By Stacey Zable
There’s no need to be “bored” this winter and holiday season with the abundance of board games available. Fix some popcorn and cocoa, grab the family and enjoy some old- fashioned quality fun with these games!
LCR Left Center Right Dice Game
This fast-paced dice game has players competing to be the last player with chips to win and get the center pot. The Original LCR Left Center Right Blue Tin game includes three special dice and 24 playing chips. Good for three or more players ages five and up. MSRP: $8.98.
We can all relate to crazy family members and comedian Jeff Foxworthy brings that shared concept to this hilarious card game. A player reads from one of the included 100 setup cards and is followed by the other players reading one of their punch line cards (400 included) to finish the phrase. The reader chooses the funniest response and rewards the player a point. Ages 14 and up. For four to 12 players. MSRP: $19.99.
It’s a race against time and other players to list words that start with the same letter under a variety of categories in this quick-thinking game. The 30th Anniversary Edition of Scattergories features six folders, 18 category cards with 144 different categories, six answer pads, category die, and mechanical game timer. Or you can go the budget route and use your own pens and paper with your made-up categories and choice of letters—a good option for playing over ZOOM. For two to six players, ages 12 and up. Price is $40.95.
Oldies but Goodies
Underneath beds and high up in closets across the country, you are sure to find a dog-eared Monopoly game. Two to eight players buy, sell and trade properties while building houses and hotels and trying to bankrupt opponents. This classic game comes in many formats beyond the original, including everything from Monopoly Star Wars and Monopoly Friends to Monopoly Game of Thrones and many, many more. Ages eight and up. MSRP: $19.99 for the original.
Not a board game, but puzzles are a wonderful way for the whole family to take on the challenge of putting the pieces together over the course of multiple days or even weeks. Choose among countless images and difficulty levels with puzzles that encourage time spent together on a common goal. One to unlimited players; varying ages. Ravensburger, Buffalo Games and White Mountain Puzzles are popular brands. MSRP: Varies.
Word wizards love to compete with each other to rack up their letters and their points in this classic crossword game. Keep a dictionary handy so you can make sure your opponents do not make up words along the way. Two to four players. Ages eight and up. MSRP: $17.99.
What seems like a kids’ game, is actually one that remains fun and challenging for teens on up as well. Though two can play, Trouble is better when four players compete to get the prized “number 6” die in the Pop-O-Matic bubble so they can race around the board to get their four games pieces into the finish zone. Ages five and up. MSRP: $9.99.