After two years of communicating with loved ones almost exclusively online, there’s been a rise in the popularity of board games. While players may have enjoyed the days of Among Us and Jackbox titles, few things can compare to shouting across the table with loved ones about what house rules matter in Monopoly or Uno.
The last decade has brought forward a whole new wave of table-top, card games, and party games to play with friends and family. Some older titles even have a fresh twist to keep things interesting during those monthly game nights. As the cold seasons come around, these games will keep everyone engaged.
10 Uno All Wild Throws The Rules Out The Window
After the company behind Uno addressed the controversy regarding stacking its wild and reverse cards, sparks flew and some family rules got torn apart. It also inspired the company to create Uno All Wild, which proved to be as chaotic as it sounded.
This iteration of the popular game doesn’t have any of the typical rules, which actually makes it an intense free-for-all battle to get to “Uno.” There are still 112 cards, and it can be played with 2-10 players. There aren’t any matching number or color rules, just follow whatever the cards say. It’s easier said than done when it becomes a mad dash for skip-turns and +4s.
9 Thunder Road: Vendetta Reboots A Mad Max-Style Favorite
Thunder Road was a board game made for 2-4 players created in 1986. Loosely based on Mad Max, Thunder Road: Vendetta revitalized the game and introduced new elements to the classic favorite. In this iteration of Thunder Road, players controlled small, medium, and large cars, as well as helicopters for when cars took heavy damage.
Players must navigate various terrain and avoid being run off the road by other players. The tiles on the road, cards drawn, and dice rolled dictate the gameplay, and there are even secret goals players can achieve. If successful, players can change the outcome of the game or betray their friends and family in secret.
#CultureTags is a one-of-a-kind game made for the modern age. This game comprises 350 different cards (and 5 DIY cards), 7 different categories, and can be played in-person or virtually. The concept is simple: one player draws a card and everyone sees the category, they just have to guess the card’s acronym.
#CultureTags features many categories, ranging from song lyrics to things said in church. The game is a Kickstarter success and was created by a Black family to help celebrate their culture in a unique and fun way. #CultureTags brings together Black culture with pop culture and lets others in on the experience.
7 It’s Not A Couplet Or Haiku, It’s Poetry For Neanderthals
Poetry For Neanderthals is chaotic fun for people of all ages. In this team-based game, players receive cards with phrases, people, places or things, and they have to describe the card by forming a poem in the allotted amount of time.
The trick to the game is that every word in the poem can only be one syllable. Besides that, if the poet breaks the rule, the other team gets to hit them with a “no” stick. There’s no real rhyme or reason for the stick; it just adds to the theme and provides a unique element that separates the gameplay from the likes of Pictionary or charades.
6 Become The Next Spielberg With Roll Camera, The Filmmaking Board Game
Roll Camera is a game for cinephiles by cinephiles. Players become producers in a failing film company and are tasked with saving the business. The game can be cooperative or entirely solo, and it uses a mix of dice, event/obstacle cards, and a board, combining all the best elements from traditional tabletop games.
What makes Roll Camera unique is the resource mechanic, and how players need to interact with one another to make sure they stay on budget and release their film on time. If players finish the movie, they win. If there’s a mismanagement of time and money, it’s game over.
5 The Rules Are Simple: Don’t Get Stabbed
Don’t Get Stabbed is inspired by classic horror slasher flicks. The game can run 3-5 players, one of which is the killer, and the game ends when either all the victims have 3 stab cards, or they escape. There are over 70 cards involved in the game, all with humorous artwork that imitates victims’ (or killers’) mistakes in traditional scary movies.
Don’t Get Stabbed is fast-paced, making it easy to cycle through different playthroughs and ensuring players have hours of fun. The concept may seem serious, but the cards are silly, and unlike other party games, the intention is to back-stab other players.
4 Say Something Special With Ransom Notes, The Ridiculous Word Magnet Game
Ransom Note takes Cards Against Humanity and Madlibs and blends them together. In each round, one player will pick a card that has a situation or phrase to respond to, the others have to take whatever words they have and form an answer to it. The judge picks the winner, and whoever has the most points at the end wins.
Ransom Note has hundreds of words and situations, so the possibilities are endless. The game is listed as 17+ but it can be aged down if a parent skims through a few of the words beforehand. Ultimately, Ransom Notes is popular because the players shape the gameplay.
3 The Movie Movie Game Is Sure To Be A Hit
According to its Kickstarter, The Movie Movie Game was created by a group of successful content creators aiming to confuse and frustrate friends and family. There are several expansion packs, and the premise is simple. Each player gets to be the “Director,” reading film plots to the player beside them.
The plots of the film actually combine two existing movies, and it’s up to the player to combine the titles of the films and guess what they are. The Movie Movie Game offers additional points to those who guess the year the films came out, and the first to obtain 20 points wins. Quick-paced, this game provides surefire fun for anyone who loves pop culture or really intense riddles.
2 Try To Escape In A Game Of Hellapagos
Hellapagos is a unique board game that forces up to 12 players to recreate Lord of The Flies. In the game, each player can contribute needs for basic survival by gathering fish, water, and wood or searching the wreckage the team came from. In each round, these materials get consumed. If there’s not enough for everyone, someone dies of thirst or hunger.
Hellapagos even provides opportunities for sabotage, wherein a player can shoot someone just to steal their resources. Players must salvage enough rafts and rations for everyone to survive, but if a hurricane comes before that happens, and they can’t get the materials they need, everyone may meet an untimely demise.
1 Munchkin Is For D&D Fans Who Aren’t Ready To Commit
Munchkin is a game that’s been around for 20 years. What separates Munchkin from the rest isn’t just the fact that it continues to have new expansions, but it’s the unique amount of replayability overall. Players can choose to utilize “theater of mind,” or they can opt for the entire dungeon crawling deluxe board game.
Players who’re used to Dungeons and Dragonscan roll with the main packs, or go the zombie or ninja route. Munchkin is always evolving, and with the rise of new D&D fans, it’s a nice entry-level game for those who aren’t ready to embrace full-length sessions. The cards are clever, the art is cute, and the fanbase is always excited for more.
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