Here we continue our rundown of the best iPad & iPhone games: from strategy and action to roleplaying games, these are the very finest iOS gaming apps. The next category is:
The best board games for iPad & iPhone
(For more great iPad board games, check out our Christmas board games roundup.)
Best board games for iPad & iPhone: Space Hulk
A ‘Euro’ design from its head to its toes, Agricola is light on conflict (although not entirely devoid of it) and heavy on strategy. It’s a board game about farming. Wake up at the back.
In fact, despite that unthrilling description, Agricola is a bulletproof modern classic: a finely tuned killer of a game that will drag you in and never let go.
It’s a worker placement: each member of your family gets to perform one action each turn, whether that is collecting a resource (wood, stone, livestock), building or renovating a room, putting up fences, ploughing or sowing the fields or (look away, grandma) ‘family growth’. But the various actions can each be performed only once per turn – hence the worry that an opponent will jump in ahead of you and grab whatever you need.
You can’t die, but you’ll be amazed by how much it hurts if you fail to collect enough food for your family on one of the designated feeding phases (knowing when you can afford to expand the family is key to success) and shamefacedly pick up one or more point-docking begging cards. And getting your farm running smoothly, with the crops ripening and animated baby animals appearing at the proper time, is hugely satisfying.
I always feel that the games end too soon: just one more turn, I think, I’m starting to get the hang of this. But that’s probably a good sign.
£4.99 | iPad & iPhone (Universal) | View Agricola on the App Store
Best iPad & iPhone games: Agricola