Risk is one of the most popular strategy board games in the world and for good reason. It may not be the most complex or innovative game, and its gameplay can feel dated at times (lots of dice rolling), but it’s easy to learn, simple to play, with a lot of strategy to explore. The only problem – as with most board games – is finding players willing to play and gathering them into one place. Thankfully, there’s always the option of playing Risk online at your convenience.
The great thing about playing Risk online, of course, is that most of the players you encounter want to be there. There’s a subtle but important difference when compared to a Risk session where most of the players are playing half-heartedly: online Risk games are just more fun because the people know the game and are enthusiastic about it. Plus, online games take less time since the software can do most of the necessary computations.
Convinced? I knew you would be. Here are some of the easiest and best ways to play Risk online right now.
Domination [Windows, Mac, Linux, Android]
I recently covered three Android board games worth playing, and Domination was one of them. Domination is an app for Android that recreates the Risk experience and more. It comes in a single-player AI mode for those of you who want to play on demand and aren’t very good, but you can always log onto the multiplayer and play against other people if you want. The single-player mode has a Save Game option that’s great for when you’re interrupted.
There are three game modes: Domination, which is vanilla Risk where the goal is to control all countries; Capital, which starts each player with a capital country and a goal to control all capitals; and Mission, which starts each player with a mission and the first to complete it wins. The different game modes shorten the time it takes to play Risk, which can potentially be long.
Domination comes with a map editor that you can use to create your own maps, which extends the replayability by a large factor.
Blood & Honor [iOS]
Though not exactly a Risk clone, Blood & Honor is an iOS app that recreates the world capturing gameplay using game mechanics inspired by the original Risk. Like Domination, this game can be played in both single-player mode (with 3 AI difficulties) and multi-player mode, which can handle up to 6 players in one game.
Some additional non-Risk features include bonus cards that grant access to unique abilities like air raids and assassins, as well as different maps for a unique experience each time. At the time of writing this article, there were 7 maps in the Blood & Honor arsenal. The single-player mode can handle the saving and resuming of games. The multi-player mode is in real-time with chat capabilities.
Though Blood & Honor costs $1.99 USD, there is a free version called Blood & Honor Lite that has a few limitations: only 2 maps, 2 AI difficulties, and no ability to host a multi-player game (but you can still join other’s games).
Conquer Club [Web]
Conquer Club is one of the longest running web-based Risk games on the Internet. Many players praise the site for having a great community and wonderful gameplay mechanics, which are inspired by the original Risk. You can play the original game mode, of course, but there are several other options for you to enjoy as well.
Though Conquer Club is a primarily online Risk site, you can fill in for empty slots with bots. They won’t play as well as players, but they’ll do in a pinch when you need an extra player or two during those times when most people seem to be busy or asleep. The game has over 200 maps in its library, perhaps the largest Risk map collection ever.
But the coolest part of Conquer Club has to be its community features. In particular, they have a scoreboard that keeps track of players, their ranks, their scores, and their win records. They also host tournaments so you can test your mettle against other Risk players. For those of you who are competitive, it doesn’t get much better than this site.
Major Command [Web]
A while ago, when a certain portion of the Conquer Club population decided to leave due to some internal drama, they created their own online Risk website called Major Command. Instead of only aiming to recreate the experience, they worked to innovate and push the genre a step further. Today, it is arguably the best web-based Risk experience out there.
The Major Command community is sizeable and growing, able to accommodate games on a regular basis. The game is online only, but it can be played in a turn-based manner OR in real-time. Plus, they have a scoreboard system and a tournament system (like Conquer Club).
Major Command doesn’t have as many maps as Conquer Club does, but what it lacks in quantity is made up for in quality. All in all, if you aren’t happy with Conquer Club, you may like what you find at Major Command.
So, do you want to play some Risk? With these services, you’ll be able to get up and playing a game in a jiffy. If you have friends to play with, even better! Whether you want to play on your mobile device or on your PC, the choice is yours as there’s a solution for each, and either way you’ll be able to play Risk to your heart’s content.
If you’ve gotten this far and decided that maybe Risk isn’t what you wanted, then maybe you’d have more fun playing free turn-based strategy games or even some real-time strategy games that don’t cost anything. Risk is a classic, but it isn’t the only fun strategy game out there.
How do you play Risk online? Do you prefer any particular site or app? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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