22 January 2013

Great Games For a Date Night

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.
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?

12 comments:

  1. Great post, I have the the Simpsons Monopoly :)
    I've never played the board game 'The Game of Life' but it sounds good.
    I've played the who wants to be a millionaire game before and it's really fun, I always end up shouting at my partner haha
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, I love The Game of Life. I used to have the Playstation version of the game too x

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  2. Got kicked off whilst trying to reply earlier, sorry!

    I have always wondered what 'Game of Life' was about so really glad I read this. If it's on sale next christmas I think my daughter would love it :)

    Louise x

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    1. It is a really fun game, especially if there's a few people playing. Thanks for commenting

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  3. I really love these games! I don't know the "Uncharted" one but I think we sould check it out> We love such console games and (before the kids) we used to play together for hours the Tomb Raider games (finished ALL of them). I see what you mean with the bonding as partners, so true!

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    1. Yeah, I used to play Tomb Raider all the time when younger and this is quite a similar game

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  4. I haven't played these (probably the only person on the planet who hasn't played 'Life!') but we like to play games here too, when people come to visit.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, I love board games x

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  5. We like to play Settlers and Carcassonne, both games are originally from Germany. We often had games evenings before our daughter was born, now she's old enough to start playing games with us too. Glad I found your blog through the bog hop :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, I love the games that children can join into too :-)

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  6. OMG I loved the Game of Life when I was younger!

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  7. Oh my I have a really old game of game of life I do love it though :) x

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