Games are the best way to have fun and yet be challenged. Now I’m not talking about basketball, or truth or dare, or some random game you happen to find in the app store. No, I’m thinking about board games, card games, and mind games. Games made specifically for fun and challenge. Me being a very board-gamey-and-card-gamey person, I have tons of suggestions which, because not all are board games, don’t require much preparation or buying. So with that, here they are.
Game #1 is Labyrinth, by Ravensburger. Labyrinth is a fun maze-like board game. The objective is to get as many cards as possible and to have more than the other player(s). There are floor tiles that have to be placed and players have to pick little characters. Then, depending on the color of the character they chose, they start in one of the four corners of the game board. This can throw people off track - literally - because there will always be one floor tile missing which can be used to push other floor tiles to create a path. Some of the floor tiles have little pictures on them which are also on the cards you must draw from a deck. The point is to get your character to these floor tiles, but the players go back and forth in turns so you might get off track, as each turn you can move one of the floor tiles. I play this game normally with me and one other player, but the limit is four.
Game #2 is Clue. Clue is a fun mystery board game. There are many variations of Clue but I’m thinking of the one by Hasbro gaming. The objective of the game is to figure out who did it, where, and with what weapon. There are three different piles of rooms, people, and weapons. You have to shuffle the cards and pick one from each, face down - that will be the who where and how. There are pre-made little check-papers to record your information as you go. Clue requires strategy, decision, and fun. I play with the normal rate of three players, but it goes up to six.