Board Games Into Video Games – How Good Are The Adaptations?

Board games have always been extremely popular, because whether you are referring to classics like Monopoly, or role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, they bring a lot of people together for a few hours of pure fun. However, there are times when you would really enjoy playing a game or two, but nobody is available. That is one of the reason why video game adaptations of board games now exist. Which are the best board game adaptations in the past few years? Let’s find out:

Tabletop Simulator

While this game isn’t an adaptation per-se, it allows you to play just about every single board game imaginable, as the game supports Steam Workshop, and people can create content for it. The game’s physics are hilariously well-designed, with ragdoll physics, and the ability to flip the table along with all the pieces on it just as in real life. This makes for some extremely fun sessions of online board gaming with close friends, as long as none of you take it too seriously. The game is available on Steam for 19,99 dollars/euros.

THE GAME OF LIFE – The Official 2016 Edition

This game makes the list not because it’s extremely good, but because it offers enough for its unbelievably low price. Fans of The Game of Life will enjoy a few playthroughs before realizing that this game lacks a few features and is overall fairly barebones. Still, for 5 dollars base price, it’s worth trying out if you want to scratch that board game itch.

Mordheim: City of the Damned

Mordheim: City of the Damned is the video game adaptation of the classic Games Workshop title called “Mordheim”. This game takes the setting of the original Mordheim board game, thus the events are unfolding in Warhammer Fantasy Universe’s decimated Empire city. The story is as follows:

“After a twin tailed comet crashed on Mordheim, the City of Damned turned into a terrifying battlefield where rival warbands fight fiercely for the control of key neighborhoods, looking for glory and fortune by acquiring the very valuable Wyrdstone fragments.”

The video game plays much like the board game, meaning that the game is turn-based. The graphics are extremely good for such a game, and the official soundtrack is absolutely amazing. In fact, with every copy of the game bought, you get the soundtrack for free in your Steam folder.

However, if it is worth it is up to you: the game costs 40 dollars, and it only went down to 20 dollars on its best sale. If you don’t have anyone interested in a game of Mordheim, though, and you really want to play it, then perhaps it would be a good investment.

RISK Factions

Pretty much the only RISK game which has a positive rating mark on Steam, RISK Factions keeps the gameplay from the previous adaptations and adds some color into it. There are two game modes: the classic RISK game, which has some nice new animations added while battles are taking place, and the campaign mode, consisting of 5 chapters, each preceded by a short, colorful animation, about wars escalating between generals, cats and more.

All in all, if you have 10 bucks to spare, and you’ve got a RISK itch to scratch, then RISK Factions is the best choice at the moment, with the other iterations being fairly bad, even for a lower price.

Steer away from these!

We’ve seen the best ones, but what are the worst? Well, as previously mentioned, all iterations of of RISK save for RISK Factions are pretty bad, with issues ranging from glitches to a lack of content. The Catan adaptation, called Catan: Creator’s Edition is an extremely poor game, with dice rolls not being random (looks like they are pre-determined at the start of each game), lots of crashes and bugs, and no online multiplayer mode.