Modern Classics at Cogs The Brain Shop

Modern Classics

Modern Classics at Cogs The Brain Shop

With the growing resurgence in tabletop board-gaming we thought we would look at some of our favourite games now considered to be Modern Classics among gaming fans. These titles, we think, belong in any games collection right next to your traditional games like Monopoly and Cluedo.

 

Ticket to Ride Europe

Players: 2-5  //  Ages: 8+  //  Time: 60 minsTicket To Ride Europe

Build a rail empire spanning from London to Athens, from Moscow to Madrid! Collect cards of the same colour to build railway routes across Europe, meeting the demands of your tickets and scoring bigger points for the most ambitious routes. A terrific light strategy game that keeps players of all levels coming back for more.

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Catan

Players: 3-4  //  Ages: 10+  //  Time: 60 mins

Catan

The trailblazer that heralded the modern era of tabletop gaming, Catan remains a huge hit with players across the world. Establish settlements and cities across the bounteous island of Catan, harvesting resources and trading with your opponents for the cards that you need to see your colony flourish and achieve victory.

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Carcassonne

Players: 2-5  //  Ages: 7+  //  Time: 35 mins

Carcassonne

This iconic game sees players taking turns placing tiles onto a map full of ever-growing cities, roads, grassland, cloisters and more, deploying their ‘meeples’ onto the right tiles at the right time to score points. The randomised tiles mean that every game is different – but always exciting!

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Dixit

Players: 3-6  //  Ages: 6+  //  Time: 30 mins

Dixit

The game of communication and interpretation! Dixit features 84 cards all beautifully illustrated with surreal and abstract art, to which players must give verbal clues in an attempt to have some – but not all – of their rivals correctly identify their card. The creativity and imagination of Dixit perfectly demonstrate the variety of experiences on offer in modern board gaming.

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Pandemic

Players: 2-4  //  Ages 14+  //  Time: 60 mins

Pandemic

Four infectious diseases are spreading across the world and it’s up to you and your friends to find the cures and save humanity! In Pandemic, players work as a team against the game to travel the world, hold off outbreaks and epidemics while researching cures before time runs out. You’ll win or lose together, and have a blast either way.

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Our Top 5 Travel Games for Kids

Our Top 5 Travel Games for Kids

Our Top 5 Travel Games for Kids:

It’s summer holiday time and you want to bring along some games for the kids or the family that don’t take up too much room in your suitcase. Here’s our pick of 5 small games that we think pack a lot fun.

1. Dobble

An award winning card game that requires speed, observation and reflexes.

Dobble

Between any two cards there is always one and only one matching symbol. Spot it fast to win! Includes 55 cards and illustrated rules in a durable travel-size tin.

Age: 6+  Players: 2-8  (Also available in Dobble Kids and Dobble 1,2,3 for younger kids.)

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2. Rory’s Story Cubes

With Rory’s Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller.

Rorys Story Cubes

Roll the cubes and use the nine face up images to make a story. With infinite story possibilities, Rory’s Story Cubes offers hours of imaginative fun. Enjoy playing on your own or taking turns

Age: 6+

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3. Travel Spirograph

The classic design toy for the budding artist.

Travel Spirograph

Travel Spirograph is the classic way to create countless amazing designs on the go. This portable Spirograph studio has a built-in design ring, work surface and storage compartment for holding your wheels, pens, paper, design guide and finished artwork.

Age 5+

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4. Travel Qwirkle

Plays like the original family favourite. Now you can play Qwirkle anywhere.

Travel Qwirkle

Create rows and columns by matching tiles with the same symbol or colour. Match both for maximum points. Create a line of all six and you score a Qwirkle. This clever game comes with a handy travel pouch.   

Age: 6+  Players: 2-4 

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5. Sleeping Queens

A Royally Rousing Card Game that’s entertaining and imaginative.

Sleeping Queens

Use strategy, quick thinking and a little luck to wake the most queens and win. Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out for magic potions and dragons. The average game will last about 20 minutes and the game box is neat enough to fit in a small carry bag.

Age: 8+  Players: 2-5

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