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On lockdown? Our top 10 board games to keep all the family entertained - and you sane

As weeks of social distancing lie ahead, we road test the best in old-fashioned fun to dial down pandemic panic

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Bonding activity: Board games

Bonding activity: Board games

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Bonding activity: Board games

Week three on Lockdown Island - or is it week two, or week four? Who can tell any more! - and tempers may be starting to fray, the bubble of familial bliss a bit stretched and ready to burst. In other words, we've Netflix-binged our way through the past seven days, with a sprinkling of home-schooling and working from the spare room on the side. And we're all slightly fed up (here "slightly" means: massively).

But fret not (okay, maybe fret a bit - we’re in the middle of a pandemic after all). If you’ve watched too much telly, finished all your books and had your fill of PlayStation and Switch, there is still an alternative. Board games!

You’re possibly groaning right now and maybe even slapping your forehead (wash your hands!). And with justification. Board games do not have the happiest of reputations. That’s because most “mainstream” board games are terrible. Monopoly: rubbish (it was designed in 1935 - would you play a video game from 1935?). Chess? A pursuit best enjoyed by mainframe computers from the Nineties. Buckaroo? Not on your bucking life.