If you thought the best way to beat your little brother at Battleship was to practice more, we’ve got a few new strategies for you to try. The Washington Post has aggregated data creating a how-to guide in order to statistically improve your chances of winning 14 popular games. Here are a few tips on how to beat all of your friends just using good old-fashioned data.
You probably thought that beating Pac-Man was all skill. Well, skill is a large part of it, but there is some data that will help give you an edge. This Pac-Man Safety Map by Vizual Statistix will help you find those areas where you’re safest. Use these “Safe Spots” to improve your chances of out-running the ghosts and beating that high score.
There are several different strategies that data suggests could help you at Monopoly, but the simplest (and easiest to remember) is that most people end up in jail and thus the properties directly after the jail are prime real estate. Here’s a quick video showing the hottest property to snatch up on the Monopoly board. Own these and watch your money stack up.
In the game of Diplomacy, there are advantages and disadvantages to adjacency to other countries. So whether you’d prefer to be in the middle of the action or a little bit out of the way, Vizual Statistix has created a map to show you just how many neighbors each country has. Check out the map and choose your position carefully.
Apparently it’s possible to win Connect Four every single time. I wish I had known this when I was wagering allowance money as a kid. If you have the first move, you can always win, no matter what moves your opponent makes. It’s all math–or something. Watch this video, learn these simple tricks, and stun everyone with your skills.
Read all of the strategies on using data to win popular games, then go forth and conquer.
What are your favorite game-winning strategies? Let us know in the comments!
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