Best Board Game Apps, Games, and Websites

Families love playing board games, but sometimes getting your family to walk away from their digital media can be complicated, especially if they're focusing on making progress with their favorite games. But don't worry, because you can find many of the same game experiences on your phones, tablets, and game consoles. Check out this proven selection of tabletop hits, which still shine on screens and will get kids thinking critically and strategically. Even better, you can sit down as a family and share a game session without worrying about losing dice, tokens, or cards. If board games aren't interesting to your family, you may want to check out our list of Party Games for Families and Friends.

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BrainPOP Jr.

age 5+

Awesome educational animation to explore, for a fee.

URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/ (2011)
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Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels

age 6+

Fun adaptation of popular bartering board game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Jenga

age 6+

Tower-toppling app is nearly as fun as the board game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess

age 6+

Clever puzzler introduces kids to chess concepts.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Backgammon HD

age 7+

Great for fans of the classic game; includes online play.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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The Foolish King

age 7+

Clever story introduces kids to the game of chess.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Mancala: FS5

age 7+

Gorgeous rendition of classic with multiplayer options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Mario Party 10

age 7+

Fun party game with mild violence promotes socialization.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U (2015)
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Board Kings

age 8+

Familiar board game formula gets messy with multiplayer.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2016)
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Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics

age 8+

Board game classic returns to mobile with faithful port.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2017)
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Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids

age 8+

Effective, step-by-step chess instruction for rookies.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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THE GAME OF LIFE

age 8+

Classic game takes kids on a speedy 3D adventure.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Monopoly Family Fun Pack

age 8+

Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (2014)
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Patchwork: The Game

age 8+

Board game and puzzles stitched together into fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2016)
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Tsuro - The Game of the Path

age 8+

Pursue the path in relaxing play-together strategy game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Forbidden Desert

age 9+

Challenging co-op adventure will make you thirsty for more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Mysterium: The Board Game

age 9+

Fun, but difficult, adaptation of visual board game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Pandemic: The Board Game

age 9+

Save-the-world co-play strategy game challenging but fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Smash Up

age 9+

Card strategy mashes zombies, ninjas, math into fun game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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UNO & Friends

age 9+

App version easier than card game, but still lots of fun.

Devices: Android (2017)
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