Calling all fed-up swimmers stuck at home in quarantine! We know you would rather be splashing around in the pool, but in the meantime, why don’t you keep yourself busy with some aqua-themed board games?
Here are our top board game picks to spark your imagination and even to build your swimming skills from your bedroom!
1. Deep-Sea Adventure
Deep-Sea Adventure is a pocket-sized family game that packs a punch! You are a treasure-hunting deep-sea diver on a submarine where you and your rival divers share the same oxygen tank. The deeper down you dive, the more valuable and heavier the treasure is, but the harder it is to get back to the submarine as your shared oxygen supply depletes… If you run out of oxygen, you will drop all of your treasure which sinks back down to the ocean floor! This strategic game gets a little competitive and addictive… watch out!
2. Survive Escape from Atlantis
This best-selling classic has been popular for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why! It is packed with action and hilarious chaos as you attempt to lead your explorers in a mad scramble from the sinking island of Atlantis. The luckiest will find a boat to return home while the less fortunate will have to try to swim for it. You will have to contend with boat-capsizing whales, people-eating sharks and sea-serpent terrors… Who will reach dry land with riches? Who will survive?!
Swimzania is an educational, interactive family game designed to help swimmers improve their skills in the water. This fun activity game was designed by a passionate swimming teacher from the UK to give support to his student’s learning while out of the pool! If you love swimming, races, challenges & quizzes, try this out and you might win the trophy!
4. Deep Blue!
Don your diving suit again and get into the Deep Blue! In a more elaborate version of the treasure-diving game, you will have to hire a team of divers, navigate your ships to most valuable dive sites, avoid the perils of diving deep among the shipwrecks and sea monsters, and choose your sunken gems carefully before re-surfacing and resting your divers. This game has gorgeous artwork and beautiful component parts!
5. Hey, that’s my fish!
If you are looking for a fun, quirky game that you can play with 2 players, this is it! You are in charge of hungry penguins determined to grab a fishy meal on a busy Antarctic ice floe. The name of the game is to collect more fish than anyone else, but every piece of ice you leave cracks and melts, so the grid of ice gets small quickly – try not to get isolated! This game is child-friendly and is a good way to get into strategy games.
6. Mermaid Island!
For any mermaid-obsessed kids, check out Mermaid Island! The aim of the game is to get the three mermaids to Mermaid Island before the Sea Witch. It looks deceptively simple but is a lively and strategic game of chase, and the tension builds as the Sea Witch gets closer to Mermaid Island. This game is great to get kids cooperating since everyone is working together against the common obstacle of the Sea Witch!
7. Let’s go Fishing!
This classic, fast-paced game has delighted young kids for years. The aim is to catch the snappy colourful fish on a revolving tray, which not only improves kids’ dexterity and concentration but provides squeals of laughter!
8. Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe is a challenging co-operative or solo game with a great theme. Imagine yourself stranded on an island, searching for food, crafting tools, building shelter… Each scenario is a self-contained puzzle but with plenty of replayability thanks to the many encounter cards. Warning: being cast away is no joke – this is a tough game with many threats and resources to manage which will test your brainpower!
Have you played any of these games? Have we left your favourite one out on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
Finally, if you want to get really creative, why not try and design your own swimming board game at home? We would love to hear your ideas.