There are many examples of board porting to electronic media. The best-known representatives are likely to be settlers from Catan, Carcassonne or Monopoly, among others. And in fact, the modern touch systems are ideal for the implementation of parlor games. Monopoly was already available on the Commodore 64 at that time, but it was only through the intuitive touch control that the exotic games became a booming segment.

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The world championships are just as important as the placements at the European championships or the mascot. The game figures, which were designed as a soccer shoe, ball, goal or whistle and thus fit perfectly into the game scenario, are particularly successful. The illustrations on the game board are always appropriate and of a noticeably high quality. The game principle remains untouched, so that Monopoly fans get their money's worth. And with the latest corruption scandals in the football world, there is hardly a more suitable board game for fans.

I have to smile when I read about “the best board games for the tablet” or “the most exciting board games for the smartphone”, because the tablet player doesn't really have much company. If you ignore the simulated social behavior of the computer opponent, the player sits completely alone in front of his screen. And so even the best board game on the tablet becomes a simple computer program.

The steadily advancing digitization of parlor games is not a good development. After all, board games are as old as humanity itself and have always stood for mutual entertainment, social interaction and direct communication. Archaeological finds show that the first board games were already in the Years 2600 BC Chr. were common. The Royal Game of Ur relied on a mixture of dice adventure and strategic drawing game. In the past, however, one element was essential that is increasingly being pushed into the background in modern times: the human player. It is precisely these human players who give the board games, through their expressed emotions, depth and replay value. In every new round, joy, glee and anger are close together. Even nowadays, computer opponents are not able to convey this behavior even remotely authentically. Good moves are commented on with irrelevant text messages or accompanied by spoken dialogues.

Many tablet or smartphone games can of course also be played with several people, but why not go straight to the classic board game, which not least shines with its detailed game pieces and thus a very special feel? The Mehsch likes to touch, he feels and reacts with all his senses to the board game being played. Mere wiping over a glass surface, on the other hand, is not very stimulating. Even the evening game atmosphere suffers when 6 4 people bend over a 10-inch tablet screen at a gigantic table with crooked backs. Communication is then limited to simple questions of the sort: “Can you briefly read to me what it says there? I can't see it from here. "

Digital game versions are ideal for beginners, because the rules of the game are presented in a clear and easy-to-understand way. Fast playing is therefore guaranteed. Veterans, on the other hand, are hopelessly under-challenged, because the preparation for a new board game is indisputably part of a well-rounded gaming experience - in an illustrious group, working out the rules together becomes an unforgettable experience. And so I also recommend board game newbies to simply put their smartphone down and venture into the dusty world of board games. Mystical beings, clever tactical decisions and lots of moments of happiness await you brave warriors. And at the same time you break the lance for a whole group of players who want to move away from the wiping board and towards the board game.

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