It seems that almost every year there’s yet another show, movie, or trend from our past that is suddenly making a comeback. From Furbies and Tamagotchi to Charlie’s Angels and Fantasy Island, blasts from the past come and go all the time.
However, while many of them have been a part of our lives since the beginning, the popularity of board games has risen recently due to several key factors.
Price and Number of Options
Most trivia board games are quite affordable, with many under $40 and even plenty under $20. While some retail stores have cut down on the number of games available in-store, many of them have a fairly extensive inventory on their company websites. You can also find numerous affordable options on sites like Amazon or you can go directly to the brand’s website as well.
Spending More Quality Time Together
With as crazy of a year as 2020 has been, there are a lot of families that are attempting to bring back family game nights. Huddling around the table with classics like Life, Trouble, and of course Monopoly, many parents are trying to recapture nights from their childhoods while building stronger bonds within the family. It provides an opportunity for children to bond with each other, parents, and other household members. Furthermore, family game night establishes a fun routine and can promote tradition building.
Being Stuck Inside
Hand-in-hand with said craziness of this year, the pandemic has forced the vast majority of us to spend a lot more time at home and inside. We quickly devoured most everything we considered worth watching on Netflix and other streaming services. Others decided to bake bread in mass batches those early months and many caught up on reading, but many others have re-found the fun benefits that many board games have to offer.
Great New Games
Aside from the classics listed above and others you may remember from your youth, some great new board games are popular this year.
Second Thoughts – Teams have to work fast to stump each other by using colored dice to reveal letters that are used to create a list of five things. However, your team has to be witty, quick thinking, and wise and as fast as possible because however much time it takes you to create your list of five things is exactly how much time your opponents get to guess what you came up with.
Boom Again – Using game tokens from the same decades, players put their knowledge of the ‘50s, ’60s, & ‘70s against each other in a fun game of trivia. Questions span a wide range of topics, from classic books, movies, radio shows, pop culture, and music, to schoolyard games, classic commercials, the drug culture, and virtually everything in-between.
Horrified: Universal Monsters – A hokey horror-fest for the entire family. From a selection of six monsters, players choose between two to four to face, including Dracula, Frankenstein, his Bride, and other Universal Monsters. Players work together as heroes, roaming the town and collecting the items necessary to protect the villagers and defeat the invading monster horde.
As you can see, if you’re looking for a great gift idea this holiday season, board games may make some on your list very happy.