With situations getting worse, are you ready to get back to the grind, from whisking Dalgona coffee to binge-watching Netflix? I highly doubt though!! Because we are exhausted, we are annoyed, we are frustrated which would make the coming lockdown a difficult one
But not to worry, since your family would be your only hope to make your days better, I have come up with several board game options to pick from that would help you make the most of your family time, a memorable one
Did you know, besides being a stress buster, and not to mention boredom killer, board games hold plenty of benefits, continue reading to know about-
Why choose board games?
- It strengthens relationship
All these years you might have been living a robotic life without even realizing that you have been drifting apart from your loved ones. With board games, you can easily build rapport with your family as it requires a lot of co-operation and an incredible teamwork
- It increases brain function
You cannot let your brain rust, playing a board game would be more like an exercise to your brain. It will help you improve skills like decision making, higher-level strategic thinking and problem-solving
- It creates happiness
Playing board games triggers the release of endorphins, the “Happy hormones” that have the power to improve conscious and unconscious mind functions, leaving a person feeling cheerful, compassionate, and ultimately content.
- It enhances creativity & self-confidence
Playing helps them to develop stronger senses of individuality and creativity. This leads to greater self-esteem and a feeling of being included and noticed.
Now that you know the benefits, I’m sure you’re very much eager to get your hands on the best ones but with hundreds of options available, you will have to filter the suitable ones based on-
How to choose the suitable board games?
Some games tend to lose their excitement when dragged upon, so you will have to first consider the game’s length and concept. Check on how long would it take to play through the game
What do you prefer, loads of cheers, an interactive game or a silent, swiftly moving game? Think over it before you make a choice
Just because you understand the concept doesn’t mean you would easily be able to catch up with the rules of the game too. Before you buy, take a quick glimpse at the rule book, after all, nobody would want to spend hours just to understand a game. Ensure that the rules are clearly written and have a small amount of them
2, 3, 4 or 6? Decide upon the number of players interested to join you in the game. It’s best to have board games that are versatile and still be playable irrespective of the number of players willing to you in the game
Now that you’re aware of the measures of picking up the suitable ones, let’s hop into the-
Best classic board games
Own properties all across the world, with Monopoly you can experience the feel of the trade market where you buy assets and commodities. As the game continues, you can tax players who are at your property. This game is exciting and frustrating at the same time when it falls into a well-balanced power loop amongst the other players.
Another classic game, Ludo has been the simplest yet one of the most enthusiastic game to look forward to. When in doubt, trust Ludo for a perfect game night. Every time one rolls a dice, it can entirely turn the tables around. It is one of those rare games, that is and has been loved by people of all age groups
Tambola, also known as the Indian version of Bingo is the easiest one to play, with the host calling out numbers 1-90, with every strike you make on your number card, you will get one step closer to the victory. With loads of competition, rules and screams, this one is a must to have!!
Best strategy board games
Battleship, a strategy-based guessing game brings together competition, strategy, and excitement! In head-to-head battle, players search for the enemy's fleet of ships and destroy them one by one. To win, position ships to survive the opponent's relentless strikes, and track hits and misses with red and white pegs on the ocean grid
Risk brings you to the battlefield, a game full of conquests, attacks, battles and of course, betrayals. As a player, your goal will be to conquer the world by controlling every territory on the playing board by eliminating the opponents
A strategy game cannot get any simpler than this one. Connect 4, a plain, strategy board game with grooves and colorful palettes. You have to place the palettes in the grooves, trying to get 4 pallets in one line. Whoever can connect 4 pallets wins. Super simple isn’t it.
Best mystery board games
You as well as the other players will be locked inside the different rooms in a house. The game starts with players staying in their rooms. Then a set of events happen to lead to some kind of mysteries. Now the players’ role is to find the culprit with clues and evidence found on the scene.
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
With never-ending twists and turns, this game will keep you on the edge of your seat until justice is served. In this game, there’s one murderer and one forensic scientist and the rest of the players are investigators working hard together to find the killer. What’s unique about this game are it's 250 cards that can change the game every time you play, keeping things unpredictable
If you enjoy murder mystery games that involve paranormal investigations, then this one is a must to try. In this game, you must discover the truth about the death of the ghost who lives in Warwick Manor. After that, you must determine who committed the crime, when it occurred, and what weapon the criminal used.
Best educational board games
Test your vocabulary with scrabble on the floor. Simple and fun, Scrabble is a brain tease as you are expected to come up with words to match the tiles placed on the board. You must ensure that the letters don’t overlap the already existing words on the grid. Keep a dictionary close by if you really want to challenge each other!
If numbers are your thing, then Prime Climb would be your love in the gaming field. Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board. Picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponent’s back to start as you go. The first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game
Game of states
Gain knowledge about our country's geography and economy in a fun way with this gaming set. The game spreads awareness about the various states, their capital cities, important industries and major products of the country. As a player, travel to the various states and territories of the country to sell different types of goods.
Best family board games
Game of life
Experience life in a game. Go to college, take the family path, have kids, or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game. Will you receive a fortune and lose it as quickly as you got it? Will you need a bank loan to pay a debt? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything's possible with a spin of the Life wheel!
Talisman, a blend of role-playing and adventurous game. The game takes players a trip around the world to find equipment, weapons, ancient relics, and companions that will help them on their quest to acquire the Crown of Command.
Remember the easy game you used to play as a kid called Name-Place-Animal-Thing? Scattergories is a board game based on the concept. All you have to do is start a list of words from a particular letter that belongs to a category (for example, a fruit, or animal)
Best party night board games
Love word games? If yes, Taboo is another game just for you. A team-based game, where your partner has to guess the word that you're describing on the card. If your partner misses guessing the word, your opponent scores. Taboo makes you think on your toes due to the time constraints for each session, making it a lot more exciting and entertaining
Become a spymaster and help your allies identify undercover agents in Codenames. After pairing up with another player, teams compete to make contact with all of their agents first using one-word clues that could identify multiple words on the table. Guess your agent’s codename while avoiding the other teams in the process and also, dodging the murder. The first team to find all their secret agents without getting hit by the murderer wins
An advanced version of Dumb charades, Pictionary is super simple to play. Instead of actions, a player has to draw a picture and others guess what it is. So, with Pictionary, it’s time to show your artistic skills!! Anybody of any age can get into the game and have a good time – making it a fun way to pass the time
And that’s about it. The above-mentioned list of some nostalgic and some really new, exciting board games of various genres are super-fun to play comes to an end. For such more amazing content, stay tuned.
Thank you and have a great day ahead!!