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Pandemic

I bought the iOS version of this very popular board game a few months ago, but for some reason just never got around to playing it. One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that although I am happy to see so many physical board games get translated to iOS, I also don’t end up enjoying playing these games on mobile like I do on an actual physical board, with my friends beside me. For me, board gaming is as much a social thing as it is a game playing thing, and so it’s just not the kind of thing that I really want to be doing on mobile, alone. But I did give this a spin the other day, and I did have fun. The best thing to come out of these digital versions is that it’s usually a great way to learn how to play the game (instead of having to read through an instructional manual), and since they tend to be pretty cheap, it’s a good way to sample a game, before you decide whether you want to spend the $50+ on the physical version. 

By Jean Snow

Senior Manager, Esports at Ubisoft. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.