As you may well know, there’s nothing we love more than some old school games on the likes of a PlayStation Classic or Nintendo’s classic consoles. But today we’re taking things a step further and going real old school. Yes, we’re talking cardboard boxes and wooden boards, plastic pieces and dice. That’s right, we’re taking a look at the most traditional of games that have gone digital which you can now play online.
It’s the game that has caused many a household argument, but it’s the one that we keep coming back to again and again. Monopoly, the game of greed and capitalism that practically everyone has played regularly at one point in their life.
You’ll be happy to hear that the online version of the game is every bit as frustrating as the original. Although it’s disappointing that you don’t get to fight over who is the car and who is the old boot, playing online does have its advantages. Like, for example, the fact that you don’t need anyone else in the house to agree to a game. You can play against the computer, or you can play and start arguments with players from all over the world.
As you may have guessed, this covers a whole lot of games. From Baccarat to the good old slot machine that we loved to play at the local casino (or watch in movies). All these traditional casino games are now available online.
So, what’s so great about playing poker online you might ask? Well, the fact is that not that many people have easy access to a casino or have poker-playing buddies who’ll come to a home game. Accessibility makes casino games a winner.
Better yet, there are dozens of reputable online casino providers, so you can pick and choose according to your taste in games. But perhaps best of all is the fact that most providers will offer a £10 deposit bonus UK or any other type of bonuses for new customers or those that remain loyal. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Getting back to the board games again with this word game classic. Scrabble is one of those games that you’re never sure you want to play, but when the action starts, you’re hooked. Interestingly, while there’s an official version of the game developed by Hasbro, there are scores of similar games inspired by the original.
In fact, you’re really spoiled for choice in the Scrabble stakes. There’s everything from social media enabled versions to high-speed games against the clock. Just remember that different versions may take their word verification from separate dictionaries, so high-scoring words on one game may not even be an acceptable words on another.
Now you might wonder how a game like pool or snooker can be a success online and it’s a good question. Incredibly though, online pool is a hugely popular game. Like Scrabble, there are scores of options out there, but 8-Ball Pool by Miniclip is by far the most popular.
While there’s no substitute for the feel of the felt under your hands, online versions of pool are still quite accurate in their gameplay. Join in tournaments, leagues, or just play for fun. You can even play on your mobile.
When you hear the word Mahjong you might think of retirees sitting in Florida enjoying a game while sipping iced tea. But here’s the thing. Mahjong is actually hugely popular across all generations. While this has always been the case in Asia, the internet has introduced the game to a much wider global audience.
There are many online versions that allow you to play the classic game against opponents from all over the world. However, some of the most popular of late are solitaire versions of the game that require you to match pairs until you’ve cleared the table. It’s not really Mahjong though, is it?
One of the newer games on this list of old classics, Uno is a simple card game that anyone with a basic grasp of numbers can play. It’s so simple to play that an online version was a given and, unsurprisingly, you can play variations of the game on many of the world’s leading online gaming providers.
The great thing about online Uno is that you can easily jump into a game for a few hands and then leave. Games rarely take more than 5-10 minutes to complete and, with it being so popular, there are always people willing to play against you.
Depending on where you’re from, this game is either named Clue or Cleudo, but the game itself is exactly the same. This classic whodunnit game is a little like Scrabble in that you may not realize that you want to play it until you actually get started and, once you do, it’s intriguing top say the least.
So what about the online version? Well, to be honest, it’s really good. You can play it on any device and there’s an option to play against customizable AI of up to 6 players. If you prefer to play against real opponents, you can connect to the server and play against people from all over the world.
Like Mahjong, you probably think that Bingo is an old person’s game, but it really isn’t. In the UK, for example, the game is huge and there are many variations played in pubs, clubs, and community halls across the nation.
But we’re talking online and to be honest, there are even more options to play Bingo available on the internet. Whatever provider you opt for, you can play for smaller jackpots with low buy-ins or take part in bigger events with huge prize pools.
Believe it or not, this game took quite some time to come online, but when it did it proved to be a huge hit. It’s not quite the exact same as the board game that you pit your wits against, but the online version of Trivial Pursuit in its TV gameshow format is quite entertaining.
It’s an interesting take on the game and it works quite well. You’re a contestant on a gameshow answering trivia questions based on a particular subject. It may not sound too exciting, but believe it or not, it actually is.
How can we have a list of traditional games without featuring chess? The answer is, we can’t! Chess has been around for over a thousand years, so this is by far the oldest game on our list. And as soon as the internet came along, chess enthusiasts the world over started playing online.
There are scores if not hundreds of online chess games that you can play on any device, so we’re not even going to suggest one. And while there are some variations on the game, the vast majority of online versions stay true to the original.
An honorable mention goes to Solitaire for the simple fact that it’s installed on every windows PC in the world! Having said that, would you really play solitaire if it wasn’t already on your laptop? We didn’t think so.