Classic Card and Board Game Apps You Can Play Against the Computer

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the Sorcery! app, which is about as close as you can get to playing Dungeons & Dragons by yourself. Advertisers make it possible for Digital Media Mom to bring you great content each day for free, so thanks for your support.

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I am a game NUT! I love games of all kinds, and have many fond memories of weeks-long Monopoly, Cribbage and Risk tournaments during the summer vacations of my youth. Unfortunately, now that I’m an adult and have kids of my own plus a lot of pesky responsibilities, I rarely have the time or even the required number of players to enjoy a rousing game of anything anymore.

But never you fear, because apps that let a single person enjoy a 2- to 4-player game are now available to entertain us game fans. In some cases the apps are even better than the real-life games, since there’s no one impatiently waiting for you to make a move and the app versions sometimes include additional player options and information that can improve your skills or give you an edge.

Here are a few of my favorites, in highly-rated editions. Note that I’m mostly linking to paid versions, for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly, I think honest developers of quality apps deserve to be paid for their work and the paltry pennies-on-the-dollar income they stand to earn from ad-supported versions is tiny. Secondly, the ad-supported, free versions burn up more battery power using your WiFi connection to refresh the ads, and in some cases the ads are obtrusive. Where the paid version is no better or there’s only a free version, I’m linking to the free version.

None of these apps are priced higher than $5, and every one is well worth the purchase price for the many hours of enjoyment you’ll get playing games you may have thought you’d never play again until you’d retired to the old folks’ home.

I won’t bother with descriptions, because either you already know and love these games, or you don’t. If you’re that rare card or board game fan who hasn’t heard of one or more of these, give ’em a try. Full gameplay rules and even tutorials are provided in each app.


Classic Card Games

All of these happen to be from the same developer, but let me assure you: I do not have any kind of relationship with this developer. I am only featuring their apps because they happen to be the highest-quality and highest-rated versions of these games, and since I own many of them I can personally vouch for these apps.

Spades (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99)

Hearts (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99)

Cribbage (4/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99)

Gin Rummy (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99)


Classic Board Games

Battleship (4/5 stars, currently free) – this one REALLY goes old-school, all the way back to the pen-and-grid-paper version of the game, and it’s very cool!

Reversi [aka Othello] (4.5/5 stars, currently 99 cents)

Chess (4/5 stars, currently 99 cents)

Checkers (4/5 stars, currently 99 cents)

Backgammon (4/5 stars, currently 99 cents)

Carcassonne (4/5 stars, currently $4.99) I’ve done an entire post about this game before, because I absolutely LOVE it! Click here to read my full post about it (which I’ve recently updated to fix the link to an instruction and strategy guide that disappeared from the site where my link went—I’ve decided to host a copy of the pdf document right here on the DMM site, so it’s no longer an issue).

Monopoly, Clue, Risk – sorry, gang. I couldn’t find any highly-rated app versions of these favorites.


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And now…

Sorcery! (4/5 stars, currently $5) is a single-player game app based on the same kind of dungeon-crawler play as in Dungeons and Dragons. This app was developed in part by Steve Jackson, whose Munchkin and Ninja Burger series of role-playing card games have been bestsellers for decades. Here’s the app trailer, to give you a better idea of gameplay:


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  1. Comment by Tanya:

    Excellent article! I’ve been looking for a good Chess game, and hadn’t thought of Gin Rummy.