The updated version of this classic game allows you to live out a fantasy life all in one night. The game simulates a person’s journey from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possibly children along the way. An electronic ‘Lifepod’ keeps track of it all and calculates the scores, so even your annoying friend can’t cheat on this one!
Dhs275, Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889).
This one brings a new twist to the classic game. Peek at the display on the bottom of the little guy’s foot to get your word or phrase. Then, sketch directly on the man and his props, and use them to act out the answer before the buzzer goes off. Much easier than having to find an easle.
Dhs219, Toys ‘R’ Us, Dubai Festival Centre (04 206 6568).
Make Your Own Opoly
Make your own unique version of Monopoly. Everything from the game board, cards and play money are fully customisable using your computer and special software included in the game. Maybe now you’ll actually be able own the property you’ve always wanted…
Dhs169, Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889).
Monopoly Here & Now
In the Here and Now Electronic Banking edition, all the aspects you know and love of this childhood favourite are still there but you don’t have the hassle of dealing with loads of cash – now all you need to do is swipe your bank card to transfer money, much like in the real world.
Dhs209, Toys ‘R’ Us, Dubai Festival Centre (04 206 6568).
Deal or No Deal
Based on the hit TV show, this board game is about as close as it gets to playing the real thing. Each player must choose a box – with each one representing a certain amount of money shown on the board, ranging from 1p to £250,000, and when the electronic Deal Phone makes you an offer, you must decide if you want to ‘Deal or No Deal’. The player with the highest total at the end wins.
Dhs279, Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889).
The Logo Board Game
This one’s all about logos and the things wrapped up in them. You move around the board on red, white, blue and green spaces if you correctly answer questions, until you reach the winning zone in the centre. And with 1,600 questions, there’s hours of fun to be had.
Dhs259, Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889).