Top 10 Best Rated Board Games 2011-2012

Board games have evolved over time to fit the changes that come in society. Today, in the age of technology, it may seem like board games have been completely eliminated from the everyday household and replaced by video games. However, although video games do have a larger niche in today’s world than does the traditional board game, board games continue to be produced and be popular. Here is a list of the best rated board games today.

1. Apples to Apples
This game has become almost a standard at any major group gathering in which there are groups of people that don’t know each other. In this game, there are both red and green cards (just like real apples!). Players (between four and ten of them) are each dealt seven red cards that each contain a noun. The players then take turns drawing green cards, that contain adjectives; the players that did not draw the green card must choose the red card from their hand that they believe is best described by the green card. The player that drew the green card must then choose which of the red cards he or she thinks is best described by the green card. He or she then gives that green card to the winner; the first player to collect five green cards wins.

2. Scene It
This is a half-digital, half-board game masterpiece, that has been produced in several different versions already during its short lifetime. Scene It is usually based on either a TV show or a movie, and players must select categories from the DVD that comes with the game from which they answer questions. A correct answer moves you forward on the board, while an incorrect answer may move you back. The first player to reach the end of the board wins. For at least two players, but can be played in teams as well.

3. Shadows Over Camelot
This game is essentially based off of another classic game, Settlers of Cataan, just with a different spin on it. In Shadows Over Camelot, anywhere from three to seven players can participate. Unlike most board games, in Shadows Over Camelot the players work together to reach their quest; they are the knights of the round table in King Arthur’s court. Loyalty cards, the progression of evil, and quests make this game interesting. The object of the game is to fill the round table with more white swords than black—a black sword is awarded if a quest is failed, and a white sword is awarded if a quest is successfully completed.

4. I’m the Boss
This board game is creatively based off of the economy, as players are investors that compete to make the most money by making business deals between each other. Players take turns drawing deals, and at the end of the fifteenth deal, whichever player has the most money wins. For anywhere from three to six players.

5. Wits and Wagers
The creativity of the playing of this game is probably what earned it its high rating. Wits and Wagers is for between four and twenty players, and players may play in teams or otherwise. It is a trivia game, and once a question is asked, each player or team places his answer in written form on the betting mat. The players then bet on which answer they think is the most correct. After seven questions, the player who has won the most bets wins.

6. Blokus
This is a simple game for two to four players. Each player chooses a different color, out of blue, green, red and yellow. They then alternate placing one of their 21 colored tiles on the board, and each consecutively played piece must only touch one corner of another piece that has been played. When there are no more available moves, the player with the least amount of colored tiles wins.

7. Ticket to Ride
This board game has been reproduced in multiple languages, including French, German, and Finnish. In Ticket to Ride, players are given colorful playing pieces shaped like trains, as well as “destination cards”. The object is for a player to complete as many routes as possible, by playing the train pieces. At the end of the game, when there are no more available routes to take, players are awarded points for completing the routes listed on their destination cards, and points are also subtracted for failing to do so. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins.

8. Power Grid
Originally created in Germany, this game has a two-sided board—one side with a map of the United States, and the other with a map of Germany. At the beginning of the game, players choose whether they want to supply power to cities in the United States or in Germany, and then determine a number of cities that wins the game. Once a player has reached that number, he or she wins. This game can be played with as few as two players, and as many as six.

9. Caylus
This is another building board game, in which players build and add to the castle Caylus in France, set in the middle ages. Anywhere from two to five players alternate turns, building and adding on to the castle. During these turns, players earn prestige points by earning royal favors. Once all of the towers of the castle are built, the game ends, and the player with the most prestige points wins the game.

10. Puerto Rico
Another German-designed game with economic aims, the object of this game is to ship goods to Europe as well as construct buildings on the island of Puerto Rico, set in the age of discovery. Three to five players can play, and during their turns they earn victory points for various accomplishments. At the end of the game, the player with the most victory points wins.

These are today’s best-rated board games, those board games that have transcended the power of the video game in the twenty-first century.

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