Playing board games is a great way to spend time with the family, have a fun night with old friends, or break the ice with new people. But it’s easy to get tired of the same old games.
If you’ve played one too many rounds of Scrabble and you’re sick of Clue and Monopoly, you may be in the market for something else. Here are five great tabletop games to play with family and friends. Be forewarned: you might end up wanting to play these games so much that you start a weekly game night, or try to get people to play them whenever you have company over.
1. Last Night on Earth
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or you’ve read any of the books by Max Brooks, this is a perfect game for you. Last Night on Earth feels like you’re in the middle of a classic horror movie. Players can either be one of the heroes of the story or one of the zombies trying to eat the other players’ brains.
Get caught up in the current zombie craze and pick up Last Night on Earth.
2. Ticket to Ride
In Ticket to Ride, players try to lay as much track as they can in order to build the longest railroad and reach their specific destinations before other players get to them. On the surface, Ticket to Ride looks like a pretty simple game, but you may realize pretty early in the game that you have to put a great deal of strategy into your moves if you’re going to win.
This game is perfect for anyone who like fantasy and adventure. Each player takes turns drawing cards, fighting monsters, and moving through the board.
If a player has trouble fighting a monster he or she can ask other players to help, form alliances, and either help each other along or betray them in the end. With all the versions of Munchkin available on the market, it’s impossible to get tired of this classic game.
4. Settlers of Catan
If you’ve played tabletop games recently, you’ve probably played Settlers of Catan at least once. Although it was released back in the ’90s, it took about ten years for Catan to find huge success in the United States. Since then, however, it has changed how we see tabletop gaming.
Players collect and trade for resources in order to build settlements and roads on a map of a large island continent. Because of its immense popularity, there are now many versions of Settlers of Catan — including Catan Jr., which lets kids join in on the fun.
In the other games, players are pitted against each other to try to reach their own victory. In Pandemic, however, everyone has to work together to beat the game itself.
In the world of Pandemic, there are four diseases that the players all have to work to isolate and find cures for before the bugs spread and infect too many people. Don’t let its apparent simplicity trick you: Pandemic is a game that requires great strategy and teamwork to win.
What if board games make you bored?
For some people, board games just don’t have any appeal. If you’re one of these folks, don’t worry. There are tons of free online games that you can download and play right away.
Maybe you want the speed and excitement of a racing or driving game that just can’t be recreated in a board game. If so, you can play one immediately for free.