While many gaming enthusiasts are waiting for the release of the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there are also some gamers that prefer sticking to mobile gaming instead.

Over the years, mobile apps have proven to be popular for games for their ease of use, portability, and fun interactive features. If you are a fan of vintage video games, then Super Mario and Pac-Man are just some old school video games that you just have to check out.

But what about the proper old school games that were played on a board? Luckily, some old school board game favourites are available to download and play from the Apple Store and the Google Play store.


Backgammon, involving the rolling of dice and the movement of pieces across a folding board that is divided into two compartments, is a classic tabletop game that involves skill as well as luck.

The movement of the pieces, or checkers, is controlled by the dice and this element of chance makes it a popular game to play. This old school game remains popular in the modern day as apps are available for those who wish to play backgammon on their tablets or smartphones.


Another classic board game for two players is Chess. While playing on a board requires two people, using a mobile game of chess means you can play with other people online or play against a computer.

In the Apple App store, there are a variety of chess games to download with the most popular ones having thousands of downloads and reviews. If you’re looking for a fun strategy game to brush up on your chess skills, then this is one great app to add to your homescreen.


Monopoly is a multi-player board game that simulates the buying and selling of real estate in a free-market economy. Anyone who has played the game has doubtless experienced fights between friends and family members over who should be the banker and over who owns which properties.

There are many different versions of the board game, and it’s also available in the iOS app store for £3.99. This popular board game has also inspired casino gaming too, with titles such as Monopoly Live available for 18+ gamers to play in the increasingly popular live casino game genre.


Cluedo is also another popular board game that has been around for years.  It’s a multiplayer detective game in which players must solve a murder via a series of clues.

The board depicts ten rooms within a house and the players, who take turns rolling the six-sided dice, are represented by figurines while icons that represent murder weapons are also included. Of course, it’s also possible to play this murder mystery game on a mobile app that can be downloaded onto Android and ioS devices. Play detective and discover the who, what, and where, in the game of Cluedo from the Apple App Store.


Checkers, also known as Draughts, is a board game in which players move circular pieces in diagonal lines across a grid. Participants must capture their opponent’s pieces, which move forward one square at a time, or block their opponent from making a move.

There are a variety of checkers games that you can easily download for free and play on your mobile. Whether you are playing with friends or with family, mobile apps can allow you to play together without going through the time consuming task of setting up a board and all the checkers.


There are many word games that are quite popular on mobile, from word searches to crosswords. Wordscapes is just one popular word game that is available on the Google Play store. Scrabble is another popular word game that is available on mobile and is currently No.10n the Apple Store list of board game apps to play.

Scrabble was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, and is a multiplayer game in which participants use letter tiles to spell out words on a grid. Fast forward to 2020, and Scrabble can be played on smartphones and tablets in a mobile app that you can play, without needing a board.