Most people can appreciate a good toy or game. Whether you’re like one of our editors who went on a spree of building the Lego sets of iconic Star Wars ships or a parent who wants to test the STEM waters with your kid, toys and games can provide an endorphin-boosting hit of nostalgia.
But also quality time opportunity to get together and do something fun and educational—or just crush your friends in a good-spirited game of Trivial Pursuit.
With everyone spending more time at home than ever, there’s never been a better time for families to play games together — whether they’re in the same room or hundreds of miles apart.
We’ve put together a list of the best games you can play at home, online, and over video chat. Whether you’re looking for something simple and goofy or a competitive game of strategy and skill, there’s something here for everyone.
Liar’s Dice: 3+ players, 30 minutes
A Peruvian game dating back centuries, Liar’s Dice (or Dudo) is a simple dice game of chance and bluffing. All you need to play are five dice per player and plastic cups, but you can buy custom sets or play online at Board Game Arena.
Game play is simple. Everyone rolls their dice and keeps them secret. Players take turns placing increasingly higher bids, guessing how many of a certain dice are shared between players. When the bid gets too high for someone’s liking, they can challenge the bid. All players reveal their dice to find out who is right, and the loser must give up a dice.
Not only is it easy and quick to play, but it can also be used to teach kids about basic probability — and about bluffing.
Queen Domino: 2 to 4 players, 25 minutes
This domino-style board game gives players a chance to build their own kingdoms to impress the queen. Players take turns placing tiles containing fields, forests, lakes, and towns to create their kingdom.
You can also use your knights to tax your lands and construct buildings with special abilities in your towns.
All of this is packed into a quick-playing game that works for kids as well as adults, as its game play is a blend of quick turns and long-term strategy.
Cribbage: 2 to 6 players, 30 minutes
This classic card game has simple rules but endless layers of strategy. It can be enjoyed by two players head-to-head or played in teams of two or three. The high luck factor and team game play make it a great game for parents to enjoy with their kids. It’s best known for the wooden pegboard at the center of game play, used to track points.
Players are given a hand of five cards (or six in a two-player game) and must discard a card to the “crib,” creating a bonus hand for the dealer.
Then, everyone takes turns playing cards, scoring points for playing runs and pairs off of other players’ cards, trying to reach the totals of 15 and 31. Finally, all players pick up their hands and score their cards again, this time making combinations within their own hands.
The exciting game play is full of twists and turns as players set up their partners for high-scoring plays or reveal a hand that sends their pegs racing down the board.
Best Reviews.com / ABC Flash Point Entertainment News 2021.