Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

How to Play Multiplayer Board Games on Your Smartphone with Other People

April 25, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 13
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
How to Play Multiplayer Board Games on Your Smartphone with Other People
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
How to Play Multiplayer Board Games on Your Smartphone with Other People
Apr 25, 2020 Season 1 Episode 13
Jason R. Rich

Discover how to play traditional and classic board games, like Hasbro's Monopoly, UNO, Scrabble, Risk, The Game of Life, Battleship, Yahtzee, Boggle, and Clue; as well as classic board games, like chess, checkers, backgammon, bingo, and dominos; with other people using your smartphone.

Many of the board games you know and love have been adapted into multiplayer mobile apps that you can experience against other players who are located anywhere in the world. So if you're home alone (social distancing), but want to play a popular board game with a child, grandchild, or friend who is located somewhere else, this is possible using your Apple iPhone or Android-based smartphone.

From this episode, you'll learn about what board games are available to play, and how to get started playing them in order to help overcome loneliness and boredom. 

As always, if you find this episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week informative and entertaining, please share details about it with your friends, subscribe to the podcast, and post a rating or review! 

Show Notes Transcript

Discover how to play traditional and classic board games, like Hasbro's Monopoly, UNO, Scrabble, Risk, The Game of Life, Battleship, Yahtzee, Boggle, and Clue; as well as classic board games, like chess, checkers, backgammon, bingo, and dominos; with other people using your smartphone.

Many of the board games you know and love have been adapted into multiplayer mobile apps that you can experience against other players who are located anywhere in the world. So if you're home alone (social distancing), but want to play a popular board game with a child, grandchild, or friend who is located somewhere else, this is possible using your Apple iPhone or Android-based smartphone.

From this episode, you'll learn about what board games are available to play, and how to get started playing them in order to help overcome loneliness and boredom. 

As always, if you find this episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week informative and entertaining, please share details about it with your friends, subscribe to the podcast, and post a rating or review! 

Featured App of the Week – Episode #13

Welcome back to Featured App of the Week. I’m Jason Rich. In this episode, the focus is on using your smartphone to play traditional and classic board games with other people using specialized mobile apps. 

Since many of us have some extra free time on our hands these days, and we’re forced to practice “social distancing,” interacting with other people and avoiding loneliness has become a bit of a challenge.

Available from the App Store or Google Play Store are a collection of smartphone versions of popular, multi-player board games, like: Monopoly, Uno, Scrabble, Risk, The Game of Life, Battleship, Yahtzee, Boggle, and Clue.

You’ll also find that classic board games, like chess, checkers, backgammon, dominos, and Bingo have also been adapted into multi-player games you can experience right on your smartphone remotely with other people.

What the majority of these games have in common is that, chances are, you already know how to play them, and thanks to the Internet, most of them allow you to challenge friends and family members who are located anywhere in the world. 

At the same time you’re playing these games, you can use text messaging, or in some cases voice chat, to interact freely with the people you’re playing with.

What’s great about these multi-player board games is that they’re ideal for people of all ages, so you can challenge your children or grandchildren, or people your own age, and still have fun playing these games via your smartphone.

To play any of these board games with someone else, you’ll need to download and install one or more of the games from the App Store or Google Play Store

Some of these games are free, but many of them are priced between 99 cents and $4.99, while some have additional in-app purchases required to unlock all of the game’s featured and functions.

Available from the App Store for the iPhone, for example, is a board game bundle, called Board Games Collection. It includes Hasbro’s Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, and The Game of Life for $8.99. 

Purchasing Monopoly or one of these other games separately for the iPhone would otherwise cost $3.99 each.

Each person you want to play the game with will need to download and install the same game on their own smartphone or tablet, and then once the games are loaded onto all of your mobile devices, one person will need to invite the other people to play.

Some of these games are designed to be played in real-time, so each game will take anywhere from 15 minutes or an hour or more to complete. 

Others, that are turned-based, like Scrabble or Words with Friends - which is very similar to Scrabble, can be played over time, so one person can take their turn, and then another player can take a turn when it’s convenient for them, and the players each receive a message on their smartphone whenever it’s time for their own turn.

Thus, you can spend 15 seconds to a minute per turn but spread out an entire game over several hours or even a few days, for example.

Keep in mind, to experience any of these games, your smartphone will need Internet connectivity. 

To find, download, and install a popular board game onto your smartphone, if you’re an iPhone user, access the App Store. If you’re an Android mobile device user, access the Google Play Store

Next, within the Search field, either type the search phrase “board games” to see what’s available, or type the name of a specific game, like Monopoly or Boggle.

When you find the game you want to purchase, download, and install, tap on its Pricebutton and agree to the purchase. The game app will then automatically be installed on your smartphone within a minute or so. 

You can now launch the game app from your smartphone’s Home screen. If you’ve chosen to play Monopoly, for example, launch the game and then tap on the Play button.

From the Select Mode screen, select the Online with Friends option if you want to experience the game with other people who are not in close proximity to you. Next, choose the Create a Game option, and tap on the Create Game button.

From the Select Rule Set menu, choose the Classic option, if you want to play a game of Monopoly using the classic board game rules. You’ll then be promoted to choose a themed game board. For the classic Monopoly experience, tap on the Classic City button.

When the Lobby screen appears, you’ll see a Room Code displayed in the top-right corner. Share this five-digit code with up to four other players you want to invite to the game. 

To do this, tap on the Room Code icon, and you’ll be prompted to share the code via email or text message with other people. Select who you want to invite using their email address or smartphone phone number, and then from the New Message window, tap the Send icon to send the invitation.

Once the other players launch the game and enter the Room Code on their smartphone, their name will appear on your Lobby screen. 

When everyone’s name shows up, tap on the Ready button to begin playing. This process is much more straight-forward then it sounds, so be sure to give it a try on your own.

As you’ll discover, many of the multi-player board games, especially the Hasbro games for your smartphone, work the same way in terms of inviting other players to participate. 

If you choose to play one of these games, but none of your friends or family members are available to play against, you can opt to play with random strangers, or select the option that allows you to play against computer-controlled opponents.

Whichever board games you choose to play on your smartphone, you’ll discover the experience is very similar to playing the traditional board game, but the smartphone versions tend to have a few technological twists, like animations and sound effects.

What the smartphone versions of board games really offer is a chance to interact with friends, family, or strangers, and play your favorite games, even when you’re home alone, for example. This is just one way you can fend off some of the loneliness that often comes along with social distancing. 

In addition to interactive and digital editions of popular and classic board games, from the App Store or Google Play Store, you’ll discover more than one million different games available that are separated into categories. 

For example, there are single player or multi-player puzzle games, word games, Sudoku games, arcade-style games, card games, casino games, simulation games, and trivia challenges, for example. You can even download an app that allows you to access and complete the New York Times Crossword Puzzle each day on your smartphone.

To explore all of the different types of game apps available, launch the App Store app or Google Play Store app, tap on the Games icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the screen, and then browse through the games listed. 

On an iPhone, for example, you can also tap on the See All option associated with the Top Categories heading to view games within each of the popular game categories.

Ultimately, what you’ll discover are fun, challenging, interactive, and often real-time multiplayer games that you can enjoy with other people who are not in close geographic proximity to you.

That’s it for this edition of the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening!