Top 10 Lunch Time Games
All our lunch time games can be taught quickly, and played in 30 minutes or less. Perfect for some amusement and distraction during a lunch break.
10 Lost Cities
You are an intrepid explorer setting off on up to five expeditions; maybe to the icy Antarctic like Ernest Shackleton or perhaps deep into the Amazonian jungle. In reality you are trying to set down as many cards of 5 suits as you can while denying your opponent the cards they need. A really tight and quick two-player card game with agonising decisions that will have you gnawing your knuckles.
9 Escape The Curse of the Temple
This one is a real-time adventure and 10 minutes is all the time you have to grab the gems and escape the crumbling temple before you and your friends are trapped inside forever. There are no turns, instead players roll dice as fast as they can while working together to get everyone out. Leave someone behind and the afternoon back at the office could be, well, awkward.
Nominated Best Family Game UK Games Expo 2013.
8 Eight Minute Empire
Released this summer 2013, the game in which you raise armies, march them across the world, build cities, conquer continents and gather their precious resources. In eight minutes. A group in the café actually managed to do this one in eight minutes so we're challenging you to do the same!
Ghost! No Entry! Red maple leaf! Er, Green Thing! Crack open a tin of Dobble and everyone within 20 paces will be shouting these phrases and giggling uncontrollably. So, so simple. So much fun.
6 Zombie Dice
Rolling 13 dice Yahtzee-style only it's not points you want it's BRAINS! Especially good if you're eating walnuts.
5 Word on the Street
Hurray, it's a fun word game! Put away that lunchtime crossword and SOCIALISE! It's time to topple Scrabble from it's pedestal and bury forever those annoying two-letter words! Goodbye to the three-toed sloth (ai), farewell to an individual's life force (qi) and phooey to all their annoying two-letter friends! And who will miss those immortal words, "That's where I was going to play!" Try Word on the Street and you won't look back!
It can be quite scary trying to put historical events in chronological order with friends. You feel a bit silly after you place 'Christopher Columbus Discovers The Americas' before 'The Dinosaurs'. Then you realise that everyone is finding it a challenge and it's really OK. It's so easy to get engrossed in a game of timeline you'll need a friend to drag you from the table when it gets to 2pm. Seriously, set an alarm or something!
This game has the set-up you want for a lunch time game. Empty the bag of tiles onto the table; you are now ready to play. This is a 2-player abstract strategy game in which your goal is to surround your opponent's Queen Bee. There's no board here, rather you build up the hive by adding your grasshoppers, ants and other bugs (each with their own characteristic movement). Play this one a few times and fascinating strategies are revealed.
2 David and Goliath
In this trick-taking game the highest value card wins but the lowest value card can get all the glory. David and Goliath is an extremely clever game in which you can chill out, sit back and just play some cards. It's also a really satisfying experience. Perfect for those breaks when you just want to forget yourself for 30 minutes.
1 Incan Gold
In this game you will again don a fedora for a caper through a forgotten temple filled with treasure and, you guessed it, snakes, mummies and giant spiders! Over five rounds you push your luck: will you go further in to the temple than the other players and gain the treasure all for yourself or will you turn back to keep hold of what you have gained so far? That's the only decision you make in this game but it's never easy! Players take their turns simultaneously so there's no waiting around for your turn.