Best Board Games (Part III)

These board games are the best for family nights.

PANDEMIC LEGACY: SEASON 1

Pandemic is a game of attempting to stop disease outbreaks all over the world. On a player’s turn, you have to use your actions to go around locations building research stations, treating diseases, and acquiring the cures that will win you the game. However, with only four actions per turn, you can’t do much on your own and each turn puts more diseases on the board, if too much happens in one city, it spreads to all places close by, putting you closer to losing the game.

Therefore, you and the other players have to come together to plan ahead, triaging the place where the danger is now, and what’s susceptible in the future. Who can come to Beijing the quickest to handle the situation there? Should you save Madrid next turn or concentrate on finding another cure?

A big part of the charm of Pandemic Legacy is that it keeps amazing you with changes to how things play. The diseases get difficult, you get new ways to respond to them, you’ll have to build new kinds of buildings, you’ll get new kinds of objectives, and the game will even use your own decisions against you. There’s no experience like it for a group to get together and share.

BEASTS OF BALANCE

This high-tech game uses an app to request that you balance bad-shaped 3D creatures on top of every other on a special base without them falling over. The system uses NFC to realize which piece you’ve placed, so there’s no pulling to wool over its eyes. It’s similar to a reverse Jenga, but without the nice security of the objects all being a uniform shape.

You can play the game in a couple of various modes. An option is to attempt to get the most points you can by putting animals, then crossbreeding them into strange new creatures. Or, using power-ups to produce high-scores or putting in distractions like the need to have one hand on the touchscreen while placing a creature, so your control is reduced, but you receive more points.

 

PANDEMIC LEGACY: SEASON 1

Pandemic is a game of attempting to stop disease outbreaks all over the world. On a player’s turn, you have to use your actions to go around locations building research stations, treating diseases, and acquiring the cures that will win you the game. However, with only four actions per turn, you can’t do much on your own and each turn puts more diseases on the board, if too much happens in one city, it spreads to all places close by, putting you closer to losing the game.

Therefore, you and the other players have to come together to plan ahead, triaging the place where the danger is now, and what’s susceptible in the future. Who can come to Beijing the quickest to handle the situation there? Should you save Madrid next turn or concentrate on finding another cure?

A big part of the charm of Pandemic Legacy is that it keeps amazing you with changes to how things play. The diseases get difficult, you get new ways to respond to them, you’ll have to build new kinds of buildings, you’ll get new kinds of objectives, and the game will even use your own decisions against you. There’s no experience like it for a group to get together and share.

BEASTS OF BALANCE

This high-tech game uses an app to request that you balance bad-shaped 3D creatures on top of every other on a special base without them falling over. The system uses NFC to realize which piece you’ve placed, so there’s no pulling to wool over its eyes. It’s similar to a reverse Jenga, but without the nice security of the objects all being a uniform shape.

You can play the game in a couple of various modes. An option is to attempt to get the most points you can by putting animals, then crossbreeding them into strange new creatures. Or, using power-ups to produce high-scores or putting in distractions like the need to have one hand on the touchscreen while placing a creature, so your control is reduced, but you receive more points.