Years ago, in most family’s rec rooms or living rooms, board game tournaments were the norm. Kids, parents, and grandparents would bring out the boxed board games to spend some quality and competitive time together. Today, the new technological age has taken over most people’s time and interests, with smartphones and video games overshadowing the classic board game hobby. If you miss those days of playing the classic board games, here are some titles that have migrated to the digital age. You can simply boot up your favorite console to experience some of that familiar nostalgia once again.
The beloved board game “Clue” was brought to life for video game audiences by Hasbro Interactive in 1998 for the personal computer. In this game, players could choose to be one of the series of color-themed characters, such as Mr. Green, Mrs. Scarlet, or Professor Plum. The story for the game centered around the murder of a rich party host, Mr. Boddy. The characters worked to figure out who killed the victim, where the murder happened, and what weapon was used.
Another classic board game that was most likely in everybody’s game closet years ago is “Battleship.” The original board game version put two players against each other, working on a simulated battleship layout on a pegboard with tiny boats set up. In 1993, Mindscape brought the board game to life for video game audiences on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
“Axis and Allies”
History lovers and strategy enthusiasts always enjoyed playing the complex board game “Axis and Allies.” In the game, players took turns planning military moves against the other side. Players could choose to represent the allied side of history from World War II and be either the United States, Great Britain, or the Soviet Union. Or, they could be the axis side and choose to represent Japan or Germany. In 1998, Hasbro Interactive turned this classic into a computer video game.
One of the most successful translations of a board game to a top-selling video game happened when the series “Civilization” was brought to video game consoles. This strategy game was transformed into an addictive experience that put players in charge of a new and changing world. Today, the series continues to gain new fans each year and experience new updates for upcoming releases.
“Monopoly” was another standard board game that was most likely part of everyone’s childhood. If you wanted to get out your game and start playing by yourself, it wasn’t really possible until the video game version of the title was first released. This game has spawned many different video versions, the most recent in 2010.
Another strategy game that made a successful transition from the board to a video game platform was the 2007 release from Big Huge Games for the Microsoft Xbox, “Catan.” This title’s unique game play made it difficult to adapt to a video game console in the early years of gaming. With the advent of artificial intelligence, the game’s developers were finally able to achieve their goals.
“Twister” was one of the great board games that were always part of any fun party. Instead of sitting passively and playing, it allowed friends to get silly by twisting on the game’s board. When the Xbox Kinect motion capture system was developed, it helped bring this classic board game to life in 2011’s “Twister Mania.”
“Bicycle Classic Board Games”
Activision Blizzard, with Bobby Kotick
Bobby Kotick now leading, has also been a part of the board game to video game title development. This studio released “Bicycle Classic Board Games” in 2003 for the personal computer. This game featured well-loved classic card games, such as Chess, Dominoes, Mahjong, and Sink the Ship.
In 2007, the popular board game, “Carcassonne” was redeveloped for the Microsoft Xbox system. The game is based on medieval kingdom building from the initial board game’s design. Players take turns creating new worlds, building roads, expanding cities, and gaining followers to become the most influential entity in the game. The game’s medieval ideals and innovative graphic design style were transported into the Xbox video game with success.
“Ticket to Ride”
Train enthusiasts and strategy lovers enjoyed the unique board game “Ticket to Ride.” In 2008, Next Level Games created a video version of this title. The game’s developers kept the basic strategy and system of game play that allowed players to build transportation routes and expand railroad businesses. They used a card based turn system during its initial release on the Xbox Live video game console. Players could compete against people all over the world with the way the game was designed.
The iconic board game from the past has finally been updated for the new digital generation. Today, instead of waiting around for family or friends to start a game, players can log on or load a video version and interact with players virtually or compete against the computer to get their game fix.