Remember spending rainy days as a kid playing Monopoly, Clue or other classic board games spread out on the kitchen table? Many people who are now adults spent countless hours trying to master the old cardboard version of these and other classic board games.
Today, many of your classic games have been made into apps for the iPad or other tablet computers and given a modern look and feel.
Here are our Top 10 favorite classic board games which are now found in various app stores.
Electronic Arts makes a version of Monopoly for iPhone 5. The popular board game is all new with a beautiful mobile version of the game. You can play with friends over WiFi, pass and play or Bluetooth. There are also iPad versions of this game for those who prefer the bigger screen. EA actually created three versions of the game board game, including the familiar classic Monopoly, Monopoly Hotels and Monopoly World Edition. The classic Monopoly is just 99 cents at the iTunes store.
It was Mr. Wallaby in the study with the umbrella hook, or something like that. CLUE is all new with a brand new mobile version by EA. There are several types of CLUE on the iTunes store, but EA’s version has the highest rating. However, one drawback to this version is that there is no multiplayer on CLUE. You play as a journalist covering a story in a mansion when a murder occurs and it’s up to you to find out the truth. This is a different approach than the classic model of play, but it’s equally as fun. It costs just 99 cents on the iTunes store.
3. The Game of Life
LIFE was a favorite game for many kids and parents to play together. The classic version still exists with this thoughtful mobile version. Will you start a career automatically or go to college? What about marriage? You can make all of your risky moves or safe bets with this game app that allows you to play the game pretty close to its original form. You can play together with up to three friends around the table. Life is a little more pricey at $2.99 on iTunes store.
The classic word game gets new life as a mobile app. Just like the original, the beautiful interface and easy interaction with friends through Facebook make this app one of the best for mobile games. EA also included a new feature with this app for Scrabble masters called the “Teacher” feature. Scrabble is available both on Android and Apple devices, so you can enjoy this word game on tablets, iPhones and iPads.
5. Trivial Pursuit
Think you have what it takes to win this pop trivia game? Answer questions about science, entertainment, music, celebrities and history with thousands of new questions in either classic mode or quicker iPhone “pursuit mode.” There’s also a four-player option over a WiFi network or just hanging out with friends around the table. Check it out for 99 cents on iTunes store.
Shake, rattle and roll with the Yahtzee game from EA. You just shake your phone to roll the dice. Yahtzee has always been one of the greatest family tabletop games. Yahtzee works for iPhones and iPads. This game is only pass and play for up to four people and costs 99 cents on iTunes store.
Checkers is the classic game that teaches you about strategy and thinking one jump ahead. Optime Software LLC has created a Checkers game app for iPhone. There are ads on this game, but it’s easy to remove them by purchasing the premium version, which is just 99 cents on iTunes.
Boggle is the newer word game that’s fast and fun to play. There are all kinds of online versions, but this classic word game got a whole new look with the mobile version. For iPhones and iPads, this game is fun to challenge your friends and see who can make the most words. It costs 99 cents on iTunes store.
Labyrinth is the retro single-player game that all started with a box and a marble. Tilt a wooden maze to guide the marble through the maze and avoid falling into holes. This is now one of the older game apps. Made by Codify AB, this app is a tried and true favorite of those looking to kill time. There are over 1000 levels on this mobile version, which costs $2.99.
If you’re looking for a free way to play Chess, check out Chess with Friends Free by Zynga. Zynga makes a lot of newer games from the old classics. However, with this version you can play with all of your friends for free from your Android or iPhone device. The game also allows for a chat and push notifications.
What’s your favorite board game app?