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. Pub Quiz

Hasbro The Game of Life

You don't get much more high stakes than The Game of Life. Grab your car, hit the road and get ready for a roller coaster of a ride through the adventures of life, from starting a family to getting on the career ladder. The winner? Whoever finishes with the most money. 

Hasbro, The Game of Life, £23.99


2. Monopoly Speed 

Hasbro Speed Monopoly 

Monopoly Speed is a fast-paced update on the much-loved classic and can be played in under 10 minutes - there’s even a timer to ensure nobody lags behind. Because really, when was the last time you actually finished a game of Monopoly

Hasbro, Speed Monopoly, £21.99


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. Battleship

Hasbro Risk Board Game


A total classic, Battleship is the naval combat game that allows you to achieve world (or water-based) domination from the comfort of your living room. Go head-to-head in battle with your friends and family as you search the seas for the enemy's fleet of ships and aim to destroy them one by one. Brutal. 

Hasbro, Battleship, £17.99


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. Guess Who?

Hasbro Guess Who

Everyone's favourite guessing game is still going strong. Start asking some big questions, like 'do they wear glasses?' and narrow down your options. One to be played on repeat.

Hasbro, Guess Who, £13


9. Trivial Pursuit 

Hasbro Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Game


Everyone loves a, ahem, friendly game of Trivial Pursuit, so this pick is an obvious choice. Designed for knowledge buffs, this one comes with 3,000 all-new questions, created to challenge even the smartest of players. 

Hasbro, Trivial Pursuit Master Edition Board Game, £42.99


10. FIFA20

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 20 for XBox One, £49.99