Multiplayer boardgames for iPad
March 21, 2014 11:32 AM   Subscribe

4 of us are going away for a few days and we have one iPad between us. What are some games we can play using the iPad instead of a boardgame, that isn't Monopoly?

2 of us are not huge fans of Monopoly so it's a possibility but I'd like to hear some other ideas. Preferably not Pass and Play (althoughI have Ticket to Ride), as I think it would be good to have the iPad on the table as the focal point.

Word-based / language-heavy games are not an option as one of us does not speak English.

I already have Stratergy, any other ideas?
posted by jontyjago to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Small World
posted by BrashTech at 11:35 AM on March 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by alms at 11:44 AM on March 21, 2014 [5 favorites]

Look at Board Game Geek's big old list of board games. The ones that have an official iOS app will have a note in the rightmost column saying so. For starters, Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Caylus all have pass-and-play multiplayer.

Some of those have a bit of reading, but many have multiple language support, and fan-made translation sheets for many other languages.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 11:47 AM on March 21, 2014

Settlers of Catan.
posted by Etrigan at 11:47 AM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by Rob Rockets at 11:48 AM on March 21, 2014

posted by lydhre at 11:55 AM on March 21, 2014

I haven't played it myself, as I prefer remote multiplayer or pass and play experience, but I have consistently heard SpaceTeam is a raucous simultaneous multi-playing hoot. (Link to TouchArcade review)

Important note: It's free (but has IAPs), and by all accounts a blast for frenetic single-iPad /multi-player gaming.
posted by Debaser626 at 11:55 AM on March 21, 2014

(After post, it does heavily favor English, but a lot of the words are made up anyway).
posted by Debaser626 at 11:58 AM on March 21, 2014

For short multiplayer, arcade-type action, I've successfully entertained people from age 8 to 80 with Multiponk and Marble Mixer.
posted by FreezBoy at 12:01 PM on March 21, 2014

Agricola is amazing but if you don't already know how to play you are not going to figure out how to play it just using the app. It's doesn't have the full rulebook in the app, so while you could learn it from some Youtube videos you may want to print out the rules to reference. Awesome game but the app is not aimed at beginners.
Same goes for Le Havre.

Carcassonne, Ticket To Ride, and Small World are all good too and are simple enough that you would have a much easier time learning the game via the app.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:09 PM on March 21, 2014

Spaceteam only works on multiple devices, not pass&play. The IAPs are all cosmetic or extra gimmicky gameplay modes, the core game doesn't need any IAPs really.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:10 PM on March 21, 2014

So, you mentioned only having one iPad, but do you guys have phones too? You can play Spaceteam with iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. I've played with a group that used a combination of all three and it was great fun!
posted by MsVader at 1:24 PM on March 21, 2014

Forbidden Island
posted by hanov3r at 7:57 PM on March 21, 2014

Pandemic, a co-operative board game where you try to stop and cure diseases is out on iPad.
posted by FJT at 1:40 AM on March 22, 2014

posted by okieangel at 7:35 AM on March 22, 2014

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