AI, online multiplayer against up to four opponents and an offline pass-and-play mode. More »

If you are looking for a great game to play with your kids, look no further the classic Game of Life. This digitized version sweeps you into and out of the board, playing with an interactive spirit that kids will really enjoy. This one isn't recommended for the adults in the crowd as the linear play and lack of real choice gets old quick, but its perfect for younger kids. More »

Who doesn't want to rule the world? Or at least Australia? Risk is one of the best strategy board games in history, and playing it on the iPad will bring back memories of fun days sitting around beating the pants off your cousins at family gatherings.

A great rendition of the original board game, RISK includes a few options like alternative maps. It is free to download, but contains time-limited play passes, so if you want unlimited play, you'll have to pay.  But if you just want to waste time every once in a while, you can get by with the free version. More »

Mahjong solitaire is a game of matching tiles that has long been as popular as card-based solitaire games like Klondike Solitaire and Spider Solitaire. This free version of the game features multiple background pictures and basic features like hints and an undo to correct mistakes.   More »

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