Board games come in all shapes and sizes. There are little gems like Love Letter and Fluxx that you can fit in your pocket and bust out in times of need, there are a thousand-million games that require tabletop surfaces and some neighboring space, and then there’s that other category. We’re talking about games that are GIANT. You know, like the ones featured during the German TV show Das Spiel beginnt! (“The Game Begins!”). On a massive stage, contestants battle it out by playing family-style games such as Memory, Labyrinth, Zoowaboo, Mastermind and loads more.
This is what contestants look like playing giant Lift It, the classic game where players lift building blocks of different shapes with a crane handing from their head, to construct structures depicted on building cards. These guys are deep in concentration, as the game requires.
Board games and sports pitches don’t normally mix, but for Scrabble‘s 50th anniversary, the famous Wembley Stadium was transformed into a ridiculously large Scrabble board. Great for exercising your body and your mind at the same time!
All over the world, gaming conventions are also embracing these oversized games with open arms. Here’s a giant Settlers of Catan from Gen Con Indy a few years back. The guys don’t look enthused, but we’re confident that they are. After all, who wouldn’t love to build this big board and play all day?
Those are all pretty impressive, but this is what really caught our attention. It’s an intricate, fully-functional super giant version of Mousetrap at the World Maker Faire in 2010. Yeah, the video is not the best, but don’t judge its merits on that.
If you’re keen to play some giant games of your own, there are plenty of options on Amazon. They might not be as big as the ones above, but they’re seriously perfect for backyard entertainment. There’s something for everyone, including giant playing cards, oversized Connect 4 (like in the image up top), the classic giant Jenga, Chess, and tons more. The Giant Game Company in New Hampshire also has some great options, such as Scrabble and even bigger Jenga.
There are also quite a few bars that provide big games for customers, like Golden Road Brewing in Southern California and At the Wallace in New York City. If you don’t live in either of those places, this Reddit thread is a good place to start for finding a bar in your city that offers games, both big and small.
Let’s face it though, sometimes it’s fun to go big or go home.
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Video image: YouTube/Tim Canny