It’s no secret that the mobile gaming industry is seeing a huge uptick in numbers, especially now that people have more time to spend on their mobile devices. In fact, a report from App Annie reveals that mobile gaming revenue is set to rise by 20% this year, surpassing $120 billion before December. By 2022, it’s even predicted that 56% of all mobile game revenue will come from Android devices. This rise in popularity has only inspired multiple genres to come to Android, including classic board games.
Clue: The Classic Mystery Game:
Cluedo, or simply Clue in North America, is a mystery game that popularized the “Whodunnit?” genre across multiple gaming platforms. For instance, have you ever heard of Sid Sackson’s Sleuth? It’s a deduction card game heavily inspired by Cluedo, where players search for a gem based on the number of cards left in the game. Similarly, when ABC Murders by Agatha Christie was adapted into a console game, a lot of the mechanics were inspired by Cluedo, but on a bigger scale (like cities instead of rooms).
However, there’s a faithful mobile adaptation of the series called Clue: The Classic Mystery Game. And while you’re free to play a re-enactment of Dr. David Black’s murder in the Tudor mansion, this app contains a number of other exciting premises, like the Orient Express and Sherlock’s London.
The Game of Life 2
The Game of Life is another Hasbro classic; it’s a simulation of one’s travel through life from conception to retirement. It is such a flexible premise, so The Game of Life has spawned dozens of spin-offs, such as Twists & Turns and the Jedi’s Path. There’s also at least one version of it on every electronic gaming platform like the Gameboy, PlayStation 2, and PC. So, it’s not surprising to find an official version of the game on mobile either. The Game of Life 2 is a perfect emulation of its classic counterpart, with the addition of mini-games to keep things competitive and exciting.
Monopoly is a timeless classic that has been adapted for modern day. For example, the extensive library of games on Evolution Gaming includes Monopoly Live — an online mixed reality game where a host spins a wheel and the players predict where it stops. Similarly, the collection of online games on Foxy Bingo include some that are heavily influenced by Monopoly, like Monopoly Megaways and Monopoly Slingo. In fact, a lot of the classic mechanics, such as Chance and Community Chest as well as Pass Go, have been incorporated into their gameplay, showcasing Monopoly’s versatility no matter the platform.
This is why it’s no surprise to see something like Europoly top Google Play charts. Europoly follows most of Monopoly’s rules, except for the fact that the app makes players bid for European motorways, ferries, and airports.
Scrabble is one of those games that never gets old even if the format is the same. In fact, the game thrived when the internet was created. After all, it was simple to code and even simpler to play. You may have heard of titles like Words With Friends, Scrabble Games on Facebook, and the Internet Scrabble Club — all of which are very popular online variants of the game.
And while there are a ton of Scrabble options on mobile too, in terms of new experiences, Wordfeud is hard to beat. With over 10 million installations on Google Play, Wordfeud is a Scrabble-based app that allows you to play up to 30 games simultaneously. It’s a more complex play-by-mail game, except in app form that allows you to make your move whenever you’re free.
Even though it’s not possible to gather all your friends in one location for a game night these days, board games will never lose their appeal. At least with apps, you can still play your favorite classics together.
If your mobile device’s hardware isn’t optimized to play games, here’s our guide on ‘How to Play Android Games on PC or Laptop’.