We've all been spending more time indoors recently. It's easy to get a little bored when you're stuck at home. Once you've read all the books on your shelf and binged and streamed all the content you can handle, it's time for a game night.
Video games are great fun, but if you're looking to cut down on screen time and increase your actual face time with those you live with and love, there's nothing like a good board game. The world of board games, or tabletop games as the enthusiasts call them, can be overwhelming. Things have come a long way since Candyland and Monopoly – though those can still be fun games! Here are some of the best board games of the past year and of all time!
The Hygge Game
The Hygge Game™ (pronounced hoo-guh) is inspired by the Danish concept of "hygge" which is the art of enjoying the good things in life. It's all about contentment, well-being and feeling cozy and safe. Isn't that something we could all use a little (or a lot) more of this year? Gather the family, or your 'pod', together to share stories and spark conversations about the big and small things in life that make it worth living. Create a cozy atmosphere with the help of over 300 thought-provoking questions. It's the perfect low-key way to spend a night in, under some blankets, while sipping hot chocolate.
If playing a board game called Pandemic during a Pandemic isn't too meta for you, this game has been called one of best board games ever made. It's tense and challenging, yet accessible and fair. It never feels hopeless. You'll have to plan, strategize and deal with the consequences. You can take it to the next level with Pandemic: Legacy, an alternate version where the consequences of each game continue into the next one.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
If you are in the mood for an adult board game that puts players right in the middle of a horror movie, you've got to try Betrayal at House on the Hill. Choose your character, based on horror movie tropes, and set about exploring a spooky mansion, room by room. Tension can run high and this game is highly re-playable with new scenarios virtually every time you play. Do you dare to enter?
Catan was released in 1995 and has become one of the most popular board games ever. You'll need to plan a settlement (location is key!) and try to survive and thrive through building, trading and acquiring resources.
Spontuneous - The Song Game
If you've got some singers and music lovers in your family, get ready for merry melody-making with Spontuneous - The Song Game. It's easy to learn – a word is given and it's a race to blurt out any song containing that word. Sing it or shout it. Talent is not required and the fun is built in.
BentallGreenOak hopes that these fun board games help you enjoysome quality time at home.