Today is the start of PAX Unplugged, the only PAX focused entirely around board games. In commemoration of its third year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the best mobile board games out there. Check out the list below.
Shards of Infinity is hands-down the best deck-building game you can get on mobile. If you’re into Dominion or Ascension, you’ll be familiar with the gameplay of Shards of Infinity, but this game stands apart in how directly competitive it is. Check this game out if you want a great asynchronous multiplayer game or want to hone your deck-building skills against AI opponents.
Anyone looking for a digital board game to actually play with other people, Legends of Andor is the one to get. This game is all about honing teamwork as you guide fantasy heroes on quests, all while working against invading forces and time itself. This game can be pretty hit-or-miss playing solo, but it’s fun to get together with folks to try and puzzle out how to complete quests within the game’s extreme turn restrictions.
Bottom of the 9th pits two players in the final inning of a baseball game, and uses mind games and dice rolls to simulate the mental struggle between pitcher and batter. There’s a surprising amount of depth to this game, and to its credit, this mobile version does a great job of feeling like a high-tension sports game. Take this game if you want to have a battle of wills and wit sitting in your pocket.
I’ve written before about how Sentinels of the Multiverse is the best superhero game on mobile, and this remains true. This card game elegantly captures the feeling of a final showdown against a supervillian by creating a cooperative card game where each hero has their own custom deck. With tons of (paid) expansions that include new heroes, villians, and locations, there’s a lot to dig into and have fun with here. As a bonus, Sentinels of the Multiverse plays excellently in portrait mode, making for a great on-the-go game to bust out.
Out of the Loop isn’t a digital port of a board game, but it plays just like a board game should. This is a social deduction game with a simple premise: Everyone in your group is shown a secret word except for one and you need to figure out who it is. Through a series of auto-generated question prompts, players ask each other about the word and then vote on who they think is “out of the loop.” It’s a great party game that even folks who aren’t into gaming can get into.