What is the most addicting board game

5 board games for 2 players or more that shorten long corona afternoons

Sewing with a brain

With "Patchwork" by successful author Uwe Rosenberg, the name already reveals what it is about. In this duel for two players, ages eight and up, everyone puzzles a patchwork blanket on their own shelf using fabric patches and cardboard buttons. Seldom has a topic been staged so coherently. With barely half an hour of play time, this is also entertaining. Whoever owns more buttons at the end wins.

The ingenious thing is that picking up patches not only costs victory points in the form of buttons, it also costs time: a price tag is printed on each patch in double currency - buttons and time fields. The latter one proceeds on a time spiral. It is always the player who is back there that has its turn. This means that you can be on the train several times in a row if you pick up patches that take little time. Sewing without a needle and thread, but with brains and joy.
  • Patchwork, lookout, around 20 euros

Buy gem mines

A parlor game should be exciting without overwhelming, provoking no brooding and offering something visually. "Splendor" by Andre Marc for up to four players, ages ten and up, comes very close to this ideal. The splendor to which the title alludes comes into play with precious stones in the form of solid plastic chips. It is not without luck, but in the end it is mostly thought that decides.

One move is very easy - take gemstone chips or buy a gemstone mine in the form of beautifully illustrated cards with chips. Purchased mine cards make later purchases cheaper and often bring you victory points. The right combination of mines attracts aristocrats, who also bring you victory points. This continues until a player has reached 15 points. After the first game at the latest, everyone knows what they did wrong. Lasts 45 minutes when fully occupied.
  • Splendor, Space Cowboys, around 30 euros

On the way to the temple

"Karuba" by the well-known game designer RĂ¼diger Dorn is actually completely independent of the number of players. The beautiful material of the family-friendly puzzle game is enough for a maximum of four people aged eight and over. Thematically, it takes you to the jungle and the temple sites there.
The aim of a 40-minute game is to use tiles to lay different paths through your own jungle tableau. Alternatively, you can use the tiles to draw your own explorers towards the temple along paths that have already been laid.

It is very pleasant that everyone is playing at the same time. One of the up to four opponents randomly reveals a path tile, each of which has an identical set. Everyone then builds this individually into their network of paths or draws a researcher. A certain bingo atmosphere can be felt. Who is the first to arrive at the destination temple with which researcher? Karuba is a quickly addicting puzzle game where you can maneuver your way down dead ends.
  • Karuba, Haba, about 25 euros

Magnetic soccer

Football fans in particular could be enthusiastic about "Klask" by Mikkel Bertelsen because of the currently canceled games in all leagues: a kind of table football for two people. It playfully combines elements of billiards and ice hockey. The goals are two hollows in the 45 by 35 centimeter field, which is bordered by a board. Duelists shoot with one figure each, which is controlled by hand under the raised game board using a magnet.

In addition, three small magnets are distributed on the playing field, which it is better not to get too close. If two of them are stuck to your own magnetic figure, this counts as a goal for the opponent. But that's exactly what happens more often in the hectic pace of the game of skill. Klask's inviting character is immense. If the game lasts only a few minutes, it rarely remains in one game.
  • Klask, Game Factory, around 45 euros for two players, in a variant for four people significantly more

Epidemics in cities

The cooperative board game "Pandemie" by Matt Leacock for two to four people aged around twelve is currently in great demand. In the living room you try to save the world from four epidemics that strike in parallel. That doesn't always work. Sometimes the players win, sometimes the game.

In some games this is also a question of luck. But one should quickly understand the mechanics of spreading epidemics that occur in the form of small wooden cubes. The playing field is a map of the world, epidemics are raging in the cities. Other players slip into the role of a paramedic or a researcher, which entails special abilities. "Pandemic" is complex and can take up to two hours in the first few games with a full cast. Finding antidotes for all epidemics as the common goal of the game is also an epic, extremely exciting and terrifyingly topical task. There is a lot of discussion and, if possible, decisions are made together.
  • Pandemic, Pegasus, around 35 euros