Board games have being making something of a come back 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?
Most of the best loved games are available for Android devices, though you generally have to cough up a few dollars for most of them. But when you fall hard for a game's look, rules, and mechanics, most of us are willing to shell out a couple of bucks to feed our addictions.
In homage of our love of classic adaptations, we've lined up a selection of our most favorite board game apps for Android.
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 reaches a certain number of points first is considered the settler and wins the game.
The mobile version of Catan is pretty true to the original, allowing 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.
Agricola one of the most popular board games of all time, and this brilliant mobile version is a great way for novices to have a sweet intro to the game, and for those more familiar to enjoy some new mechanics and features.
The aim is the same as in the original: you and a spouse must grow your 2-room hut and empty farmyard into a productive farm. You must sow and reap crops, raise animals, and expand your family in order to thrive.
The app has a great design and an interactive tutorial that explains the game really well. You can play both on- and offline (in real-time or asynchronously), and you'll get that same excitement as when playing the real thing.
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, either online or against the machine.
Once you get a 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.