What’s most memorable from when you were a kid? Family trips, get-togethers or probably the fact that slipping out of a situation was easier back then. But one thing which is common for most of the ’90s kids and millennials are indoor games played with friends and family. Today, losing a P.U.B.G match might bring down your rank but back then losing a Ludo game only brought loads of laughter and some silly jokes. Imagine being on a vacation with an unstable internet connection, a game of cards seems pretty tempting, isn’t it?
It is scientifically proven the playing video games for a limited amount of time can help with the lifestyle. But playing indoor games always tickles your intellectual thinking and helps with problem-solving abilities. Games like mahjong compel you to be analytical with every step. But in today’s generation, kids are more inclined towards gadgets and VR. The concept of doing something ‘offline’ is just not favorable, besides eating of course. Indoor games are not just for fun but they help with self-development.
Patience, waiting for your turn while other person takes their sweet time, concentration, analyzing each and every step and learning to enjoy every small moment. Sometimes, sitting in a group with your family or friends, playing a round or two of cards or carrom is all you want.
Some Nostalgic Board Games
Ludo is a board game for two to four players. It is derived from an Indian game, Pachisi but is simpler. Rules are simple, each player races his four tokens to the house of its color by rolling dice when it’s their turn. Getting six once is exciting, twice is thrilling but thrice is heartbreaking. The best part is you can easily cut your sibling’s token and you don’t even have to break any rule for that!
It’s a board game and you really need a hell of power in your fingers or else get ready with some blue nails. It’s played by 2-4 players with three distinct color pieces, white, black and red for the queen and a total of 19 pieces. The goal is to pot all the carrom pieces before your opponent and a player pockets an opponent’s piece. If the Queen was also pocketed, it is returned to the center by the opponent together with the penalty piece.
3. Business/ Monopoly
Business requires 2-6 players where players roll two dice to move around the board. Buy and trade the properties you buy. Rebuild or rent them to other opponents. Make them pay the rent until they go bankrupt. And there’s a mini jail too! Fun fact, it was initially made to make people understand the real business done by landlords.
Truth be told, chess is not for everyone. It’s a game of patience and tactics. Understanding each and every step and carefully making a move. It’s a two-player game and isn’t time-bound. There are certain complex rules in chess, you need to kill the king of the opponent team but each piece moves in a certain way. For example, pawn starts with two steps then continues with one step for other moves but cuts sideways. Kind of trippy but hail the king in the north(?)
Imagine playing something and getting to learn something too. Scrabble is a word game in which players score points by placing word titles in right to left, left to right or in a crossword fashion and the word should be valid. One of the easiest ways to enhance your vocabulary and fluency in speaking the words which are difficult to pronounce. Be careful with the word ‘abbreviation’ because the game has a no abbreviation policy.
Cards are not board games but still come under indoor games. It is basically a set of 52 cards. A deck contains 13 different cards in 4 different suits namely spades, heart, diamond and club. The beauty of the game is that there are more than 1000 ways to play with cards. And you can always make your game out of it.
Do you know UNO?! The classic and beloved cards that are impossible to put down once selected. Players alternatively match a card in their hand with the present card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they each perform a function to assist you to defeat your opponents. These include Skips, Reverses, color-changing Wild, Draw Four Wild cards and Draw twos.
Even though these games are now available online, playing with your group of friends or family brings different joy and a way more positive impact.