Board games that give video games a run for their money

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The never ending march of technology can be a challenge to families wanting to keep children playing together rather than off in bedrooms. The rise of board games has become an unexpected saviour of the living room.

This might start with a few games of Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo, but modern board games have more to offer the video game fan than this. In fact, many of them were the origins of many game mechanics we now enjoy on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo systems.

Santorini is a new board game that offers families a great way to spent time together. Also, because it combines role play game mechanics usually found in Skyrim, Mass Effect or Zelda it will interest players of all ages.

The basic set-up is a chess-like board where players take turns to build an ancient city. The game comes with stacking buildings that fit together in up to three stories.

The aim of the game is to build a tower three pieces tall and get your player to the top. However, you can only move up one level at a time and other players can cap your buildings to stop you getting to the top.

So far, so tactical board game. But where Santorini gets interesting is its use of video game style character cards. Each of these grants the player a huge range of gaming abilities. Some add offensive attacks while other make it easier to defend against opponents.

This means that, like a video game, each time you play Santorini it’s different. Also, again like many games, you have to change your tactics to match the abilities of the person you are playing against.

In a family this works really well as players of all ages can understand the basics while more avid gamers can get into the minutiae of each character. By the end of the game you’ve constructed a unique city and had a lot of fun.

Other games we’ve enjoyed have included Escape, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride.

If you are looking for something a little more unusual this Christmas then board games like Santorini are well worth checking out.

You can buy these online, of course, but many UK cities now have Board Game specialist stores that will be only too keen to help – like Board in Exeter, who have been helpful offering advice about games for my family.

source:-Mirror