2011 iOS Board Games Awards

Published on January 25, 2012
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I note that I was invited to be one of the panel judges for this Award.

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We at iOS Board Games have put together a panel of the some the most knowledgeable iOS minds on BGG to bring the iOS Board Games Awards for 2011. This panel nominated and then selected from those nominees some of the best iOS offerings this year in various categories. These categories were selected based on the current state of iOS board gaming. In future years, categories may be added or removed based on changes in the industry.

A quick break down of our process:
1. We gathered together a panel of iOS board game experts.
2. We had them nominate up to 5 games in each category based on a list of games released in 2011 and the possibility of write in votes.
3. This panel then voted for their favorite games after the top 5 nominees in each category were determined.
4. The votes were counted and the winner and runner up for each category are shown here.

For each category we have selected one winner and one runner up, except in the case of a tie. These awards are our attempt to point out some of the best board gaming experiences for iOS from 2011.

Please enjoy the awards below. How did we do, are we dead wrong? Let us know by participating in our Reader’s Choice Awards.

iOS Board Game of the Year

The overall best iOS board game of 2011.

Ascension1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Runner Up

ticket6 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

iPhone/iPod Touch Board Game of the Year

The best iOS board game for iPhone/iPod Touch. Universal apps were included.

ticket6 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Runner Up

Ascension1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

iPad Board Game of the Year

The best iOS board game for iPad. Universal apps were included.

Ascension1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Runner Up

ticket6 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Interface and Graphic Design

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.

Ascension1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot


ticket6 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runners Up

ACR1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

ElderSign1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Online Multiplayer

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.

Ascension1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runners Up
DiscDriving 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Artificial Intelligence

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.

puertorico1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Runners Up

Ascension1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot


ticket6 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot


TE2 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Local Multiplayer or Pass and Play Multiplayer

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.
DiscDriving1 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runner Up

FI1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Children’s App

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.

FI1 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runner Up

Fish1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Party Game App

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.
DiscDriving1 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runner Up
hurry up 1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best Abstract Game App

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.
WotR 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runner Up

Fish1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Best War/Tactical Battle Game App

The best example of this feature in 2011. “Best” was defined by the voter.

Titan11 500x375 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot
Runner Up

Crimson1 100x75 2011 iOS Board Games Awards ipad screenshot

Review By: Angelus Morningstar

Completed a Masters of Jurisprudence at University of Sydney. I am an activist, dramaturge, and instigator of strange mind experiments. I’m a storyteller, and I mostly tell stories about people. These aren’t always stories you’ll find written down, they can be stories told over a coffee, told by firelight, told through art act and lifestyle. Of course, we all tell stories. We love our little fictions, lies and dreams – I just like to embellish a bit more than most. My current project of substantial size is called Eidolon. It can be found here: http://www.eidolon.me
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7 comments
Luis G Rodriguez
Luis G Rodriguez

I find quite estrange that a game rated 10+ in the cardboard version won the best children app... go figure...

TheDukester
TheDukester

I was on the panel, and I expected T&E to clean up with most of the awards. I'm a huge Ascension fan, but I was definitely surprised at well it did. And, yes, for anyone who is curious: it was subjective and not at all scientific. Don't flip out if you're not seeing your personal favorite game mentioned.

Slak
Slak

I hope that I'm not being overly negative here but I really don't agree with the honours currently being showered on Ascension. To me, the iOS version is a solid implementation of a mediocre and overly random game. I don't expect that all gamers will agree about all games but it unsettles me to find that I disagree so sharply with the reviewers for two of my favourite websites (this one and Brad Cummings' BGG blog). Angelus, you've done a good job of explaining the process by which the awards were chosen. I was wondering if you could discuss the judges' reasoning in choosing Ascension as iOS Game of the Year over, say, Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, or Tigris & Euphrates, at least as far as you know. Thanks.

James Bruce
James Bruce

Completely agree Slak, but please dont take this as representative of *this website*. Angelus was on the judging panel for BGG, and was only 1 of 5. I expect if I or Angelus made our own personal awards, they would actually be quite similar to the ranking currently displayed, as voted by you guys, on the sidebar of this site. That tells me you should probably trust us over some arbitrary BGG panel!! ;)

Angelus Morningstar
Angelus Morningstar

Oh, and it was blind voting. None of us saw the other's votes or discussed with each other.

Angelus Morningstar
Angelus Morningstar

To be honest, i was as surprised as you. I was expecting Ticket to Ride to pick up all the rewards, which is what I mostly voted for. It was a voting system based on subjective choice.

Rob
Rob

last one is best strategic app not abstract

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