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What Are Dexterity Board Games?
Dexterity games include some element of motion, whether that's flicking pieces, balancing towers, or moving your own body. These games work well in party settings since most are easy-to-learn, visually exciting, and suited for multiple players.
That's not to say they don't offer unique challenges or strategic elements, especially since they come in all shapes and sizes—these are the ten best dexterity board games!
10. Terror in Meeple City (Rampage)
Summary: Use monsters to ransack towns and devour civilians
Release Date: 2013
Often referred to as Rampage, Terror has players compete to gain points by causing the most carnage as various monsters. Each has special powers that make them feel unique, and this game includes more dexterity elements than almost any other: you move by flicking, demolish buildings and attack opponents by dropping or launching your figure at them, and can blow structures down by literally blowing on them.
9. Loony Quest
Summary: Trace levels accurately to gain points and avoid penalties.
Release Date: 2015
Very similar to Doodle Quest, this one tasks players to sketch levels after a quick study, making it great for budding artists. Depending on your drawing's accuracy, you can encounter bosses, face obstacles, acquire treasures, and much more, hopefully giving you the points needed to win. With light rules and unique concepts, this one's fun for both kids and adults.
Summary: Communicate codewords to teammates using clues and gestures.
Release Date: 2015
Mixing mechanics of Password and Charades, Monikers is an upgraded form of the game Celebrity, where players get teammates to guess names using vocal and non-vocal clues. With simple setup, easy rules, and the ability to accommodate large player counts, Monikers excels at bigger get-togethers.
Note that it caters to adults, with unique abstract art you'll either love or hate. Some clues can be pretty tough, even for a knowledgeable adult, and even the game box suggests players ages 17 and up.
7. Flick of Faith
Summary: Spread your faith in this dexterity/area control blend.
Release Date: 2019
Here, players control gods competing to amass followers. Each deity has a different ability, and each round introduces a new rule players must follow, keeping games diverse. You control areas by literally flicking your followers into them, but have to be careful, as opponents can aim at your figures to try and knock them into undesired locations.
I really don't have much negative to say about this one, as it appeals to fans of both dexterity and strategy, and it's surprisingly easy to learn.
6. Junk Art
Summary: Stack colorful shapes to create the best monument.
Release Date: 2016
With more than ten game modes, Junk Art offers a lot of variance to keep things fresh, but don't worry, as each is pretty simple to learn. The basic idea is constructing structures from "junk" pieces. For instance, you might be tasked to create the tallest building and must carefully stack your oddly-shaped pieces to prevent its collapse.
5. Catacombs (Third Edition)
Summary: Cooperatively slay monsters in this dexterity-dungeon crawler.
Release Date: 2015
Working together against the Overlord player (think the DM from D&D), everyone else uses heroes to explore dungeons, conquer foes, and obtain loot. Flicking your pieces is a core mechanic to inflicting damage, offering an interesting dexterity RPG hybrid.
With various upgrade tracks, there's a lot to discover here, and it's a little meatier than most of today's entries but definitely worth the investment.
Summary: Work together to stack tiles without them falling.
Release Date: 2018
Like Junk Art, this one's a stacking-based game, where you'll have to place oddly shaped tiles without them collapsing. This time, you work as a team, making it a great bonding experience (except when you get yelled at for demolishing everyone's hard work. Oops).
There are fewer game modes here than Junk Art, but more polish, with beautiful pieces and engaging mechanics. Stacking games tend to cost more money thanks to having more components, but Menara's comparatively cheap, costing around $50!
Release Date: 1995
Originally released decades ago, it's telling that this one's had numerous expansions, showcasing its popularity. Before the game starts, you'll build a customizable race track (expansions offer additional structures and ramps to try out), then once it's complete, players "race" down the track by flicking their piece.
A simple concept but devilishly fun for players of all ages. My only gripe is the large amount of storage space you'll need to maintain a completed track, but that just proves you're getting your money's worth.
2. Klask 4
Summary: Use magnets to move a ball and score goals.
Release Date: 2019
The original Klask is fun but only accommodates two players; this one can house four, unlocking 2v2 and free-for-all matches. Either way, players control their pieces using magnets, attempting to shoot the yellow ball into opposing goals.
But you have to watch out for both your opponents and the white magnetic "obstacles," which can attract your piece and really set you back. Not many players have experienced magnet-based gameplay, a shame since it's surprisingly fun.
Summary: Flick discs to score points in a shuffleboard-like manner.
Release Date: 1876
That's right; this game is literally centuries old, often considered the original dexterity board game. 2–4 players flick pieces into the proper board areas to score points, but you only get to stay there if you made contact with an opponent's piece.
This make's the game a tense and ever-changing experience that takes a lot of skill, but whether you're a master or just learning the process, it's as fun now as it was to our ancestors.
Classic Dexterity Games
Dexterity games are a mixed bag, with some players loving them, others avoiding them like the plague, but with so many different types, usually, there's a winner out there for everyone.
Many traditional, well-known party games include dexterity elements, such as Twister, and some games (like Cranium) impose dexterity restrictions during challenges. But for now, vote for your favorite motion-based title, and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!
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