But we’re also addicted to board games, outdoor games, adults-only games and giant versions of familiar favs. It’s about having screen-free time with family and friends, old and young alike.
Top of the list are some old-school classics such as Monopoly - or check out it’s newer take, Monopoly Deal which is a speedier-paced card version with the outcome impossible to predict. We’re addicted to it! Then there’s Scrabble, UpWords, Trivial Pursuit and Rumikub. And there’s nothing quite like a game of Charades, Pictionary or Celebrity Heads to bring the entire family together in an attempt to interpret off-piste clues and unimaginably bad drawing into the right answer.
Outdoors, as long as you have a Frisbee or a ball on hand it’s game on, but there are lots of fun alternatives. We’re particularly partial to a game of Sticky Wicket, a fun version of cricket but with our fielders usually found with a glass of wine in hand. True story! We love Finska, a Scandi take on ten pin bowling, giant Jenga, novelty giant badminton and volleyball, and come nighttime, glow-in-the-dark boules.
Cards Against Humanity has introduced a whole new level of naughty and humourous to after dinner games and Giant Beer Pong is an absolute hoot. Funniest of all though is Watch Your Mouth which brings a whole new level of hilarity to a night as your mates try to interpret what you’re saying while your mouth is stretched to ridiculous proportions by a plastic mouth guard.
All of these games you can play at The Bower – except maybe for Sticky Wicket which you can take to the beach with the badminton and volleyball and a grazing platter of fabulous local produce. So summer can look like ‘swim, games, play, eat.’ Repeat.
Glow in the dark boules
Monopoly (Classic, Cheats version, Quick card version)
Pass the Bomb
Watch Your Mouth
Cards Against Humanity
Giant Beer Pong
Table ping pong