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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SweetLand - Family Board Game App Poster Image
Simple play for all, but could use more interaction.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/
(2011)
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Jenga App Poster Image
Tower-toppling app is nearly as fun as the board game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Magnus Kingdom of Chess App Poster Image
Clever puzzler introduces kids to chess concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Backgammon HD App Poster Image
Great for fans of the classic game; includes online play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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The Foolish King App Poster Image
Clever story introduces kids to the game of chess.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Mancala: FS5 App Poster Image
Gorgeous rendition of classic with multiplayer options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Mario Party 10 Game Poster Image
Fun party game with mild violence promotes socialization.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
(2015)
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Pictureka! App Poster Image
Fast-paced searching game well-adapted from the board game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Carcassonne App Poster Image
Great "Huddle" game on iPad about placing tiles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids App Poster Image
Effective, step-by-step chess instruction for rookies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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THE GAME OF LIFE: 2016 Edition App Poster Image
Classic game takes kids on a speedy 3D adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2016)
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Monopoly Family Fun Pack Game Poster Image
Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Solitaire Chess by ThinkFun App Poster Image
Logic puzzler great for a wide range of ages, skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Mysterium: The Board Game App Poster Image
Fun, but difficult, adaptation of visual board game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Smash Up App Poster Image
Card strategy mashes zombies, ninjas, math into fun game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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UNO & Friends App Poster Image
App version easier than card game, but still lots of fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Armello Game Poster Image
Fun fantasy board game, but multiplayer can have slow turns.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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Neuroshima Hex App Poster Image
Complex, nuanced board game app requires strategy, focus.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2012)
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Tokaido App Poster Image
Clever adaptation of board game can be confusing at first.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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eTABU App Poster Image
Fun adaptation of vocab-building board game; lots of ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Catan App Poster Image
Excellent translation of board game, but one player only.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Knight Saves Queen App Poster Image
Clever, chess-based puzzler is a fun mental challenge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Onirim: Solitaire Card Game App Poster Image
Clever card game for one tests luck, pattern-matching skill.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Card Hunter Game Poster Image
Cross-genre tactics game has Dungeons & Dragons charm.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Pictionary App Poster Image
Online drawings can present sketchy privacy situations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Scrabble App Poster Image
Fantastic version of board classic with lots of tools.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Ticket to Ride App Poster Image
Good version of board game pushes online play, maps to buy.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Chess With Friends App Poster Image
Great way to play chess anytime; includes open chat.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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