Top 10 board games to play while stuck at home against your own will

Ian Duncan, Staff Writer

  1. Risk

This game is a classic. Around since 1957, this strategy board game of diplomacy, conflict and conquest is a family fun game played with 2-6 players. The goal is to conquer the world. Each player has an army and they expand their own nation or get overrun by others throughout the game. The base game is affordable and fun, a very good way to bond with your family.

  1. Monopoly

This game, although quite a long game, will bring fun and enjoyment for hours. The game is focused on a rectangular board in which you buy spaces, each player trying to have their own Monopoly, hence the name. It is a lot of fun and can be pretty competitive for all.

  1. Pandemic

In this state we are in, I had to add this to the list. Although a joke on the list, the game itself is quite fun. Stressing cooperation, this game takes 2-4 players to play, and the goal is to work together to stop a Pandemic. Either you win as a team or you lose as a team. There are multiple expansions for the game, but the base game is fun enough.

  1. Clue

Clue, or Cluedo as it is known basically everywhere except in North America (because we have to be different), is a classic detective game that can have up to six players. Each player moving around the board is trying to figure out who did the murder, in what room and with which weapon.

  1. The Game of Life

The typical game is played with 2-4 players, the game is basically Life. For each person, they roll and advance through life, going to school or not, getting married or not and a variety of other potential outcomes. The game is unique and different from each play through. It is a great choice for you and your family.

  1. Say Anything

This game is a little more unique than the others, but is still a total blast. From 4-8 players, each person has their own little whiteboard. One person asks a question from a card they draw and everyone has to answer it to the best of their knowledge but from the original persons’ persona. It is a good way to laugh and spend time with your family; you may even learn a thing or two.

  1. Candy Land

If you have never played this game, you need to. There is no skill or strategy involved with the game, you just pick a card from the top of a deck and move to the corresponding color. The game takes about 15-20 minutes, but it is a family favorite, and only requires 2-4 people.

  1. Battleship

This is a guessing game, and a good one at that. This game is for two players who take turns guessing where the other person’s ships are, trying to sink them. Although only playable with two people, families can have tournaments to decide who is the best strategist or guesser. The game should not take too long and is a relatively simple game to learn.

  1. Pictionary

This game, which is notorious for imagination and drawing, is a very fun game. Taking about 30 minutes, 2 teams compete for victory. The point of the game is to draw or guess what your teammates are drawing. To advance, the winner is decided when they get to the end of the board and their teammates guess their drawing. Whoever has the most points at the end is the winning team. 

  1. Trivial Pursuit

This game is the best board game of all time! It has everything: dice, cards and pie. The secret to winning this genius game is to be a genius. Each team takes turns rolling die and answering trivia questions, filling up their pie with all the different subjects, and then once they answer the final question correctly, they win! The game can take a while but is totally worth it. It is fun and educational!