Back in the day adults were stuck playing the same old boring, repetitive and unimaginative board games because there just weren't any alternatives out there.
But game industries have been booming for the last 20+ years and now there are some amazing, captivating and, most importantly, super fun to play games available for those who are tired of spelling words and passing go.
It's sad to see adults so strapped for game options they reach for games like Mouse Trap, Sorry or Trouble, especially when they could be playing amazing games like Pandemic and The Resistance: Avalon, which are similar in spirit but much more fun to play.
In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
The Resistance: Avalon pits the forces of Good and Evil in a battle to control the future of civilization. Arthur represents the future of Britain, a promise of prosperity and honor, yet hidden among his brave warriors are Mordred's unscrupulous minions. These forces of evil are few in number but have knowledge of each other and remain hidden from all but one of Arthur's servants. Merlin alone knows the agents of evil, but he must speak of this only in riddles. If his true identity is discovered, all will be lost.
Solitaire tends to numb your mind after a while, turning the player into a card flipping zombie, but why flip cards mindlessly when you can play Agricola and flip cards with a purpose?
In Agricola, you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the little rugrats?
And I think Cards Against Humanity is a brilliantly simple game that can be played forever, provided you keep adding new cards to the set, but at the same time the gameplay can get a bit boring after a while.
So if you and your friends are looking for a more compelling alternative why not give 7 Wonders a try?
7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends.