Looking for a unique gift for someone who likes board games? We’ve put together 10 unique twists on old familiar games guaranteed to wow ‘em this holiday season. Be sure to check out the rest of our holiday gift idea lists too.
The cool thing about this electronic version of Jenga is that it still has blocks on the bottom that you slide out of the game to make your move. But unlike original Jenga, the tower is virtual so no mess when all the blocks topple over. Play Jenga in a car, on a boat, on horseback, or in a windstorm (or just in your living room)!
Buy Electronic Jenga at Amazon for $12
It’s Scrabble without the board and all the letter pieces. There are 3 different ways to play, including individual play. Use the electronic tiles to form words; when the tiles are touching and form a legitimate word, they beep and you move on to the next word. No more arguments or dictionary challenges. An easy-to-use, compact version of a many-pieced classic board game.
Buy Scrabble Flash Cubes at Amazon for $20
R2-D2 is in Trouble- literally. That’s a tiny R2 figurine in the middle of the famed Trouble Pop-o-matic bubble. Includes real R2-D2 electronic sounds. Play as Sith (Red), Droids (Green), Anakin Skywalker (Blue), or Obi Wan (Yellow).
Buy R2-D2 Trouble at Amazon for $14
Turn SORRY! into a fun shuffleboard type game! Aim, slide, collide and score to win. Many ways to customize tracks and boards. A new take on a classic.
Buy SORRY! Sliders at Amazon for $32
We did a Rubik’s Slide review recently and it’s a simple to start with yet challenging electronic variation of the Rubik’s Cube. It’s a 3×3 board on the top that slides in four directions and twists, moving the lit squares with each move towards your goal. Addicting and fun.
Buy the Rubik’s Slide at Amazon for $20
Checkers remixed! It’s a standard size checker board but there’s 8 trapdoors. You spin the randomizer to determine if you get to move or pull one of the sliders to activate the trapdoors and drop your (or your opponent’s) pieces off the board. Tricky!
Buy Trapdoor Checkers at Vat19 for $29.95
It’s Clue with the world’s favorite wizard, Mr. Harry Potter. A fellow student has vanished from Hogwarts and it is up to you to solve the mysterious disappearance. Wheels on the board actually move to reveal secret passages, hidden staircases, and more.
Buy Harry Potter Clue at Amazon for $26
It’s Yahtzee Super Mario style. Includes 5 custom Mario dice with power-ups instead of pips and a question mark box dice cup. It plays just like regular Yahtzee but more geeky. Cool.
Buy Mario Yahtzee at ThinkGeek for $19.99
Its Monopoly upgraded. Build skyscrapers and all sorts of cool buildings. Includes 80 3-D buildings to really develop your properties. Build houses or industrial complexes or schools or skyscrapers or stadiums. Rule the city!
Buy Monopoly City Edition at Amazon for $24
They call Khet chess for the 21st century. It has all the strategy of chess with the awesomeness of lasers. Move your reflective playing pieces around the board and then fire the low powered laser diode after each turn to try to hit your opponent’s pieces. Sweet.