Having two young kids can be hard work, so when we get the odd chance to have a break we like to have what we call a 'date night'. Sometimes we will go out and have a nice meal, a dance and watch a good film or sometimes we'll get the friends round and play board games or on games consoles.
The main games we play when our friends come round are:
The Game of Life
I love this game and always want to play this on date night but we take it in turns and simon doesn't really like this game as it takes a long time to play.
You start off as yourself in a car and work your way around the board living life. Getting married, getting a job, having children.
We have The Simpsons edition and so it has it's own quirky little extras, you may invent the Flaming Moe, catch a three-eyed fish or appear in the next McBain film. There are 2 endings depending on how you've played the game. You can either retire to the retirement centre or if you've made enough money and can afford the luxury, you can live your twilight years at Monty Burns Manor.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
This is simon's preferred choice. Based on the TV show, you have to answer all 12 questions correctly to reach £1 million and become a millionaire. I like this game and find it fun as some of the first few questions are so easy they are laughable. I've never managed to get to £1 million yet though as the questions for the bigger amounts of money are really hard. I must admit that I have tried peeking at the answers on this game to get me further but shhh don't tell me husband. You can also play Who Wants to be a Millionaire online at Ladbrokes. Who knows, you may be able to win yourself the jackpot for real.
Uncharted 1, 2 and 3
Simon has never really been interested in spy, problem solving or shooter games but when we tried the 1st edition of this set of games, we were obsessed. You play as Nathan Drake, he's an archaeologist and a supposed descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake. He is searching for the lost treasure of El Dorado and goes on adventures trying to figure out where it is. Along the way there's a lot of action, adventure, shooting, riddle solving, items to find, love and backstabbing. The 2nd and 3rd editions don't disappoint either. We loved playing these so much so that we've completed all three and still now play the multi player mode. The best thing about this game is that it got us working together. Simon would control Nathan and I would be the map reader and problem solver. I really did feel that it helped us bond together as a partnership.
So these are our favourite games for a date night, what are yours? Do you prefer playing as a partnership or against each other?