Top Board Games to Make Video Games

Top Board Games to Make Video Games

Video games are awesome, but let us not forget the long-lived appeal of board games. These analogue time-passers have withstood the test of decades, and for good reason. There’s nothing like enjoying a game of Monopoly with a good glass of scotch next to the fireplace (but not too close).

Even though playing a board game is an irreplaceable tactile experience, many of those games would benefit if they were granted a digital alternative. Digital board games are easy to set up and easy to clean up, making it much easier to play on a whim. There’s no arguments over score-keeping, and nobody can grab fistfuls of money out of the bank when their rivals’ backs are turned. Dogs and babies won’t attempt to eat houses and hotels. And everyone can play with real game pieces instead of substituting nickles and pieces of Kleenex for tokens that have been lost over the years.

But which games are best suited for a digital adaptation? We have a few ideas.

Risk 2210 A.D. – Risk 2210 A.D. is a pretty awesome futuristic take on one of the most beloved board games of all time. It features country-sweeping wars, strategy, nuclear wastelands–stuff that everyone needs to experience once in a while without actually experiencing it. Converting the game to a digital format would earn it a wider player base, as well as some pretty sweet graphics.

The Game of Life–With Miis – No doubt you’ve already played this using cards, spinners, and awkward little pin-people. What if there was a Wii adaptation that let you live through your “life” using your Mii? Then again, if your mate was randomly chosen and the game ended up selecting the Mii you made for your dad, that would be awkward.

Wrath of Ashardalon – The teeming world of Dungeons & Dragons makes for some pretty in-depth games, both digital and analogue. That’s why the popular Wrath of Ashardalon board game would work well in a digital world, particularly one that would let you play over an Internet connection. You’d also save a great deal of time not messing around with the piles of plastic monster pieces, encounter cards, and dungeon tiles.

Castle Ravenloft – Like Wrath of Ashardalon, Castle Ravenloft is another Dungeons & Dragons property that would be well-suited for online play and digital organization. Plus, there’s the benefit of cool monster animations.

Snakes and Ladders – Kids’ stuff, right? Depends on the version of the game you’re playing. Some of the consequences lying at the tip of the viper’s tail can get pretty grim. Now imagine those as loving (twisted) animations. Maybe not ideal for family game night, but grisly fun for teenagers who might need a reminder of what happens when you mix vodka and cars.

Hungry Hungry Hippos – To be fair, Hungry Hungry Hippos is a game that works best as an analogue experience: There’s nothing like just bashing on that black lever and making your candy-colored hippo gobble up marbles. But a resourceful programmer could probably come up with a way to make the game work in a digital format–maybe yelling “Om nom nom!” in front of Kinect? Either way, a digital version of the game would be useful after the real article is bashed into pieces within an hour of play.

Arkham Horror – Arkham Horror is a board game set in the ’20s, when all is not as well as it seems. Investigators have to stop the Cthulhu Elder Gods from breaking into our dimension through Arkham City and ruining our day. What part of that wouldn’t be awesome as a digital board game?

About Nadia Oxford
Nadia is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She played her first game at four, decided games were awesome, and has maintained her position since. She writes for 1UP.com, Slide to Play, GamePro and other publications, and is About.com’s Guide to the Nintendo DS.

2 Comments

  1. Tracy Peterson

    I’m still a little sad the “Talisman” game was cancelled from production problems.

  2. The game of life was created for wii. It’s in family game night 3

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