The best asymmetric digital board games for mobile
That ain't fair
There are loads of different kinds of board games on the App Store, but one thing that you might think is a little underrepresented is asymmetrical games. These are games where the moves and options that the different players have aren't the same.
Kings and Assassins is probably the easiest example of the style on the App Store (and you won't be surprised to find that it's on our list), but there are other games out there that use asymmetrical mechanics to great end.
That's why we've put together this list for you. It's five games that we reckon get asymmetrical play just right. If you've got your own suggestions, feel free to stick them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
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Kings and Assassins
The asymmetric mechanics here open up the possibility of bluffing your opponent, sending them the wrong way in search of their target, then letting them fall into a trap. It's one thing knowing your opponent's moves, but it's another thing entirely figuring out who they're moving.
The asymmetry here comes from the fact that you're building your own deck, based on a specific faction. That means that the cards you and your opponent bring into the arena are going to be very different. Finding a way to play against your foe's deck is the key to success.
Obviously both of these sides have their own way of playing, and that's where the imbalance comes from. Winning as one side is pretty different from winning with the other, although the goal of world domination / survival is still the same.
In this game set in the ancient world, players pick one of seven different civilizations to play as. That civilization must build one of the titular wonders if it wants to win. And there are different ways to go about creating those wonders.
The paths to victory might be quite similar in the game, but every faction has its own way of doing things. While the game still has standard victory conditions, it's how you and the other players try to get to them that the asymmetry comes from.
Small World 2
That not only gives players plenty of scope for experimentation, it also means that the other people in the game are going to be left wondering about the path you're going to take towards victory. The game handles its inherent imbalance smartly though, and there's always enjoyment to be had here.