What is it about board games that make them so popular not only among kids but also grownups as well? It is probably because they give us a chance to become something that we're not. We can be a gallant knight in chess today and a millionaire at Monopoly tomorrow. It is also the thrill that we get after winning a big pot or the opposition 'missing a turn'.
Creators of board games have also remained in touch with the times and have adapted their games to appeal to the newer generation by incorporating current trends, colors, and themes.
For example, during the days of kingdoms and warfare, vintage games like chess understandably enjoyed popularity, while today we have fun family games like Picnic and Life. So, we can say that board games are truly representative of the times!
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The basic premise of chess is that there are two players commanding two 'armies', each piece having its predefined move. The game ends when the opposing king is 'checkmated'.
There are points for each letter and each square on the board, and the players have to maximize their score. It is usually played by four players or less. The game ends when all the letters are over, and the person with the maximum score wins.
It is definitely one of the most popular board games in the world. Snakes and ladders consists of a board with 100 squares, each numbered and having a random arrangement of snakes and ladders across the board. The roll of the dice decides the number of squares to move.
Now, if you land on a square with a snake on it, you slide down to the square that contains the snake's tail. On the other hand, if you land on a square with a ladder on it, you move up the ladder. The one who reaches the top of the board (square with the no.100), wins.
Although kids enjoy this game more, you can also start enjoying this game after growing up! The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.
There are actual events written on the squares, which one experiences in life, like employment, kids, buying a house, which involves spending or earning money. The winner of the game is decided on - either the one who completes the game wins first, or the person with the highest amount of money on completion is declared a winner. A perfect game for families!
A game which is essentially similar to Life, but the setting and premise are slightly different. In Picnic, the players go on a 'picnic', and the dilemma is whether to take the expensive, short routes or the cheap, longer routes to the finish line. Again, the winner is either the richest person at the end of the game, or the one who finishes first.
When all the pawns of one team reach the designated place, by moving on the squares on the board that is prompted by the number on a die, that team wins.
Scotland Yard is a detective game that involves a criminal and police. The criminal 'Mr. X' reveals his position at certain times during the game, and the police gives a limited number of moves each. If Mr. X is caught within the number of moves, the police win. If not, Mr. X is the winner!
There are many forms of the memory game. In a memory game set, there are cards with different animals, vegetables, or fruits, and the players are given a set amount of time to memorize all the cards and their placements. The player who identifies the most number of cards wins!