Board games have been around for many decades and are known for being a fun activity to do with both friends and family. Whether you like playing Scrabble, Bingo or Monopoly, you probably have many good memories of playing at least one type of board game in your youth. However, the way in which we can now play board games has changed significantly. More and more classic board games are making the jump to digital; allowing players to play the game on a mobile device.
Classic board games were incredibly popular, up until a point. With much competition for other forms of games such as video games and computer browser based games, board games became an inconvenient game to play, when there were so many alternatives that could be accessed digitally. In addition, board games are physically bulky and they are not something one would usually carry around, in case the mood struck to play a game. This hassle contributed to the decline in the overall popularity of such classic board games. Having established that it was not the idea or any theoretical component that was making board games less and less popular entertainment choices, many owners decided to try fixing the problem.
The solution at which many arrived was to adapt with the times in order to survive. This meant changing the format of their respective board games. Those companies, such as wink bingo, who bravely took the plunge and made the jump to a digital platform or mobile app, are now reaping the rewards. Other classic games such as Monopoly and Scrabble have also made this jump to digital. As such, we have now seen a major resurgence in the popularity of classic board games – the only difference is that now they are being accessed in a more convenient manner.
Another factor that added to the dislike of physical board games is the fact that they can be quite expensive due to the materials needed to make the actual board and game pieces. However, a digital version does not incur these costs per unit. As a result, the price point on the average gaming app is considerably less expensive than that of physical board games. This means that more people can afford to actually buy these games on a digital platform, and the lower price does not cut into the company’s profits, and it also creates the opportunity for in app advertisements that can generate money.
Classic board games have managed this jump in format quite successfully, allowing people to choose whether they would like to buy the game in its original hard-copy format, or if a digital version suits their needs better. Identifying the problem in their products and finding an appropriate solution has allowed the board game industry to thrive in its digital form. As time progresses we expect to see more and more classic board games make the move to offering a digital version of their board game in conjunction with the original format.