It’s nearly father’s day, the perfect time to play loads of games as a family. As we obviously love games here at Ready Steady Roll, here are 8 games that we think are great to play with Dad, in no particular order:
For history buffs, try Timeline. Players need to guestimate when things happened, such as the invention of the pen or the domestication of cattle, by placing them before or after other cards. Such a simple game but it never fails to surprise and entertain when you discover quite how old Frankenstein’s Monster is or how no one knows when we went to the moon!
2. Formula D
In Formula D, surprisingly, players control a car in a race. Each player chooses which gear they want to be in, the higher the gear, the bigger the dice they get to roll and the further they move. However, as in a real race, if you go fast around a corner you may crash. Which isn’t good.
It’s a great game of balancing going fast enough to win the race, but slow enough to not take too much damage by smashing into other cars and crashing at corners. Plus the board it HUGE and the cars are TINY (and pretty adorable).
If your dad sees himself as the head of the family, a good cooperative game of Pandemic may be up his street. Players work as a team to save the world from various diseases, trying to cure and treat the world.
There are many ways to lose in this game, so it takes the full team to work together to stop the end of the world. Perfect, too, if dad is too competitive to play a ‘normal’ game!
Some dads may be opposed to playing a game or learning rules. Tsuro is great for this, as it takes about 30 seconds to explain how to play. All you need to do is stay on the board while laying tiles which move you around. If your (or someone else’s) tile sends you off the board or crashing into another player, you are out the game.
Simple to play but addictive and fun.
5. Jungle Speed
If a quiet, relaxed game of Tsuro isn’t his cup of tea, try Jungle Speed – our most extreme game that comes with a warning before people play it. Players take turns to flip over one of their cards and if it matches anyone else’s cards, the two people who match race to grab a totem in the middle of the table as fast as they can.
It often results in hilarious failures and mad scrambles to grab the totem. Perfect for the ultra-competitive dads out there. One of our loudest and most laughter inducing games.
6. Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne
If your dad likes Game of Thrones, try the game. There are a few games out there based on the books, but if your dad is up to it, try The Iron Throne. Players control a house from the series and negotiate, bluff and backstab their way to victory.
The Iron Throne is very thematic and feels like you are taking part in the story yourself, but if you are not used to board games, it is quite complicated and you need to be prepared to betray your dad to win!
7. No Thanks!
No thanks plays similar to a normal card game, but players are trying to get the least points. On your turn you can take a card worth a certain amount of points, or put a token on it and say ‘No Thanks’… beware though, if you run out of tokens you must take the card and all it’s points, but if you do take a card, you get all the tokens on it.
There are many ways to stitch up other players with surprisingly amount of strategy for a small, simple game.
8. Colt Express
If your dad likes a good Western, try a game of Colt Express. Players move around a 3D train trying to punch, shoot and rob each other, the problem is, you don’t get 100% control of your character and you may end up punching the air and running into the Marshall by accident.
A funny game that looks awesome to play.
Father's Day is as good an excuse as any to gather around a table and get competitive as a family, so get everyone together and pick a game and play!