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These Mobile Board Games Ensure You’ll Never Lose a Piece Again

These Mobile Board Games Ensure You’ll Never Lose a Piece Again

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.

Deed – The Game


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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.



The two-player Patchwork is a cutthroat game wrapped up in the cute facade of quilting. The ultimate goal is to create the best quilt buy using cloth scraps and buttons for currency. The cutthroat aspect comes from the amount of planning ahead you have to do–planning ahead to ensure your opponent gets a poor selection of scraps. This game is loads of fun to play, but the intricate board and the zillions of pieces can make it a bit of a bear to set up and tear down, and we all know that the more pieces to a game, the higher the possibility for losing the pieces. Playing it for mobile gives you all the fun without worrying about a bunch of buttons and scraps.

Forbidden Desert

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Forbidden Desert is a cooperative game where you and the other players race against time as you try to survive a ruthless desert, excavate a city to find parts to a legendary flying machine, rebuild said flying machine, and escape before your teammates either die from exposure or a storm overtakes you. Each turn, the characters can move, clear sand from tiles, pass water or equipment around, or excavate tiles depending on their specialty. At the end of each turn, you’ll draw cards from the deck to tell you how the storm has affected your board. The animation for this game is simple but clean, and the gameplay is so seamless when you don’t have to worry about pieces and tiles.



One of the challenges I have with a lot of mobile games is that they are so incredibly stressful. Even some of my favorite tabletop games on mobile can get my heart rate rising! Tsuro isn’t like that. Much like the board game, the Tsuro mobile game is introspective and calming while being a ton of fun. The mobile game offers single player and multi-player sessions, and not only do you not have to worry about tiles, but the game developers also added a few other modes like “Longest Path.”



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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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