Classic Games to Play On the Go

Classic Family Games On Mobile Devices

When you think of board games, what do you think of? Do you recall a distant memory of sitting around the kitchen table with your family, when you were a kid? I know I do. I remember playing all kinds of board and card games with my family, games like Uno, Scrabble, Skip Bo, Yahtzee, and Checkers. The list goes on. I think that playing those games instilled in me an enjoyment of board/ card games that I have even now.


Now that most things, most activities or hobbies have moved into the digital age, it can be difficult to schedule in person game nights. Our schedules are so full with work, school, maybe kids, and of course the precious hobbies that allow us to retain our sanity. It’s nice to know that some of these games that a lot of us grew up with are still around. Some of them have managed to gain a new following of fans, within the last couple of years. Here is a list of the top 5 classic games that you can play on your phone, not in any particular order.


The first classic board game you can play on your phone or tablet is Monopoly. What other game allows you to collect a payday, go to jail, win first place in a talent show, etc? This game has long been considered a staple of board game collections and for a good reason. It’s fun and challenging and definitely brings out the competitive side of people. It’s probably a good thing this can be played on your phone, against friends or the computer. There are 4 modes to choose from: single-player, online multiplayer (with friends), and pass & play (play someone in same room as you). For $3.99 you can choose different house rules to use, play different city backgrounds (for a price) and you can find it on iOs and Android.

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Clue is a great party game, so no wonder it’s next on the list. It can be fun playing the classic whodunit game, but I have to wonder if it’s still as much fun not in person. There is something to be said about reading people’s body language and deciphering who, what, and where before other players do! It costs $3.99 for both iOs and Android. With the price tag come themes and new characters you can unlock. You can also take notes with the virtual clue sheet. The Clue mobile game is made by the same studio as Monopoly. There is also a Clue Bingo available on Android devices.


Uno! is fun in person and online. Uno! makes for a great fun family and friend game night. The simplicity, coupled with the backstabbing that can sometimes occur (depending on your house rules!) makes this too much fun. Playing the mobile version is also enjoyable. There is no price tag, unless you want to spend money in the app, for different game modes and backgrounds. It is a freemium game so be advised that you will have ads that pop up here and there, which is typical for a freemium game. It is available for Android and iOs devices.


Scrabble is another fun game to play. Scrabble Go is also a freemium game so you will have to put up with ads, but you can choose to customize different boards, tiles etc. You can play against the computer or compete with friends via Facebook. There’s also an option to pass and play, letting you play against other people in the same room as you. Scrabble is available on Android and iOs.


The last game on the list is chess. The current version of chess has been played since the 15th century. Most people are familiar with the game as it has long been a favorite of strategy lovers. If capturing the other team’s queen appeals to you, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many Chess games that you can play, on both Apple and Android devices, like Chess Play & Learn.

No matter what kind of board or card game that you like to play, it’s nice to know that there is a mobile option. Sometimes, life keeps you so busy you can’t get together in person. And then there are times that you are able to! There really is something to be said about hanging out with your loved ones, playing classic board games and card games on game night.