Favorite Board Games Growing Up [Top Tuesday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since we’ve started doing more board game reviews, I decided to talk about some oldies that I used to love growing up.

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5. Scrabble

For being a writer, I was never good at this game. I wasn’t great at trying to make words out of only seven random letters and placing them strategically on the board to score the most points. In fact, I remember my mother always helping me even though we were playing against each other. She didn’t let me win all the time, but I think she definitely did some of the time. Still, it’s a great game and a lot of fun.

4. LIFE

I always enjoyed playing the game of LIFE because I was a stupid child and believed that would be how my life would actually end up. I was honestly confused the outcome would change each time I played. It was fun to imagine though and choose different life paths. I still play this game to this day with the kids I babysit. It’s a popular one.

3. Sorry!

I believe this is my mom’s favorite game and, if I’m honest, I haven’t played it in a really long time. This was a fantastic (and frustrating at times) game. Bringing all four of your pegs to “home” and having the ability to send people backwards is fun. It’s one I need to go back to soon.

2. Clue

We’ve talked about this a few times. Clue is a favorite of mine and my cousins. We play it a lot – the board game and the DVD game. I love a good mystery and a game where you need to think and figure things out. It’s harder with the more people you play with, but it’s great all around.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has always been a favorite of mine. I have a lot of different versions – Nintendo, I Love Lucy, Snoopy, and a few others. I’m terrible at math, but I’ve always loved it. Maybe it’s because you’re collecting things and I’m a sucker for that. Either way, this is my top favorite game – even if it takes hours to play.

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Monopoly: CHEATERS Edition [Board Game Review]

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Monopoly is a big hit in our family. It’s one of the staple games we bring with us on vacations so we can all yell, get mad, and laugh until our stomachs hurt at each other. Somehow, we all still love each other after all the constant games, even with the penchant for cheating some members of the family have… So, when Rachel found the Cheaters Edition of the game, our older sister and brother-in-law gave it to her for Christmas.

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I don’t even remember how I came across it. I was looking on Amazon and it popped up like it knew. I’m notorious for cheating in any games as is our cousin. So when I saw this, I knew I had to have it to give it a shot.

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I was a little skeptical at first because, as noted, cheating happens in regular Monopoly with our family, so I wasn’t sure what the difference would be. The Cheaters Edition, however, has rules on how to cheat (and supposedly you can’t cheat otherwise), giving you challenges that may reward you should you succeed and punish you — generally by sending you to jail with the handcuff — if someone catches you.

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Of course, even though there’s no cheating other than the rules, I cheated anyway when Kris and I played together. There’s a small stack of cheat cards. Five of them go in the middle and at any time during the game, you need to secretly plan to do one. As Kris said, if you get caught, there’s a consequence, but if you don’t get caught there’s a reward. Once the next player rolls the dice for their turn, you’re supposed to announce you cheated and claim the reward.

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We both did a bit of cheating — not paying the full price for a property, stealing unowned properties and money from the bank — especially since I knew Rachel is a sneak. If you believe someone is cheating on their turn, you’re supposed to call them out on it before the next player’s turn, but if the accused can prove their innocence, then the person calling them out owes them a fine. There were other little differences too, such as the board not having as many spaces, the railroads not being for sale, and no houses, only hotels, for properties.

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The board is definitely made to make people fight. One of the green properties was free, one of the yellow properties was cheaper, one of the pink properties was only $20, and one of the light blue properties came with a free hotel already on it, despite the fact you need the whole color set in order to add hotels on. The railroads – which I kept landing on – were teleporting spaces. Once you landed on one you needed to advance to the next railroad. I kept skipping a whole side of the board because of that, which was where Kris had most of her properties.

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Rachel utilizing the railroads didn’t help my ultimate demise, no. The community chest and chance cards were mostly different, as well. In regular Monopoly, we read our cards aloud specifically to minimize cheating. However, with the Cheaters Edition, we came to realize that some of those cards we had to keep to ourselves, as their instructions tended to be much sneakier than in regular Monopoly, so that was a difference we needed to get used to as well.

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For example, one community chest card I got, I held onto. So, the next time I owed Kris rent, I could “pose as a celebrity” and have her pay me the rent instead. The overall ending of the game was different as well. When we play we always wait until there’s only one person left with money. In the Cheater’s Edition, once all the properties are bought, all players much return to Go and stop. Once all players are on that space, the game ends. Whoever has the most money, wins.

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In a way, it’s a simpler version of Monopoly, with less spaces and a more definite end rather than one person buying everyone else out, but the incentives to cheat and beat the challenges the game gives you can make it chaotic. Rachel and I only played with each other and we each still did a bit of cheating, but nothing too elaborate considering we were watching each other like hawks. This game would be best with a larger party to make things a bit more chaotic.

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I agree. We definitely need a crowd to play the game. I can’t wait to play this with our cousins!

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Digital Board Games

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Back in September, I believe, we started doing a board or card game review here and there on the blog to include different types of games to expand our collections. Now that we actually play physical board games, more and more digital versions of board games seem to be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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I feel like that’s what always happens though. We buy and download a game on Steam and then a week later it comes out for the Switch. Timing is everything. I prefer console to PC so I’ve been waiting on certain games just in case. I think it’s cool board games are going digital, but I do prefer the physical board and card games. Still, I’m interested in trying them out for the Switch.

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We’ve had digital board games for consoles before — remember Monopoly Party for the GameCube? — but many more seem to be coming for the Switch. It makes sense, with the Switch’s portability and aim toward casual and simulation games. There’s Monopoly for the Switch, Clue is coming, and there was talk of games such as Carcassone, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Munchkin coming to the Switch within the next year or so.

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Yes, I do remember Monopoly for the Gamecube. I know digital board games have always been around, but it’s definitely more so now. I definitely want to get them and try them out. I think it would be cool and honestly, it would be easier to just bring the Switch on vacation with us rather than the actual board games – you know, if we’re just going away for a weekend or something. Though, I wonder why these games are coming to the Switch? I understand what you mean by the portability and casual gaming, but it seems like they’re adding a lot all of a sudden.

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It may be just trying to bring the board games to another generation. I mean, we’ve grown up with Monopoly and Clue, the original ones, but there are so many variations of them out there to try to appeal to broader audiences. Video games is another medium these companies can use to reach out to people to play their games. It does seem rather sudden that we’re hearing so much about them, but it’ll be interesting to see how they pan out.

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Interesting most definitely. Monopoly is one of my favorite games and I love to collect the different versions. Having it on the Switch will be fun because then, I assume, I can play with CPU characters in case no one else wants to play with me. Not to mention, we now have the online membership for the Switch. I assume we’ll be able to play board games with friends.

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Oh, I forgot about the online membership! We should probably use that more… Anyway, yeah, how fun would it be to play Monopoly with our Switch friends? Of course, part of Monopoly’s charm is yelling at each other across the board for screwing each other with hotels on properties, but it’d still be a fun thought. I wonder what other kind of board games will come to the Switch… Life, maybe?

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Life was a good game! But yeah, I’d love to play Monopoly with some of our gamer/blogging friends who aren’t near us. This may very well be the start of something new.

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Codenames [Board Game Review]

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Codenames is a team-based word association game for two or more players wherein the teams must work together to beat the other team. You have at least one person as the spymaster and the others as the field operatives. Each round is set up with word cards and the spymasters must use the key to give their field operatives clues to guess only the words on their side.

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The spymaster is only allowed to give one-word clues plus a number to let their teammate know how many words there are that go along with that clue. For example, if the words are “crown, queen, and castle,” you can give the clue, “royal, 3.” The clue word can not be any of the words that are on the board.

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If the field operatives guess a word successfully, the word gets covered with your team’s respective color cards. If the field operatives guess a neutral word — one that isn’t for either team — the word is covered with a civilian card. There’s also a black X spot on the key, which is the assassin space. If a field operative guesses the assassin word, the team automatically loses.

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There are a ton of cards and blue and red squares that can be used to play a million different games. No two games are ever alike – even if you use the same words. Also, mixing and matching teams is an option as well. There is also a double agent card – one side if red and the other side is blue – because the squares are uneven. Sometimes there are eight words for one team to guess and nine words for the other team to guess. We always let the team with the extra word go first, though I don’t know if that’s the actual rule for the turn order.

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I actually think it is an actual rule. There’s also a timer that comes with the game but we honestly have never used it. There’s also different variations of Codenames, such as Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter, and even a version that’s not completely safe for the kids. We’ve always had a great time playing Codenames with our friends and family, finding it amusing how well we know (or don’t know) how each other thinks.

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Codenames is one of our go-to games when we go away for summer vacation with the rest of the family. We mix and match teams but, honestly, there are certain teams we tend to stick with because we work so well together. It’s a great family game and fun for all.

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Clue Movie [Review]

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The Clue movie is based off of the board game of the same name, throwing people from all sorts of different backgrounds into a mansion where each of them are suspected of murder. Despite the killings, the movie itself is comedic and it’s a fun film to watch no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

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It’s an older movie, which came out in 1985. Our family enjoys older movies, our parents growing up in times and our older sister just being born in the wrong era. We’ve seen Clue many times and enjoy it each and every time. It’s funny with awesome actors and the mystery is one that’s woven perfectly.

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The actors definitely make this movie. Several we knew from other movies, so it was a treat to recognize them in these ridiculous roles based on a board game. Miss Scarlet had also been Cinderella while Colonel Mustard was the principal on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And, of course, everyone knows Christopher Lloyd.

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And Tim Curry. He was there too. The movie is meant to be ridiculous and fun. Honestly, you can’t really figure out the mystery either. I mean, I guess if you took notes then maybe you could try, but it’s a tough one. It all makes sense though. It’s hard to figure out and then the butler reveals all and, if you follow closely, it does wrap up nicely. However, there are three different endings and the writers worked it so that each makes sense.

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For the most part they all make sense. There is a question or two on a couple of the endings, but they’re not totally far-fetched. Originally, the cast is meant to discover who killed Mr. Boddy after he attempts to blackmail each of the guests of the house. Together, with the butler and maid, the guests go around to figure out which of them is the killer. Personality quirks, to put it lightly, ensure that the plot is not serious at all.

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Overall, it’s a great movie and a fun experience if you enjoy mysteries and the Clue board game.

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We Detectives Board Game

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Over the summer, we went to Maine with our family. Days up in Maine in our rented cottage tend to be taken over by swimming, shopping, or playing games. Since board games are a favorite activity of ours for the whole family while we’re there, we took our cousins to go and buy a couple of new board games. One of which was called “We Detectives,” a cooperative game that has you battling random events in order to win. We didn’t play it up in Maine, but we gave it a try recently!

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This game has a board with various location cards to be placed on the location spots randomly. There are 12 evidence cards that are divided up evenly between all the players and 24 WePhone cards (it’s supposed to be a cell phone, each card representing one hour). The game is 2-4 players and is a fairly quick set up. There’s not much to it and it’s all random so you can throw the cards down where ever you want. The evidence you have is what you need to collect – the evidence being found in certain locations. Once you collect all your evidence you can help other players get their own evidence. If all the evidence is collected you all collectively win the game. If the evidence is not all collected by the time the WePhone cards run out – or the 24 hours is up – you all collectively lose and the criminal you’re trying to keep in jail walks free.

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It was a rather simple set up and premise with lots of random happenings. At the beginning of the game, we figured it’d be a younger version of Clue, with trying to collect evidence to keep a criminal in jail, but it becomes a race against time while working together. The WePhone cards are played during each turn and can throw your whole strategy out of whack with hazards put into play, witnesses going missing, or even having your belongings stolen. You move five spaces at a time, unless the WePhone event specifies otherwise. Age-wise, the game is for younger players, but it wasn’t a bad time. I had fun, especially when we beat the game the first time and decided to try again with less time and WePhone cards.

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It definitely seems as though there will be no two play-throughs that are the same. The locations are randomized as is which evidence you get as well. There was time where Kris and I had evidence that was on the opposite side of the board than where we each started. The first time we played we beat the game with three hours, or WePhone cards left. So, we decided to play again without three of the cards. We ended up losing. However, we won a different game with five cards left over so we took out five cards for the next game and won again. So the following game we took out 10 cards and ended up losing. At first, I’ll admit, I thought the game was going to be kind of dull. The first game took us about 10 minutes to get through. But it turned out to be a lot of fun.

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It was just us two playing this time around, but we enjoyed it enough to want to make our cousins or friends try it out with us next time. While we’re not the target age range, it was something chill that made us work together, each of us helping the other to get rid of hazards that would have prevented the other from finding evidence. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how well everyone can communicate and work together, especially since more players means less evidence that each needs to find.

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The age is 7+… that’s us. It works. I want to play with four players as well. I feel as though the game will be easier since there will only be three pieces of evidence each for us to find and more people on the board to get rid of the hazards. The more, the merrier, but who knows if it will make things more difficult? Overall, it was a pretty fun game and I’m glad we gave it a try.

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Throwback Thursday: Clue

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I decided to talk about something a little different today. Something that’s a classic and will never get old.

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The board game Clue originally came out in 1949 and there are have been various versions to come out ever since. This is a classic board game that myself and my family and friends have played over and over again. Currently, it’s a game my cousins and I love to play together. It’s a go-to game to bring on vacation with us whenever we go away.

A couple summers ago it was a game we played pretty much every day and multiple times during the day as well. You know, because it was summer so therefore we were inside all day.

They also have a DVD version of the game as well. It adds a little more to the board game. There are more characters and more rooms. It’s also a robbery rather than a murder, so you need to figure out who, where, what, and also when. It’s a lot to figure out and the inspector can give hints or force all the players to share one piece of evidence from their hand.

Clue is a classic and it’s one that I’ll always love to play with friends and family, old and new. It’s one of my favorite board games and no two play-throughs are ever alike.

There is a Clue video game that I’ve never played before and will definitely look into getting in the future.

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