Sometimes you want to sit down with a great game and mull over your turns with friends and family.
And sometimes you want to end up sweating through your cardigan as your loved ones catch you in a lie and bring the hammer down!
Modern board games are fantastic at pushing us (safely) out of our comfort zone and forcing us to think fast. Here are eight of our favorite games that require quick wits, nerves of steel, and the ability to perform under – admittedly mild to moderate – pressure.
It’s all fun and games until the dice get locked. An exceptional design from Queen Games, Escape asks you and your friends to charge into a disintegrating temple and escape with your life. A simple roll-to-move game on the surface, Temple quickly piles on the variables as you play. Rooms are added at a rapid pace, crystals need to be collected, and players can quickly find themselves trapped by ‘cursed’ dice. This makes it essential to react with speed and decisiveness – asking you to make the right call on a second-by-second basis. Horrendous for some but, for those looking for a challenge, pure heaven.
Ever find that working together makes decision-making worse somehow? A now long-standing release from the team at Paizo, the Pathfinder adventure card game condenses a hack-and-slash roleplaying session into one setting as your party level’s up and takes on challenge after challenge. The reliance on cards allows for the creation of unique scenarios that require exceptional co-operation, but also the ability to react to the dragon that has popped out of the deck and now threatens to murder all of you. But when you cobble together the strategy, play, or tactic that saves the day…there’s nothing like it. playability and equal levels of stress – this is the perfect pick for groups looking to push the boundaries of what the hobby can offer…all within 30 minutes.
AKA “Just how much of a bull%$£% artist are you?” A glorious design first published by cryptozoic in 2014, Spyfall provides players with a role, a location, and prompts players to ask each other questions. “Are you getting paid enough”, “Do you think it’s safe here?”, “What do you think is going to happen next”. All these are contextualised by who the answerer is and where they know they are. Except…one of you is a spy. And that means having no awareness of any vital data, forcing them to tap dance and act like they belong. If the group can unanimously agree on the spy and they’re right, they’ve won. But if the spy can figure out where they are, they take the win. Combining fast talking, quick thinking, and rules that can be taught in seconds.
These seem awesome! When my group starts to get back together for game night these will definitely be one to look at.
Spyfall and Avalon for me…love the thrill of pressure games.
Great choices. Thanks
amazing choices 🙂 I wish you all a Happy New Year 🙂
I really Like Fury of Dracula and Ghost Blitz! But never played the others you mention. I will try to play the others you out in that list!
fun in a great pack!!!!
I do like spyfall and Avalon. Other great games that could join this list for me are Galaxy trucker and ricochet robots.
Spyfall sounds fun
I haven’t played any of them yet but I knew some of them. I want to play them more now.
Love Fury of Dracula
My boyfriend would love this game
I’ve played Fury of Dracula and love it enough that any games that share a list with it are worth a look
Spyfall looks interesting, maybe fun for playing with my family.
I’ve been interested in Fury of Dracula for quite a while now.
I find anything with a timer aspect makes me make fast decisions.
Pathfinder looks interesting but could limit the zaniness that you get from rpging
i am here for the competition to be honest… ????
But i also love and wanna buy the new table!
Even though it’s generally highly regarded, I really don’t like Inis very much.
Seems to be a “love it or hate it” type of game. That’s how it went with my group, I was the only one that liked it a lot! It might “promise” something different than it actually is I guess.
I have Fury of Dracula, but haven’t played it too often.
Been eyeballing Fury of Dracula myself a bit. May need to grab it
I agree, it’s kinda difficult to bring to the table.
Thanks great work
Ik think Captain Sonar should be on this list.
Great choice indeed!
Project Elite! You mustn’t forget Project Elite.
I want to try out Project Elite like CRAZY! ????
I hanven’t played any of these. I should check some out.
Nice list! Escape is my favorite by far. Love the tense moments after the gongs. I also enjoy Pathfinder.
Oh my, Escape is SO tense! New players always throw dice off the table (which I first thought how can it be possible at all?!). There are a few very good expansions too.
Pathfinder as a campaign is extremely enjoyable, I have to say.
Not played a single one but I’ll try Inis as there will be a fresh German version soon.
All great choices! I personally like Inis, it’s quite beautiful too, but there is a lot of controversy about it.
Pathfinder looks fun, I’ll have to check it out.
It’s a ton of fun as a campaign! I have gone through it with a 3-player party and was one of the best gaming experiences I had ????
We love fun employed.
Can be quite fun indeed!