Your Coronacation board game playlist

Emma Castronova, Junior Contributor

During this time off from school and work, families like my own lack the daily routine and order that keeps us so busy during the day and so tired at night. With nothing left to do besides binge Parks and Rec for the next two weeks (at least), I find myself infected with boredom. This has prompted my search for a solid set of board games and card games to keep both my family and yours busy during Coronacation. My family has personally tested all of these and rated them on three things: ease of understanding, level of engagement throughout the game, and how much we actually enjoyed the game. There is no particular order in the list but it should be noted that all of these can be found on either or


  • Scattergories (2-4 teams, ages 13+)

This game is sure to keep you sharp while school and work are on hold. Get creative while you list people, places, and things under specific letters and categories!

Objective: Score points by being the only person to name objects within a set of categories and letters!

Understandability: 5/5

Continuous Interest: 4.5/5

Enjoyment: 4.5/5

  • Spyfall 2 (3-12 players, ages 13+)

In this game of spies and secrets, you and your family must ask all the right questions to win. This is a newer game, but one that was definitely challenging.

Objective: Spies must stay undercover until the end of a given round or identify the current location. Non-spies must discover unanimously who the spy is or make it through the round without the spy figuring out the location. 

Understandability: 3/5

Continuous Interest: 3.5/5

Enjoyment: 3.5/5

  • UNO card game (2-10 players, ages 7+)

A classic card game that we all know and love! UNO is simple, easily accessible, and surely a favorite in my house!

Objective: Be the first player to get rid of all of your cards in each round and (depending on how you play) score points for the cards your opponents are left holding.

Understandability: 5/5

Continuous Interest: 3.5/5

Enjoyment: 4.5/5

  • Shut-The-Box (1 or more players, ages 4+)

This is the only game that can be played alone but is more fun when played with a few others. It is the ultimate combination of strategy and luck!

Objective: Whoever can roll the dice and combine their results to cancel the number and shut the box will win!

Understandability: 5/5

Continuous Interest: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

  • 5 Second Rule (3 or more players, ages 10+)

In this fast paced game, players have five seconds to list three things under the topic given by their card. This game always keeps us on our toes!

Objective: Score the most points by giving three answers before the timer runs out!

Understandability: 5/5

Continuous Interest: 5/5

Enjoyment: 4.5/5

  • Monopoly (3 or more players, ages 10+)

An oldie but a goodie. Test your capitalistic skills and challenge your family to buy up the whole board!

Objective: Own as much of the board as you can and be the richest player in the round. The person with the most moola wins! 

Understandability: 3/5

Continuous Interest: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2.5/5