I love board games and video games, but I've never had a desire to combine the two. I've always been a firm believer that board games belong on a table (or the floor if there is an ample supply of pillows). But when I got my iPad, I decided I'd give e-board games a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
The iPad still provides the tactile experience of the cardboard games, but it eliminates the set up and cleanup. The iPad also serves as a built-in score keeper and allows you play alone (because let's face it; board game fanatics don't always have a lot of friends). Here is a list of my top five favorite board games on the iPad. Note that most of these games are also available on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Stinger Games’ newly launched Stinger Foosball League takes a game that’s already a step removed from reality into a truly virtual environment. Foosball, of course, is the table version of football or soccer. With Stinger Foosball League, the field that was crammed into a table in a pub is now in your iOS device.
Flag Wars is an extremely strategic game that requires focus, attention, and detailed knowledge of the rules to be successful. But, for those who enjoy a challenge; this app can definitely fulfill that need. Luckily, the moment that you are brought to its homepage; you are given the option to start a new game, view the leader board, and of course learn how to play. Even though the game is comparable to other games on the market; it is still highly recommended to read the instructions prior to starting a game. Otherwise, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be lost. The instructions are simple by matching picture with definition; so understanding it is the easy part. Remembering and applying is where it gets a little difficult.
Looks pretty amazing (at an amazing $7.99 price), the console-quality graphics provided by the Unity game engine appear to be off the chain (yes, my outmoded way of saying it is totally beyond cool)! Also now the iTunes iPad "Game of the Week", you can grab this awesome shooter here, or read on for full PR details and video...
I've been having a ball with the iCADE
, $100 from ThinkGeek.com
though I've also seen it at Toys R Us and Best Buy. Originally conceived as an April Fools Day joke, the idea was so attractive that they had it built as a real product... something that happens with remarkable frequency!