Our first spotlight of 2021 shines on Raj Rahela our wonderful Sales Administrator, who joined the team back in August and has already amassed quite the collection of games! He couldn’t quite narrow it down to our usual top five, so this spotlight you’ll have seven great games to read about!
Over to you Raj!
I’m not used to games where you work together, but I love the simple concept of Forbidden Island’s partnership; get the treasure, help each other from drowning, and everyone GET TO THA CHOPPA!!
I’ve played this a few times during lockdown, and it is always guaranteed fun (by fun I mean fear-inducing). The sheer fear of turning cards over that dictate the next moves, never gets old. I love the quality of the Forbidden series too; all items of the board are well made, and the playability is very easy to understand.
Have you ever had those dreams where you feel like you’re falling? Take that fear and make a game of it, and you have Stay Cool. It’s three rounds of pure pandemonium. The aim is to multi-task to a timer. Sounds simple right…?
I played this with my family during the holidays and despite the chaos, we all want to play it again. It’s so humorous watching other people struggle with simple tasks and questions, until it’s your turn. I was so busy answering questions and doing the actions, I don’t think I took a single breath whilst that timer ran.
I love how sneaky you must be in this game. The person with no cards wins the game. You can do this by putting down matching cards when it’s your turn, OR you can throw them under the table, OR slide them across the room when no one is looking..
There are no rules on how you dispose of the cards, just don’t get caught by the big boss bug. We all laughed so hard playing this game and has easily become a game night staple. The creativity in getting rid of your cards is so imaginative.
I love everything Japanese, which happens when you’ve lived in Japan! So, anything to do with Kaiju/Godzilla-like entities, I’m there! I love the concept and the fact that there are so many different types of monsters to play with our UK monster Cy-Gull being a firm favourite, as well as Giga Zaur.
This is another game that is made so well, from the monster design right down to the dice. Each time we play it’s a new experience because there’s so many monsters; you’ll want to experience them all. What can I say, it’s a smashing time!
I think this has to be the office favourite: it’s snap, but, for your mind. You’ll need quick reflexes, eyes, mouth, brain… the lot. The shame you feel when trying to think of a type of cheese or actor’s name, whilst maddeningly staring at someone else’s cards trying to find a match for yourself, is either super satisfying when getting it right or utterly shameful if you fail.
I played this in the office during my first few weeks, and it definitely displayed everyone’s true gaming colours. It’s an easy game to play on the go or in a big set up, so it’s much more satisfying to line up a quick game!
Bandido is a simple tabletop crime fighting card game with barely any set-up. It’s a ‘pocket game’ meaning it’s compact so you can take it anywhere with you for a quick slice of crime fighting!
The game itself is simple but can be combined with the sequel Bandida for a more complex game. I am a big fan of the simple original though! Bonus, you can also play by yourself.
Who doesn’t love a horror fantasy, that messes with your sanity all whilst searching for a long-lost city?
I love that the details in the game, and even on the card’s design, helps you get into character, and influences your ill-fated decisions…I would highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a bit of a spooky, cooperative game to play with their friends or family!
If you have played any of these games before, let us know on our social media channels, we would love to hear from you!