What comes to your mind first when you think of board games? Most likely, classic board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and even Snakes and Ladders will come to your mind first. Today, there are hundreds of incredible board games beyond these prominent titles, and you are losing out if you have not attempted them.
Board games today are pretty diverse. They can be played individually, or even in large groups. Most board games require critical thinking technique and strategy, while others boil down to just luck. The gameplay can range anywhere from a few minutes to hours, but there is one thing all these games have in common: enjoyable! Here are eight favourite board games which you can buy for this Christmas.
Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition
If you are in the state of mind for a highly competitive, cult-classic board game, then Monopoly is your answer. The Classic Edition is well-known for all it is original gameplay pieces such as hotels, money and silver.
A quick refresher: In Monopoly, 2 to 8 players start at GO, chancing and walking around the board. You can buy empty residential or commercial properties that you land. Sadly, if someone else owns the area, you have to pay the rental fees.
The game is over when you own enough properties to bankrupt the rest of your opponents. In general, Monopoly will last a few hours, and it can certainly draw out individuals’ competitive spirit. This all-time favourite household board game deserves a home in every game fan’s collection.
Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It is my highly recommended board games for all family. Created for kids ages three and up, the objective of this board game is children need to work their way up to the Picnic Island and search for hidden objects. Hence the name, Eye Found It.
However, time is running out as those hungry pigs will be eating up all the food at the Picnic Island. Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It is an excellent game to promote a team spirit during playtime!
Sequence Game is a family favourite card-based strategy game is sure to become a family favourite. Easy enough for children to learn, yet challenging enough to keep grown-ups on their toes.
For children age seven and up, the Sequence Game can be played individually or in teams. The Sequence Game is an excellent family board game which requires strategy and a bit of luck. Pick a card, put down a card and cover the spot on the game board with a chip. Get five chips in a row, and you win.
Catan 5th Edition
Catan is an adventure-based game which is excellent for small groups of three to four people. The concept of this board game is to battle to gather resources and build settlements on the island of Catan.
Despite this is a relatively easy to play a board game, there are lots of rules and obstacles. The players can trade using resource cards, sabotage each other and race to become the conqueror of Catan.
Want something fast? Check out Codenames. With the help of the team’s spymaster, the objective of this board game is to guess the identity of the “secret agents“.
Codenames can be played with more than four people, separated into two teams. This fastpaced game could end in about 20 minutes. To stay competitive, you can switch sides or request for a rematch.
Blokus Board Game
This Tetris-like board game will put every player’s critical thinking abilities to the test. The Blokus Board Game has one rule, touch at the corners, claim territory and block your challengers on the board.
Played with two to four individuals, Blokus takes around 30 minutes and is remarkably addictive! Besides the hours of engaging fun, Blokus enhance the players critical thinking abilities. This is the reason why Blokus won a Mensa award for promoting brain activity.
Ticket To Ride
Based on the famous motion picture “Around the World in 80 Days“, this train adventure board game is great for two to five players, age eight and above.
The concept of this board game is to check out the most cities with your trains, collect train cards to declare more routes and obstruct other gamers. You can earn extra points by connecting cities or develop the longest railway track. This board game ends when someone runs out of trains, and the gameplay usually takes about an hour. So, what will you learn after playing this board game? Probably a little of geography.
Pandemic Board Game
Let’s not compete, but instead, we cooperate. Pandemic is probably the best cooperative board game as far as I know. The objective of the game is to save the world by stopping the diseases from spreading globally. In this game, each player is appointed as a character, such as a researcher or operation expert, and has unique strengths that they add to the group.
During each turn, players will travel around the world and treat infections. As the diseases are spreading rapidly, this game requires teamwork. Please note that the game rules are a little complicated as there are many methods included in this board game. Therefore, Pandemic is suggested for teens and adults. However, when your family gets the hang of it, they will be addicted to the intense cooperative gameplay.