When the sun sets, instead of switching on the TV, some guests choose to make the most of their time with friends and family in a private villa by getting the excitement flowing with a games night. Retro classics like Cluedo, Monopoly and Risk are guaranteed to liven up the evening with a little healthy competition.
Although the private entertainment options on offer at a private villa in Thailand or Bali are vast and varied, sometimes it’s fun to keep things simple and a night of board games with family and friends is the perfect quiet night in. Most private villas boast a choice of comfortable communal spaces, inside and out, and some even have their own dedicated entertainment rooms already sticked wit a choice of games. Some families choose to bring along their own favourites from home, and a range of compact “travel” size versions of all the classic board games are available. Having a stock of board games at the ready is also a good idea for a day when an unexpected shower dampens outdoor plans.
Here are 5 all-time classic board games that are well worth re-visiting or even trying to master for the first time.
Originally created in 1944 as a form of entertainment during long air raid drills spent in underground shelters, Cluedo is the ideal board game for players who enjoy a little mystery and intrigue. Each of the players takes on the guise of one of the game’s colourful characters, Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Mrs White and Reverend Green, to solve the shocking murder of Dr. Black. Each character moves strategically round the board to discover the identity of the murderer, where the crime occurred and the gruesome weapon with which it was perpetrated.
Gamesters in the mood for some strategic thinking will love Risk – the ultimate game of global domination. Each player boldly leads their own legions of troops to risk their lives as they try and conquer the world by taking over one of the earth’s 42 territories. Players eliminate their rivals by taking over as many territories as possible. Depending on the skill level and number of players taking part, the game can be played in three different ways: as the introductory beginners game, the classic game for experienced players or as a two- player head to head challenge.
Board game enthusiasts who enjoy the logical challenge will revel in an evening of Mastermind, the classic code breakers’ game. Designed for two players, but also possible in teams of two if the kids (or adults) need some help, Mastermind is a great choice for couples and families. After deciding how many games they will play, Player One takes on the role as code maker, and Player Two takes on the challenge of cracking the code. The code maker selects a pattern of four coloured pegs and places them behind a shield so they are not visible to the code breaker. The code breaker then has eight to ten turns to try and guess the pattern, making their guesses using their own row of coloured pegs with hits offered by the code creator. Once the colour pattern has been successfully guessed, the players change roles.
Trivial Pursuit is one of the most successful board games of all time. The game has ben translated into most languages and can be played as individuals or is a lot of fun when played in teams for larger groups. The object of the game is simple: to move around the board and fill up your team’s “pie” with six coloured wedges by answering tricky questions on a range of topics. The wedges each represent one of six knowledge categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Arts and Literature, Science and Nature, Sport and Leisure. For a twist on the original classic, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Disney versions of the game are also available.
Perhaps the most competitive board game of all, Monopoly, is a sure way to pass a few hours in the evening or on a rainy afternoon at your villa. Each of the players assumes the guise of a cunning property investor, making their way around one of the world’s capital cities and building up their own property and hotel empire, whilst trying to avoid jail and thwart the banker. Compact magnetic travel sized editions of the game are available for people who want to save on luggage space, and there is even a swift card version of the game available to liven up a quiet fifteen minutes. A whole host of Monopolies are available, and The Simpsons and Wizard of Oz versions are particularly popular with children.
by MAX VEE