- Nothing compares to gathering around a table with friends and family to play a board game with tangible cards and pieces.
- Even when you’re away from people you love, several board games are accessible on apps and websites.
- Friends can take part in virtual versions of Monopoly, Clue, and The Game of Life – and even multiplayer games with ancient roots, like mahjong and mancala, can be played online.
- Here are all the best nostalgic board games to play together online or on your phone.
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Challenge friends to Battleship without physically setting up a board.
The popular Hasbro game Battleship can be enjoyed at any time thanks to its digital versions, which have multiplayer functions.
The Game of Life is an enjoyable escapist game to play with friends.
While the original version involves an elaborate board setup, the digital version of The Game of Life makes the beloved game a bit more accessible and easy to play with friends who aren’t necessarily in the same room.
There are countless ways to play checkers with family and friends online.
The game of checkers is a staple for board game lovers, and it’s easy to play it with friends and family long-distance, too.
Challenge friends to Monopoly on your phone.
The official Monopoly app brings the board game to any mobile device. Once the game is downloaded, users can create their own game and invite family and friends who also have the app.
Solve a mystery with a virtual version of the board game Clue.
The Clue app is reminiscent of the Hasbro board game. Players can pick from iconic characters like Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard as they solve a variety of entertaining, mysterious scenarios.
Keep your chess skills sharp even when you’re not able to play in person.
Chess Prime 3D on the App Store is free and has a multiplayer function, allowing people to challenge friends and family to a round of the classic game.
Chess with Friends is also available for free on the Google Play Store, and it allows users to play multiple games at once while connecting with their own friends.
Words With Friends is perfect for Scrabble enthusiasts.
Each Words With Friends game has two players, but users can have multiple games in progress at once, making the free app a fun way to stay connected with family and friends while engaging in a little healthy competition.
Avid mahjong players can play against real opponents online.
The website Real Mah Jongg allows players of the centuries-old tile game to compete against a computer or real opponents. Unlike some mahjong-inspired apps, this version adheres to National Mah Jongg League rules and requires players to reference the hands on their 2019 or 2020 cards.
Players can access a 14-day free trial before paying a monthly fee of $US5.99 to join games.
The game mancala can be enjoyed virtually.
The ancient marble game involves patience and strategy and has a surprising calming quality.
Play the beloved dice game Yahtzee with friends, even when you’re not together.
You no longer need a cup or a dice set to challenge friends to Yahtzee. Through Yahtzee With Buddies, people can invite contacts to join and play together.
There are several versions of Connect 4 that make it easy to play with friends.
The brightly coloured game may conjure nostalgia, but it can be a fun activity to play with friends virtually, thanks to tons of free apps inspired by the original version.
It’s even possible to partake in a virtual game of dominoes with family and friends.
The logic game played with the numbered tiles can be enjoyed online if an in-person round isn’t an option.