Popular Board Games that are Perfect for Game Nights

Board games are a great way to spend time with friends and family.  The best board games will challenge the mind, stimulate creativity, and promote laughter. Board games can also help children develop skills in math and reading while providing parents an opportunity to bond with their kids after a long day at work. If you want to find out more about the board games or need some suggestions for your next game night, read on!

Monopoly

Everyone who has ever played a board game knows that Monopoly is one of the all-time classics. As one of the best-selling games of all time, it’s no surprise that people still flock to pick up this classic during their next shopping trip. Players move around the board, buying and selling properties as they make their way to financial solvency. Although it may be an all-time favorite, according to Monopolypro, many players don’t know the history of the game or don’t care for Monopoly railroad station names, for example. Anyhow, it was created by Elizabeth Magie as part of her eugenics beliefs, and the original game board looked very different from the one we all know and love.

When players land on a square, they are prompted to perform an act that benefits either themselves or others around them. These squares encourage players to think about how their decisions affect relations with others and to consider the consequences of every move. Monopoly experts also point out that although the rules are simple, there are plenty of ways to play wrong. If you want to be a pro at playing this classic, make sure you familiarize yourself with these common mistakes.

Scrabble

Who doesn’t love a good word game? Although Scrabble is a great choice for a family gathering, it’s also fun to play solo when you’re looking for something to kill some time. Players collect letters and build words to earn the most points. Scrabble has remained popular after all these years because it doesn’t require much more than a bit of vocabulary and some quick thinking. It’s also an excellent way to learn new words or expand your knowledge of the language.

Like Monopoly, Scrabble has its own set of rules that can be difficult to master, especially for new players. But, if you want to win at Scrabble, be sure to take a look at words that are worth double points.

If building words aren’t your thing, consider taking the Scrabble challenge that asks players to use all seven letters on their rack in just one word. That’s right, no consonants are allowed! This twist on the classic game forces players to really think about the words they’re using and how each letter impacts the next.

Battleship

One of the newer games on this list, Battleship is great for players of all ages. Players fire shots at their opponent’s ships to sink them before they do the same. As one of Hasbro’s most popular games, this game makes learning fun and engaging for players of every skill level and age range. Battleship is great for kids and adults alike and is a go-to choice for anyone looking to play a game with the family.

If you want to turn your brain on and make a little competition along the way, you might want to pick up the grid version of Battleship. This board game brings back memories of childhood and allows players to use all their skills at once. Just like the original, this game still revolves around sinking ships, but it adds just enough extra strategy to keep things interesting for more advanced players.

Ticket to Ride

One of the most popular games on the market today is Ticket to Ride. This game rewards planning and strategy more than luck or speed. Players collect cards and claim train routes on a map of the United States. The twist? There are multiple versions of this game, which means you can play on different continents if you’re feeling ambitious.

Ticket to Ride is exciting for just about anyone because it’s simple enough that even inexperienced players can enjoy competing with one another, while still being complex enough that it remains interesting for more advanced players.

If you’re looking to up the ante, consider adding some of the expansions to your next game night. There is one that introduces wild cards and another that makes it easier for new players to compete with experienced ones. You can use one expansion or mix and match them to make the game more difficult and rewarding as players improve.

Hive

Although this board game looks a bit frightening, Hive was created as a way to help children learn how to take turns. Instead of being able to jump over your opponent’s pieces as you would in checkers, the only way to move is by taking off from an existing piece. To capture an opposing piece, you must trap it between two of your own.

So, if you’re looking for a game that is easy to learn but difficult to master, this is the one for you.

Ever After High

Most board games are played by adults and older children, but Ever After High: Spellbound brings something new to the table with its focus on high school drama. The game, which can be played by two to four players, was created based on the popular Ever After High book series and offers an engaging twist on classics like Clue.

However, instead of trying to solve a murder mystery or figure out who ate all the cookies in the kitchen, players are given scenarios that revolve around high school drama. For example,  one round of gameplay might find players trying to figure out who is responsible for a prank on the popular girls, while another focuses on discovering who sent a love letter to Prince Charming.

Ever After High is a great choice for the family game night because it’s easy enough that even younger children will be able to play without getting bored, and complex enough that it won’t be too easy or too difficult for adults.

Board games are perfect for game nights because they offer something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a classic game that will keep you entertained for hours or one that is new and exciting, there is a board game out there that will fit the bill. So gather your friends and family and get ready for some fun!

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