Tabletop board games never really went away, but the past decade has seen them rise from a niche community of nerds and gamers into something enjoyed by millions of players around the world. To many, it may seem absurd to learn that the “hobbyist games” market is worth more than a billion dollars all told, but thanks to the increase in spending on entertainment by younger 20 and 30-somethings, board games have come back swinging. Newer successes have moved past older, more traditional tabletop games, including classic titles like Monopoly and Clue, instead focusing in on complex games that focused their energies on strategy, complex storytelling, and gather much of their success and inspiration from classic tabletop games like Risk and Dungeons & Dragons. Titles like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride have created something special for players looking to gather around in a single room to compete for victory.
During this, we’ve also seen the rise of both smartphones and tablets, allowing for the popularity of large screen devices that are capable of recreating the classic tabletop experience. Tablets like the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series, along with growing display size when it comes to smartphones becoming larger and larger every year, allowed marketplaces like the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to flourish with incredible games. The portability and popularity of these devices allowed for board game ports to become incredibly successful on iOS and Android, and thanks to that rise in growth, there’s now a robust library of board games you can take with you wherever you go, both for single-player and multiplayer use. The advantages are obvious: playing on a smartphone or tablet means multiple board games can be kept in one device, brought to and from locations easily, and even teach new players the rules while playing through the game.
So, with the rebirth of board games on smartphones and tablets, the only true question is this: which board games on Android are worth playing? There are dozens and dozens of choices on Google Play for board games, and most of them priced between $2.99 to $4.99, far cheaper than the physical versions available for purchase on Amazon. But that doesn’t mean you should grab all of them—after all, not every app is a worthy recreation of the original. So, with all that said, these are our favorite board games available on the Play Store right now.