In all the hype and flashy excitement that video games have to offer, hours of play can leave your brain over-stimulated with too many images. Not to mention if the game contains bloody violence or gory monsters, you may have nightmares.
If you’re looking for good clean fun that can actually exercise your brain, then board games are the way to go. Here are the top three best board games of all time that can train your brain and be a great way to spend quality time with your family.
Why Play: Playing Chess is a good way to sharpen your reasoning skills. This game is best for older kids to teach them strategic thinking and friendly competitiveness. If you have a large family, you can do a tournament style game where each member of the family plays against the champion.
Premise: Each player has 16 pieces – one king, one queen, two bishops, two knights, two rooks and eight pawns. The player with the white pieces moves first. The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s pieces until you arrive at a checkmate, which is to put your opponent’s king under capture.
2. Checkers: two players
Why Play: This is another best board game of all time that is similar to chess, but simpler. Checkers is often faster to play and can be a great introductory to the more complicated game of chess.
Premise: Each player has 12 pieces that are placed on the first three rows of dark squares. Pieces are moved diagonally and can capture an opponent’s piece by jumping over it to an empty square. The goal of the game is to get as much pieces to the last row of your opponent’s dark squares to be crowned. Crowned pieces can move backwards and can cause you to capture all your opponent’s pieces faster.
3. Scrabble: two to four players
Why Play: If you want to give your kids an early start to win the Spelling Bee, then Scrabble is certain to do the job. Since up to four people can play this game, two players can partner to create two teams. Creating teams can be beneficial if you are playing with younger kids who need help spelling words.
Premise: Scrabble is played with 100 pieces called tiles. There are 98 tiles with letters and two that are blank. Each player will select seven tiles for the first round. After each player creates a word, they will continue to select tiles each round to total seven. The goal of the game is to score more points than your opponents and to be the first player to use all available tiles.
So what will your next family-night be? Will it be a night of video game overload or will it be a night of good old-fashioned fun playing the best board games of all time?