Comparing the best Board Games websites to play online
An analysis of the three most famous online Board Games platforms: Board Games Arena, Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator, considering their advantages and disadvantages.
Playing Board Games Online
Board Game Arena
10 simultaneous players. Another point they pride themselves on is playing exactly like you do in real life: pick up, spin, shake and throw any object, whether it's your game pieces, your board, your table, your card, etc. This is also achieved with Tabletopia, and personally that's what I don't like very much. It requires a lot of fine mouse control and thus loses some accessibility and usability. With that, I opt, in this regard, for the Board Game Arena, in which the movements are much more similar to the mouse movements as we use it daily. The environment also offers a team game system with voice and text chat. Just like Board Game Arena allows Hotseat mode, which allows more people to play locally on the same computer. It also features 360º panoramic backgrounds that change the lighting and atmosphere. Honestly, I found it very polluted and unintuitive, several times I was lost not knowing where to go and what to do. But that's just my impression.
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variety and quantity of games, I recommend the TableTop Simulator (remember that it is paid, but it's the cheapest and its subscription is for a lifetime), as simple as that! If you are looking for
quality in games(the newest ones, etc.), the best option is the Board Game Arena (and I suggest becoming Premium). Tabletopia is closer to the Board Game Arena in terms of quality, but it still loses to Board Game Arena.
gameplayis concerned, the Board Game Arena wins, followed by Tabletopia and then by Tabletop Simulator. I never really felt so lost in a game as I did in that environment. Nothing is intuitive, logical or usable. To get this result, I played the same game on 3 platforms, so the comparison was fair. Regarding
value, the TableTop Simulator beats all of them, it's the cheapest and with thousands of free games. Obviously, they also have paid games, like the others, but they are few and offer a lot for the small amount you pay. The Board Game Arena takes second place with its annuity, but with many advantages. As for Tabletopia, I don't see any justification for being so expensive and offering almost the same thing as the Board Game Arena, I think it must be because they have an app, but I really don't know. Based on that, can you guess which one I signed? Well, Tabletopia obviously doesn't, for several reasons already listed. So, do you opt for Board Game Arena or TableTop Simulator? Well, right who said TableTop Simulator, for the price, although I'm very unhappy with the gameplay, which will lead me me to become Premium in Board Game Arena in the very near future. Here is the link to their respective websites, Board Game Arena, Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator for you, based on what I wrote, to draw your own conclusions.
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