Board games are a great way to spend time with family and friends and get a little competitive. Game nights bring out a person’s true colors and can make or break a friendship. Sometimes it can get hard to work around everyone’s schedules and get together to play. With these free apps, you can play your favorite board games wherever, whenever. Some of them even allow you to send turns to your friends so it feels like game night every night. Gain bragging rights by beating all your loved ones at your favorite games.
If you don’t think Scrabble is a deeply competitive game that can end in tears, you haven’t been playing it right. There is no better feeling getting a two letter word using z for a triple word score. It gets even better when you can best your friends wherever they are. Sign in with Facebook and play against your Facebook friends, or just have the app find you a random opponent. You’ll write a word and it will submit it to the other person who will then write his or her answer. If you would rather avoid people at all costs, just play against the computer and you can add up to two opponents.
- Play with people anywhere in the world
- Compete against the computer
- See how you could have gotten more points to learn new words
- Ads between every turn
- Have to wait for people to respond
- Difficult to turn off notifications
2. Yahtzee with Buddies
You may equate the game Yahtzee with your grandma but it is hipper than ever, and you don’t have to do any math. Just like Scrabble Free, you can play against the computer, a stranger or someone sitting right next to you. Roll the dice, then highlight the ones you want to keep and roll again. The app calculates how many points each roll will give you so you don’t use it for the wrong thing and end up missing out on points. Even enter tournament play where you try to get as many points as you can. Now you can even play on the Apple Watch.
- Do more runs to get achievements
- Daily rewards
- Get more coins to buy cooler, faster cars
- Ads between every turn
- Have to log in to use
- A lot of pop-up instructions
3. Boggle Free
Yes, this is another word game, but it is different than Scrabble and still very fun, plus it’s free. Just like the game, shake up the letters and the timer starts at two minutes. Try to find all the words you can out of the letters given to you. The game has you playing by yourself at first just to fight agains the clock and practice identifying words. When you feel ready, sign in to play against your friends. Search for a certain username or compete against a random stranger. You will be given the same board and the person with the most words wins. Be careful, things can get dicey.
- Very similar to board game
- Able to play against other people
- Game shows you all the words you missed
- Have to log in to compete
- Ads in the bottom
- Navigation is tricky to get used to
4. Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is a silly party game where each player chooses a noun that best fits a certain adjective. It sounds like school but it is a lot of fun and will keep you laughing. You will be put into a random game and asked to judge first. Just wait until everyone submits a card and then choose the one you like the best. After that it is your turn to submit a card. The green card is shown and all you do is drag the one you thing fits the best before the timer runs out. If your card is picked you’ll get a point. The good thing about playing on the phone is that cards are always updated.
- New and fun cards to play with
- Play against a group or random people
- Earn points to get rewards
- Takes a long time to load
- Have to wait for someone to be available to play
- Have to use coins to play
Skip-Bo is kind of like Uno but with more going on, but don’t worry if you can count to 12, you will rock this game. The name of the game is to get rid of your stockpile first by contributing to community piles in the center. When a pile gets to 12 it will go away and you’ll start again. You can play against real people or three computer players of your choosing. The computer animated characters say funny phrases and make cute moves. Though the game sounds complicated you will have it down after the tutorial and become a master
- Fun animation
- Play against the computer or friends
- Exciting game play
- Ads between games
- Have to wait for people to take a turn
- Have to log in to play against real people