If you're planning some quality time with your friends and family but aren't sure how to keep them off their phone or zoning out in the middle of your bonding, you can try introducing them to something new!
Tabletop games are a great investment. And unlike movies, tabletop games can be played more than once during family nights or sleepovers without getting tired of them!
Here's a general overview of the games we recommend:
This word deduction game is a new spin to the classic guessing games but just as easy to learn as Taboo and Charades. The game is ideally played by two teams with at least two members each but may also be played by two players.
Players will assign a 'Spymaster' for the Red team and Blue team (if you're playing by teams) or between themselves (if there are only two players). To win the game, the players need to guess which of the 25 spy codenames laid out on the board belong to their respective team color while they avoid naming codenames that belong to the opposing team. This is accomplished with the help of the Spymaster who will give his teammates one-word clues that can point to several codenames on the board.
No pressure on the Spymaster who has to be extra careful not to give a keyword that may refer to an opponent's codename!
2. Exploding Kittens
Given the rise of Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, the world has been gifted with a wave of new games. In 2015, Exploding Kittens was revealed to be the most-funded project in Kickstarter history.
Exploding Kittens is a strategic card game for 2-5 players. The goal is simple: Do not draw the Exploding Kitten. You can use cards that will allow you to take a peek at the next cards on the deck, force other players to draw cards and shuffle the deck.
It's even better when played with the expansion pack, Imploding Kittens, which includes a 'Cone of Shame' for players who don't pay attention!
Tapple is a fast-paced word game that can be enjoyed by 2-8 players. The game comes with a special electronic device with a timer which is surrounded by 23 button, each printed one letter from A to W on them.
The players begin one round by picking a category in random and pressing the 10-second timer. During that time the first player must give one word related to the category before he/she presses on the letter the corresponds to the first letter of their chosen word. The timer is then reset to 10 seconds and must answer within the given time.
Players are eliminated from the round when they fail to answer within the 10-second mark. The last player left wins the round and keeps the category card as a point and the players move on to the next round.
4. Spot It
Spot It is a pattern-recognition game that tests a player's observational skills and reflexes. There are five different ways of playing but the main idea of the game is to find one common symbol on two different cards.
Each of the 55 cards in the deck has 8 different symbols on it and any two cards in the deck will always have one symbol in common. Depending on the mode players choose to play, Spot It can be won by a player getting rid of all his cards or by collecting the most cards.
Warning: Do not be fooled by the cartoonish illustrations and bright colors. This game is more intense than it looks!
5. The Resistance
Much like Mafia and Werewolf, The Resistance is a social deduction game for 5-10 players and one game can last for at least half an hour. The one third of the players randomly assigned as the spies will know who their allies are while the rest of The Resistance do not know who theirs are.
Each game consists of five missions. The Resistance's goal is to succeed in three out of five missions. In order to do so, they must identify who the spies are in order to secure their victory. The spies, on the other hand, aim for three missions to fail.
Look out for the wolf in sheep's clothing and anyone acting out of character!
Pandemic is a cooperative board game where players work as a team of disease-fighting specialists who aim to cure the world of disease breakouts. Unlike most board games, Pandemic requires players to work together instead of against each other.
The players take turns and aim to treat infected cities and researching cures for each of the four diseases. Each turn allows a player five moves, all of which are crucial to the team's victory. The players collectively win the game once all four cures have been discovered.
Remember: There is no "I" in "team". Don't be a hero and work alone. Listen to your teammates!
The best way to enjoy these games with your loved ones is to be a good sport and play fair! Make sure you have one or two of these unique games to make your next get-together even more exciting!
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