Good friends + Fun board games = Great times.
Are you a college student or are you shopping for games for a college student? Here are a few fun board game suggestions to get you started.
Quelf [check prices] is a board game that is often mentioned in connection with college students. You simply roll the die, move your character (e.g. Super Ninja Monkey or Mrs. Pickle Feather) which lands you on a colored space, take the corresponding colored card, read the card, and do what it says. If you fail to do what the card says, you pay a penalty in spaces as indicated on the card. When you make it to the last space, you win. Sounds easy, right? Maybe not.
Each color corresponds to a category. Green is quizzle (i.e. trivia). Red (scatterbrainz) requires all players to give answers about a given topic. Yellow cards tell you to perform (silly) stuntz. Purple cards put you up on the stage as in showbiz. Blue are rulez cards that could pertain only to you or to everyone playing.
Eventually Quelf becomes more about having fun than winning. That’s a good thing.
In addition to Quelf and other games described below, here is a list of some more fun strategy board games college students might be interested in. Click any “review” link to learn more or click the game to check the cost.
- The Settlers of Catan – [review]
- Carcassonne – [review]
- Ticket to Ride – [review] [iPad version]
- El Grande – [review]
- Tigris & Euphrates – [review]
- Le Havre – [review]
- Agricola – [review]
- Alhambra – [review]
- San Juan – [review]
- Race for the Galaxy – [review]
- Puerto Rico – [review]
Wise and Otherwise
Wise and Otherwise is an excellent version of the generic “dictionary game” wherein a word is read aloud, and players compose fake definitions for it. The reader writes down the correct definition and subsequently reads each one. Players vote for the definition they believe to be correct. If someone votes for your fictional definition, you get a point. Those who select the true one get a point. If no one chooses the correct one, the reader gets all the points.
Wise and Otherwise twists this basic game by using folk sayings from various countries. The reader speaks the first part of the phrase from the front of a card, and players attempt to finish it correctly. The reader writes the remainder of the phrase as found on the back of the card. It’s very unlikely that you’ve ever heard any of the phrases provided. I’m not even certain that some of them aren’t made up.
The original Cranium [check prices] was published in 1998. It takes elements of several other party games and combines them into one in which players must participate in bits of each. There is drawing, sculpting (with clay), trivia, word games, and performance…think Pictionary, Claymania, Trivial Pursuit, HuggerMugger, and Charades.
The Cranium family of fun board games for college students is only slightly more serious than Quelf, but that’s not saying much. With a large enough group of people who are willing to party, this board game will provide the fun.
Jenga [check prices] is another party game for the nimble-fingered and steady-handed. Or not. There is a stack of wooden blocks in neatly-organized layers. Your job is to pull out an individual block – one hand only! – and place it atop the tower without letting any of it tumble. It’s easy at first, but eventually friction and gravity beat you. Maybe college students in engineering would especially like to tackle this one…?
Scene It? [click here to check cost] is a trivia game that requires a DVD player. The original game is all about movies. What makes it different from other trivia games is that there are video clips that you must pay close attention to in order to answer follow-up questions correctly.
There are dozens of editions of this fun board game, so you can pick the one that your group of college students would like best. Topics range from Marvel comics to Dr. Who to the Simpsons to Star Trek to Friends (TV series) to FIFA and more.
You may have noticed that these fun board games for college students could almost all be placed in a party games category as well. Makes sense to me.
That said, if you haven’t looked at the party games yet, please do before you leave.