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5 More Board Games to Play with Your Family in the Pandemic

If you’re one of those people who thought, surely, the pandemic couldn’t, wouldn’t, shouldn’t last this long, then fear not. You aren’t alone. Metro Manila is still in quarantine, along with many other provinces, and the end is nowhere in sight. There’s only so much one can do stuck at home for over a year with in-person social interactions limited to errand runs and work.

Now, a board game will definitely not make the pandemic go away, but it’s a good way to provide a little distraction for you and your family. After all, a little friendly competition never hurts anybody, and it’s also a great way to get some laughs in and start some interesting conversations. Just in case the old go-to board games aren’t cutting it anymore, here is a list of five more board games you can play—all of which are available online at your local board game shop.

1. The Big Switch

Number of Players: 2-5
Playtime: 15+ minutes
Complexity: Easy

This Big Switch is perfect if you want the thrill of a fast-paced dexterity game. It’s a real-time bidding and tile-flipping energy conservation-themed game, wherein players are required to outbid each other in 20-second auctions. These auctions require players to buy energy-efficient appliances for their home, and while participating in this auction, players will compete to perform energy-saving habits.

In doing these two things, they’ll be competing for a reward called Energy Stars. The player holding the most Energy Stars after a total of seven rounds is the winner.

2. A Fistful of Meeples

Number of Players: 2-4
Playtime: 30 minutes
Complexity: Easy

A Fistful of Meeples heavily features fun elements of the Wild West while taking inspiration from the traditional Mancala games, or better known in the Philippines as sungka. As a player distributes their fistful of meeples throughout the board, they get to do a number of Wild West activities, such as mining for gold, building businesses, getting into duels, and even executing exciting jailbreaks. This is all if the board allows it! Whoever has the most points, after all the chaos, wins.

3. Parfum

Number of Players: 2-4
Playtime: 45 minutes
Complexity: Easy

Parfum is the perfect game to play with your family if you’re looking for something light that requires a little bit of strategic thinking. The game has players acting as perfume masters, wherein their main goal is to appease the public’s demands for specific kinds of perfume. The player who manages to satisfy their customer by the end of two rounds of sales wins the game.

4. Quadropolis

Number of Players: 2–4
Playtime: 30+ minutes
Complexity: Easy to moderate

In Quadropolis, each player has the chance to build the greatest city they can make. In four rounds, they must compete against each other for the right to take different structures to place in their own cities. These include the shops, the parks, and the various public services.

5. Codenames

Number of Players: Minimum of 4 with no maximum limit
Playtime: 15+ minutes
Complexity: Easy to moderate

Codenames has players separated into two teams — red and blue — with each of them having a team leader. The goal of the game is for the team leader to lead their members to victory. To do this, a game of word association begins as 25 cards with random words on them are laid out on a table. Using prompts by the team leader and the words written on the cards, members need to guess which of the cards laid out on the table are ones that correspond to their team’s color. Whichever team gets all their cards first wins the game.

Final Thoughts

It can get incredibly boring being trapped indoors, especially since it may take a while for the pandemic to ease. You and your family might be feeling a little stir-crazy trapped indoors. What better way to change that than with any of these board games on game night?

You can find these board games at the Dragonforge, the premier hobby shop in Metro Manila. Check out our website for board games, tabletop rulebooks, magic the gather, Warhammer, and various hobby supplies. We also ship all over the Philippines. 

Veronika Caraos is a writer with a love of animals and quiet moments. She has a mild love affair with decaf coffee and a toxic relationship with dairy. These days, you might find her clacking away at a keyboard, creating content for her capitalist overlords.