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Addictive board games to play with friends and family: 2020 edition

2020 may be gunning for the most challenging year of all time but who says we can’t have a little bit of fun while isolating ourselves from COVID-19? Instead of spending so much time on the phone, why not liven things up by bringing (a select group of) people together for a round of board games? You heard it here first — 2020 will be the golden age of games nights with Pandemic (pun totally intended) leading the pack. So whilst you work from home and put your Venice travel plans on hold, we’ve put together some of our all-time favourite games below coupled with exciting new releases to try out.

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Horrified
$48.85
Imagine living in a place so wretched, that it's not plagued by one, two, or even three monsters, but seven of the most horrifying fiend. In this game, you'll come face to face with them all as you work together to rid the town of these maniacal or misunderstood creatures... Before it's too late.
Game Of Life
$13.99
In The Game of Life game players choose a path and move their car tokens around the gameboard from Start to Retirement. Who is headed for wealth and fortune? Pick a path for a life of action, unexpected surprises, and dream vacations, but spend cash wisely because the wealthiest player at the end wins the game.
Jaws
$38.09
Experience JAWS as a suspenseful tabletop strategy game! One player menaces the island of Amity as the three-ton great white while the other players go on the hunt as Brody, Hooper, and Quint. Two thrilling phrases of gameplay capture the edge-of-your-seat excitement of the classic movie.
Resident Evil 2
$100.83
Resident Evil 2: The Board Game is a co-operative survival horror game for 1-4 players set in the Resident Evil universe. Players choose from a number of familiar characters before venturing into the zombie-infested streets and buildings of Raccoon City in a desperate fight to escape the nightmare! Designed specifically for the Resident Evil universe from the ground up, this game brings the thrills and the dangers of the setting to the tabletop.
Clue
$7.88
One murder… 6 suspects. In this suspenseful Clue game, players have to find out who's responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Get the scoop on the mansion's rooms, weapons and guests and start detecting! Was it Plum with the wrench in the library? Or Green with the candlestick in the study? Eliminate information throughout the game in this classic whodunit. The player who correctly accuses Who, What, and Where wins!
Pandemic
$29.44
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example, the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are outbreaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.
Monopoly
$15.88
The thrill of bankrupting an opponent, but it pays to play nice, because fortunes could change with the roll of the dice. Experience the ups and downs by collecting property colors sets to build houses, and maybe even upgrading to a hotel! The more properties each player owns, the more rent can be charged. Chance cards could be worth money, or one might just say Go To Jail! The Hasbro Gaming and Monopoly names and logos, the distinctive design of the gameboard, the four corner squares, the Mr. Monopoly name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro. For 2-8 players.
Checkers
$5.99
A necessary keystone to any game closet is Checkers. This classic game set includes a game board, solid interlocking plastic checkers and complete instructions. For 2 players, ages 6 and up.
Scrabble
$13.44
Scrabble, the classic crossword game, is full-on fun for friends and family. You can feel the excitement begin as soon as you rack up your letters, choose a great word, and hope to land on a triple-word score. Play the popular Scrabble game the classic way as you take on opponents head-to-head, for a challenging and fun time whether you're a beginner or an expert.
Dune
$89
Imagine you can control the forces of a noble family, guild, or religious order on a barren planet which is the only source for the most valuable substance in the known universe. Imagine you can rewrite the script for one of the most famous science fiction books of all time. Welcome to the acclaimed 40-year-old board game which allows you to recreate the incredible world of Frank Herbert's DUNE. In DUNE, you will become the leader of one of six great factions. Each wishes to control the most valuable resource in the universe - melange, the mysterious spice only found at great cost on the planet DUNE. As Duke Leto Atreides says, "All fades before melange. A handful of spice will buy a home on Tupile. It cannot be manufactured, it must be mined on Arrakis. It is unique and it has true geriatric properties." And without melange, space travel would be impossible. Only by ingesting the addictive drug can the Guild Steersman continue to experience visions of the future, enabling them to plot a safe path through hyperspace. Who will control DUNE? Become one of the characters and their forces from the book and... You decide!
Lord of the Rings: Journeys In Middle-Earth
$114.40
Embark on your own adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic world with the Lord of the Rings: journeys in Middle-earth, a fully cooperative, app-supported board game for one to five players! You'll battle villainous foes, make courageous choices, and strike a blow against the evil that threatens the land—all as part of a thrilling campaign that leads you across the storied hills and dales of Middle-earth. Each individual game of journeys in Middle-earth is a single adventure in a larger campaign. You'll explore the vast and dynamic landscapes of Middle-earth, using your skills to survive the challenges that you encounter on these perilous quests. As you and your fellow heroes explore the wilderness and battle the dark forces arrayed against you, the game's companion app guides you to reveal the looming forests, quiet clearings, and ancient halls of Middle-earth, while also controlling the enemies you encounter. Whether you're venturing into the Wild on your own or with close companions by your side, you can write your own legend in the history of Middle-earth.
Minecraft: Builders & Biomes
$34.99
Explore the Overworld, face dangerous mobs, and mine resources to build fantastic structures! The world’s bestselling videogame, Minecraft, has been adapted into an easy-to-learn strategy board game perfect for tabletop gamers and Minecraft fans alike. Each turn, players take two of five possible actions: explore the Overworld, mine resources from a block of resource cubes, build structures, collect weapons, or fight mobs like Endermen and Creepers. Build carefully and fight bravely to win!