Love board games? Come on this journey with me to judge board game packaging. For readers 8 and up.
Board games bring me so much joy.

When I was 12 or so, my aunt and uncle showed my brother and I how to play The Settlers of Catan. Since then, I've been playing board games with my family, friends, and anyone else I can drag into my favorite hobby. Although I love board games that encourage strategic thinking and social deduction, I've noticed that some of the most beloved games are not the most aesthetically pleasing. I decided to judge some of these board game boxes based on my tastes (check out my Hotlympics article to see some more fun photos I doodled on).

Note: As always, this is just for fun, no board games were harmed in the making of this article.

1. The Settlers of Catan

Let's start with a classic. I love this game, and as mentioned earlier, it was one of the first games that got me into board gaming (that and Monopoly Boston edition). I've never been a fan of the box it comes in, though. I feel like it's too red and yellow — two colors that I learned are related to the fast food industry — so now the box just reminds me of burgers. Great game, not my favorite box.

2. Pandemic

Too soon? Too soon. The game is not my favorite, but the epic roles illustrated with a backlight and the professional-looking font did lure me in.

Photo Credit: Amazon

3. Monopoly

It's pretty interesting to see how older games have continued to be family favorites. I will say that making the mascots of each game (in this case, Mr. Moneybags) more "computerized" doesn't sit well with me. I don't know if I am just getting older, but I like the old 2-D version of Mr. Moneybags more! Sue me!

Photo Credit: Amazon

4. Candyland

Here's another instance where I really relate to the older version of this board game. I feel like the colors here are too jewel-toned, whereas before they were more pastel and candy-like. These colors remind me more of Candy Crush, which may be a smarter marketing move, but it just doesn't make me think of delicious and sweet candy.

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5. Azul

Inspired by the beautiful Portuguese tiles, this game's pieces are all individual tiles with similar patterns as the ones shown on the box. I love the box — I think it's so eye-catching and vibrant. This box interests me, and now I own the game, haha.

Photo Credit: Target

6. 7 Wonders

One of the most fun games I've ever played, so much so that my partner and I bought the 2-player version. It' a bit more of an old-school box, but the artwork is so lovely, and gives the feeling of ~wonder~ and epic-ness.

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7. Trellis

The only game on the list I have not played! Usually games that are described as zen don't interest me, but the colorful flowers and the cute font gets my attention.

Photo Credit: Target

8. Bananagrams

Not a board game box, but I love the packaging. The packaging is eye-catching, punny, and bright! I am 100% here for bananagrams.

Photo Credit: Amazon

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