With no shortage of popular board games to choose from, here are our top fun board games to play during the monsoon season!
It’s pouring it down with rain outside, the TV has begun to lose its charm and the kids are getting restless. Sound familiar? Well fear not, our selection of fun board games will keep any family entertained for hours while also providing a welcome opportunity for the kids to tear their eyes away from a screen!
Our list of the most fun, popular board games caters for all ages and levels of expertise so go find the perfect antidote for those long, rainy afternoons at home with the family!
Fun board game no.1: Monopoly - Game of Thrones
Remember all those times you lost to your elder sibling who’d hog all the best cities and public services and systematically crush you during a game of Monopoly? Such sweet memories, right? Although, this is one of the classics – and one we can never tire of - we love the new Game of Thrones version.
Trading properties using tokens that are adapted from the sigils of the great houses of Westeros transforms this age-old bartering match into one of the most fun board games on the market. Not a GoT fan? Then just wait for the Monopoly for Millennials version to launch in India. Though this version has been severely trolled for its presumptions over what millennials prefer, the truth is - just as the box reads - that when it comes to real estate, we can’t really afford it anyway.
Fun board game no.2: Scrabble
Grab your dictionary like it was a weapon and get ready to battle it out on this evergreen ‘board’ battleground. While there are several online versions to play with friends, nothing beats the incredibly popular board game version, whether you have one or four for company. Our favourite is the deluxe vintage edition by US-based WS Game Company; its classic appeal can be found in the rotating game board.
When it comes to playing, the best trick is to memorise as many two-letter words as possible and to utilise the ‘triple word’ squares to beat even the toughest competitors. Pro tip: get a math genius to play umpire and total up the scores to avoid getting into an argument with the other players!
Fun board game no.3: Chess
There is nothing that comes close to chess when you are in the market for an exhilarating mind battle. Believed to have been invented in India over 2,000 years ago, this intellectual, forward-thinking game hones concentration and critical thinking as it exercises both hemispheres of the brain (how’s that for chess-speak!).
Chess aficionados everywhere will love the Mumbai-based venture, Square Off’s, creation. Utilising telerobotics and artificial intelligence, the young team created a futuristic digital chess set. It can analyse your games, offer a variety of challenge settings, connect you with players around the world - and even move the chess pieces for you!
Fun board game no.4: Ludo
If there is one game that can take us down memory lane, it’s ludo. Memories of long afternoons on summer vacations spent giggling and fighting over this popular board game come flooding back when looking at its iconic, yet simple design. One of the shortest, most straightforward games out there, all you have to do is pick a colour and ensure that each of your four pawns journey across the board safely without being killed and sent back to the starting point by your opponents.
Play by the rules prescribed or create your own (double and triple the pawns, perhaps), this game is the ultimate way to ‘kill’ the competition. The simplistic design comes in many versions - our top choices, however, are a wooden set by Pachisi and ludo-inspired bed sheets that come with tokens as well as dice!
Fun board game no.5: Ticket to Ride
Love travel (who doesn’t?) and trains but haven’t booked your summer holiday tickets yet? Then this popular board game is the one for you! While game-play is a little more complicated than similar classics such as ‘Life’, it involves an arduous but rewarding journey from one North American city to another. It’s not for the complicated rules of choosing a railway route while keeping your cards a secret, but for the competitive attitude it creates that won this game several top awards and accolades.
Fun board game no.6: Code Names
While this doesn’t really need a board, it is a complicated but invigorating game. Divide the players into two teams: red and blue; each of which need to pick a ‘code master’ from their team. Lay down 25 word cards in a 5x5 grid in a random order. Then, hand over a randomly selected map card that marks out which words in the grid need to be guessed by each team. Finally, select the card that mustn’t be guessed by either team.
It may seem simple that the team must guess the cards corresponding to their colour based on the verbal hint that the code master gives them, but it isn’t. And if there is a cheater playing for the opposition, you’re going to need all the luck you can get!
Fun board game no.7: Pictionary
Let your inner Picasso or Husain come to the surface! However, if you don’t, then you’ll end up making this popular board game far, far more fun, since players need to draw to win this game. Divide yourself up into pairs or teams of at least two and roll the dice to move forward. Then, pick a card and find the word corresponding to the colour of the box your pawn is on. Next, draw like your life depends on it.
The game reaches fever pitch when a team’s pawn enters the ‘all-play’ box in which all teams must feverishly draw the clue to encourage their team to be the first ones to guess it correctly!
Fun board game no.8: The Settlers of Catan
It took 20 years for this multi-player popular board game to find itself in the homes of millions of gaming enthusiasts around the world. Released in 1995, the purpose of the players or ‘settlers’ is to establish colonies on the island of Catan. From building settlements, cities and roads to connecting them on the hexagonally designed board, each settler’s decision is based on the result of rolling two dice. Making the game interesting is an anti-social element in the form of a robber, who, only upon rolling a total of seven, may be moved in or out of a specific territory.