Board games are making a huge comeback worldwide. With quarantines and remote work in almost every country, many families have started playing games together to create new ways to communicate, spend quality time with their loved ones, or just to log off for a little bit. When looking for titles that present an alternative to family classics like Monopoly, Cluedo, or Risk, finding the right product can be challenging. Here are five family-friendly board games you can buy online or at your local hypermarket.
One of the most popular board games in existence, Settlers of Catan is a perfect game for families with kids over 12. The rules are simple, you build, trade, and expand to gain enough points to win. The game requires strategic planning, a little bit of luck, and above all, a lot of negotiation. It is a perfect game to teach your kids the value of getting along, thinking ahead, and even basic economic theories like supply and demand without boring them to death. If you have younger kids, there is a version of the game called Catan junior that works as the perfect gateway game to prepare them for the real thing. If your family liked Monopoly, they will adore Settlers of Catan.
Looking for a laid-back game you can set up in seconds and play for hours? Then you will definitely like Dobble. It’s a quick reaction game that requires constant attention and quick reflexes. The game can be played in a variety of ways, it is cheap, small, and super easy to learn. It’s one of the funniest family-friendly party games and a must-have in any board game collection. The game costs around 4,600 HUF at stores like Tesco, but you can also get it online.
This one is a classic. One of the few board games based on a movie that has actually outlived the movie’s popularity. Originally published in 1995, the game uses common board game mechanics such as dice rolling, card drafting, and pawns that move on the board. It’s a fun game to play with children above 8 years old who enjoy a challenge. The game is simple, but it quickly turns into a cunning race to get to the end and scream Jumanji! like you are a 90s kid that thinks Blockbuster will last forever. It is also a fairly cheap game and it is very easy to find a copy at any convenience store.
Do you enjoy asking silly questions? How about solving mysteries? If the answer is yes, Hedbanz will be right up your alley. A classic guess for the game adapted for the whole family, the game will make you ask and answer questions to discover what animal, object, or person you are before other players do. It is thrilling, funny, and gives way to a lot of interesting after-game conversations. Probably the easiest game on the list, perfect for short sessions and after-dinner conversations.