Top 12 Mobile Phone Virtual Board Games 2021

Board games are a great way to connect with friends and family over a healthy dose of competition. But you may not be able to meet up quite so often to spread that game and all its pieces over the dining table, which is where technology comes in! Here are our top 12 recommendations for virtual board games to play on your phone in 2021. All of these are available for both iOS and Android devices, so everyone can be involved. 

Last updated: 6th Apr 2021 at 10:37am

Free apps

Scrabble GO

Apple

Android

Free

Scrabble is the most popular word game in history. Test your vocabulary on your devices, playing with the official board, tiles, and dictionaries from the real-life board game. 

Features:

  • Add friends to play with via Facebook or play against the AI in Practice Mode to master your skills
  • Activate the Favourite feature to stay connected with new friends you find 
  • Use emojis to express your feelings while playing
  • Customise your own Scrabble tiles and unlock chests to collect more varieties 
  • Access new word games designed by the app makers: Duels, Word Drop, Tumbler, and Rush
  • Climb the leader board 
  • Ad-free experience

If you’re a wordsmith, you’ll love the chance at being able to play this iconic game on your own smartphone. 

Chess Play & Learn

Apple

Android

Free

If you don’t have the opportunity to roll out a chess board every time you want to play, you can now hone your skills on your electronics. Compete with other like-minded chess players from all over the world in this app. 

Features:

  • Challenge friends and strangers online
  • Solve over 65,000 puzzles
  • The game automatically adjusts its difficulty depending on your skill level so you’ll always keep learning
  • Watch tutorials on how to improve your chess skills
  • Analyse your game to identify strengths and weaknesses for next time
  • Customise the theme of your board and pieces 
  • Access the community forum and talk to other chess enthusiasts

This is a great game to connect with others and improve your skills from anywhere. 

Risk: Global Domination

Apple

Android

Free

Battle for world domination from your smartphone, with up to six players or AIs. This strategy board game mixes conflict and conquest as you try to form alliances with as many countries as possible. 

Features:

  • Play in multiple modes: Global Domination online, Play Friends online, Single Player, and Pass & Play
  • Join or host battles online
  • Activate Automatch to be pitted up against players with a similar rank to you
  • Explore over 50 maps and unlock even more
  • Customise rules and weather patterns, like blizzards and fog
  • Choose from five difficulty settings 

Rule the world with this online version of the popular board game. 

Backgammon

Apple

Android

Free

Play this classic board game against friends or an AI, and be the first to move all of the checkers off the board. Combining both luck and strategy, will you reign victorious?

Features:

  • Three difficulty levels to suit all types of players, whether you’re a beginner or advanced at the game
  • Highlights possible moves on the board to guide you
  • Take advantage of the undo function to erase mistakes
  • Tracks scores for you
  • Automatically saves your current progress when you pause or exit the app

If you want to revive this board game and challenge your family to a game of Backgammon, look no further than this free app version. 

Evolution

Apple

Android

Free

From the award-winning tabletop game comes the virtual board game of Evolution! Adapt and survive in an ever-changing ecosystem, and learn more about how our Earth and the animals on it thrive.

Features:

  • Learn all about natural selection, evolving your animals to fend off attackers, like growing a hard shell!
  • Fight against constant challenges to survive in an ever-evolving system of life
  • Advance through the learn-as-you-play tutorials then take on the single player campaign
  • Unlock new species to play with
  • Compete with other players of similar skill online
  • Create custom games or increase your rank in online seasonal tournaments
  • All cards are included in the base game

Learn while playing in this addicting ecological game, where your role is to survive in an increasingly challenging environment.

Paid apps

Monopoly

Apple

Android

£3.99

One of the most popular board games ever - Monopoly! This game is focused on buying properties, building houses, and, well, creating a monopoly across the board! It is a family classic, allowing up to four players to try and bankrupt each other. You can also play alone against a sophisticated AI. 

Features:

  • No ads or pop-ups to interrupt your gameplay
  • Can play online or offline, challenging your own friends and family, or other players around the world
  • Activate Quick Mode to speed up the game to finish faster - perfect for small breaks
  • Create a custom game with your own house rules

Roll the dice, pass GO, collect money, and build the best business - now all on your phone. 

Clue: The Classic Mystery Game

Apple

Android

£3.99

Play this classic murder mystery board game on the official app, discovering the Who?, What? and Where?. Play with the same characters you know and love: Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs Peacock, Mr Green, Dr. Orchid, and Professor Plum.

Features:

  • Ad-free experience
  • Play on your own against the AI and choose your difficulty level
  • Play online against a range of detectives or your own friends and family
  • Enjoy the addition of ten extra themes, from Sherlock Holmes to an Egyptian Adventure

Solve the murder of one of the characters during your commute or work on your detective skills during lunch breaks. 

The Game of Life

Apple

Android

£2.99

Play along in this true-to-life board game turned virtual reality, where you’ll watch your character navigate varying milestones. Revel in the choices you make, the outcomes they create, and watch as board pieces stumble around in this new world. 

Features:

  • Still with the same choices from the board game: attending college, accepting jobs, and more
  • Play with family or up to three on one device
  • Use Multiplayer Mode to match against other online players and race towards the Retirement tile
  • Activate Fast Mode to complete the game more quickly
  • Access a variety of minigames to increase your skills
  • Send emojis during play to other members 

Virtually journey through life in this app, from your first school day, first job, all the way to retirement. 

Ticket to Ride

Apple

Android

£6.99

If you like strategy games, you’ll enjoy this virtual board game, where the winner is the person who’s fastest at linking up their cities with train lines. Suitable for all ages, you can test your logical thinking skills while travelling from Europe to Asia and back again. 

Features:

  • Enjoy the thrill of new challenges each time you play, with different tactics and competitors
  • Watch the tutorial to gain an understanding of the rules before playing
  • Play in Single Player mode, Multiplayer online, or Local Multiplayer just against friends
  • Discover special maps, rules, and add-ons each time you play

From Alan R. Moon’s best-selling board game comes this virtual strategy app for iOS and Android devices. 

The Castles of Burgundy

Apple

Android

£8.99

Experience what it is to be royalty in this online version of the complex board game. It’s the 15th century, and you’re a royal in need of an estate. Trade and build to create your kingdom using dice and choices. 

Features:

  • Remains engaging with a range of estates to play out
  • Access tutorial guides to learn how to play and prosper
  • Play ranked or casual games depending on how confident you feel
  • Engage with three levels of AI opponents
  • Play offline or online with friends and family
  • Accessible in a variety of languages

Increase your ranking and build your own kingdom through careful decision-making and competition. 

Terraforming Mars

Apple

Android

£8.99

Create new life on Mars with this terraforming app. Launch projects to Mars and manage your own resources to create cities, forests and oceans for habitability. 

Features:

  • Play against the computer or challenge up to five players online and offline
  • Make the game more complex with Corporate Era rules
  • Explore the added cards and corporations from the board game version
  • Access Solo mode to challenge your skills
  • Available to play in multiple languages

Use cards to gain points and make life on Mars more habitable for earthlings, but watch out for rival companies!

Raiders of the North Sea

Apple

Android

£9.99

Fight your way through this Viking adventure game to become a legend of the North Sea. Assemble a crew and longboat to raid other settlements and bring back gold for your own. 

Features:

  • Multiple ways to raid
  • Single Player or Multiplayer modes available
  • Use your resources wisely to hire a crew and longboat
  • Make sacrificial offerings
  • Compete with the Valkyrie in battle and bring back fortune for your Viking empire

This virtual app brings the much-loved artwork from the board game, and can keep you entertained for hours. 


Stay safe, connected and entertained with these virtual versions of well-known family favourites. 

If you are a game-lover, you may be interested in finding out which phones are best for gaming or learning more about VR and  AR.

You may also be interested in some of our other articles to stay in touch with family, or stay occupied during lockdown:

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