Hey, everyone! Today we’re going to speak about the 10 board games everyone should own. Why? Each game from this list has an incredible replayability and perfect balance and also they proved their popularity throughout many years. We are so excited to present you this list! Let’s see what we got for you.
2-8 Players • Ages 8+ • 60-180 minutes to play
Of course, this game is obviously should be at each table of each family party. Monopoly was created in 1903 by anti-monopolist Elizabeth J. Maggie Philips in order to explain the single tax theory by Henry George. Also, this game shows the negative impact to the economy by monopoly. The first (classic one) version was published in 1935 by Parker Brothers. In the gameplay, players need to move their miniatures across the board to buy or trade property, develop it with houses and hotels and collect rent from opponents to goal being to make them all to become bankrupts. You will need to prove that you are true monopolist by controlling the whole economy!
9. Cards against Humanity
4-30 Players • Ages 17+ • 30 minutes to play
First, the game begins when “Card Czar” chooses a black question or fill-in-the-blank card from the deck top and shows it to other players. Each player takes ten white answer cards at each round start and then passes a card (or two cards sometimes) to the Card Czar face-down. It represents the answer to the question marked on their card. The “Card Czar” chooses which answer card or cards are the most funny in case of answering the question or fill-in-the-blank card. The player who takes the chosen card or cards is given the question card to perform an “Awesome Point”. Then, the player to the left of the “Card Czar” is the new Czar for the next round. The game continues until the players want to stop and the player who has the most “Awesome Points” wins.
2-8 Players • Ages 10+ • 20-60 minutes to play
In Citadels, players can earn gold and develop some buildings. It all starts with a number of building cards in a player’s hand. Buildings can be of five colors with some special abilities which depend on the playable characters. Each character represents a special ability and each situation is crucial to use them. Then characters take their actions in the following order: the assassin eliminates another character, the thief steals all gold from another character, the wizard swaps building cards with another player, the warlord can destroy a building and etc. Each turn, a player can earn two or more gold and constructs one building if he likes to. Buildings cost some gold which is equal to the number of symbols on them. Each building is worth a certain number of points. To say more, at the end of the game a player gets bonus points for eight buildings or buildings of all of the five colors.
7. 7 Wonders
2-7 Players • Ages 10+ • 30 minutes to play
You are going to play as the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. To become glorious and fair leader, you need to find resources, create commercial routes and increase your military power. You should build your city and develop an architectural wonders which will bring the future faster. “7 Wonders” is all about the ages – each age players have seven cards from a deck. Then they are able to choose one of these cards and pass the remaining ones to the next player. Remember, that each card has a special ability. The game ends after three ages.
2 Players • Ages 8+ • 15-30 minutes to play
“Patchwork” allows two players to craft the most beautiful and high-scoring patchwork quilt on a game board which is 9×9. For a start, you will need to lay all the pieces randomly to form a circle. Then place a marker directly clockwise of the 2-1 patch. Players take five buttons which are the points in the game and then someone has to be chosen as the start player. Each turn players buy one of the three patches. To do this, you will need to pay the cost in buttons depicted on the patch. The player who has the most buttons at the end of the game is the winner.
2-4 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-90 minutes to play
This game is quite popular for now because of its setting – the plague which consumes the planet. The game board shows some of the major population centers of the Earth. Each turn, players use up to four actions to move between cities, treat infected cities, make a cure or build research labs. A deck of cards give the players a lot of abilities, but be careful because there are some cards which are escalating the epidemic process. There is a second separate deck of cards which carries out the “normal” infection spreading. To win the game, you will need to cure all four diseases but if at least one infection spreads, all the players lose the game.
2-4 Players • Ages 13+ • 30 minutes to play
Have you ever dreamed to be a king? It’s time to wear a crown in “Dominion”! You are the heir of your parents and you have a small wealth kingdom full of rivers and trees. You have a lot of dreams and hopes but don’t forget about the things you have to do! You will need to expand your kingdom and make it more successful and rich. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! As a king, you’re going to bring civilization to your people and unite them under your flag, but you are not alone! There are a lot of rival kingdoms who want the same things. You will have to race them all to win the game.
Now we are getting to the top 3 of the 10 board games everyone should own. It’s quite intriguing, isn’t it? Let’s roll!
3. Settlers of Catan
3-4 Players • Ages 10+ • 60-120 minutes to play
“Settlers of Catan” has everything to be a perfect strategy board game – resource producing, building roads, trading and a perfect balance of luck and tactics. You start with two roads and settlements. To build roads, settlements or cities you will need a lot of resources like wood, ore, wool, lumber and etc. As you build more roads across the board you will have new settlements built and new resources. This will provide players with victory points. The game carries on until one player has a firm foundation of his economy on the island which gives him 10 victory points. This will bring a victory to you!
2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-60 minutes to play
This game is known as one of the most simple and user-friendly board games ever! All you need is 15 minutes of your time to get aquainted with it. In this game you will need to develop the railroad system across North America. To make this possible, you will need to use 225 custom-molded train cars and 144 of perfectly illustrated cards! The longer you can develop the route the more points you earn. You can also get some additional points by completing the Destination Tickets – they are a goal cards that connect distant cities. Moreover, a player with the longest route has an undisputed advantage.
2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-45 minutes to play
Our number 1 was created by a legendary Uwe Rosenberg who brought to light a lot of great projects. “Carcassonne” is a tile-placement game where players place tiles with a Southern France landscape depicted on it. The tile can represent the city, road or the combination and it must be placed to the next tile on the board. During the game play, you will have to make a decision like “Is it worth to put my last meeple there?” or “Should I lay this tile to expand my city, or should I place it near my opponent and give him a hard time to complete his project and score points”.
As you can see, we have the most influential and essential board games of the world in our list. They really proved their right to be in each house of each family and these are the board games everyone should play for sure! Do you agree with our top? Feel free to comment and express your opinion and suggest your favorite board games for everyone! Have a great day, folks!