If you’re reading this, chances are that you know your tabletop gaming inside out.
No matter whether you’ve got every expansion for Carcassonne, cleared out every quest in Gloomhaven, or are on your umpteenth game of Hive; varying your diet is essential. Thankfully, the last few years have seen the industry experiment with the creation of ‘hybrid’ games that pair apps and digital elements with your cardboard and plastic.
So, here are eight of our favorite games that have absolutely knocked it out of the park. Starting with-
When it comes to innovation, it’s hard to do better than Star Wars. Now a regular fixture on our televisions, cinema screens, computer consoles, and more; this exceptional design from Fantasy Flight allows players to go on their own adventure in a galaxy far, far away. A perfectly poised dungeon crawler, the game uses a companion app to automate the traditional role of the GM. This allows your group to minimize downtime, run a full campaign with ease, and integrate all your expansions and extras with ease – letting you squeeze the most out of every session.
Designed by the endless inventive Vlaada Chvátil, this offers a distinctly eastern-european take on space exploration. Built around programming mechanics, players use a provided CD (or digital track) to act as a timer as you frenziedly work to tackle the danger at hand. This can involve blasting asteroids, taking on space crabs, or just moving the ship’s mouse so the screensaver doesn’t pop on. Offering immense replayability and equal levels of stress – this is the perfect pick for groups looking to push the boundaries of what the hobby can offer…all within 30 minutes.
Now we’re onto something truly special. Letting you star in your own crime drama series; Detective puts you and your friends into the size 10’s of the finest Detectives and work to solve a series of crimes using app-based tech and online databases to eliminate suspects and piece the crimes together. This involves using your device to scope out crime scenes, store and recall key pieces of evidence, and act as your own personal Watson. Elementary? Far from it.