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5 Board games to play for game nights at home

Unplug from your devices and spend some family time together playing board games

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Time Out Hong Kong

Our day-to-day life is often so hectic that we tend to forget the more important things in life like nurturing our relationships with our loved ones. Now that most of us are staying more at home, those who live in the same household, have a greater chance in rekindling bonds. So, aside from spending time online with your friends during social-distancing, get to know your loved ones better with these board games and foster more fun-filled nights at home. Elaine Soh 

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Board games to play for family game nights

Hong Kong Onboard 

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For parents with kids, Hong Kong Onboard is the perfect game for you. This is a short and educational game that allows both adults and children alike to learn more about Hong Kong’s four neighbourhoods — Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Kennedy Town and Shek Tong Tsui. Created by local game designer Thomas Wong, Hong Kong Onboard comes with four eye-catching locally-themed metal pieces and handcrafted map designs and illustrations to encourage players to learn through playing! Take a break from work and entertain yourself with interesting, fun facts and history about your neighbourhoods in this creative game! 

Available for $118 at


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Flex your vocab while building your chemistry with others in this game of teamwork! With a minimum of three players, ideally four, you take turns playing as a spymaster or an agent. The spymasters have to use clever ways to link multiple cards together with a one-word clue, and it is up to the agents to identify the correct cards. The first team to uncover all their cards win! Beware, however, if a player accidentally picks on the assassin card, the team loses the game immediately. Players can also use any word related to collective past memories or inside jokes and references to bond with family in this simple but fun game!   

Available for $265 at


Deception: Murder In Hong Kong 

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Board games roundup is not complete without a classic game of deduction, suspicion and deception. In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, become a forensic scientist, witness or investigator to solve a crime scene in our neon-lit city. But watch out, there is a murderer and accomplice in your midst. Pay attention and listen carefully as you try to smoke them out before they escape the hands of justice. 

Available for $375.99 at

Settlers of Catan 

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Test your strategic thinking ability with Settlers of Catan. Build up an island using roads, settlements and cities game pieces to score victory points and feel the weight of your decisions in this tactful game. Despite its strategic depth, most of the time, you will also need a healthy amount of luck and creativity in managing your resources to win this game! For the uninitiated, you may take a while to acclimate, but once you do, this game guarantees a whole lot of fun and a healthy dose of competition, especially for those who love to demonstrate their strategic prowess! 

Available for $499 at


Dungeons & Dragons 

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Have an overactive imagination? Or yearning for a role-switch in life? Live your dreams and high-fantasies in this absolute classic role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons! One good thing about this game is it is a cooperative game, not a competitive one, so you and your family need to work together to achieve the goals in the game. In this imaginative world, you have the power to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. Whether you fail the adventures or achieve its goals, the storytelling and the fun experience makes for a memorable bonding with your fam bam. 

Available for $202.06 at

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