Every parent remembers and is influenced by their own childhood – good or bad – and what were the best times that they had with their family and friends. Whether it was at hangout parties or sleepovers, vacations or just another Saturday night – board games played a big part in our growing up and maturation process. And we remember these times with great fondness.
When we become parents and later on – grandparents, we want to share that fun we recall, but now we want to share it with our own kids and grandkids – some of the activities and games that we remember as being the “best-times-ever!”
A lot of us remember marathon board games that went long into the night – board games like Monopoly, Clue, Life, Battleship, Scrabble, Chess and Checkers, and others afforded us hours and hours of rainy-day fun. And guess what? Board games still can! And not all of the newer versions of board games require a computer!
In this age of darkly dystopian electronic video games where destruction and vandalism of treasures gains game points, where killing hookers and trashing automobiles elevate a game player’s status and powers, and where interplanetary species dominance is the end game – the classic board games that we grew up with are still just as fun and intriguing to kids today as they were when you were a kid!
Here’s a shortlist of a few of the board games that are still around, only now they have evolved and are now electronically adapted to smartphones or consoles (and some with just batteries!) for even more portable fun and engagement:
The Uncharted: Monopoly Board Game
The world’s favorite family board game brings you another exciting edition of MONOPOLY Uncharted.
Choose your favorite bespoke token, tour locations featured in all the Uncharted games, but watch out for expensive icons, jail and bankruptcy.
Advance to Avery’s Ship, Cartagena, Rub al’Khali. Will you owe rent or reap the rewards?
Build houses and hotels and trade your way to success.
The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game is fun for the whole family.
Follow the path of globetrotting hero Nathan Drake as he hunts treasure in locations across the Uncharted games. Tour the board from the Amazon Temple to Avery’s Ship via the London Underground and Madagascar. Will you take a ride on Hog Wild or stowaway on a cruise ship? Build houses and hotels on your favorite Uncharted locations and watch the rent come pouring in. Take your chances with Fate and Fortune cards as you tour the board as one of the iconic Uncharted bespoke tokens. You can own it all!
Doctor Who Cluedo Mystery Board Game
In this special edition of Doctor Who Cluedo – The Classic Mystery Board Game sees you become a real detective to find clues and solve the mystery that awaits you.
Alongside your favorite characters including Half-face man, Mancini and Cyberman, enter special locations including The forest, Doctor Chang’s office and The Bank of Karabraxos, and uncover the hidden secrets.
Cluedo is fun for the whole family as you decide: Who did it? Where did it occur? And what weapon did the culprit use?
Was it Cyberman in the Forest with the Golden Arrow? Or Mancini in Doctor Chang’s office with a newspaper?
The Classic Mystery board game is fun for the whole family.
Missy, formerly the master, escaped from Gallifrey when the Doctors freed the planet from the Time War in The Day of The Doctor. Now, only she knows its whereabouts. But as she watched the Doctor and Clara on their adventures through season 8, she left a vital clue to its whereabouts somewhere in space and time and one of the doctor’s enemies has found it. Can you figure out what the clue is, where she left it and who holds the key to locating Gallifrey and sending the doctor home?
Life: Electronic Banking Board Game
The Game of Life: Electronic Banking.
The Game of Life is the classic game with an easy-play electronic banking unit.
Cash is stored on cards.
Payday, Career, Action, Baby and House spaces mix up your fortunes.
Spin to Win spaces mean prize money.
It’s the classic game of life and career choices, but it’s got a whole new electronic twist! This Electronic Banking version of The Game of Life includes an electronic unit that keeps track of everyone’s funds with a card system. When you get your salary or pay the bank to go to night school, you use your super-fast card swipe to make the transaction! Otherwise it’s the same game you know and love, with a car and pegs for children and a spouse. Can you make the right choices to end up with the biggest net wealth at the end? Then you’ll win The Game of Life!
The Game of Life and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Electronic Battleship Board Game
Electronic Battleship game is the high-tech version of the classic Battleship game.
Use missile salvos, air raids and battle scans to destroy your opponent’s fleet.
Automatic ship layouts let you get into the game faster.
Electronic lights and sounds bring the battle to life.
Customize the layout or choose from more than 30 preset layouts.
Requires 3 “AA” batteries.
You’re at the helm in the fight for the future of the planet with this high-tech electronic Battleship game! Whether you command the red fleet or the gray fleet, your job is to destroy the opponent’s fleet before your own is destroyed. You get a battleship, an attack plane, a fighter, a spy plane and a tank for the battle, but so does your opponent! You can scan the battlefield to search for enemies before you input the coordinates to launch your missile salvos and air raids. With up to 30 preset layouts, and an option for custom layouts, the battle will change all the time! Brace yourself for battle as electronic voice commands and sound effects signal your search-and-destroy mission to take out your opponent’s ships! Play against the computer or take on a friend in the incredible game of Battleship!
Battleship and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Challenge friends via Facebook and more.
Find an instant opponent with a single touch.
Play solo against the computer to improve your skills.
Get numerous games going at once – more than any word game on the App Store.
Get a game of SCRABBLE going with just about anyone – or play solo against the computer! Plus, now you can play SCRABBLE in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese. Connect to Facebook and share your best scores. You can even talk a good game with enhanced chat and notification features. Want to recreate the feeling of a real-time in-person game? Try the new Speed Play mode where you and your opponent agree to 2 or 5 minute turns. If words aren’t played in time, nudge and forfeit options are unlocked.
So although these new versions of old board games may be played differently with different tools and gadgets, platforms and players, and hard-cable and wireless electronics that we didn’t have growing up, the game’s are still pretty much the same.
They have the same learning opportunities built into them – strategy, money management, critical thinking, verbal skills, math mastery, teamwork, mystery solving and other important life lessons that must be reinforced again and again in each and every child’s developing mind. The kids are yours and the choice is yours. But the blueprints for the life lessons that they learn are uniquely theirs, and will influence them the rest of their lives.
As for me, I want to have a voice in what lessons my kids and grandkids learn, I want to be a part of their development and a great memory for them when they are older. I’d like to be a positive influence on who they are today, and whom they are striving to emulate through their future adult behavior.
And the Board games that I grew up playing can also help with my kids and grand kids – even if they are modernized through electronics.
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