One of the oldest forms of entertainment are board games. What’s not there to love? It’s the perfect way to get family and friends together around the table and a great way to keep them away from those pesky phones. There are board games for just about every age group, so even the kids can join in on the fun. But for some reason, there are a couple of games out there that are more addictive than others—some even have their very own cult-like followings. In this article, we’ll highlight five examples of board games with the most devoted players you can find.
Clue has been around forever. In this game, the objective is to solver a murder case by figuring out the who, what and where behind it. To start, each player receives their own cards which gives them clues about the murder. Then they each race against the other to complete their investigation without letting the other players in on what they know. And the first person to solve the case correctly is the winner! If this is too simple and straightforward, you and your fellow players can always switch up the rules to spice things up!
Despite being over one hundred years old, Monopoly is still one of the most popular games in the world. Since its conception, this board game has expanded to include various themes such as Cheaters Edition, Monopoly Deal and even Super Mario. If you’re one of those rare people who don’t know how to play Monopoly, just keep in mind that the objective is to make the most money by buying and selling property. It’s also based on the real-life effects of capitalism, which adds to the intensity and excitement of the game.
Pandemic was already a really popular game, long before Covid took the world by surprise. But it didn’t take long for the game to experience a boost in popularity, only months into the real-life pandemic. The name says it all: players must work together if they want to save the world from four deadly diseases. Despite the simplicity of its nature, Pandemic can be quite a challenge most of the time—in fact, most of the games seem to end in failure. Turns out that saving the world is a lot harder than it seems, even if it’s just a board game.
While we’re on the theme of staying alive, why don’t you take a look at Zombicide, the apocalyptic board came for all you zombie lovers out there. The rules are simple: it’s just you and up to six players traversing a landscape riddled with the undead. This game is especially a fan favorite due to the intensity and the fact that no two games are the same. Each game is a new adventure with endless possibilities. Other versions also feature werewolves, ghosts and even orcs.
5. Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan is set on the fictional island of Catan, and it’s up to players to build the best settlement they can. Players initially start with nothing, but as the game progresses, they collect points and resources that allow them to expand their settlement. A winner is declared by whoever scores the most points by collecting resources, developing roads and building houses. This game is another one that has been around for decades and has even sold over 30 million copies to this date.
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