Play On: 5 Great Card and Board Games
If you walk down the board game aisle at any department store, it can seem like the number of games available just keeps going up. It can be tempting to grab the first game you see, especially if you’re in a hurry to start up a family board game night. But there are some games that are better than others.
The games below are from my personal favorites — you may find that you have to play through more than a few to find the ones you and your fellow players will particularly love. It’s worthwhile to find a local game store that offers you the chance to play through games at a in-store game night before making a purchase. Plus, this list includes a few board games that probably aren’t going to be at a department store. (See also: Score! How to Host a Great Game Night)
Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan has been paving the way from more traditional board games, like Monopoly, to less-well-known alternatives for years. It’s for good reason, because the game, which lets you trade resources and build towns and roads, is a ton of fun.
This card-based game is officially meant for ages 13 and up, but we’ve played it successfully with younger kids. Dominion’s mechanics make it different every time you play by including different sets of cards. There are also several different expansion packs available.
Looking for something quick and easy to pick up? Citadels is a great game that can be played by up to seven players if you have a big group. It’s also particularly easy; you can master the game in just a few minutes.
Ever wanted to play with robots of your very own? Robo Rally lets you and your fellow players pit robots against each other and against a very unforgiving board.
You can build the wonders of ancient civilizations in 7 Wonders, along with discovering new technologies and competing with militaries. If you’re a fan of computer games like Civilization, 7 Wonders can provide a nice transition.
Got a few favorites of your own? Please share them in the comments — personally, I’m always looking for the next great board game.