Board games, in one form or another, have been around since the prehistoric era and are popular to this day. After all, these are family games which can be played by a 10-year-old and a 70-year-old. They are fun to play, yet have a competitive edge. With the world now in a digital era, board games are being adapted to video games. Video games based on the traditional paperboard format are gaining popularity by the day. According to The Guardian, between 2010 and 2014 sales of such games rose by between 25% and 40% annually.
Below, we have taken a look at some of the best video games that are based on board games that have withstood the test of time.
Clue, or Cluedo, is a murder-mystery board game for three to six players. The object of the game is to find clues that will lead to the murderer of the game’s victim, the location of the crime and the weapon used. Although the game is still popular in its board format to this day, more and more people are taking it to play it on the screen. The video game also has “negative clues”, which tell you only that a suspect did not commit a crime in a certain place.
Battleship is a tactical guessing game for two players. Once, it used to be played on ruled grids; now it is played digitally. Battles, wars and fights remain one of the most popular themes among gamers, and there is little surprise that what was once an exciting board game between two teenagers is now one of the most played video games. The Battleship video game is actually better and visually appealing than its original “physical” format. The object of the game, though, is the same: you are to destroy the opponents’ ships by guessing where they are hidden.
Monopoly has been around for over 100 years, but to this day, it remains hugely popular, both in its paperboard format and in the digital sphere. The players buy, trade, sell properties and collect rent from their opponents with only one goal: to drive the others out of business and taking sole control of the game. Monopoly Big Event forms part of Sun Bingo’s online slot games and is based on the paperboard version. There are not many differences between the slot design and a traditional Monopoly board, and the five-reel, 20 payline title includes features based on the board game’s classic mechanics, such as “In Jail” and houses and hotels.
Once a word game played by two to four players all sitting around a table, Scrabble has developed into socialable game on a scale never thought possible before. The essence of the game is still the same: you use letters to form words and gain points. Although Words with Friends is not officially associated with Scrabble, it is basically an online version of the board game. In this day and age, where the entire world is connected over the internet, Words with Friends can be played with your pals on Facebook or those who subscribe to the app on a mobile device. This is a fun way to test yourself against people all over the world.
Chess is one of the most intelligent board games ever created and is still very popular. In fact, there is growing support for the game to be included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Battle Chess is similar to the board game and the rules are the same, except it is more fun. The chess pieces come to life and battle each other while capturing. The background music and the animations make it for a very fun and competitive time.
If you are still one of the very few who buy and read a newspaper from time to time, then you will have come across crosswords. They are a word puzzle in which the goal is to fill the white squares with letters, thus forming words or phrases. To fill these squares, you need to solve the set of clues. It is quite a good and popular word puzzle, which explains the popularity of Crosswords DS. The video game features over 1,000 crossword puzzles and will leave you wanting more.