The Best Board and Card Games for Friends and Families

The Best Board and Card Games for Friends and Families

Getting a little BORED at home? Why not disinter the old board and card games of that golden, bygone era when people used to have fun away from a digital or LCD screen? And if you don’t have any games, why not order a few online? That’s right: step away from the iPad: it’s time for some fun, funny, and flirtatious board and card games. Here are our favourites….


Cluedo

Cluedo

Cluedo has been around for decades but that doesn’t make it out-dated. Recently, in fact, the game has been reimagined to fit many themes: Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and even Big Bang Theory.

So, how does it work?

The objective of Cluedo is to solve a murder mystery (to keep things simple, we’ll stick to the original version in our explanation). You have been invited to a dinner part in a mansion and – shock / horror! – one of the dinner guests has been murdered and the murderer (and murder weapon) are somewhere in the mansion.

Your task is to figure out in which room the crime took place (the study, the kitchen, the ballroom, etc.), which weapon was used (poison, candle stick, rope, etc.), and which of your fellow guests did it. Each player assumes the role of one of the six suspects and attempts to deduce the correct answer by strategically moving around a game board representing the rooms of a mansion and collecting clues about the circumstances of the murder from the other players.

It’s a great game for the whole family (suitable for 5+ years | 3-6 players) and will put your skills of deduction to the test! Buy It Here on Takealot.


Jenga

Jenga

Jenga is super simple to learn but challenging (and fun) to master. Essentially, the game kicks off with a tower of 18 levels of 3 rectangular wooden blocks that are stacked on top of each other (as you see in the picture above) but with each level having the blocks positioned at right angles to the previous level.

Once the tower is built, the game begins. The goal is to carefully remove one (and only one) Jenga piece from any level in the tower, except the one below the topmost level, and relocate it to the top. You may use only one hand at any time!

At first, Jenga seems simple, but as blocks are removed from their positions so too is the support they provided the tower, and things start getting decidedly unstable. The game ends when the tower falls, which it does in spectacular style the higher you manage to build it. The winner is the last person to remove and place a block successfully.

Jenga is a game of strategy and steady nerves, and is suitable for people 6+ years and 2+ players. Buy It Here on Takealot.

Change it up: Make Jenga a little naughty by writing dares on each of the wooden blocks. Then, whenever someone extracts a block from the tower, they have to perform the dare written on their block: for example, sing an operatic rendition of the American national anthem, peel a banana with your feet, or give someone a smooch.


Uno Card Game

Uno Card Game

Ah, Uno… a legendary card game. In fact, Uno is one of the few games you can play, literally for hours, without getting sick of it (although it has caused more than just a few fight between friends, family members, and couples!)

The goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand. At the beginning of the game, you’re dealt seven cards and, during each turn, you get a chance to put one card down. The card you play needs to match, either in colour or number, the card played before you. If you can’t play, you must draw a card, and if you forget to yell “Uno!” when you get down to one card in your hand, you must also draw cards. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the game.

Uno is suitable for people aged 7+ and for 2+ players. Buy It Here on Takealot.


Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit is the original trivia game that started it all. Each player has a circular playing counter with six pie-shaped holes in it. Each slice of pie is represented by a different colour and each colour represents a trivia topic, from sports and geography to nature and history, etc.

The goal of the game is to collect a piece of pie in each colour until your counter is full and you can rain your smugness down upon your unworthy opponents. How do you collect pie pieces? By moving about the spokes of the board to certain special locations where you get to answer trivia questions. If you get the question right, you get a slice of pie!

This one, like Cluedo, has also been reimagined and released in various editions so you can nerd out on the Harry Potter version or get a little kooky with Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas edition.

Trivial Pursuit is suitable for players of 7+ years (although the original version was super difficult!) and for 2+ players. Buy It Here on Takealot.


30 Seconds

30 Seconds

30 Seconds is a brilliant game for any gathering and a firm favourite of trivia lovers. Teams are composed of two players who each take turns explaining cards to each other. Each round, the team draws a card and then has 30 seconds to explain up to five different words printed on that card, such as the name of a city, a famous politician, or a rock band.

You can’t use any words (or parts of that word) that appear in the name to explain it and you can’t use any “sounds like” or “rhymes with” tactics. For each answer your teammate guesses correctly within the 30-second timeframe, you can move forward by one square. If you want to up the challenge you can bring the dice into play, which shows a 0, 1, or 2. Throw the dice before your turn and whatever number it lands on is the number of tiles you must move backwards.

The goal is to work your way around the board to the final tile. 30 Seconds is suitable for people aged 15+ years (it might be too hard for younger players) and anywhere between 2 and 16 players. Buy It Here on Takealot.


Exploding Kittens

Hilarious, tongue-and-cheek, and totally addictive, Exploding Kittens is for people with a wry sense of humour (and who love kittens and explosions). How it works is: players take turns drawing cards until someone picks up an exploding kitten. The only way to survive an exploding kitten is to play a defuse card, of which each player gets only one.

The rest of the game involves avoiding this untimely and violent death by playing a variety of hysterically funny, illustrated (and occasionally rude) cards, like the “a plague of bat farts descends upon you” card.

The game itself is simple once you get the hang of it but the true joy is in the cards themselves, which are incredibly random, funny, and dirty. Exploding Kittens is suitable for older kids and 2-5 players. Buy It Here on Takealot.


Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

If you have a truly filthy mind and no amount of crudeness can offend you, Cards Against Humanity is a party game that will forever play an integral role in any and all of your gatherings. The first time I played this game, I literally cried my eyes out laughing, and in the morning, my abdominal muscles felt like I’d attended a power core gym class.

How it works is: one player draws a “fill-in-the-blank/s” statement card. He or she then announces this statement to the rest of the players who must now submit, from their hand of cards, which are dealt at the beginning of the game, the funniest possible word or phrase to fit into the blank.

Whichever card is deemed the funniest, most provocative, or clever by the player posing the statement wins the round (and the player who submitted it is awarded a point). The next round, someone else takes the podium and so on. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner, although no one really cares about winning. You get all the kicks you need from the content of the game itself.

Cards Against Humanity is an adult-only game and is suitable for 3+ players. Buy It Here on Takealot.


What Do You Meme?

What Do You Meme?

What Do You Meme? Is similar in concept to Cards Against Humanity, except that instead of a statement card with blanks, each player takes turns showing to the group a picture card with a famous Internet meme like “Success Baby” or “High Guy”. Each player then submits what they believe to be the funniest, dirtiest, or cleverest tagline to go along with the meme and the judging player decides who wins.

There are a few versions of this game: there’s the family version, which keeps things nice and PC and then there’s the original version, which is just as risqué and politically incorrect as Cards Against Humanity. Either way, it’s a guaranteed laugh! Suitable for 3+ players. Buy It Here on Takealot.