Though there’s nothing like a game of chess with a family member or a hand of late night poker with your buddies at the dining table, when you’ve no one to play with, those games can get boring quickly. Can you even play poker as a form of solitaire? Maybe you can, but why would you? Thankfully, though, there are now many online options for getting your game on, but with such variety, choosing a good one can be difficult. Have no fear. Today, we’re looking at four of the top multiplayer real-world games and their best online alternatives.
The Best Online Alternatives to Real-World Games
Often touted as the game of intellectuals, chess is far more popular than you would believe. Did you know that estimates put the number of chess players in the world at anywhere from 600 million to 1 billion? Such unbelievable figures would suggest it’s the most popular game in the world. So, as you can imagine, there are tons of online chess providers.
As we said, there are many chess websites, and your favorite will likely boil down to preferences regarding graphics and ease of use. However, with 20 million registered users, Chess.com is one of the top places to find a game with relative ease.
The site has a straightforward layout, and the game has simple features and controls, which has a certain appeal. In fairness, this is what anyone who plays chess wants. They want a board that is completely free of any distractions, and that is what chess.com gives them. And better still, it’s entirely free.
And for those who aren’t good at the game, there are plenty of training tools to help improve their game. Some users might like the option to play for money, but this isn’t online poker, this is online chess and playing for cash doesn’t fit in with the whole chess ethos.
It’s a game we all love and enjoy playing with our friends, but when you want some real action, the age-old common misconception is that you have to hit the casinos. In recent years, though, it’s been proven time and time again that online poker rooms offer some incredible pots.
Many sites exist out there where you can play a few hands of Texas Hold ‘em, but one of the better ones is 888Poker. Their online poker platform is easy to use, and with millions of regular users, finding a table to join isn’t a problem any time of the day or night.
The gameplay is also good, and while the features are usually the same across the board when it comes to online poker, these guys have added a few nice touches to their platform to set them apart. One such addition is a game called BLAST Sit & Go, which features a timer, and once it runs out, it puts everyone at the table all-in. Yes, it sounds a bit intense, but it’s wildly popular.
But let’s face it, poker is often all about the money, and this is the main reason why we choose 888Poker as the best platform. Their reputation for paying out is unmatched, and as one of the most trusted providers online, you are guaranteed that all your winnings and deposits are safe. You can’t argue with that now, can you?
It may be one of the most widespread family board games of all time, but surprisingly, there’s only one licensed version of the game where you can play other players online. Of course, there are many pretenders, but unlike poker or chess, Monopoly is a trademarked game, and if you’re going to play it, then it’s best to opt for the real deal.
If you have players at home who would like to play with you, then you can head for Poki.com, which has an excellent online version of the game. This is a good option if you don’t have a board at home, but that’s about it.
If you need to find players to pit your wits against, then your only option is Pogo.com. Their online Monopoly game is well-designed, and there are usually a few hundred players on at any given time. Although this is the only licensed version available online, we’re lucky because it’s quite good. You will need Flash enabled on your browser to play, which some people may find a little annoying.
Overall, it’s a solid game with simple and straightforward gameplay and impressive graphics and audio. You can play as a guest, but if you register, then you can save your game stats and see how far you can get up the leaderboard. Exciting stuff though we still prefer the real-world version as it’s easier to overturn the board when things aren’t going your way!
The game for word-nerds everywhere, Scrabble is a little different to Monopoly in that you’ll find a ton of variations of the game available online. In fact, there’s a wide selection of apps that promise the real Scrabble experience for all. But you’ve probably guessed by now that we like the real deal when it comes to online games.
Now there are several places where you can play licensed versions of the game. Pogo.com has one for starters, but we like the Mattel version available on Facebook. For us, this version offers excellent gameplay as with other versions, but what sets it apart is the fact that you are connected to millions of players worldwide. Opt for versions hosted on gaming sites and you’re limited in the number of players.
The added bonus with playing the game on Facebook is that you can challenge any of your friends to a game even if they’re not using the app. Be careful though, we all know how annoying it is to receive multiple games invites when you have no interest in playing the game. Your best bet would be to use a status update to ask if any of your friends would like to play.
So, there you have it. Our favorite online alternatives to real-world games. So, the next time you want to challenge someone to a game of chess or sit down with a few friends for a game of Texas Hold ‘em, all you need to do is open your laptop or phone, and you’re good to go. Now, we’re off for a game of Scrabble, who’s up for it?