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Top 5 tech-related games that you can also play in real life

The games we’ve highlighted below here are a great way to introduce technology and gaming into physical play. 

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Nowadays, many people don’t like to play video games because they are too busy with work or study. This is why many of them view playing video games as something for kids or teenagers, but this isn’t the case at all. 

Many adults love playing video games, but there is one small problem: they can’t find enough time in their day to sit down and play a game from start to finish.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to that problem: technology-related board games. There are a lot of technology-related board games out there. Jason Walker founder of GamesQuarium says that tech-related games offer kids a chance for early learning.

Here are five technology-related board games that you can also play physically alongside your friends and family members:

  1. RoboRally

Roborally is a board game representing competing corporations trying to destroy each other’s robots with various weapons and traps found on the board. Players get to control their robots by using cards that represent different movements or actions, similar to how players would use command lines in real life to move around their robot avatars in an online game. 

Except for this time, you’re not only controlling the movement of one avatar but multiple ones at once. This means that if you want your robots to turn sharply, you have to issue specific commands in the right order.

An example of this gameplay is when two opposing robots are close to each other, and one robot’s command is to blast the other robot with a beam weapon. 

If that player makes it to complete their turn before the opposing player, then that means that they will be able to attack first; otherwise, they’ll end up blasting themselves instead. This all happens in real-time, so if you want your robots to do certain things, you have to make sure you issue those commands at the right time.

This board game also simulates some real-world physics, such as gravity and collisions with objects on the board. You wouldn’t know it by how complex this board game sounds, but surprisingly it’s fairly simple once you get used to playing it!

RoboRally is best enjoyed with five or more players because the more opponents you have then, the more fun it is as you try to outwit each other. 

RoboRally has won numerous gaming awards just like Settlers of Catan, so if you’re looking for a board game that’s considered to be an all-time classic, then try checking this one out.

  1. Android: Netrunner

Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical turn-based collectible card game (CCG) where players act as either the Runner or the Corporation who are constantly trying to complete their goals. Either by doing certain actions, including trying to score points, attempting to drain your opponent’s resources, etc.

What is interesting about this game is that it’s asymmetrical because one player is simultaneously acting as both the Runner and Corporation. The Corporation player has to keep their agendas hidden from the Runner player while the Runner constantly tries to hack into their servers to steal their precious points.

Both factions have different strategies they can use, so there is plenty of replayability once you get tired of playing with just one faction. Corporations mainly focus on defense, so they tend to build up defenses such as programs or ice, making it more difficult for the Runner or draining them of their money/resources if they run head-on against it.

Runners rely more on attacking, so they generally spend most of their turns trying to destroy these barriers using special cards known as events until they finally gain access to the Corporation’s agendas. The game is often compared to Magic: the Gathering because both games are highly complex and have so many strategies you can use.

These factors contribute to making Android: Netrunner one of the most popular tabletop card games available today. However, it may be challenging for players who aren’t used to playing card games with many rules to memorize.

  1. Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan board game is strategic where 3-4 players act as settlers trying to colonize an island known as “Catan.” You win by collecting victory points through various methods such as building up settlements, cities, roads, etc. 

Each settlement is worth one victory point while each city is worth 2 points, and you only get one road which is why it’s important to have a balanced strategy when trying to win. 

Although there are many ways to play Settlers of Catan, the most common way people play this game is by making custom rules for themselves. One popular variant is where players can build what is known as “ports,” which allows them to trade with other landmasses.

You should beware that Settlers of Catan has won many awards in the past, including being named Mind Game of the Year back in 1995, so if you’re looking for a tabletop game that has widespread appeal, then I recommend checking out Settlers of Catan.

  1. Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a tile-placing game where 2-5 players act as medieval farmers trying to build cities and roads throughout the countryside. This game has very simple rules, which makes it enjoyable for both beginners and veterans alike because all you have to do is place tiles to create these structures such as roads, cities, cloisters (monasteries), fields, etc.

Each player takes turns drawing a tile before placing it onto their board, so they can place their meeple (pawns) on these vacant structures to score points. You can learn the rules of this game in five minutes, so it’s suitable for families since the rules are easy to understand.

The strategy you use when playing Carcassonne depends on how you’re trying to score points because some structures like roads only give points if certain meeple ends up reaching that location while others like fields give points if more meeple ends up on that tile. 

  1. Monopoly Deal

Monopoly Deal is a card game that uses the same concept as the board game Monopoly, except you’re given randomized sets of cards instead of using rooms to generate random cash flow, making it very different from its predecessor.

The goal of this game is to be the first player to get three complete property sets, so your main objective would be collecting half of all properties in play which is why luck plays a big role when deciding who wins this game. 

You draw two cards each turn and can use these cards for several purposes such as buying property, changing up your hand by swapping some cards with other players, drawing more cards, etc.

Since all players have the same objective in mind, it’s important to work together, so you don’t ruin the chances of your opponents from completing their property sets, but at this point, We’ve already given away too much information about how Monopoly Deal is played, so I’ll let you find out what happens next on your own.

All that you need to know right now is that luck plays an important role when playing this game because one wrong move can end up costing you the win (and vice versa).

The games we’ve highlighted below here are a great way to introduce technology and gaming into physical play. 

We hope this list has given you some new inspiration for playing outside while staying inside too. What’s one game from our list do you think will be most exciting? Which would be easiest to get started with? Let us know in the comments below.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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