While it might be difficult right now to get your friends together for a board game night, that doesn’t mean you have to stop playing altogether. There are plenty of amazing digital board games on mobile that will scratch that dice and chits itch.
So we’ve put together this list of the 25 best mobile board games that you can play right now. There are solitaire games, multiplayer experiences and everything in between. We definitely reckon you’re going to find something you love here – whether it’s an old favourite or a new discovery.
If you’ve got your own suggestions then feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. For now though, let’s get on with the games.
Ticket to Ride
A classic in digital form. This one is all about building up a rail-based empire. There are loads of different regions to play in and plenty of strategies to learn. Whether you’re playing on your own or with friends you’re going to have a great time.
A massive strategy game that’s all about preventing the spread of diseases. It’s pretty apt right now, and offers up loads of possibilities for tactics. This one’s especially fun if you’re looking for a strategic experience that doesn’t involve mass murder.
A turn-based battler with an interesting twist. You and your opponents choose your moves at the same time, then act them out one after the other. You don’t just need to know what you’re going to do, you need to figure out what the other players are up to as well.
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Kings and Assassins
A smart asynchronous multiplayer experience. One of you plays the king and his guards, the other the assassins in the crowd who are trying to kill them. You need to think differently depending on which side you’re playing.
A brilliant solo card game that sees you building up a deck of attacks and working your way through a fantasy world. Gorgeous pixel graphics wrap up the package. You’re going to spend a lot of time with this one, trust us.
Bottom of the 9th
Even if you’re not a huge fan of baseball, there’s a lot to love here. It boils down the sport to a series of tense dice rolls. You’re going to spend a lot of time on the edge of your seat with this one, and no mistake.
The family classic, but in digital form. You’ve probably played this one before, so we won’t go into too much detail, but if you like simple card games then it’s definitely worth picking Uno up.
A dense game about building up a farm. You only have a couple of moves but there’s a whole world of stuff you can do – from gathering in resources to starting your own family. There’s a lot to learn, but it’s worth putting the time in.
Cluedo: The Official Edition
Another legendary family game in the palm of your hand. It’s all about finding a killer in a mansion, discovering the clues that’ll lead you to the culprit. A great game to play with the kids or family members who are less board game literate.
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A bonkers game filled with silly explosions, cats, tacos and more. It’s not just going to put a smile on your face either – there’s a lot of tension here too. Essentially you’re playing Russian roulette but with feline bombs.
A game all about trading. You’re trying to build up an empire, selling and buying your wares and trying to end up with the most profit. This is a neat and complex experience that fits brilliantly into mobile-sized gaming sessions.
A game that takes the shape of the Pathfinder RPG and turns it into a solo card game. It’s a super engaging experience set in a wild and wonderful fantasy world. There’s loads of content to sink your teeth into and we highly recommend taking a bite.
This is one of the more expensive games on the list. Casual players should beware, there’s a lot of learning to do in order to get the most out of it. After all, it’s a game about changing the life-cycle of an entire planet.
This one’s all about feeding up a hungry sacred panda. You tend to bamboo plots and make sure the cheery panda is fed. The player that looks after their crop the best will win, so you need to pay attention.
Isle of Skye
A tile-laying game about taking over the titular island. You’re playing as a chieftan and it’s up to you to overcome the aspirations of the other local clans and lay claim to the biggest share of the isle’s resources.
Another massive game that’s hugely popular in board game circles. You’re drawing cards from a number of decks, with the cards representing different events in history. This one’s complex in all the right ways.
Tsuro – The Game of the Path
Ever wanted to play as a dragon? Well Tsuro lets you do just that. The aim of the game is to stay on the board for as long as possible, with each tile you lay down extending your path and, potentially, blocking the paths of other players.
This one is a digital-only game. You lead a thieves guild in a gaslit Victorian London. There are things to steal, other gangs to overrun and much, much more. It looks lovely and eases you into its strategic heart.
A deep and intriguing game that sees you taking charge of one of 14 different civilizations. There’s no luck here – instead planning and strategy pay off. If you’re looking for a deep and engaging experience you should definitely check this out.
One of the most legendary of the eurotrash games. It’s all about building roads and settlements and controlling as much land as possible. It’s simple to pick up and there’s so much to learn as well.
Another trading game, this time set in Istanbul’s bazaar. You’re a merchant and you need to do deals around the city. You’ll leave your assistants to sort out the details before rushing off to find another bargain.
Among the Stars
In a galaxy where a fragile truce has just been drawn up, you play as one of a number of different races who are trying to build new space stations. Draw cards, create your station and try and outplay the other races.
A wonderfully quick experience that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you’re looking for a strategy board game that isn’t going to take up hours of your life in one go then this is definitely the game for you.
All of the Catan games rolled into one package. There’s so much to explore here that trying to fit it in a paragraph is impossible. Catan is one of the most popular board games for a reason, and this will let you discover why.
A really interesting and different sort of board game. You play as a writer and need to pull out cards to finish your novel. You should definitely check this one out if you’re looking for something fresh.