Board Game Buying Advice

Board games have certain charisma that continuously attract different people of different ages from all walks of life. That is why, even though video games and online games are the latest trends today, board games haven’t lost the touches yet. Here are the things you should consider when buying a board game:

The Age Factor and Game Categories
Age always has to factor in when buying any board game. Not only because it ensures that the game is suitable for the intended players, but also because it guarantees the safety of the players, particularly kids. There are board games designed for preschoolers, younger elementary kids, older elementary kids, teenagers and adults.

Preschoolers – Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho! Cherry-O, Boggle Jr., Hullabaloo, Cariboo, Sorry!, Buckaroo, Scrambled Stated of America, Kids on Stage and Mastermind

Younger elementary kids – Hullabaloo, Cluedo, Blink, Pretty Pretty Princess, Zingo, Tri-Virsity, Apples of Apples

Older elementary kids – Settlers of Catan, The Game of Life, Risk, Sequence, Zigity, Cityscape, Tripoley, and Scene It

Teenagers – Monopoly, Chess, Earthopoly, Scrabble, Tigris and Euphrates, World of Warcraft, Nexus Ops, Elfenland, Ingneous, Scotland Yard, BattleLore, Apples to Apples, Balderdash and Time’s Up

Adults – Battle of the Sexes, Guesstures, Loaded Questions, Scene It, Scattegories and Dirty Minds

These are just some of the games that are out in the market today. Board games are also categorized according to genre (German-style game, abstract-strategic game, trivia game, word game, etc.).

Read Reviews
Game reviews are totally unnecessary on classic games such as chess, checkers, monopoly and those games you are totally familiar with. The fact that they are very popular and have lasted for several generations means that these games are good. That’s already given. You can go ahead and buy these games without consulting any game review sites. But if you are planning to buy a particular board game that you haven’t played yet, you need to check reviews. Just like the up and coming movies, you need to see first that they are worth your time and money. Reviews are very helpful in determining whether the game you are about to buy fits your interest.

Prices of board games depend on the title, but it usually ranges from $10 to $50. When considering the price, think of quality and playability. The rule is simple: the game is not worth investing on if it will only be played on a very short time. For example, a game that is designed for kids from 3 to 6 years old should not cost more than $20. Alternately, a game that can be played over and over again, for the years to come, is worth an extra buck.

Compare Prices
Not because a game is already cheap doesn’t mean that it cannot get much cheaper. Shop around. You’ll be surprised how much prices vary from store to store. Look for bargains. Often, stores slash prices of board games that are hard to sell or on certain times of the year.

Buy online
Buying online is perhaps the most convenient way to get a hand on your favorite board game. There are a lot websites that sell hundreds of board game titles. Auction sites like eBay and Yahoo! Auctions offer the same products but. Discount sites provide better alternatives to those who want to get extra savings.