Growing up as a kid, I’ve built many fond memories while playing physical board and card games. Be it a simple game or a really difficult one, playing games provided a platform for me to learn something new and satisfy that competitive streak in me. However, in recent years, many have turned to playing games on their mobile devices which, in my opinion, is a huge pity. Playing games outside of technology promotes greater interaction and more connection with the crowd you are playing with.
A game I’ve had for a while which is not bulky, and can be played in a group of up to 8 people, by children ages 7 and up is Spot it. Kept in a light tin, the spot it deck is a series of 55 cards with 8 symbols or simple words on it (out of the 50 possibilities). With only one symbol or word in common with another card, this game is one of matching and speed.
There are many ways to playing this game but the one that I play (as it’s the easiest to explain) is “The Tower”. So how do you go about playing it?
- Each person will draw a single card and place it face-down in front of them. The remaining cards will be in a pile with the images facing upwards.
- When the game begins, each player will flip the card in front of them and try to find the matching image from the top card in the pile of cards.
- The first person that shouts out the matching image will get the top card and place it on top of the first card in front of him.
- The match continues as the middle pile will be drawn down and players gaining new cards as the game goes on.
- When the middle pile runs out, the game ends. The winner will be the one with the most number of cards in his pile.
This game is popular with children and adults alike as it straight-forward and is a fast-moving game. This game is a match for me (pun-intended) as it is portable, easy to explain to friends, brings about loads of laughter and is suitable for people of all ages. Mobile games may be enticing to the main player but physical card games like this encourage greater interaction out of the technology space and promotes interaction.