Let’s be honest – gamers are creatures of habit.
Some of us have a favourite genre your group loves to play. Others may have their favourite game (plus expansions) that’s brought out at every opportunity. And some may have that perfect game they play over, and over, and over.
But every so often, it’s time to push the boat out and try your hand at something new.
So, here are eight of our favourite games that have attempted to try something…a little different.
An entry-level game that’s…actually fun. Horrified is an officially branded co-op masterpiece that lets you and your kids (or group, it’s that good) take on Universal Studio’s iconic creatures of the night. Biting at the heels of Ravensburger’s Jaws, Horrified asks players to work together to best as many monsters as you feel comfortable taking on. This sees you complete minigames that range from smashing Dracula’s coffins, taking on Frankenstein and his bride, brewing an antidote to stop the Wolfman and more. With variable difficulty and an easy teach, Horrified is perfect for any players looking to find a co-op game that provides the right degree of challenge for you and your friends round your tabletop.
Gale Force Nine deserve all the credit that they get. The kings of adapting franchises to the tabletop (Spartacus, Dune, and Sons of Anarchy to name but a few), the recently released Aliens may be close to their opus. Streamlining dungeon crawl mechanics, the game lets you and your friends play through a truncated version of the movie – pitting you against the xenomorph menace. This includes the ability to link four of those missions together to play one day-long campaign with persistent damage and whatever weapons they can scavenge. And – if that’s not enough for you – picking up any of the two other expansions lets you bring the rest of the Space Marines into play. Or ask the Queen if she wants to say hello.
Love Game of Thrones? Haven’t got a day or two to spare for the boardgame or a month or so for the series? A War of Whispers, from Starling games, combines all the political intrigue of your favourite fantasy novels into 60 minutes. Tops. Players take on the role of sneaky manipulators as you bet on which side is going to wind a kingdom-wide war. This involves bluffs, counter-bluffs, and top-class manipulation as you try to figure out who your rivals are backing and stop them. While last years’ SUSD review may have made copies fly off the shelves, you can do a lot worse than pick up a copy today.