Imagination Gaming's Board Game Alphabet - This Week... A!

The amount of games that are available for us to play today is astonishing. There are thousands of titles and so many game companies who are constantly coming up with new mechanics, puzzles and strange game pieces...

However, we know how difficult it can be to play those many many games, which is why we've compiled a list of our favourites that we know and love. Each of these games have been demonstrated through our work in schools and external events - how many have you tried?

Anomia

Anomia is super simple to understand and explain: Each card is printed with a symbol and a category. Players turn over cards one at a time and if their symbol matches another card in play, they have to name something in the category on their opponents card before their opponent can name something on theirs! Sound simple?

You'll soon be familiar with that sandwich filling, 'Bluuuugh' and that African Country, 'Arrrrgh' and perhaps that type of tea, 'Nnnnggggh', because however much you think you're prepared, suddenly being asked to think of a word in a specific category isn't anywhere as easy as it sounds! Anomia is a brilliant party game that will have you shouting and shrieking with laughter. It's also a really good icebreaker as it still works with more than 6 people.

A Dog's Life

A cute little game where you take control of a dog and move it around the city. You have to decide when your dog needs to beg in restaurants and search through trash. When it needs to deliver newspapers and fight rival hounds. You may even need to hide from the dogcatcher! (Don't worry, no dogs were harmed in the creation of this game...)

Do it right and your dog could be the first one to bury 3 bones in his den and win the game. Be a canine hero!

Acuity

In this game, players must race against each other (or work together) to discover and match hidden patterns in the tiles' arrangement. In order to find matching patterns, players have to look at either the two adjacent sides of two tiles, or the four adjacent corners of four tiles.

Search, analyse, and try your best not to get hypnotised by the vibrant and vivid patterns as you match up as many tiles as possible. Whoever can match the most tiles wins the game!

Animal Auction

In Animal Auction, players each receive 10 tokens, which they can then bid for animal cards. (But not all at once!) The players bid for three cards at a time - if an auction is won, the cards can be distributed among all players, including yourself if you fancy. It's entirely up to you!

However, the aim of the game is to win as many sets of animals as you can, so distribute and bid wisely. Beware of the card that makes you take points away!

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

In Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, a turn has three phases during which everyone plays simultaneously. First, choose how many chest cards you want to draw and from which chest. Then, call out to the genie by being the fastest. Finally, if you haven't been too greedy, draw chest cards while avoiding the scorpions!

The game ends when a player draws one of the three sorcerer cards and closes the cave - will you be victorious?!

So there you have it - our favourite 'A's' have been revealed! Did we miss one of your favourites here? Let us know! You can visit our online store here to browse our range of games and grab one for yourself.

If you have any questions about the games mentioned or you want to find our more about what we do day to day, drop us an email at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk.