Almost all aspects of our lives rely on technology and that includes entertainment. With COVID-19 stopping everyone around the world in their tracks, the growth of the board game industry has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Thousands of new board games come out on store shelves each year. Some are fan favs, while others disappear as quickly as they were introduced. The board game market encompasses so much more than games like Monopoly and Candy Land. While those games are considered timeless for families of all ages, you still need to give yourself options. Options that will:
- Accommodate different numbers of players
- Increase brain function and improve critical thinking skills
- Reduce stress and make for a good laugh or two
- Keep everyone entertained
Whether you’re looking for high-level strategy or narrative-based games, the games below have earned high regards at game nights around the world. Of course, we think you’ll love them too! Here are the top 5 board games of 2021:
1. 7 WONDERS DUEL - 2 Players | 30 Minutes | Age: 10+
Two-player game in the universe of 7 Wonders, the most awarded game in the world! Challenge your opponent and bring your civilization to victory with prestigious buildings, military strength, or scientific supremacy.
2, CATAN - 2-4 Players | 60 Minutes | Age: 10+
Catan, previously known as The Settlers of Catan or simply Settlers, requires critical thinking from the moment you place your first settlement. Where you build your starting settlements dictates the types of resources you have access to — and those, in turn, will help you expand with roads, upgrade to cities, earn development cards and win the game. Catan is slightly more involved than some of the other board games on our list, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly simple. Have more players? You can also purchase a board extension to play with up to six players here!
3. SPLENDOR - 2-4 Players | 30 Minutes | Age: 10+
Players must strategically collect poker-style chips every turn and use those chips to buy cards. Once in your hand, all of the cards take on the value of one specific chip, making it easier to acquire the more valuable cards that are worth points. The first person with 15 points in their hand wins.
4. CARCASSONNE - 2-5 Players | 30 Minutes | Age: 8+
Carcassonne is the perfect introduction to the modern world of board games. With its simple rules of creating a landscape where players place knights, thieves, monks, and farmers in order to score the most points. It should be part of every family’s collection.
5. TICKET TO RIDE - 2-5 Players | 30-60 Minutes | Age: 8+
One of the best quarantine board games around is Ticket to Ride, especially for newbies. It’s a game that is very easy to learn and if you need more help, Amazon's Alexa can assist you. The goal of the game is quite simple: Build the train routes on your ticket cards before someone blocks you.
This pandemic has shifted many away from screens and into teams and we think that’s a good thing. If none of the games listed above interest you, we may have a few that will. Check out our collection of games here!