We love tabletop gaming around here, but you’ve got to admit that there is a lot of set up and tear down. Plus, your tabletop fun can be over if you lose or break something, you manage to spill a drink or drop food on the game, or even worse, if your cat decides to nap in the middle of the game board.
Mercifully, technology has eased some of our tabletop woes by creating digital versions of some of our favorite games. It’s all the tabletop fun without the hassle of physical pieces, and it’s mobile gaming that won’t make you worry about the mood of fictitious Dwellers in an underground bunker or whether or not you have the perfect treat for a particular feline. Here are a few games to get you started on your tabletop-for-mobile journey.
Based on the board game Sustainable Business, Deed is a strategy game that focuses on international trade. The board game is most popular in Brazil, and if you’re located elsewhere, you may not have heard of it. However, even if you haven’t played the physical game, the app makes for tons of tabletop fun. In Deed, you control a country and must interact and trade with the surrounding countries. You and the global community trade things like money and technology to try to improve your own country (while simultaneously supporting another). It’s all about making your country grow, and keeping the planet sustainable–but beware, a shady deal can likely get you blackballed.
If you ask anyone who plays mobile tabletop games, they’ll tell you that you MUST play the mobile version of Carcassonne. The game centers around tiles that depict various things like fields, roads, and structures. You draw and place tiles, and get points when you can put one of your Meeples on a piece you just played. You also get points at the end for completed structure. What makes the game cool on mobile, apart from the portability, are the graphics and tutorials available for players. We all know rule books can often be tough to understand but this game makes the tutorials brightly illustrated, well-narrated, and helps new players grasp the game quickly.
How do you feel about mobile games and tabletop games adapted for mobile? Do you prefer digital, or do you prefer a physical game? What are some of your favorite tabletop games made for mobile that we missed? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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