The last time we talked about board games, we skewered five of the Worst Family Board Games. Now that we’ve gotten those plastic and cardboard playing nightmares out of the way, let’s dive into five games that you may have missed when they came out. Some have been reissued and some are hard as hell to find. But they all have one thing in common… they’re all pretty fun to play. To celebrate our awesome WizKids Games Crate, let’s dive into Five Fun Board Games You Need to Play!
In 1992 Milton Bradley introduced Forbidden Bridge, a game where you play as an adventurer trying to steal two jewels from an ominous looking idol. What starts off as normal roll the dice gameplay quickly escalates into madness as you try and cross a bridge without falling off. How can that happen, you ask? Pressing down on the idol’s head shakes the bridge, which means you could lose a jewel, your player or both. You have to steal two jewels and bring them back to your canoe to win the game. It’s different, weird and pretty fun.
If you’ve never separated your shoulder or torn your ACL, then this is the game for you! Loved by children and drunk adults, Twister tests how flexible you are. It also tests your patience when your opponent ends up putting their ass in your face from a wild spin. Left foot on green? No problem! Just bend back over here aaaaand that sound you heard was little Johnny’s spinal column snapping in four different places.
Super rare and super expensive on Ebay, Tornado Rex is a 1991 3D game that is probably the most dangerous game on this list. Players try and get their hikers to the top of a mountain by drawing cards that determine their movement. Only problem is, some of those cards unleash Tornado Rex, a spinning top that blasts down the pathway, knocking off any player unfortunate enough to be in his way. It’s a really fun, but there is a drawback… wind up Tornado Rex too much and this spinning devil of doom could fling off of the board and impale itself into some kid’s eye. Have fun explaining that injury to a doctor.
Mall Madness has been around in various versions since 1988. Its premise is simple – BUY EVERYTHING. Spend the day with your squad and be that queen, honey. The object of the game is to be the first person to fill up your shopping list from the various stores in the mall. Use your credit card, grab some clothes on sale at the fashion boutique and spend spend spend, girlfriend! The 2020 Covid-19 version of Mall Madness is you crying at home as you shop online. It’s not as fun as the original.
No board game list is complete without the O.G. of fun board games – Fireball Island. The object is simple – be the first person to escape the island with the jewel. What’s in your way? Other players and five fireballs that roll down various paths. This is the game where you either have the best time of your life playing it, or it frustrates you so much that you end up in a fist fight with your younger brother because he’s a cheatin’ jerk who makes up cave rules as you play and you hate his stupid face and you never want to see him again and you hope he dies on an island filled with actual fireballs. Anyway, Fireball Island is so popular and became so hard to find, that Restoration Games made an updated version that you can purchase. Just don’t play it with my younger brother.
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