Today marks the day we honour Saint Valentine in a celebration of romance. Traditionally, couples will buy flowers and chocolates and other romantic gifts. However, we at Coiledspring believe the best way to celebrate is to play a boardgame with your loved ones. So below are five games we think you should try on this loving occasion whether you’ll be spending it with your partner, friends or family!
The Mind Extreme
Want a challenge? Look no further than The Mind Extreme! Follow on from the best-selling The Mind, the ‘Extreme’ comes in the form of two decks of cards, one ascending and one descending, and if that wasn’t enough, some levels have to be played blind! Challenge your relationships with your peers this Valentines in the ultimate telepathic test!
Noughts and crosses but with a strategical twist! Arrange your clan tokens to gain the favour of the emperor. Replace a garden tile with one of your clan tokens, limiting your opponent’s choices. Positioning your Geishas in a row or square will win control of the garden! Prove ultimate control by blocking your opponent from entering the garden. The historic Japanese art is beautiful, making it a must this Valentines.
Not much more can be said about Spiel des Jahres 2017 winner Kingdomino that hasn’t already been discussed. That’s why we’re recommending its roll-and-write counterpart as a two-player game today. With similar play style to the original, create your domino by rolling the dice. Fill in your map while entrusting the territories of your kingdom to loyal nobles. Use the power of wizards to cast spells and strengthen your domain! In this head to head battle, will you be crowned King?
A classic that still holds value to this day! To win, create a row of five marbles in any direction. However, after every turn you rotate one of the grids 90°. Can you create connect 5 on an ever-changing game board?
Tonight, if you haven’t already, is the perfect opportunity pick up Bandido, part of the Helvetiq pocket collection. Block all of tunnels to prevent Bandido’s escape, although as you block one tunnel, more exits will seem to appear! Bandido is also a great game that can be played solo in case you get sick of your company!