2011 iOS Board Games Awards

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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.

Runner Up

iPhone/iPod Touch Board Game of the Year

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


Runner Up

iPad Board Game of the Year

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

Runner Up

Best Interface and Graphic Design

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





Runners Up



Best Online Multiplayer

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


Runners Up

Best Artificial Intelligence

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

Runners Up



Best Local Multiplayer or Pass and Play Multiplayer

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

Runner Up

Best Children’s App

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


Runner Up

Best Party Game App

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

Runner Up

Best Abstract Game App

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

Runner Up

Best War/Tactical Battle Game App

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


Runner Up




  • Rob

    last one is best strategic app not abstract

  • 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.

    • http://www.eidolon.me 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.

    • http://www.eidolon.me Angelus Morningstar

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

    • 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!! 😉

  • 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.

  • Luis G Rodriguez

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

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