Board games have become a major source of entertainment for all ages. While some traditional games still hold a place as top board games, new games keep arriving on the market. While all age groups love to play board games, online board games are becoming very popular with youngsters. Some modified traditional games such as Risk (a strategy board game) are very popular online. Most versions of interactive online board games allow players to test their skills against others from all parts of the world.
While different agencies have different standards for rating board games, the main factors used to determine the quality of board games are:
- Artwork and accessories
- The central theme of the game
- The entertainment value of the game
- The ease with which instructions can be followed
- The duration of the game
- The price
Listed below are the top five board games on the market:
Small World: This carefree entertainer was rated as the Best Strategy Game for 2009 by BoardGameRatings.com. Representing different groups, players compete to take control of a “small world” which can accommodate the needs of the winning group only. A player has several groups and may have to eliminate one to preserve another for the finish. The list of amusing characters includes giants, dwarves, wizards, etc. The virtual version is one of the most popular online board games.
Lost Cities: This is an adventure board game that was rated as the Best Family Game for 2009 by BoardGameRatings.com. This interesting game has each player leading a five-member team in search of a lost city. Careful planning is required to win the game. This game is ideal for family entertainment and is also an online board game.
Dominion: This is a popular board game that earned the title of the most Recommended Strategy Game for 2009 by BoardGameRatings.com. Players use cards to create the right path and gain victory points. The game requires strategic planning. The player earning the most points wins the game.
Wasabi: This is another top board game. It is fast and easy to play. This light-hearted entertainer also earned the title of the most Recommended Strategy Game for 2009 by BoardGameRatings.com. Players have to assemble a specified quota of unique sushi recipes on a board. Each player draws ingredients from the “pantry” and places them on the board to create the recipe. The available space decreases as the game proceeds, making things more difficult.
Metropolys: This was rated the best family game for 2008 by BoardGameRatings.com. This is a highly entertaining board game. Players compete with each other as urban planners, trying to become the most prestigious architect and builder, imparting a distinctive style to the city.
Most board game reviews provide a good idea about the popularity of the game. Of course, you can always use your discretion in the matter. So, go ahead, pick and choose! Happy gaming!
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