Who doesn’t love a good board game? There are so many fun and engaging options to choose from. There is something for everyone from strategy games based on world conquest to intellectual games to fun mini-games. You can play with a single opponent or make it a group activity. Board games help people connect with their friends and family while learning some fun trivia or a new skill. As fun as classic board games are, it might be time for a reboot?
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become much more difficult to spend time with our friends and family in person. This means that there’s a lot less board gaming going on. Not to worry though! Through the internet and technology, you can still play these great games with some new twists. If you’ve been looking for a way to get back in the game, but don’t know where or how to start, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the best digital versions of those classic, nostalgic board games you’ve been looking for.
Scrabble – how to amp up your game
You can play this game with your friends and family, and still, be cool. It takes a lot of skill, quick thinking, and a great memory to win at this game. The point is to create words with the letters you draw at random. Looking at a pile of scrambled letters and trying to form a word that will score you enough points can be hard. Luckily for you, there are ways around this difficulty that don’t involve you memorizing dictionaries. To help you make sense of the letters faster, unscramble can be your trump card. Having an unscrambling tool to help you think of words faster is a great secret weapon to have against any opponent in any word game. And remember, what they don’t know, won’t hurt them!
Mahjong – smart and soothing
This 19th-century classic is still as popular and as soothing today as it was back then. Mahjong is a solitaire-style tile-matching game that tests your memory and is thought to make you smarter. Playing the game in person can be a bit bulky as it requires a lot of space. This is why it’s great that there are many mobile and online ways to play this game. The tiles traditionally have Chinese symbols and characters. Today, you can find alternative designs online to fit your aesthetic or taste perfectly. The game not only sharpens your mind but has also shown promise in improving your mental health. So next time you’re feeling bored, stressed, or overwhelmed, it might be a good idea to pick up this classic game.
Cluedo – Murder mysteries without the murder
Everyone loves a good murder mystery. Cluedo is a game that capitalizes on just that. Cluedo (or Clue) is a game that gives you the chance to figure out “Who dun it?” from an eclectic cast of characters, items, and locations based on clues. The game has an interesting history and was created in Britain. It has become one of the most beloved crime-solving board games of all time. Today you can find many versions of this puzzle game in many different scenarios. Whether on desktop or on mobile it’s a great game to play with your friends or family, and figure out which one of you is the real mastermind. It’s time to live out your inner detective fantasy while playing a board game.
Chess – A classic with a twist
Chess is one of the most popular and long-standing board games in the world. It’s a great strategic and intellectual game that is both engaging and can even increase your IQ. It is a game for all ages that you can find almost anywhere on the internet. If you prefer the original look and feel of the game, you can easily move the black or white pieces and play against a bot or a friend online. If you want to spice it up a little, there are plenty of creative iterations of the game online. The chess pieces can have a more artistic shape or more engaging rules. If you prefer the entire playing fieldset in World War 2, there’s bound to be a chessboard to fit your taste somewhere out there.
Dungeons and Dragons – the ultimate fantasy game
For lovers of fantasy and roleplay board games, D&D has a special place in their hearts. This game exercises both logic and creativity throughout the gameplay. D&D provides players with the flexibility to create their own characters and tests their problem-solving skills. Making this game is a well-rounded gem. This beloved game is great in person but can be just as good on desktop or mobile, only without all the fancy dice. Fantasy and roleplay games tend to bring with them very passionate, exciting, and colorful people. While playing online you can get down with your friends or meet fantastic new people while playing a great game. So next time you want to give yourself a fun full-brain workout, consider an epic fantasy roleplay game.
Pictionary – draw or die of laughter
Pictionary is the board game equivalent of charades but with more drawing! This is a word-guessing game that tests your quick thinking and drawing skills and teaches you the value of teamwork. It’s a fantastic way to flex your artistic side and get a good chuckle out of the poor drawing attempts of others. With every correct guess, teams get to roll the dice and land on the net category. There are many iterations of this game online in both mobile and desktop form due to recent popularity. Although it is more difficult to draw on your phone screen or with your mouse, that’s part of the charm. You can play with, impress, or infuriate your friends or people halfway across the world with this classic game.
So there you have it! There’s no doubt that board games always have and always will be a good time. It’s great to know that these beloved classics are still available in digital form. Whether in their original forms or in creative new iterations, there’s plenty of fun to be had. You just need to know where to look and who to play with. We hope this article has inspired your inner child and gotten you back in the game!