We all know 'em. The students who go into major strop-mode whenever they get lower than 80% - and there's you in the corner with your 34%, crying on the phone to your nan because you're so proud. But, hey, who cares! You know what you have? And what they could only DREAM of having? An incredible knowledge of the Backstreet Boys. And also this list! This list of the best board games for YOU. Playing them will improve your intelligence and give you buckets of confidence. Trust me - it's doctor recommended.
1. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective - 1-8 players, 1-2 hours, £30
In Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, you are presented with a mystery to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of nineteenth century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution. Why were two lions murdered in Hyde Park? Who is responsible for the missing paintings from the National Gallery? Why didn't the hit sitcom Friends just carry on forever and ever, considering its raging popularity and endless wealth of story lines? These are just a few of the cases that will challenge your ingenuity and deductive abilities. Get that magnifying glass out!
2. Kill Shakespeare - 2-4 players, 2 hours, £50
To kill or not to kill? There's no killing Shakespeare today - not if we can help it! The Kill Shakespeare board game puts you and your friends into a universe populated by characters from William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Choose your character from the likes of Hamlet, Viola, Falstaff, Othello and Juliet in order to protect the realm (and ol' Bill himself) from the influence of the evil King Richard III and Lady Macbeth in this semi-cooperative gaming experience. And you thought you'd never need Shakespeare again! Pah! Thou cream-faced loon!
3. Dreaming Spires - 3-5 players, 90 minutes, £40
In Dreaming Spires, players each build a college of Oxford University out of building tiles. These tiles represent the benefits of your college: Beauty, Academics, Status and Sociability. Famous men and women of Oxford can be admitted to your college if it has the relevant benefits to attract them. These scholars can be used to increase the reputation of your college directly in their subjects but also indirectly using their unique special abilities. The college which has the greatest reputation at the end of the game is the winner. Your only chance to go to Oxford and you didn't even have to meet any insufferable posh people! Quids in!
If your revision is dying a slow and painful death, we recommend popping along to Urban Tap House on a Monday night between 5-10pm, £3 entry, for the Board Game Bar! Ah, you were bound to fail anyway!