Children love board games, and companies like Hasbro have capitalized on this by encouraging parents to play board games with the kids for some quality together time. Family game night, anyone?
There are some games, however, that parents might want to watch out for. Play these, and you could get lost inside the space-time continuum and never leave. Unless you are willing to give up significant chunks of time to a board game, you might want to watch out for these five …
Monopoly 1 of 5It's estimated that Monopoly takes a minimum of 90 minutes to play, and that's if you know what you're doing. Hasbro says the longest game of Monopoly ever played lasted 1,680 hours. That's about what it feels like to me every time we play.
Risk 2 of 5Risk can take two to three hours to play. Not only that, but as Tom Chandler of Koldcast TV says, it's not likely to engender family happiness: "It's one of those games that everyone feels horrible having played. After the final army has been defeated, everyone needs a little alone time. 'Okay, I failed at conquering the world, yet again. I'm going to go read a book in the next room.'"
Carcassonne 3 of 5If your kids have never mentioned it, you're safe ... for now. Carcassonne is a strategy game created in Europe. It also held the Guinness World Record for the longest game ever played, when four Germans played it for 42 hours and 48 minutes.
Trivial Pursuit 4 of 5Wikipedia says the average Trivial Pursuit game lasts around 30 minutes. In what universe?! When we play it takes at least an hour, though maybe it's because we aren't smart enough to know the answer to questions like, " Who wrote Elementary Seismology in 1958?"
Settlers of Catan 5 of 5I'm getting the feeling fans of Dungeons & Dragons might find this one right up their alley. I've never heard of the game Settlers of Catan, but 15 million of the games have been sold, so ... The game holds the current Guinness Book of World Records, at 50 hours, for longest board game marathon. As Tom Chandler of Koldcast TV explains in his list of the games that are the hardest to beat, "At the two-hour mark, you're going to wish for at least one of your townspeople to lose their mind and start burning down cities." That does not sound like family fun to me.
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