Here’s Some Fun Toys For Adults Who Are Children At Heart
Well, sometimes bigger is better! We’re just as surprised as anybody else is to discover that this category is a thing. But there’s this whole group of giant-sized versions of popular games.
So you’d probably ask: Why would someone do this? For one thing, throwing a giant element into games for two or more players gets you more active. You don’t just sit at the kitchen table with these, some of them you have to lug pieces around. It adds an element of surrealist absurdity to the whole thing.
Even though we say “for adults,” these are actually just fine for any kid big enough to handle the large pieces. They’re all long-standing popular games. That just makes it more fun, it gets the whole family watching. You can take giant games to the park or backyard and show off a bit.
Another angle we see sometimes is workplaces are beginning to incorporate games into their company culture. This is done for employee team-building exercises, employee appreciation events, office parties, or even just to have a bit of recreational value. Companies are starting to pick up a bit of wisdom from the Silicon Valley start-up culture, where it’s been shown that creative people in white-collar jobs perform better if they have a couple toys around.
So while all of these classic games just fit into the general family category, they have a bit more presence than the normal-sized models. Dive right in, because we’ll include a few interesting angles on these you might not have thought of at first.
Jenga is a game that needs no introduction on the Internet. Its enduring popularity has kept it in circulation as a game with fun visual and action elements. It doesn’t hurt matters that there’s a continuing onslaught of videos showing the family cat or dog getting involved. Jenga is a unique game adopted from folk games going back to the 1970s, and indeed there’s even variations of block-stacking games going back to the Renaissance. It’s a game that challenges your manual dexterity almost exclusively. Super-size it, and play it in the yard, on the beach, or around the office.
A huge version of the popular vertical checkers game from Milton Bradley! This is big enough to play standing up, with a durable wooden frame in natural stained wood. Be sure to check out the rule variations, there’s actually several different ways to play! A mental strategy challenge with a big board that makes it ideal for fun team play.
Uno in another game that we shouldn’t have to explain to today’s Internet audience. It’s had enduring popularity on the Internet, with the cards becoming part of many cultural memes thanks to its familiarity from every grade school toy shelf. These cards are 10.1 by 7.4 inches, being big enough that they dwarf your hands and are ideal for a “game show” type setting where teams could play while keeping the game visible to the audience. By the way, lots of people struggle with the strategy in this game, but if you study the rules and plan your plays well, it’s actually easy to win a game quickly.
Bucket Ball – This isn’t so much an established game as a set of pieces you can use for a variety of games. You’ll recognize one possible variant, as this is a nice set-up for a giant game of Beer Pong. But with simple colored buckets and balls, all kinds of competitive team games can be made up on the spot. Great for the beach, pool, backyard, barbecue picnic, or tailgate party.
Nothing says “high class aristocrat living” like a giant chess set. Live like a princess or a plotting James Bond villain with an over-sized chess set. The pieces are lightweight enough for kids to pick up (or us grownups to move without back strain), big enough to overlook from a balcony, and handsome enough that they’ll look great in your lobby. There’s a separate board or mat sold separately, but courtyards with giant chess boards already exist out there, and it might be more fun to design a board of your own on the patio deck.
“Giant Ball Drop” is actually based on the classic game Kerplunk, where you have a castle turret, sticks placed in the middle to suspend balls inside the tower. Strategically remove straws while avoiding spilling the balls. It’s a similar game of dexterity to Jenga, but supersizing it makes it great for beach and backyard play.