10 Classic Board Games You Can Play on Your Phone or Tablet
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There’s something great about sharing your favorite classic games with your kids, especially when today’s games are such a far cry from what you played 6 Ways Modern Gaming Has Ruined the Fun (And How to Fix Them) 6 Ways Modern Gaming Has Ruined the Fun (And How to Fix Them) Modern gaming has plenty of upsides, but some of the current trends worry us. Here are six ways that today's gaming has lost the magic of yesteryear, and how to cope with them. Read More growing up. Fortunately, many classic board games have been digitized and made easy to share right from your phone or tablet.

Here are 10 classics you can start sharing today. Note that a few of these apps haven’t been updated in a while, so they might have unfixed bugs.

1. Monopoly [No Longer Available]

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You can argue about whether Monopoly is a good game, but there’s definitely no contesting the fact that it’s a classic. Or that you probably played it growing up. You can play the traditional game with Electronic Arts’ (EA) app or use the faster Here & Now edition from Hasbro to speed up the game (which everyone will appreciate).

And if you’re looking for something a little less cutthroat, try Kingdom Builder (iOS, Android). In this game, players compete to earn the most points by building settlements in the most lucrative places — but don’t have to walk over the bankrupt bodies of their opponents to win.

2. Pictionary

One of the simplest games of all time, Pictionary (iOS, Android) uses a classic formula for much hilarity. You draw something (probably badly), and your teammate has to guess what it is. That’s all there is to it. If you’ve played Draw Something, you’ll have an idea of what you need to do.

But the new digital version of the game includes two game modes, thousands of words, and prizes to collect. If you’re looking for something to do in the backseat of an especially long car ride Long Trip Ahead? Pass Your Travels With Epic 3DS Games Long Trip Ahead? Pass Your Travels With Epic 3DS Games Charge up your 3DS! These five 2014 releases will keep you engaged for your longest journeys. Read More , this is a perfect go-to game.

3. Scrabble

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Why play Scrabble when you can play Words With Friends (or another free word game 3 Cross Platform, Free Word Games For Android and iOS Users To Compete On 3 Cross Platform, Free Word Games For Android and iOS Users To Compete On There are a few word games that work on both Android and iOS, letting friends catch up and compete. Read More )? Two reasons: first, because pass and play is available in the Scrabble app (iOS, Android). And second, because the Scrabble board and tiles are absolutely iconic. If you can’t play the tabletop version with the tactilely-pleasing wooden tiles, the app is a good replacement.

You can, of course, play online with this app, much like Words with Friends. But there’s nothing like sitting down to face off against your opponent in a battle of words. Scrabble just stands on its own. And if you want to try a new type of word game, check out Paperback (iOS, Android), which combines deck building with word-crafting. It’s a great new twist on an old style of game.

4. The Game of Life

While The Game of Life (iOS, Android) is a relatively simple dice roller, the app makes it a lot of fun. Animated characters, a fast mode that presents a different victory condition, and animated characters all make this a great digital version of a classic board game.

The biggest draw to this app is the fun visuals. If you’re already a fan of the game, they make it even better. If you’re not totally sold on The Game of Life and its rather luck-based formula, though, try Hey, That’s My Fish! (iOS, Android). It’s a bit more strategic and competitive, but its family-friendly theme is great for kids.

5. Clue

There’s something inherently exciting about solving a mystery Catch Unsolved Mysteries & Unexplainable Things on These 5 Sites Catch Unsolved Mysteries & Unexplainable Things on These 5 Sites Do you want to be a detective in a real-life mystery? You can get started today. Follow the top unsolved crimes with the help of these websites. Read More — even if it’s a mystery solved by rolling dice to move around a mansion collecting simple clues. Clue (iOS, Android) is one of the most popular board games of all time, largely due to the fact that it’s easy to learn, fun to play, and easy for families to play together. The digital version doesn’t add any play modes or digital quirks, but does provide a phenomenal interface and design.

If your kids are over the age of 10, you may want to give Mysterium (iOS, Android) a try for a new take on the mystery-solving genre. Players take on the role of mediums trying to interpret clues given to them by a ghost to solve a murder.

6. Scotland Yard

While this game is certainly a classic, it’s underappreciated. Hidden-movement games add a feeling of suspense, and running away from your opponents while they can’t see where you are is an absolute blast. The interactive tutorial makes it easy to learn, and it offers both pass-and-play and online options.

Scotland Yard‘s app (iOS, Android) doesn’t provide new features like some of the other apps on the list, but it doesn’t need to. This is a great game on its own and is perfect for families The Best Family Board Games You've Never Heard Of The Best Family Board Games You've Never Heard Of Have your board game nights fallen into a boring rut? Here are the best family board games that everyone will enjoy. No Monopoly required. Read More .

7. Ticket to Ride

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Released in 2004, Ticket to Ride (iOS, Android) might not be a game from your childhood — but you’ll wish it was. The simple set-collection mechanics, easy rules, and always-changing gameplay immediately catapulted Ticket to Ride into the canon of board game classics.

And with a constantly growing number of expansions available, you’ll always have something new and different to try out (my personal favorite is Ticket to Ride Asia). While this game is rated for kids eight and over, be aware that you very well may get hooked yourself!

8. Mexican Train Dominoes

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Domino games don’t seem to have survived the transition to the digital age, but Mexican Train (iOS) is a classic that will likely never die. It’s an easy game to learn, but every play is different and fun. All you need to do is play matching dominoes until you get rid of your entire hand. Sounds simple, but it can get tense near the end.

And because it’s super easy to learn, you can play it with kids of all ages. The app provides AI for single-player games, multiple game modes, and a number of fun backgrounds. Since this particular version of the game is completely free, you can get started right away and not worry about in-app purchases Why You'll Never Stop Seeing Ads & IAPs in Mobile Apps Why You'll Never Stop Seeing Ads & IAPs in Mobile Apps Advertisements and in-app purchases in mobile apps and games can be really annoying. Unfortunately, they won't be going away any time soon. Here's why. Read More .

9. Yahtzee

Really, Yahtzee (Android) is a simple game. But there’s something compulsively fun and addicting about it — I’m a big fan of highly complex, very strategic games, but I love Yahtzee. And while the digital version doesn’t give you the fun feeling of throwing a bunch of dice, it does provide a great gameplay experience.

With custom dice, daily Dice Masters to defeat, and tournaments, you can get even more fun out of it. Just be aware that there are a lot of in-app purchases available, so this is likely to become a money grab. If you can deal with that, though, it’ll be a great addition to your digital games.

Note: If you want to play Yahtzee online, you can also play on BoardGameArena, one of the best places to play board games online The 5 Best Sites to Play Free Board Games Online The 5 Best Sites to Play Free Board Games Online Love to play board games? Want to play them in the digital space? These five online board gaming sites will help you get started, and they won't cost you a dime. Read More .

10. Checkers

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Whether you played checkers growing up or not, there’s no denying that it’s a classic. And with a checkers app (iOS, Android), you can play it with friends and family or against an AI opponent.

There’s really not a whole lot to say about this one: it’s checkers. But it’s presented well, provides several difficulty levels, and it’s free!

Your Favorite Digital Classic Games

These ten games are classics, and you’ll have a blast sharing them with your kids on your phone or tablet. But not everyone likes the same games The Board Games You Should Play, Based on Your Favorite Video Games The Board Games You Should Play, Based on Your Favorite Video Games Love video games but don't know much about board games? Let us show you the best board games for you, based on your favorite video games. Read More , so we want to hear from you!

Which classic games do you like sharing with your kids? What are your favorite app versions of classic games? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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