5 Card & Board Games For Hours Of #StayAtHome Fun
Foster healthy competition & hearty laughs with the Tatler team's favourite card & board games, which help pass the time with your family members & housemates
First enjoyed by a small niche of gamers before becoming a mainstream hit, Catan or The Settlers of Catan is an award-wining strategy game whereby players have to collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. It is my go-to game for any occasion as it brings out your competitive spirit, but in the most positive way. It's effortlessly fun and intellectually rewarding, plus it keeps you occupied during the partial lockdown.
From sex scandals to wooing voters with petrol subsidies, this card game inspired by our local political climate lets you "win" the Malaysian general elections by all means. With a total of 9 political parties to choose from, each with tongue-in-cheek names and quirky logos, you must play against up to 6 of your friends and scheme your way to the champion seat that is Putrajaya.
I was introduced to Politiko in university, where there was a certain irony to 'playing politics' in between attending constitutional and administrative law classes. Amusing antics such as hiring phantom voters and suggesting hudud law made it seem like more of a black comedy than a very real issue.
Betrayal At House On The Hill
I first played this at a Halloween game night and got hooked. It’s a great thematic board game that puts you in the shoes of Scooby Doo & The Gang or ne'er-do-well college students on a haunted house dare. Full of well-loved tropes, murder mysteries, nightmarish monsters that lurk in cellars and spirits who long to possess, the game revolves around building your own haunted house, which made the game for me.
Instead of the standard layout, the board can be outfitted with tiles, which creates different scenarios as each area is revealed at random. An added kick is that there will always be a participant who plays against the rest of the group; dubbed the Betrayer, he or she is given a set of goals, whether it’s to get in the way of the rest of the players’ survival, or to summon a murderous spirit. The game will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will definitely bring me back to the next Halloween game night.
This game is certainly challenging for anyone who's not a good liar. I love how fun it gets when players slowly start getting better at their bluff and realising that their chance of winning all depends on how well they can convince their fellow players. In a nutshell, the objective is to bluff your way into being the last player standing by challenging another player's bluff, using certain power cards to steal money from the others, and thwarting plans that might cause the same thing to happen to you.
Whatever you do, try not to draw the Exploding Kitten card. Unless you have a Diffuser card, you're in for a cat-astrophe. Self-dubbed "a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette", Exploding Kittens is a ticking time bomb that requires a minimum of two players. As if the regular deck weren't silly enough, the NSFW version includes bikini cats, boob wizards, and quite a few cartoon genitalia.
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