The Scoop on Board Games
he real scoop is that board games do stimulate your brain and make you smarter. Most would consider them entertainment, however, anybody who knows anything about board games can tell you that the best games are the ones that are both fun and give your brain a workout. This is hardly a new phenomenon or study; people have been playing them for years. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most intelligent and fun board games on the market.
SCRAMBLE It’s an old favorite! Using the letters given to you, make words to gain points. Whoever ends up with the most points, wins!
How it makes you smarter/ more creative: Play this game a lot and you’ll be improving your word reservoir, which everyone around you will appreciate.
TICKET TO RIDE Tick to Ride requires players to collect train car cards that they use to claim railway routes across the map. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come from fulfilling destination tickets that connect distant cities. There are a variety of editions out now, each mapping a different country, continent or area of the world. This play teaches you to build upon your knowledge of past and present geography. This is because some of the maps are historical. Trains have never been so much fun!
The goal of the game is to take out the opposing player’s king.
How it makes you smarter/ more creative: There are way more strategies out there for chess than I can write about here. Suffice it to say, to become even semi-decent at chess, you’ll need to have good analytical skills and an ability to predict your opponent’s moves far in advance. Both of which could come in handy in any number of professions.
CHUTES AND LADDERS
Basically, ladders are good. Chutes are bad!
How it makes you smarter/ more creative: This game will help you handle yourself well in times of crisis. In Chutes and Ladders, you will often find yourself randomly knocking down several squares for no reason other than sheer random chance, much like what happens in reality.
PAY DAY Pay Day is an easier version of Life or Monopoly. You’ll be given a monthly salary, and you’ll need to budget it well to win.
How it makes you smarter/ more creative: You will definitely learn something about the value of money playing this game. Also, this game is great at demonstrating the fickle nature of the capitalist system.
POWER GRID Power Grid is to supply power to the most cities. To do this you mark preexisting routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants. You must also acquire raw materials to power these plants. Problems may arise if you expand too fast and miss out on new technology. As such, the game requires you to weigh up options logically and strategically, as well as deal with the potential fallouts of your decisions.
This play helps to think ahead and deduce that the best course of action.
CLUE You must find out who the killer is, their weapon of choice, and the room where the murder occurred.
How it makes you smarter/ more creative: Improve your powers of deduction! Clue probably won’t qualify you to become a professional sleuth, though hopefully it will make you more observant!