Have you ever had a board game which somehow defined your childhood? It could be any game. It could be that big box on the top shelf in the bedroom.. Or that one shoved in a closet, between other knick-knacks that haven’t been touched or used in years. Or that one, still in a shopping bag, fresh from the store. Or that one being currently gift-wrapped for a child whose birthday party is in 3 hours..

Some of the board games in the world are still functional and used even decades after it was first released. Some are still on the store shelf, waiting for its new players. Others did not stand the test of time as all its players grew up and became busy with life.

But the most important thing about board games is that they are still relevant in this day and age. People still buy and play them. People still find new types of games everyday, discovering new ways to play, and forging new friendships — or strengthening existing ones — through these.

As the holiday season is nearing, I compiled some of the board games that are considered to be the best of all time:

5. Scrabble

Who doesn’t know this game — whether by the rules or merely by name? Scrabble has come a long way since it was first introduced. 

This is an awesome and fun game where you can practice your vocabulary while competing with your family or friends. 

Scrabble also allows for a little strategic thinking with its scoring mechanics. The challenge of this game never gets old, especially if your tiles compose of more vowels than consonants (which thankfully doesn’t happen to me that often. Phew!)

4. Clue

In the mood to play detective?

The classic game of Clue gives you just that. Playing detective and solving mysteries is one of the most sought after types of game if you want to pass the time. It’s also a pretty good exercise for the brain, as it tests out your logical and problem-solving skills while you try to solve the case of Mr. Boddy.

What makes this more interesting is that everyone’s a suspect so you really have to think hard on this. What can I say, this is indeed another perfect example of a fun brain exercise.

3. The Game of Life

This is literally an embodiment of life. Through this game, I experienced going through the different stages of life — college, marriage, having kids, and insurance. It’s truly a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants a taste of a grown-up life or who wants to take a trip down memory lane from when they were still younger.

It’s a great game for kids to learn about life lessons in an approachable way and it’s a good starter for some conversations when played together as a family.

2. Monopoly

Growing up with this game means spending most of my free time acting as a real estate titan.

This game can go on forever (the longest recorded game of Monopoly lasted for 70 straight days!) This game requires risk and luck as players buy and trade properties and try not to get thrown in jail. It gets more interesting as you try to bankrupt your opponents — it doesn’t matter if they’re your best friend or your parents, business is business.

1. Chess 

Now this is a game that stood the test of time. I barely know anyone who hasn’t tried playing this classic game. It’s a game that you’re sure to recognize whether or not you’ve ever actually played before. The ultimate goal is to checkmate your opponent’s king piece, and to do that you need all the strategies you can think of per piece as each of them has different rules about how they can move. 

With this game, I’ve learned that it is really important to take a step back and assess the whole situation before making a big move. Kind of like how we need to weigh every pro and con when making a decision in life.

As the holidays draw near and we start to spend more time with friends and family, we challenge you to put away the electronics and gather ’round for a good old-fashioned board game. No matter which game you love to play, you’ll surely enjoy the break. 

On a little side note, I’m sure we all know that board games are best played when accompanied by delicious food. Grab your family and friends and head on over to Seedology, where you can choose from a wide selection of scrumptious meals and also enjoy various board games, like Dubai Monopoly, Fortnite Monopoly, Chess, and Funkoverse Strategy Game.

Check them all out at Seedology Al Wasl or Seedology Bluewaters! Enjoy!

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