While videogames for consoles and computers are certainly popular these days, there is nothing like playing a board game around the dining room table with a group of friends or family. Even if the location is more exotic – the coffee table in the living room for example or out in the backyard on a picnic table for those in more moderate geographic locations – this form of entertainment can provide a lot of value and fun for the money. This is why we have put together a great list of the top five board games of 2011.
Best Board Games for 2011
Here is a quick rundown of the best board games for Christmas 2011.
Rory’s Story Cubes by Gamewright – If Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pictionary and Charades all had a baby the result would be this great board game – which is primarily the dice! Recommended for ages eight to fifteen years old, it is suitable for older players as well and is a lot of fun.
Qwirkle by MindWare – With a Games Magazine Award for Best Family Game – Runner-up in 2007 and a Mensa Best Mind Game Award Winner in 2007, this is similar to dominoes in some ways, but it is great fun and easy enough for six year old boys and girls to enjoy along with their older siblings. This is why it is a good family game.
Talisman: The Magical Quest Game, 4th edition by Fantasy Flight Games – This is a game for older children – recommended for those at least ten years old – but it is a big hit in a lot of ways. The fourth edition, this game goes back a couple decades. It has been providing fun for those who like fantasy games. Anyone who likes roleplaying video games will enjoy Talisman.
The Settlers of Catan by MayFair Games – While this may not be as popular as Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders, it is a very popular game that has been around for a number of years. Targeted for boys and girls age 10 to 14 years old, it revolved around exploring and taming the land. Every game is different, meaning it is fun over and over again.
Operation Star Wars Edition by Hasbro – This is the familiar game of Operation that children have loved for many years, but instead of a man, you are operating on R2D2! Recommended for kids aged 8 to 12 years old, it requires batteries, but children love improving their hand-eye coordination while playing the game.
Out list lists options for older children for the most part, but the good news is that there are many great options for younger children as well. From time tested favorites like Memory games to others like Chutes and Ladders or Hungry, Hungry, Hippos, there are plenty of great board games that can get the family playing together again.
In world full of isolation thanks to the Internet and video games, it is nice that there are still so many great games that require social interaction. If you are ready for some fun, take a look at these top five board games for 2011 or any of the other great board games that are available.