The best board games for Android – Spaceteam, Triple-Agent, Gogogo! and more

It’s the end of the year, which means there’s a chance you have to hang out with people you don’t normally hang out with. If only there was a way to make this easier…

Oh wait, there is. You can get a board game on your Android phone or tablet and use it to break the ice. Or, at the very least, lightly brush it off. We tried to choose games that everyone can play, rather than something to keep your board game group happy.

You can click on the game names below to download them from the Play Store. And if you have your own great board game suggestions, let us know in the comments section.

A frenetic and often hilarious journey through space where players control part of a spaceship’s dashboard. There’s a lot of instructional shouting, a lot of swearing, and more than a chunk of hilarity.

Less one game, more one way to play lots of games. Tabletopia lets you play different board games from the comfort of your phone or tablet. It has a decent library, and it’s way better than having to clean up chips and dice.

Apparently, this one was invented by Ellen Degeneres. So, yeah, that’s something. It’s a twist on charades and many other famous board games that involves holding your phone to your forehead and trying to guess what it says on it.

An intriguing same-room multiplayer game where two players hit a ball between their devices. It adds spice to the simple games you have already played. Spice like pushing your opponent.

This one is all about movement and dance, connecting players together via smart phone. It’s weird and wonderful and it will start your parties off in an intriguing way. Or make it scary.

Deduction games are all the rage these days, and this one is damn good. It doesn’t take long to play, with plenty of backstabbing and subterfuge in ten minutes.

An awesome, slightly crazy card game that involves, as you might guess, exploding kittens. This mobile version of the app lets you play offline multiplayer, which is exactly what you’re looking for, isn’t it?

There is a bomb and you don’t know how to stop it from exploding. The other players do, though, and they’re going to have to talk to you to defuse it. But it’s a game, so no one is actually going to die.

A series of tiny mini-games designed to be played by 3-16 players. Different games test different skills, from balance to tapping, from general knowledge to memory.

There’s a little more depth to this one – it’s more of a conversation starter than a game, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. It’s about fostering connections and we could all do with some of that right now.

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Joseph K. Bennett