Available On: PC (Steam), Mobile (iOS, Android), Switch
Sagrada is a dice-drafting tabletop game where players compete to create their own beautiful stained glass windows using colorful dice. The intuitive, family-friendly gameplay translates wonderfully to digital platforms and includes an impressive list of features, including asynchronous online multiplayer and a single player campaign.
In Sagrada each player chooses their own unique 4×5 grid player board where they’ll be drafting and placing dice from a shared pool over ten rounds. Grid spaces can be blank or feature numbers or colors, requiring certain dice placement. The catch is that no two colors, or matching numbers, can be orthogonality adjacent.
The digital version wisely keeps the focus on your own player board rather than squeezing everyone on the same screen. Dice are automatically rolled, and it’s a simple gesture to choose one and place it in the appropriate square. The interface helpfully highlights all legal spots when selecting a die, making it quick and easy to draft dice, though I would’ve preferred a button to roll the dice myself.
Board game adaptations are partially defined by their single and multiplayer features, and Sagrada’s are exemplary. The game features no fewer than three single player modes: normal matches with AI, a solo mode where you compete for a high score, and a full campaign with a series of progressively challenging AI matches with themed objectives.
On the multiplayer side, Sagrada features local and online cross-platform play. Online multiplayer includes both asynchronous and live play, offering the best of both worlds.
Local multiplayer is achieved through pass and play, with the screen switching to the other player’s board when it’s their turn. Pass and play does have one major limitation – secret objects are supposed to be secret for that player, but they’re clearly displayed along with the public objectives for other players to see.
Sagrada is rated E for Everyone. The theme of creating beautiful stained glass windows with colorful dice is an easy win for gaming families. Drafting dice is intuitive and easy even for younger children, though advance planning and manipulating dice via tools is a bigger challenge. The original board game has a recommended age of 10+.
With a huge host of modes and features, beautifully clean art style, easy-to-play interface, and well-designed tutorial, Sagrada is easily one of the best modern digital board games you can play.