Top Board Game Apps for Fun and Travel-Friendly Entertainment

Top Board Game Apps for Fun and Travel-Friendly Entertainment


Attention all travelers who are low on suitcase space but high on gaming needs: I know the pain of having to leave your favorite board games behind, but fear not, for I have come to dispense my wisdom, a.k.a., a comprehensive list of fantastic board game apps that you can enjoy on your iPhone!

Some might say playing a board game on your phone isn’t quite the same, but we’ll just grab some peanuts and prop our feet up on the back of the seat in front of us and enjoy the digital experience. (Don’t worry; we’ll apologize to the person in front of us later.)

Ready? Let’s dive into these games that are not only available as apps but have earned rave reviews for being well-crafted and addictive.

The High-Flyers – Premium Board Game Apps

Terraforming Mars

You know what they say: When in Rome, terraform Mars. This app is both an excellent simulation of the eponymous board game and a fantastic standalone game experience. We love turning that inhospitable red planet into lush green gardens.

Terraforming Mars

More About Terraforming Mars:

For Players1-5
Time Duration120 Min
For Age12+


Birdwatching has never been this competitive or fun! The app version of Wingspan not only recreates the beautiful artwork and strategic gameplay of the board game, but it also includes some adorable animations of our feathery friends.


More About Wingspan:

Rating 8.1
For Players1-5
Time Duration40-70 Mins
For Age10+


Two enterprising merchants in the great Indian city of Jaipur? Check. A cutthroat competition to become the official trader for the Maharaja? Check. This app not only brings the popular two-player card game to life but also hooks you with its thrilling gameplay and striking visuals.


More About Jaipur:

Rating 7.5
For Players2
Time Duration30 Min
For Age12+

Simply Un-Bee-lievable – Freebee Apps (pun intended)


We’re not here to drone on and on, but Hive is not only an engaging app, but a great game to play with friends. With its simple yet strategic gameplay, this tile-laying game of insect warfare is perfect for when you’re on the go.


More About Hive:

Rating 7.3
For Players2
Time Duration20 Min
For Age9+

Cat Lady

Are you a feline aficionado? Then, pounce on this adorable and addictive app where you collect cats, toys, costumes, and more while managing your resources carefully.

Cat Lady

More About Cat Lady:

For Players2-4
Time Duration15-30 Min
For Age8+

Board Game Platforms – Social Networking for Gamers


If you’re looking for a more robust gaming community, BoardGameArena offers a free version or an annual price of around $30. Play against other players in real-time or by taking turns at your convenience. Not only does it have various game options in its library, signing up also connects you with gaming enthusiasts around the world – perfect for making friends across the globe!

Board Game Arena

For those craving a diverse gaming experience, is another free platform that allows you to play different games with fellow board game enthusiasts. Make friends, compete, and explore the exciting world of board games on your iPhone!


Mobile Masterpieces – More Marvelous Apps

For those who can’t get enough of board game apps, we’ve got you covered! Check out these other highly recommended mobile adaptations:

  • Root
  • Sagrada
  • Carcassonne
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Onirim
  • Istanbul
  • SmallWorld

And if you have space to spare, consider swinging for an iPad to enhance your gaming experience – but do remember not to steal precious tray table space from your fellow passengers during your travels.

That wraps up our list of fantastic board game apps and platforms that will make your journeys even more enjoyable. We might not have the space for physical games, but we sure have the heart for the digital versions! So, power up your iPhone, buckle your seatbelt, and prepare for a thrilling gaming experience in the skies (or, y’know, wherever you might be traveling).

And hey, since you’re traveling, why not use some of these apps to bond with fellow travel buddies? Who knows? You might become the life of the (boarding gate) party, and you’ll have these wonderful mobile games to thank.

So, go ahead, dive into these games with aplomb. Happy gaming and safe travels! Who knows? Maybe we’ll bump into you during our own digital escapades. But for now, it’s time for us to pack our bags and embark on our next adventure. Until then, game on!

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