Backgammon is a classic abstract strategy game dating back thousands of years. Each player has a set of 15 “men” that must be moved from their starting positions, around, and then off the board. Dice are thrown each turn, and each player must decide which of his men to move based on the outcome of the roll. Players can capture each other’s men, forcing the captured men to restart their journey around the board. The winner is the first player to get all 15 men off the board. A more recent addition to the game is the “doubling cube”, which allows players to up the stakes of the game, as it is often played for money. Although the game relies on dice to determine movement, there is a large degree of strategy in deciding how to make the most effective moves given each dice roll as well as measuring the risk in terms of possible rolls the opponent may get.
Race your four game pieces from Start around the board to your Home in this Pachisi type game. By turning over a card from the draw deck and following its instructions, players move their pieces around the game board, switch places with players, and knock opponents’ pieces off the track and back to their Start position.
Similar to Monopoly, but instead of buying real estate, players acquire plots of land and plant a variety of crops in the hopes that the harvest will pay out big. However, with each harvest comes the unavoidable cost of doing business (fertilizer, equipment breakdown, purchasing new seeds, labor problems, etc.). The first player who has a total net worth (including land, equipment, livestock, etc.) of $250,000 becomes a “Full Time Farmer” and wins the game – thus getting rid of the time-consuming player elimination aspect of Monopoly.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza Power Game, is based on the late 80’s cartoon of the same name. Players play as one of the four Turtles and move around the board while fighting enemies. Players can travel on the streets or through the sewers. Battles are handled with a ‘flipper’ which the players load dice into and attempt to shoot them into one of three numbered compartments. To win you must defeat 3 enemies, go to the Technodrome and recover the secret Mutogen.