Drop Your Devices & Play These Top Games With Your Family During This Downtime

This global pandemic wiped many of our ordinary routines and left us in a strange new landscape. And with more and more individuals working from home and following social distancing, it leaves a question of — what can I do at home?

No worries, we have curated a list of top games (revived the old-fashioned games, ditched the online games) for you and your family because the family that plays together stays together.

Pictionary

Give a break to the high-speed internet and play Pictionary. The game includes a board, four playing pieces and category cards, a one-minute sand timer and a die. You just need to draw and guess the right to win the game. Not an artist? Don't worry. This game is more fun when you can’t draw.

Minimum players required: 4

Categories

'90s kids who grew up playing this game, it's time to relive those moments. And if you have never tried this game (we are already in shock though), give this one a shot. Categories is a pen and paper-based game to test your ability to pull names from your memory for four or five categories (your call). One category can be named as place, the other like animals, and so on.

Minimum players required: 2

Monopoly

Monopoly or Business Game (as called by many) has remained one of the best family board games of all time. Land grabbing, dirty deals, the game is all about that. It's time-consuming but super fun. Each player selects a token (also get some fake money) to move around the board. Each token starts on the GO space. On each player’s turn, the two dice are rolled and based on the place the player lands on, an action is taken. What do you have to do? Just avoid going bankrupt, and become the wealthiest player to win this game.

Minimum players required: 2

Chess

Strengthen your brain muscle by playing this one of the oldest board games. The game of chess is played on an 8x8 checkered board. If your king is under threat of capture, but you have no move to prevent that capture, your opponent will win. So, make the best move and get a checkmate.

Minimum players required: 2

Hangman

This is a challenging two-player word game. The first player thinks of a word or phrase and draws a blank line for every letter. Another player attempts to spell the word by guessing those letters. Each wrong guess gives the guessing player a body part added to the swinging rope. So, if you haven't played this, it's time to try it out!

Minimum players required: 2

Dots & Boxes

The good part about pencil and paper games is their simplicity and that you can always erase the mess you've created. Basically, zero wastage. Dots & Boxes begins with an empty grid of dots. Each player takes a turn to add a single horizontal or vertical line between two un-joined adjacent dots. The player who completes the fourth side earns one point and gets another turn. The game ends when there are no more lines left that can be placed and the player with the most boxes completed, wins the game.

Minimum players required2

Atlas

This game doesn't require any pen or paper, apart from some general knowledge. Each player comes up with a place name (it can be a state, country, etc) that begins with the same letter as the last letter of the place the previous player mentioned.

Minimum players required: 2

Snakes & Ladders

Next on the list is this classic game. You've got to navigate your piece from start to finish, avoid the snakes, and take shortcuts going up the ladders. Just reach 100 ASAP!

Minimum players required: 2

Ludo

Where there is Snakes & Ladders, there is Ludo. Yes, there are many updates online but nothing beats the classic board. Try to get your four coloured pegs home before the other players. So, take turns in rolling the dice and reach the destination.

Minimum players required: 2

Spades

There are several fun card games, including Uno. But let's get to the roots and play the classic -- Spades. The game starts with an initial dealer. But how do you choose one? Every player is given a card from a shuffled deck and whoever receives the highest card becomes the first dealer. It's simple! Ties are broken by a repeated deal. The initial dealer shuffles the deck and the player to their right cuts it. The dealer then passes 13 cards one by one clockwise to each of the four players.

Minimum players required: 4