We have all played well known, fun, and popular board games such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, Risk, Scrabble and a bunch of the other best board games of all time. However, a few fantastic games have flown under the radar over the years. Some, like Mancala, have been around for a very very long time. Others such as Barricade and especially Floorboard Football/Golf are newer just waiting for their time entertain family and friends on game nights.
Puzzles and games are one of the best gifts you can give a friend or family member. A quality brain teaser will keep a loved one engaged and thinking as they work toward the solution. The best brainteasers will keep you thinking about how it was solved long after the answer has been discovered. Games (such as Penny Drop) with simple rules, but long lasting fun are not exactly something you come across everyday. Below is a mixed selection of just such puzzles and games.
Shut The Box is such a versatile game. You can sit down with a group of friends at the bar or table with a few drinks and gamble a couple of dollars. You can also use it as a learning aid for children learning addition, subtraction, and/or multiplication (multiplication is only for the 1-12 version). Because of this you can break it out for family game nights, holidays, and gatherings. Shut the Box really is one of the best family games. It even encourages kids working on their arithmetic as they will want to win and math happens to be a vital piece of the game.
Penny Drop is an extremely fun game to play at a bar or the dinner table. With an easy to understand set of rules Penny Drop can be enjoyed by children, teenagers and adults alike. If you are the gambling sort you can ante up a few quarters or dollars each game to add an additional element to the game.