Cooperative gaming is nothing new, but it has really taken off in the board game world over the last several years. Instead of playing against the other players, you’ll work with your friends to defeat whatever Big Bad the game is sending your way. The shelves are filled with games that pit you against anything from something friendly enough for the whole family to a bloody battle for the salvation of the earth itself.
Here are some suggestions to get you started with cooperative board games:
Forbidden Island is a great game the whole family can enjoy. This Mensa-award winning game is challenging but not so difficult that it will frustrate younger players. You'll be working together to save valuable treasure and get back to the helicopter before the island sinks. You'll go from "We're doing awesome!" to "We're all about to drown!" in minutes. The map of the island changes every time, too, so you'll get great replay value from this game.
Can you and your date work together to save the world? In Pandemic, the world is quickly being overrun by a deadly virus. You'll each grab a character card that gives you special abilities, then use those abilities to stay ahead of the spreading virus. You've only got 8 outbreaks before it’s game over...for you and the entire world. This game has won award after award and it well deserves the popularity.
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If you are looking for something new for your hard-core board gaming friends, it's time to whip out Arkham Horror. This Lovecraftian game will have all of you racing around defeating monsters and saving the world. You'll need to be prepared for the long-haul, though; one game of Arkham Horror can last up to 4 hours. This game isn't for the casual player, or the faint of heart. But if you really love it, you'll be glad to know there are expansion sets to make your monster killing even more exciting.
Pick up a cooperative game and try a different type of board game that focuses on teamwork instead of a classic winner/loser scenario. It’s an interesting change of strategy for board game enthusiasts, and it’s a great way to build camaraderie within a group. Check out your local game shop and ask for their suggestions of other cooperative play games, too.