Whether you’re gifting or giving this festive season, one of the wind-downs of December is having time to finally spend it with friends and family. Especially with loadshedding being indefinitely extended, it gives us the perfect opportunity to be unplugged. All devices are off and use that time offline to play these fun board games with our loved ones. There’s a quiet peace to it, you find yourself more unburdened as the games go on. More smiles and laughter can be heard throughout the house. Seeing and hearing that makes it all worthwhile.
Here are 12 great board games to look out for this festive season
5 Second Rule
It should be easy to name 3 South African foods starting with “B” – but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down? The global phenomenon, as seen on The Ellen Show, now with questions for all South Africans. It is fast-paced and a great alternative to 30 seconds.
Become artisans tasked with creating the most beautiful tiled mosaics. Strategic but simple to learn with subtle depth. A geat game for the whole family from beginners to avid gamers. Beautifully made and addictive. For 2 to 4 players.
Summer wonder warmness in a box. Reclaim a side of you that enjoys strategy & fun. Come for the resources, and “Settle” for more. It has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. It requires forethought and planning which leads to the satisfaction of a game well played.
The Number One Social Deduction/Party Game in the world today. The game has won multiple awards including the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the year), the most prestigious game award worldwide. Quick to learn and with every game being different, clues will depend on the personality of the spymaster. Small and very convenient for travelling.
Dynamite fun in an easy-to-setup & play card game. Quirky chilled vibes. Great travel mate and/or Load shedding buddy. A feline-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten at which point they figuratively explode and they are out of the game.
Has become the third-biggest Kickstarter campaign of all time, raising $8.7 million on the crowdfunding website.
Build a kingdom with varied terrains on domino-shaped tiles in this fast family game. 2-4 players. The standout game of the past 12 months. Easy to play (i.e. Not too many rules), not too long (15min) with good strategy.
Pass the Bomb
For about thirty nail-biting minutes, the player’s nerves are tested to the limit by the threat of the ticking bomb. You never know if you’ll get 10 seconds or 60seconds. It’s not a predictable game. You can play it with only 2 people and up to 12 people.
Pictionary but with your…nose? This hilarious party game provides loads of lighthearted fun. Players use their sniffers to sketch objects and then hope their teammates can correctly guess what they’re drawing.
Simply build lines by matching tiles based on either colour or shape and score points for doing so. Mix, match and win! This compelling strategy game is perfect to hone the player’s tactical manoeuvres, forward-thinking and planning. Super easy to learn but with layers of strategy if you want to try and plan and think ahead.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Play it any time any place, wildly popular, simple and hilarious. Race against each other to slap a match between a card and spoken word. But – watch out – your mind will play tricks on you. Perfect for a lazy afternoon, a long flight or a boring day!
Ticket to Ride
A cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. Game of the year awards with over 10 million sold, easily one of the best most dynamic board games to immerse yourselves in.
Unstably awesome & adorably creative, inventive Unicorns to play through. The ultimate game for all Unicorn-lovers. Wholesome fun bundled & cuddled in the most precious of sacred creatures. One of my favourite card games, so many unique unicorns including a unicorn Phoenix.