The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home

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Some games are interesting. Others are interactive. Today we’re listing some of the most interesting, interactive and innovative board games you can buy. Get ready for those summer nights at home with fun play sessions. Read on to see our top picks.

As a typical modern gamer, I tend to lean towards video games. I grew up playing board games and had friends who played tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons or Magic: The Gathering. It was a testament to the wide range of styles that board and card games can come in. Jump up to now, many years later, and there are a seemingly endless number of options available to us.

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In fact, some of them can be quite innovative, and with summer approaching, there’s no better time to pick one up. Today we are going to look at some of the most innovative board games for summer nights at home.

A rollable electronic chess board with online capabilities

Clarification on board games, card games and tabletop RPGs

It can be confusing when you first dive into the world of board games. Indeed, you will see terminologies like board games, card games, and tabletop RPGs. Some board games even use card systems, while card games come with a game board. So what’s the difference in heaven? There may not be any at all, ironically.

The description of “board game” basically encompasses everything from traditional style games to advanced games. It’s kind of a spectrum, really. Many of these games incorporate all the different types of components that each type shares, but maybe more or less. For example, while a board game may actually be centered around a game board and use fewer cards, a “card game” may rely more on cards while still including a game board. Tabletop is a kind of board game, but not all board games are RPGs. So, in a nutshell, “board game” is a pretty generalized and all-encompassing category for all of these things.

Spillin’ Beans is a hilarious and steamy party game that’s great fun and comes with an expansion pack.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Spilled Beans

Looking for a way to annoy your guests and liven up the party? You need a game that gets people talking. That’s where Spillin’ Beans comes in.

Spillin’ Beans is a hilarious party game that uses questions to challenge players. It’s designed to get people talking about themselves and their friends, even at the risk of being embarrassed. It’s all fun, of course, and rather rude. However, you will have fun playing with 4 or more players, the game’s bean pot and various cards. Anyone who’s seen the movie “The Lighthouse” will be hard pressed not to shout Willem Dafoe’s infamous line, “Why did you spill your beans?”

You can get Spillin’ Beans here (plus the optional expansion pack) starting at $27.

Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table offers a hybrid digital and tabletop experience using a touchscreen.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table

It is not uncommon for modern board games to incorporate the use of digital elements in order to enhance gameplay. This one, however, uses a digital game board.

The Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table offers a large, high-resolution touchscreen that you can play games on. It has tactile feedback and dynamic zoom capabilities and reduces the need for additional components. The gadget also supports classic Hasbro games like Candy Land, Scrabble, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit. You can even use it for puzzles and digital coloring books. It’s a bit like the Kindle of board games, we suppose – certainly one of the most innovative board game devices around.

You can get the Arcade1Up Infinity game table here for $900.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Blinks by Move38 board game

There’s a game for everyone, and sci-fi fans will love the futuristic Blinks game designed by Move38. It brings neon lighting aesthetics and loads of games you can play with friends.

Blinks is futuristic and one of the most innovative board games we’ve seen. It uses hexagonal tiles that are both tactile and illuminating. You can play games like Astro, Darkball, and Heist. Not only that, the gadget can even become an accessory for other games. However, this is all just scratching the surface. The game is cool enough to have garnered a slew of great reviews from a wide range of internet publications, including Gadget Flow.

You can get Blinks on Kickstarter with pledges starting at $79.

Square Off Pro Online is the world’s first ultra-portable rollable electronic chess board that you can take anywhere.

Square Off Pro Online Chess Board (Official Promotion)

What board game is more classic than chess? Personally, I enjoy a good game of chess. Unfortunately, chessboards aren’t always the easiest thing to carry around. That’s where this next gadget comes in.

The Square Off Pro Online Electronic Chess Board is the first of its kind and is ultra-portable. This is because it can roll up when not in use. It’s also electronic with interactive LEDs and a dedicated app that can connect to it via Bluetooth. You can play solo with the built-in AI or online against human opponents. In fact, the app even lets you video chat while you play. Chess lovers won’t want to pass up this one. It’s one of the most innovative board games you can buy right now.

You can get the Square Off Pro Online e-Board here. It’s on sale for $83.

What is on the menu? is a family food game where you build menus and compete as a sneaky chef.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
What is on the menu? board game

Are you a lover of food but also of strategy? You’re in luck because that’s precisely what’s on the menu? bring the players. It’s a fun family game filled with clever mischief.

What is on the menu? puts you in the shoes of a cook on the way to becoming a chef. After entering a cooking competition, you will have the opportunity to steal, stir and sabotage your way to success. The game supports up to 6 players, with sessions ranging from 25 to 60 minutes. Can you create the best menu and outperform the competition? Go ahead and take a bite of this one and see for yourself.

You can get What’s on the Menu? on Kickstarter with campaign pledges starting at $40.

Envelopes of Cash lets you manage payments to recruit athletes and secure the most star points.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Cash Board Game Envelopes

Whether you’re a fan of American college football or not, there’s a lot to love about this upcoming game. It is a pleasure to play with friends with its interesting gameplay concepts.

Envelopes of Cash puts you in control of money management and payouts so you can recruit athletes and rack up the most star points. It’s like drawing, put only in an entertaining and addictive board game. The game supports up to 4 players and can be played in around 90 minutes with just 2 players. According to the official Kickstarter campaign page, you should plan to spend an additional 30 minutes per person when playing.

You can get Money Wraps on Kickstarter with pledges starting at $65.

Mondorian: Color in Motion lets you create art while using strategy and beating high scores.

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Mondorian: Color in Motion Board Game

Some games are as abstract as they are innovative, and Mondorian is certainly one of them. How does it work exactly? Let’s see what it’s all about, shall we?

Mondorian: Color in Motion is an interesting game that uses up to 80 different cards. It supports up to 5 players and uses intuitive gameplay for 3 distinct phases (per turn). As you play, you will find yourself unconsciously and organically forming art. It’s actually quite interesting, so don’t let the simplicity of the game components fool you.

You can get Mondorian: Color in Motion on Kickstarter with pledges starting at $30.

Gather your friends and plan your first summer game night

Weekend Digest: The most innovative interactive board games for summer nights at home
Cards and dice from the board game ‘Spillin’ Beans’

You might be looking at this list of board games and not sure where to start. Of course, you may also feel disappointed with this particular selection. Whether you found your next game on our list or not, it’s worth mentioning that we now publish our top board game picks on a weekly basis. Just check out our Gadget Flow magazine to find new board game related content and discover a myriad of exciting tabletop experiences. This way you can get your friends together and plan your first summer game night.

If you have any innovative board games you’d like to recommend, we’d love to hear about them. You can drop your suggestions in the comments below.

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Mark is a tech-loving writer and podcaster. When he’s not writing for Gadget Flow, he enjoys working passionately on storytelling projects and exploring the outdoors.

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