Has Nintento beat board games?

Tabletop warfare: are videogames better?

Watch out, traditional Sunday afternoon pastimes - games devs have set their sights on you. As the young upstarts of gaming take on the mighty traditional board game, we take a look at who's winning the war...

Jenga vs. Jenga: World Party

The board game

Time to set up: In the tiresome construction stakes Jenga is up there with Kerplunk and Mousetrap. Sure, we all love the clatter of the blocks, but one second of tumble requires a good few minutes and a basic degree in architecture to rectify. And if you've lost the plastic hod? Forget about it.

Pros: Towering above the table surface, there's something distinctly powerful about the wooden lattice. Almost Mayan in design, it's not hard to imagine ancient civilisations gathering around the teetering totem, chanting "Jenga! Jenga! Jenga!" as sky-bound deities pluck out segments and turn the air blue when it topples. Fun.

Cons: Some idiot can knock it over on their first turn and it takes bloody ages to rebuild. Also: can damage antique furniture upon multiple block impact.

The videogame

Time to set up: This is more like it - you simply load a new tower. Dreamy.

Pros: The game highlights the best strategic moves by outlining pull-friendly oblongs in green. Some may feel that such robo-scanning undermines the brutal learning experience that is pulling a block from a layer already missing the middle block, but it certainly makes Jenga more dunce-friendly than before.

Cons: Thanks to some creative remote work, it's like trying to play Jenga while wearing oven gloves. Plus some designer/prankster thought it would be hilarious to have random catapults and pterodactyls pop up and knock your tower over like some young thug kicking in your sandcastle. This Jenga's a jerk.

Winner: The board game

A Domino Rally vs. Go Go Minon

The board game:

Time to set up: Ages, according to that recent Guinness advert. But then again, they also made us believe that horses live in the sea surf, so probably best to take it with a pinch of salt.

Pros: The clatter of a falling line of tiles is one of the most poetic noises you can make with ivory oblongs. "What about pianos?" you cry. Ahhh, but they're really hard to build into a rally. Rubbish at falling over, you see.

Cons: Imagine the cost of it. At least 500 dominos needed for a good time, at roughly 50p a tile. That's close to £8,000. Plus, like Jenga, it's all over a bit too quickly.

The videogame:

Time to set up: It's more of a constant work in progress, with players building a domino rally underneath the prancing hero as he gambols around the environment attempting to cheer people up.

Pros: You can place eight dominos with one button press - easing track development - and they never fall over by accident. Plus you can use angular hippos as domino replacements. Which is always a good thing.

Cons: No sooner have you laid down the track than that gambolling fool kicks them down. Tis a fool's errand! And they have the gall to obscure the click-clack satisfaction with god-awful J-Pop. DomiNO.

Winner: The board game

Scrabble vs. Scrabble DS

The board game:

Time to set up: Board open? Letters in the sack? Lets get ready to Scrabble. Though, arguably, it takes a lifetime of learning to truly prepare yourself for the mighty word-off that is Scrabble.

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