If you want a break from the typical active games to play in the garden and instead want to relax outside with a strategic game for all the family then look no further as we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Strategic Games to the play in the garden. This list compiles a list of strategic games that are suitable for young children, teenagers and adults. Read on to see which games we have recommended.
5 – Garden Draughts
Garden Draughts is simple to learn but still challenging for all children. It is a game that requires patience, strategy and intelligence. It is also a competitive game that is perfect for parties or BBQs.
- Draughts or checkers as it is known in America is a group of strategy board games for two players which involves diagonal moves of game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces.
- One player uses the black pieces and one player uses the white pieces and they set up the board by placing 12 pieces in the squares on the board.
- Uncrowned pieces known as men move one step diagonally forward and capture an opponent’s piece by moving two consecutive steps in the same line, jumping over the piece on the first step.
- Multiple opposing pieces may be captured in a single turn provided this is done by successive jumps made by a single piece; the jumps do not need to be in the same line but may zigzag.
- When a man reaches the crownhead or kings row (the farthest row forward), it becomes a King and is marked by placing an additional piece on top of the first man, and acquires additional powers including the ability to move backwards.
- The game is won once a player has captured all of their opponent’s pieces.
Garden Draughts is available to order from GardenGames.ie
4 – Giant Ludo
Ludo is a board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls.
- Each player rolls the die, the highest roller begins the game. The players alternate turns in a clockwise direction.
- To enter a token into play from its staging area to its starting square, a player must roll a 6. If the player has no tokens yet in play and does not roll a 6, the turn passes to the next player.
- Once a player has one or more tokens in play, they select a token and move it forward along the track the number of squares indicated by the die roll. Players must always move a token according to the die value rolled, and if no move is possible, pass their turn to the next player.
- When a player rolls a 6 they may choose to advance a token already in play, or alternatively, they may enter another staged token to its starting square. The rolling of a 6 earns the player an additional (“bonus”) roll in that turn. If the additional roll results in a 6 again, the player earns an additional bonus roll. If the third roll is also a 6, the player may not move a token and the turn immediately passes to the next player.
- A player may not end his move on a square he already occupies. If the advance of a token ends on a square occupied by an opponent’s token, the opponent token is returned to its owner’s yard. The returned token may only be reentered into play when the owner again rolls a 6. A player’s home column squares are always safe, however, since no opponent may enter them.
- The first to bring all their tokens to the finish wins the game. The others often continue play to determine second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers.
Giant Ludo is available to order from GardenGames.ie
3 – Wooden Garden Dominoes
Dominoes is a game that revolves around numbers that requires intelligence and strategy while there are so many different games that are played with dominoes. The Blocking Game is most common variation of dominoes.
- The most basic domino variant is the blocking game that is for two players and requires a double six set.
- The 28 tiles are shuffled face down and form the stock or boneyard.
- Each player draws seven tiles; the remainder are not used.
- Once the players begin drawing tiles, they are typically placed on-edge before the players, so that each player can see his own tiles, but none can see the value of other players’ tiles.
- Every player can thus see how many tiles remain in the other players’ hands at all times during gameplay. One player begins by downing (playing the first tile) one of their tiles. This tile starts the line of play, a series of tiles in which adjacent tiles touch with matching, i.e. equal, values.
- The players alternately extend the line of play with one tile at one of its two ends.
- The game ends when one player wins by playing their last tile, or when the game is blocked because neither player can play. If that occurs, whoever caused the block gets all of the remaining player points not counting their own.
Wooden Dominoes Set is available to order from GardenGames.ie
2 – Wooden Jenga Tower
Jenga is a game of physical and mental skill as you need a steady hand as well as a strategic mind. The aim of the game is simple as each player takes their turn to remove one Jenga piece from the tower and must do so without knocking the tower over. If they do that successfully, they then must put that piece on top of the tower. The game continues until one player knocks over the tower, leaving their opponent victorious.
Wooden Jenga Tower will be available to order soon on GardenGames.ie
1 – Garden 4 in a Row
The aim of the game is in the title, get 4 counters in a row. The first player to get four counters of their colour in a row whether it be horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game. The game can be played to best out of 3 or 5 to decide the ultimate winner.
Garden 4 in a Row is available to order from GardenGames.ie