Games for the Road

We’re a camping and picnicking family, and we like to pack a game or two in case things slow down. We’d much rather play a game when waiting in an unexpected line or at a restaurant; it keeps the noses out of the phones.

How do we pick a portable game? First, it needs to have a small footprint. After taking away the box and rulebooks, the remaining pieces need to fit neatly into a small space. This is especially important in the camper, where space is at a premium. Second, it needs to to play on almost any surface. We may find ourselves on a picnic table, but we’re also likely to be sitting on a beach blanket or around a neat sheet near the Washington Monument. Minatures and counter cubes are not right for that environment. Finally, it needs replay value. Games that can be played repeatedly and still be entertaining are key.

Here are some of our favorite traveling games:

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Tsuro

From the box: “Create your own journey with Tsuro, the Game of the Path. Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other player’s paths can lead you in the wrong direction – or off the board entirely. Find your way wisely to succed. Stay the path – your journey begins here.”

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Mysterium

From the box: “A horrible crime has been committed on the grounds of Warwick Manor and it’s up to the psychic investigators to get to the bottom of it. In Mysterium, one player takes on the role of the ghost and over the course of a week, tries to lead the investigators to their culprit. Each night the team will be met with visions, but what is the ghost trying to tell you? Can the psychics determine the weapon, location and killer or will a violent criminal pull off the perfect murder?” Continue reading “Mysterium”

Love 2 Hate

Loy says “If you like the idea of Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a bit raunchy for you, then you’re going to love this game. Love 2 Hate works on the same premise of Apples to Apples or CAH, but splits the difference between the two. It’s more risque for the teen / young adult crowd, but not anything beyond rated R. This is a great bridge game for that teen who wants to play a mature title but isn’t quite ready.”

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Pirate Fluxx

Loy says: “Another cool entry in the Fluxx category. If you’re not familar with Fluxx, it’s a bizarre card game loosely based on rummy – you’re trying to create and lay down matching sets. However, the game rules, and even the conditions for winning, are played as cards during the game. And, changed just as often. Fluxx can last ten minutes or two hours depending on how you play, and is fun at any length. This one is Pirate-flavored.”

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Zombie Fluxx

Loy says: “Another cool entry in the Fluxx category. If you’re not familar with Fluxx, it’s a bizarre card game loosely based on rummy – you’re trying to create and lay down matching sets. However, the game rules, and even the conditions for winning, are played as cards during the game. And, changed just as often. Fluxx can last ten minutes or two hours depending on how you play, and is fun at any length. This one is Zombie-flavored.”

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Pit!

Loy says: “Having been out of print for some time, it’s good to see Pit make a comeback! This has been a family favorite since some of our Game Guides were young’uns. In this game of trading, you try to collect a complete set before your opponents can do the same … but, you can’t see what anyone else is trading! Jumping up and down, waving wildly, and yelling yourself hoarse is half the fun. It’s easy to learn and play, loud, fun, and will get your blood pumping. It’s okay with three people, but you really need five to seven before this game shows its true worth. We have three copies; so expect lots of trade calling!”

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Snorta

From the box: “Snorta! is the family game where everyone acts like an animal! The race is on to get rid of your cards. After each player hides an animal figure in their barn, everyone starts flipping over their cards and the BARNYARD BEDLAM BEGINS! Whenever two cards match, players must blurt out the sound of each other’s hidden animal – and whoever squawks last has to take their opponent’s cards! First player out of cards wins! Snorta! comes with 12 fully painted animal figures – a cat, a cow, a dog, a donkey, a duck, a frog, a mouse, an owl, a pig, a rooster, a sheep and a snake. Each player chooses one of these animals from the cloth grab bag then hides it under one of 8 plastic barns. Finally, the deck of 96 cards, featuring quirky illustrations of each animal, gets dealt to all the players. Simple as that and you’re ready to play! Snorta is quick and easy to learn, but as players start turning over their cards faster and faster, the game quickly becomes more and more challenging. Can you spot a match before your opponents do? Will you remember what kind of animal is hidden in their barns? Get ready to laugh as tongue-tied players stumble and stutter to blurt out the sounds of each other’s undercover animals – it’s a real HOOT! SNORTA! will have you HOWLING with laughter!”

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