Board games have being making something of a comeback of late, with many of the most popular titles making the leap from our tables to our phone screens. Everyone has their favorite - from competitive to cooperative, from strategy to games of chance - the classics never die. Who doesn't love a good game of Monopoly or a round of Risk?
Most of the best loved games are available for iOS devices, though you generally have to cough up a few dollars for most of them. But when you fall hard for a game, its rules, and its mechanics, most of us are willing to shell out a couple of bucks to feed our addictions.
In homage to our love of classic adaptations, we've lined up our most favorite board game apps for iOS.
If you've never heard of Catan, you're probably still a novice to the wonderful world of board games. This game is the original initiation ceremony, the one that gives newbies their first foray into board game addiction.
Your aim in this 4-6 player game consists of trading resources you need to build your settlement in the recently discovered Island of Catan. Whoever first reaches a certain number of points is considered the settler and wins the game.
The mobile version of Catan is pretty true to the original , and allows you to play against the machine and, of course, against other players. The best thing about it is that it's fully customizable, and you can choose the parameters you want to create the best possible game.
Ticket to Ride is the perfect Sunday afternoon family game. With its impressive vintage design and crisp graphics, it really evokes that nostalgic feeling of playing the original. This one is perfect for tablets, too.
The aim of the game is to obtain the highest score by creating longer routes and completing your chosen destinations, but beware of crossing paths with your opponents! The game rules are the same as in the board game, but Ticket to Ride offers a helpful tutorial anyway.
Another of the greats is tile-based Carcassonne. If you're not familiar with the rules, the app offers a good tutorial to help you understand the mechanics - but to be fair, it's pretty easy to pick up.
Turn by turn, players create a landscape by placing tiles with roads, cities, fields, and cloisters, deploying their "Meeples" (knights, monks, thieves, or farmers) to earn them points. The player with the most points wins.
Opt to play against the machine (tougher that you might think) and online opponents (up to 6).
Le Havre: The Inland Port is a brilliant mobile adaptation of the award-winning board game by Uwe Rosenberg. The aim of the game is to compete with your opponent in order to amass the most wealth by building up the iconic French port - online or against the machine.
Once you get the hang of the mechanics, you'll be addicted to this interesting and entertaining version. We do recommend you read the rules first, though - the game is somewhat complicated to understand without knowing the original.