So I’m stuck in the house with 3 kids. How’s lockdown treating you?
Luckily, I have two very geek-enabled older spawn, and they’re always to keen to try something new. But of course, if you’re stuck inside, how do you get stuff? Well, we have a family/geek friendly prize bundle up for grabs!
Yes, not only have we pulled out a couple of our favourite stay at home classics, we’re giving you a chance to win them! Have a look at bottom of this very post for details of how to enter.
I’m not going to rattle on at length about all these games – there are more in-depth reviews linked – but here’s our quick recommendations and giveaways:
First up, it’s the Galaxy’s Greatest sport: Dreadball. Yes, our awesome chums at Mantic Games are going to give one of you a copy of the 2nd Edition Starter Set: two teams, rules and all the tokens you can eat.
Dreadball is our absolute go-to game (when we’re not playing Hellboy, because we’re a Mantic household). With around 30 different teams of sci-fi sports mayhem to choose from, there’s something genuinely to suit everyone. Just to be clear, I am NOT a sports fan but I adore this game.
DREADBALL REVIEW: CLICK HERE
With two older kids, ultimate (multiplayer) is our preferred version (don’t worry, you get the multiplayer board too), but all Dreadball is good. It’s fast, chaotic and ridiculously fun with a hugely supportive fan community (Dreadball Fanatics on Facebook).
Now I’ve talked a LOT about my love of Transformers TCG here on BCP – it meets all my gaming criteria (kid-friendly, intuitive, and above all fun). With the 5th expansion coming soon (introducing Headmasters and more!), now’s a great time to get into the game/ If you nip over to our friends at Magic Madhouse with the link below you can snag yourself a lockdown bargain on a Starter Deck for a measely £3 (searching the site for a starter set won’t bring this up)
TRANSFORMERS TCG REVIEW: CLICK HERE
If that’s not enough for you, we’ll send you some extra cards and promos from the excellent folk at Hasbro to keep you going too!
If you prefer something that takes up less space, or of a more historical bent, how about Spearhead 1943? A simple, self-contained card game from Collins Epic Wargames, who are likewise providing us with a set of goodies, you can reenact the Eastern Front in glorious, pocket-sized form.
Simple mechanics allow you to build up ranks of infantry, supported by tanks and artillery from behind. Smash through the enemy line and bring victory to your motherland! Portable, quick games are always a winner, and whilst we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
But some of us just want to reuse, recycle and reinvent what we’ve got in the house – and that’s what Hot Wheels are for. There’s a range of great Car Combat games out there, from the free, crunchy Autokill! to the lighter, albeit more expensive Gaslands.
GASLANDS REVIEW: CLICK HERE
AUTOKILL CORE RULES: CLICK HERE
Grab a handful of any old toy cars, and you’re off! Now admittedly you might want to stick some weapons on them, and that’s where excellent folk such as Dice Mechanic Games come in. Need to get those toys ready for the post-apocalypse? No worries, they’ve got you covered with wheels and weapons galore, and everything in between!
We don’t claim to know everything here at Geeking Out though, so let us know in the comments what your other lockdown favourites are!
In the meantime, here’s a few more suggestions:
- Exploding Kittens – Anarchic uno-type card game for 2-4 players (Imploding Kittens takes it to 5-6, Streaking Kittens adds new mechanics). Available in Family or NSFW versions ;) (LINK)
- Hellboy – Mantic’s other huge hit here at Chez Geeking Out, a co-operative boardgame with lashings of Lovercraftian comic combat and mystery (LINK) (REVIEW)
- Batman: Back to Gotham – Knight Model’s BMG gets a 3rd ed revision with its new game-in-a-box. I’ve just started playing through the “Welcome to Funland” campaign with the kids and so far, so Gotham! Full breakdown of that coming soon (LINK) (REVIEW)
- Pandemic: Contagion – the family-friendly companion game to the popular “Save the world” boardgame, where this time YOU are the plague trying to wipe out humanity (LINK)
As always, if you’re looking for a bargain, head over to our friends Element Games, using code SAM4132 to earn DOUBLE store credit!
To enter our giveaway with a chance to nab yourself a 2nd Edition Dreadball Starter Set from Mantic Games, some Transformers TCG cards (and promos!) from Hasbro, a Spearhead 1943 Eastern Front set from the folks at Collins Epic Wargames and goodie bundle from Dice Mechanic Games, all you have to do is comment below with your own lockdown gaming recommendation. That’s it! Simple, right?
Winner will be announced in a couple of weeks (all things being well), so until next time, stay safe and keep Geeking Out!