So ends the whirlwind of a year that has been 2020! And although the world has changed a lot for the time being, it’s promising to see the resurgence in the popularity of board games and jigsaws as people discover the magical world of games once again.
Here are some of our favourite board games and puzzles from 2020! We wish we could include everything, but as we can’t let’s begin with a shout out to; Quacks of Quedlinburg, Anomia, Bandida and Sushi Go!, which have provided lots of entertainment throughout the year.
Dragomino is the latest instalment, and kid friendly version of the exceedingly popular Kingdomino family! Play as a dragon trainer and discover as many baby dragons as possible; it is a mythical twist on dominoes with adorable dragon illustrations.
Dragomino is fun, colourful and easy to play, making it a ROAR-ing success.
Players: 2-4, Game time: 15 mins, Age 5+, Blue Orange
King of Tokyo
With a little bit of luck and strategic moves, play as giant mutant monsters (or robots if you prefer) rampaging through the city, all battling to be KING. King of Tokyo is a long running best seller and is quickly becoming a household name! With a selection of booster packs, and multiple themed editions this game just keeps on giving.
We love this game so much; we created our very own unique UK monster – ‘CY-Gull’ which we gave away as a promo at Virtually Expo in August!
Players: 2-4, Game time: 30 mins, Age 8+, IELLO
Abandon All Artichokes
Do you like artichokes? We do! Abandon All Artichokes is a great family card game, but be warned, its ruthless and heartless. You might lose some friends over this.
It’s fast moving, easy, full of fun and definitely counts as your 5+ a day. This vege game was also featured in BBC Goodfood!
Goodfood = GoodGame.
Players: 2-4, Game time: 20 mins, Age 10+, Gamewright
Travel to the plains of the legendary Africa. Kitara is all about control, strategy and heroes!
In this tug-of-war type game, play to restore the greatness of the Kitara Empire! With a wonderful mix of conquest, movement and battle, Kitara exceeded all expectations. The artwork is phenomenal, the components are intricate and customised, and the storyline is particularly engaging – a big thumbs up from us!
Players: 2-4, Game time: 40 mins, Age 10+, IELLO
If you are thinking about a game’s night, 3 Things is the life of the party! It’s surprisingly fun, simple and great to get the jokes flowing. Quickly grab 3 objects to help you survive whichever crazy scenario you are faced with. Then persuade your peers why your survival items are the best!
You don’t have to just take our word for it though, 3 Things was nominated for ‘Best Party Game’ at the Virtually Expo Awards.
Players: 4-8, Game time: 15 mins, Age 16+, MindWare
Puzzles & Jigsaws
2020 has seen a massive resurgence in the popularity of Jigsaws! We particularly love the Thomas Kinkade Disney instalments, and were blown away with the uptake in our jigsaw range this year. Wrebbit 3D continued to amaze us continuing their Harry Potter magic with the addition of Flying Ford Anglia and Mini Hogwarts Express!
And with that roundup we bid Adios to 2020! What were your favourite games? Let us know!