– Written by Victoria Philpott
Put down the Angry Birds, get off the Grand Theft Auto III and stop playing on Snake. When you’re on a long journey/stuck in an airport/waiting for your taxi to arrive it’s the perfect time to play a mind-expanding retro travel games, no electricity or batteries required.
1. A-Z pubs and bars
It’s just like the age old name-something-beginning-with-every-letter game, but with a twist. In the A-Z of pubs and bars you should create a name for your bar/pub, and then explain their unique selling point and explain the concept around your drinking establishment. The more detail, the better.
“M = Mother’s Ruin, a bar selling only different types of gin. Old gin advertising posters cover the walls and there are art displays using old gin bottles throughout. Including a display coming down from the ceiling involving lights and old-school gin bottles.
Of course, this game can easily be adapted to many topics – restaurants, sweet shops, magazine titles – or just drop the explanations and try to get the alphabet in as many animals/birds/names, as possible.
2. Would you rather
It’s an oldie, but a goldie, and just so flexible. It’s a great getting-to-know-you game too, the rules are simple: choose two or three scenarios and you have to choose the one you’d rather.
“Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?”
“Would you rather be a pop star or a famous traveller?”
You know the sort of thing, can be as ridiculous as you like!
3. Name that tune
This one is guaranteed to annoy/thrill everyone around you if you’re on a bus or train. Maybe it should be saved for the inevitable wait at the airport over Christmas, when you can find yourself a quiet little corner. Think how much fun the people in this picture could be having right now if only they knew about this game…
Right, the rules: hum/whistle/sing a tune and the other person/people have to guess it. You set the boundaries, but it could be, if they name it in five seconds they get 10 points, ten seconds, five points, 20 seconds 1 point. Or you could easily make it into a drinking game. If the opponent gets it right, the singer has to do a shot, if they get it wrong, they have to do a shot.
4. I have never
You might be familiar with the naughty version of this a lot of teenagers like to play to see what their mates have been up to with their boyfriends and girlfriends. I’m not denying this is a fun game, but you can turn it around a bit to find out more about your travelling buddies beyond how many girls they’ve kissed. The rules: The game starts by saying something they’ve never done.
“I have never not made it back to my own bed after a night out”
Then everyone who has done that takes a swig of their drink/admits it. This makes for some great story times. Then the question moves onto the next person. It can be something really mundane, like “I have never changed a baby’s nappy” and then everyone will probably be shocked.
5. Yellow car
My brother used to punch me in the arm as hard as he could whenever he saw a yellow car – now I’m not condoning this violence, having spent 15 years at the end of it, but he did have the basis for a good game there. And I’m very glad we never went to New York.
Choose something such as a yellow car and every time you see it, the first person to scream yellow wins. You could add a few more in the mix, whenever you see an animal you have to get up and imitate the animal, or if you’re in an airport, whenever you see a baby, stand up and start crying demanding some milk. Or whenever you see someone in a ski jacket, get up and imitate a skier. Just be careful who you mock.
You might think some sound a little silly now, but just you wait until you’re at a loss on a long journey with no access to charge your iPad/iPhone/Android, whatever. Then you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you read this…