7 Fun and Unique Board Games You Can Play During Your Next Party (Lockdown-Friendly)
I never understood the “fun” behind playing board games. At least, until my husband introduced me to some of his collections and I was forced to give them a try. I have to admit that I learned to enjoy them, especially when family and friends are around. It feels like I am actually doing something fun with everybody instead of sitting there at the corner and fiddling around with my phone. Think of board games as alternatives to playing hide & seek, which I believed most of us are too big and old to play. Here are 7 fun and unique board game recommendations that you can enjoy during your next get-together with your friends and family. Psst, some of these are lockdown-friendly too!
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Spontuneous is the perfect game for those out there who dream to become a singer but not talented enough to make it a career (which includes me). Players are required to come up with a Hitlist of words from song lyrics. Then, the rest of the players must quickly sing a song that contains the word in order to move to the next board. I would not recommend playing this in public since it could be quite loud and chaotic! You can get your hands on this game from board.game.my on Shopee.
2. The Cikgu Life
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The Cikgu Life puts you in the shoes of being Malaysian teachers. This board game was actually developed by actual teachers, too! Each player is competing to make sure their students score As while dealing with the paperwork, making it suitable for 2-5 players aged 12 years and above. If you are interested in buying this local board game, you can visit E.S.A Community Online Store or Gerakbudaya’s website to make your purchase!
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Carcassonne is a tile-lying board game that is recommended for puzzle lovers. This visually pleasing game is suitable for a smaller group of people between 2-4 players. So how do you play this game? According to their turn, each player will place one tile that may consist landscape of roads, cities, monasteries and fields. Players with the highest score which is counted based on where they have strategically placed their meeples on the tiles win! For those that are in Penang, you can visit Kohii Boardgame Cafe or you can place your order online here. Carcassonne is also readily available on Google Playstore, Apple App Store and Board Game Arena so you can still have fun with your friends while staying safe at home!
4. Nak Makan Apa?
“Nak makan apa?” when translated in English means “what should we eat?”. The aim of this game is to successfully order a menu being displayed. The game starts with picking 2 cards from the Selera Pool. Each player needs to place 1 card from their hands in order to complete the recipe of the menu displayed. The first player that managed to score 4 points will win this game. For those that are in Ipoh, you can visit Tiny House Board Games Cafe or you can place your order online from Toy Brick Station on Shopee.
5. One Night Ultimate Werewolf
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The goal of this game is to get rid of the werewolf character who is hiding among the villagers. The technicalities behind this game is similar to Mafia game if you ever played one before. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is suitable for a group of 3-10 people. You can buy one to play with your kids at home too for your family game night! If you are wondering where you can get this game, head to Surprise Store on Lazada or you can visit Meeples – European Boardgame Cafe which is located at SS15, Subang Jaya. You can also access netgames.io online to host a game room with your friends or just join an ongoing game room!
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If you are an avid fan of Farmville, you would enjoy this award-winning farming game. Agricola can be played among 4 players and started with allowing you to take two actions on behalf of your character & its spouse. You can take more actions as you expand your family. However, you also need to think about growing more food to support your expanding family too! Agricola is a turn-based game with 14 rounds occurring in 6 stages and a Harvest at the end of each stage. Depending on your card hand, you can choose to react to other players’ actions while gaining points to be the best farmer and win the game.
Agricola and its expansion packs can be purchased from Boardgamecafe. Not ready to meet anyone outside your house because of the rising in Covid-19 cases? Head to Board Game Arena to enjoy this game online with your friends and family members as your weekend’s activity.
7. Love Letter
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Love Letter is a unique game with 16 game cards, 4 reference cards and tokens of affection. The goal of this game is simple; you have to try to deliver most of your love letters to the princess so you can win her heart. Love Letter is suitable for 2-4 players. Each will take turns to perform the ability of their cards to eliminate each other. The player who managed to gain the most number of affection tokens first or the last player standing is the winner! You can get your hands on this game by ordering it from Meeples and Boardgamecafe. Love Letter is also available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.
There are so many options of board games other than the classic Monopoly and Uno out there! The next time you are hosting or attending a party, don’t forget to bring one just in case you need an icebreaker activity. It is the perfect activity to engage with other people around that doesn’t involve smartphones! However, if you’re interested in getting more game recommendations, especially calming and relaxing video games, check out this article here!