9 New iOS Board Game Releases
While we are frequent board gamers here at Geek 10, sometimes we just don’t have the time to get the gaming group together. Life, kids, and other commitments can get in the way. For those times, we reach for our tablets to get our board game fix in. A while ago we presented our Top 10 iOS Board Games and I’m sure that list would be much different now. There is just so many new releases coming to tablets every month. However over the past month or so, we’ve actually seen a deluge of new tablet board game releases. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, we present to your 9 Recent iOS Board Games Releases.
9 iOS Board Games You Van Play Right Now
8 Minute Empire
This fast playing, area control board game is one of our favorites from publisher Red Raven Games. While I actually prefer the follow up, 8 Minute Empire: Legends, there is still a lot to love with 8 Minute Empire. It’s quick playing, easy to learn, and even sprinkles in some set collection.
While not exactly a new release, Tsuro did have a pretty major update recently. Taking advantage of Apples new push into the AR realm, Tsuro is now an augmented realty game. You can use your phone or tablet (if it’s supported) to actually see the game board on any surface in real life. Sure, it’s not exactly game breaking tech, but for those who are into AR, it’s pretty cool.
iPad/iPhone • 141mb • $2.99
Bottom of the Ninth
Fans of of baseball take note, Dice Hate Me Games hit title has finally made its way to iOS. Bottom of the Ninth is just what is sounds like. It’s a quick playing game that simulates the end of a baseball game where you got one chance to win it. While I’m more of a football fan than baseball, the game itself is pretty fun.
iPad/iPhone • 250mb • $4.99
AEG’s crazy card game of combining pirates, ninjas, robots and other geeky factions is now on tablets and phones. The premise in Smash Up is super simple. Combine 10 cards from one faction with 10 cards from another, and try to smash more bases than your opponents. It’s a quirky little game that makes its way to our tabletops every now and then. What’s cool about Smash Up (other than the theme), is that each faction is wholly unique.
iPad/iPhone • 96mb • $4.99
This cooperative heist game was a surprise hit for me from indie designer Tim Fowlers. In Burgle Bros, players must work together to break into a building, loot the vaults, and escape without getting caught by the guards on patrol. With unique characters and a scalable difficulty, Burgle Bros does a lot of things right. This was a game I was already enjoying on my tabletop, so I’m excited to see it come to iOS.
iPad/iPhone • 190mb • $4.99
Ticket to Ride: First Journey
For those of you with young ones at home, you might want to check out the recently released Ticket to Ride: First Journey. It takes the uber popular Ticket to Ride board game and simplifies it down to be enjoyed by a younger audience. Now this popular train game can be enjoyed by kids as young as 6 years old.
iPad/iPhone • 171mb • $1.99
Designer Uwe Rosenberg seems to have a love affair with polyominoes. First he brought us the 2 player only game Patchwork (also on iOS), and now we have Cottage Garden. In this one, players are claiming Tetris-like tiles trying to complete as many gardens as possible.
iPad/iPhone • 155mb • $4.99
Through the Ages
If you aren’t familiar with this one, Through the Ages is one of the highest ranked board games on Board Game Geek and a fantastic civilization building game. However to play this beast on your tabletop can take hours. With the new iOS app, you can now get in a full game in under an hour. It also includes an excellent tutorial that will walk you trough the game if you’ve never played it.
iPad/iPhone • 122mb • $9.99
Bohnanza The Duel
Releasing on iOS only last week, This two-player-version Bohnanza, the two bean farmers offer each other gifts of beans they don‘t want for themselves, ideally ones that their opponent can‘t make use of, either. Cleverly combining the types of beans on the fields allows them to fulfill bonus tasks. The player who manages to earn the most bean dollars wins the game. Note, the rules for Bohnanaza: The Duel are different than the standard board game, as this is a special 2 player only version of the game.
iPad/iPhone • 134mb • $2.99