Mark and I don’t get a lot of time to ourselves. With three needy little men in our lives, we give up our “Us time” in order to fulfill their every whim. So we try to make the most of our small window of time after the kids go to bed to have mini date nights a few times a month. Usually this consists of a shared bottle of wine or an episode of our favorite TV show (usually several months late since we hardly ever have a chance to catch up), but every once in a while, we get the urge to say, “GAME ON.”
Our XBox One has become a lifeline in our efforts to wind down and have some fun together. So the new Hasbro Game Channel‘s introduction of various cool video versions of classic board games (like MONOPOLY, RISK and TRIVIAL PURSUIT) is just perfect for us. It gives us the ability to play our favorite games in a way that works for us. No cleaning up at the end. No having to play to a winner because we can save and come back to it later. It means we can play as little or as long as we want, and that is awesome.
Especially because quite often in the middle of one of our games, we will find that little boys get out of bed and come upstairs to join us!
Of course, it’s all part and parcel of being a family. And I can’t tell you how much fun it is to try and explain the various tactics used in a game of RISK. RISK offers a new strategic experience with a familiar map layout optimized with modern armies, 3D tactical battlefields, configurable win conditions and rule variants. You can even play against other people across the world. Until now, Mark had never even played the board game version, so I had to explain to everyone how it worked. And the new interactive video game version is completely exciting. It makes it so much more realistic! I feel like I’m standing in a war room somewhere, sending my troops out to conquer the world! It’s so much fun!
As they get older, the kids will have a blast joining in the chaos. Right now, we tend to let Dexter mash buttons while an AI player does its thing. It makes him feel like he’s winning. He keeps shouting out, “I KILLED YOU, MOMMY!” It’s pretty cute when a four year old says it.
Getting to grips with the controller can be a little tricky at first, but whether you’re familiar with the game beforehand or not, you’ll quickly get the hang of it. There are three phases of gameplay for each round. First up is Draft. This is where you set up where you want your troops. Second is attack, where you roll the dice against other players to see who wins battles to take over a country. Once you are out of options (or if you just feel like it), you can end your attack and move on to the third phase, Fortify. This is where you place your troops in one country to defend it.
This has always been one of my favorite games, and I almost always win, but many times it’s been because it takes SO long to play through that other people give in and give up. But the beauty of this version is that when you get bored, you can just save the game and come back later. Theoretically it can go one for days!
Really, it’s the perfect game for a competitive couple, but the vibrant colors and sounds really bring it to life, making it fun for the whole family.
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