Getting a new board game to play on Christmas Eve is a popular tradition for many families. A good game can turn a family gathering into something a bit more lively… so here are our suggestions of the five best board games we think you should try this Christmas!
The predecessor of best-selling family games Sushi Go and Sushi Go Party, Gamewright really hit the nail on the head with the all new dice-based version, Sushi Roll. Grab your family and friends this Christmas for a sushi-filled, dice rolling experience. Load up conveyor belts with sushi dice, then pick one and pass on the rest. Earn points for winning combos like two tempura or a set of sashimi. As the rules are super easy to pick up, everyone from your little cousin to grandma will be playing!
With over 4 million copies sold worldwide, it’s hard to not include Qwirkle in this list. The rules are simple; mix, match and score to win. You can only place tiles that match the previous tiles colour or shape and when there are 6 in a row of either the same colour or same shape, well you’ve only gone and scored a Qwirkle for double points! This simple game of matching colours and shapes is a must have to play with the family this Christmas!
Kingdomino, the 2017 game of the year from Blue Orange hit the board gaming world by storm and after many expansions and its Queen counterpart, it finally received a roll-and-write follow up. Kingdomino Duel is a similar concept to Kingdomino, domino by domino you fill in your map whilst entrusting territories of your kingdom to loyal nobles. However, you now can call upon wizards to cast spells and strengthen your domain. In this head to head battle, who will be crowned the King of Christmas?
King of Tokyo
Play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other monstrous creatures, rampaging the city and vying for position as the one and only King of Tokyo! Go against your family this Christmas in this dice rolling, monster smashing classic game from IELLO. Combine dice to heal, smash or gather energy which can be used to buy special powers. Stop at nothing to become the King of Tokyo… but that’s when the real trouble begins for you!
More than a game – it’s an experience. The Mind requires players to become one to beat the game. Collectively, play cards into the centre of the table in ascending order, which sounds simple enough right? What about if you cannot communicate with one another in any way as to which cards you hold? That’s where the challenge lies. Test your connection with friends and family this Christmas with a game that is bound to cause all kinds of commotion!
Above all, we hope everyone has an excellent Christmas and New Year. It’s been a great year for board games, and we’re excited to see what next year holds. Here’s to 2020!