Classic games with a 21st Century twist

Nothing beats a classic game. Whether it’s chess, solitaire, dominoes or darts, there’s something about picking up something physical and getting competitive. Classic games are also a great way to pass the time with friends and family, and an even better way to keep both minds and skills sharp.

So what happens when the grandkids aren’t interested in a game of cards anymore? Or your friends don’t really have time to sit down for a game of draughts? Now you’re over 50, you might believe it’s too late to try something new. That isn’t the case, there are plenty of old classics that have been adapted to keep everyone happy. Classic games have been given a new lease of life thanks to technology. From PC and console games that feature hundreds of parlour games to the latest apps that turn smartphones and tablets into gaming tables, there are now loads of ways to enjoy classic games without having to dust off the chess set. You can even play against real people over the internet too, so you don’t need to worry about easily beating a machine over and over again.

We’re going to take a look at 5 classic games that have been brought into the modern era, as well as the places you can find them. So put away that deck of cards, fire up the laptop, phone or tablet and start enjoying your favourite games in a new way!

Pure Chess

The game of kings is the ultimate game of tactics and strategy, and its ease to learn but difficulty to master make it one of the most original and challenging games out there. The problem with a decent chess match is that you need 2 people, a chess board, sometimes a stopwatch and enough time to play at least a few games. This is where Pure Chess makes things a lot easier.

Pure Chess is the ultimate HD chess game, using brilliant 3D graphics to recreate a life-like board. Movements feel just like the real thing and there are multiple modes, so you can mimic fast-paced competition-style gameplay or just sit back and take your time with each move. You can even customise the board and pieces, making things more interesting with Roman soldiers or animals in place of traditional pieces.

Pure Chess is available on pretty much every device imaginable, from consoles like the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One to PCs and smartphones. This is the ideal way to enjoy chess from anywhere in the world without having to have an opponent sitting opposite you!

Monopoly

Probably the world’s most popular board game, Monopoly is the ideal way to completely ruin a family get together. If, like us, you love the idea of your family squabbling about rent and refusing to sell any of their properties, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Monopoly has taken the jump to the digital world, with a range of brilliant Monopoly games now available on both smartphones and tablets as well as PCs.

Playing the Monopoly smartphone app is just like playing in real life, with players able to select their favourite token then travel around the board snapping up properties and charging their opponents rent. The big bonus is that gameplay is a lot quicker, so you can get through a few rounds in a short space of time, and there’s no quibbling over maths or how much is owed for each transaction.

There’s also a great monopoly game that can be played online without having to download anything, so you can even enjoy a game on your computer without having to pay anything to download the app, plus you’ll save yourself around £15 – £20 which is the about cost of a physical Monopoly board game today!

Poker

 

There’s nothing better than taking money off your friends, and poker night can be a great way to get to know work colleagues better or just have a catch up with old pals with a few drinks on the side. However, this means waiting until the weekend or having to find a time when everyone is free, and who has time for that?

Online poker has become an experience that is pretty close to (and sometimes better than) real life. Gone are the days of boring chat-room style games with 2D graphics and slow gameplay, replaced by HD poker rooms with dealer interaction and sometimes even live video feeds of professional croupiers in real casinos, there are some great online guides that are very helpful for learning the ins and outs of poker. Online poker is a great starting point for those that are learning the game, there are loads of different options including free poker, so you can get the hang of things before depositing any cash. It isn’t just Texas Hold ‘Em poker either. The best online poker sites have a huge range of game styles, from Stud to Caribbean, so whatever your preference, there’s a game for you!

Pinball

You’ll struggle to find a great pinball machine in pubs and arcades these days, but fear not if your buzzer and bell fan as there are plenty of digital machines ready to be beaten.

Although you won’t get the same feel on the buttons or control over the launching pin, some of the more complex pinball games on consoles, PC and smartphones are actually great to look at and have the same fun gameplay you’d get on an old-fashioned machine. The Pinball Arcade series has a massive selection of tables and some great graphics too, which makes things way more exciting than anything you’d get on a traditional machine. You can also get pinball on your phone too, but things can get fiddly compared to the games found on PC or console.

Tabletop Simulator

If you want a computer game that does absolutely everything and recreates the best games compendium you could possibly imagine, then Tabletop Simulator is your best option. The game is basically a virtual recreation of a living room table, except you’ve got hundreds of different boards and pieces that can be used to play your favourite games. The game has realistic physics too, so you can pick up for example a chess piece and move it another square.

The best thing about Tabletop Simulator is the huge online community that contributes new models, new games and other things that can be downloaded to expand the capabilities of this clever piece of software. There’s also an iOS version for Apple device users, so you can take your huge selection of games with you wherever you are.

So there you have it, you don’t need to dust off those old games in the loft of try to get anyone around for poker night, with loads of (often free) option available online. Just don’t forget to actually put your computer or device down when someone real actually comes along and wants to play!