The ultimate guide to the best boredom-busting games


With lots of time at home on the horizon this winter, what better a time to invest in your games collection. From classic board games like Monopoly to fun-filled Xbox hits like Minecraft, we’ve rounded up our favourite picks to keep you and the members of your household entertained. Some healthy competition never hurt anyone…

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1. Top of the Pops

Big Potato Top of the Pops Game


Still harbouring a certain nostalgia for Top of the Pops? Us too. The good news is, it's back... in the form of this board game anyway. Take a trip down memory lane as you go head-to-head naming iconic artists and chart-topping tracks. 

Big Potato, Top of the Pops Music Party Game, £20

 


2. Monopoly For Sore Losers 

Hasbro Monopoly For Sore Losers 

Never quite found your winning streak? This version of Monopoly was made for you. Turn the game on its head and start earning money for all those things that usually hold you back - from going to jail to paying rent. 


Hasbro, Monopoly for Sore Losers, £22.00

 


3. Head Hackers

Big Potato Head Hackers Board Game

Ever wanted to delve into the mind of your nearest and dearest? Now you have the chance. Each player is given a word and must get their fellow team mates to guess via three very important clues. Beware the 'brainwave blocking tin foil hat' though (yes, really), which will prevent other players from reading your brain. 


Big Potato, Head Hackers Board Game, £14

 


4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

 

This is arguably the best version of Mario Kart around, so start your engine and race anytime, anywhere and with anyone. With different levels of difficulty that everyone can enjoy, it’s guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.


Nintendo, Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, £49.99

 


5. KerPlunk

Hasbro KerPlunk Game

 


An old family favourite for a very good reason, KerPlunk is a testing game of skill and nerves as each player takes it in turns to remove a stick. The trick? Not to let a ball escape its way down the slide. 

Hasbro, KerPlunk, £17.00

 


6. Minecraft

Microsoft XBox One Minecraft

 

Build whatever you like and go on adventures along the way, either alone or with friends  – the best thing about Minecraft is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. And really, who doesn’t like playing with Lego?


Microsoft, XBox One Minecraft, £24.99

 


7. Twister

Hasbro Twister

 

An oldie but an goodie, Twister needs no introduction. We’re not sure if the game counts as exercising but it’ll definitely give you serious laughs as you try to keep your hands on the mat, no matter what. Left hand, blue.


Hasbro, Twister, £17.99 

 


8. Escape From The Grand Hotel

Hasbro Guess Who

Who doesn't love a good old murder mystery? This time the action is taking place at The Grand Hotel. Dress up, travel through the hotel solving a series of mysterious puzzles that will release you from each room as you go, and work to solve the dark, hidden secret of The Grand Hotel. 


Professor Puzzle, Escape From The Grand Hotel, £18

 


9. Blockbuster Party Game 

Big Potato Blockbuster Party Game

 

Remember the pleasure of picking out your Saturday night movie at Blockbusters? Then this quiz game will appeal. From charades to quick fire rounds, there's something to test even the smartest film buff. 

Big Potato, Block Buster Party Game, £17.00

 


10. FIFA21

EA Sports FIFA 20 Xbox One Game

 

Want to get your football fix? There’s nothing like a game of FIFA for that. With two play modes (the professional stage and the street experience), it's definitely coming home this time…


EA Sports, FIFA 21 for XBox One, £54.99