The fact that board games have been around for centuries, goes to prove that they contain certain magnetism, which keep people coming back generation after generation. For this reason, despite the smashing popularity of online games and console games, board games still remain a good option for home entertainment. In order to enjoy your board games to the fullest potential, consider some important factors before deciding for a purchase.
The Age Factor
The age group for whom the game is intended is highly important when buying a board game. Buying a game for a specific age group ensures that you are taking proper safety precautions for the well being of your children. Additionally, the target audience of a game in terms of age is liable to enjoy the game more, when it was actually intended for people their age. Board games are made for preschoolers, younger elementary kids, older elementary kids, teenagers and adults.
Preschoolers: Hi Ho! Cherry-O, Boggle Jr., Cariboo, Sorry! Hullabaloo, Buckaroo, Scrambled Stated of America, Chutes and Ladders, Kids on Stage and Mastermind
Younger elementary kids: Cluedo, Hullabaloo, Blink, Pretty Pretty Princess, Zingo, Tri-Virsity, Apples of Apples
Older elementary kids: The Game of Life, Settlers of Catan, Sequence, Zigity, Cityscape, Risk, Tripoley and Scene It
Teenagers: Chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Tigris and Euphrates, World of Warcraft, Nexus Ops, Ingneous, Elfenland, Scotland Yard, Earthopoly, BattleLore, Apples to Apples, Balderdash and Time's Up
Adults: Guesstures, Battle of the Sexes, Scene It, Scattegories, Loaded Questions and Dirty Minds
The above are just some of the games available for each age group. You could also take a category approach, depending on your personal taste. Some of the most popular categories include Strategy, Games of Chance, and puzzles. In strategy games, like the name describes, the player is required to exercise planning skills and meditation. As opposed to games of chance where the winner is determine by a roll of the dice, or the spinning of a wheel. Puzzle games on the other hand, are a fun way to educate oneself. Puzzle games come in a play of words, like in Scrabble, of questions like in Pictionary.
Most of the classic games require no introduction. Titles such as monopoly and chess are well known all over the world. Not only are popular, but have remained so through the ages, which is what entitles them to classic status. However, if you are going for something new, don’t be afraid to do a search online for any particular game. You are guaranteed to find dozens of reviews for the game of your choice. Reviews are very useful when it comes to evaluating your investment.
Prices for board games vary depending on the type and quality of the game. A chess game made of plastic and a piece of cardboard will differ greatly from one made out of mahogany wood, yet it is still the same game. Make sure to shop online and compare prices. Once you have made a decision for a particular game model, compare prices online before you hit retail stores.
Keeping a few things in mind will help you get the most out of your money, and have fun at the same time.
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