Prepare for luck, strategy and good old fashioned cheating
Say Anything Good, simple fun is what makes this game so addictive. The game leader draws a question from a pack – anything from ‘Which celebrity would you most like to hang out with for a day?’ to ‘What’s the worst thing to say to a cop when you get pulled over?’ and everyone must write their answer down before flinging them into the centre of the table – no duplicates are allowed. Discreetly enter your favourite into the Select-o-Matic 5000 while everyone else puts tokens on which one they think you’ve picked. The added fun is in the hilarious or downright ridiculous answers from players. Dhs55 at www.amazon.com.
Tobago A perfect mix of luck and strategy. Between two and four players possess different sections of a map revealing the location of buried treasure on this mysterious jungle island. With more clues revealed as the game goes on, the aim is to be the first one to find the treasure. There are also 32 different scenarios you can start with, making the game different every time you play. Dhs202 at www.amazon.com.
Snow Tails Hop on your bobsled and race your opponents to the finish line, while avoiding all the pitfalls dotted around the board. And it isn’t as simple as rolling the dice and hoping for the best. Pay attention to when you need to speed up or slow down, and avoid trees that are in your way, otherwise you could land a dent card and subsequently find your bobsled harder to control. The speed and how you turn is dependent on the placement of your cards, so formulate a strategy and make sure they’re placed to ensure you stay ahead, but keep out of danger zones. Dhs132 at www.amazon.com.
Guess Who? Mix ’n’ Match A new edition of the classic. The aim here is to make a wacky face out of a selection of parts, while your opponent has to work out what the face you’ve made looks like by asking yes or no questions. No cheating or dodging the questions allowed – pedants beware. Suitable for all ages, and therefore easier to get younger ones at the dinner table involved, anyone who enjoyed the lighthearted tone and pace of the original game will find much to enjoy here. Dhs44 at www.amazon.com.
Qwirkle From multi-award winner Spiel des Jahres comes Qwirkle, an abstract strategy game in which players have to build lines out of blocks with different shapes and colours. The players are given some blocks and can trade one for another, after which lines must be made consisting of the same colour or shape – think dominoes with tactics. This game involves strategic thinking in order to build lines on a freeform surface to beat your opponent. Dhs73 at www.amazon.com.