I think we accidentally discovered a void in the board game market. We were searching for Valentine’s Day themed games to bring to our weekly game night and discovered that there really aren’t that many. Sure, there are plenty of games on the back shelf of Spencer’s Gifts that are designed to make you blush or get downright nasty. That’s not what we were looking for.
We were looking for games that celebrated the spirit of the day. If they ended up leading to other “gifts” being given, then I guess that’s just a bonus. Because we would be playing these with friends, but not THAT close of friends, we needed something that was more like the games we played with them on a regular basis.
We found eight. Only eight out of the thousands of new games that debut every year. Some of these we’ve talked about on SahmReviews in the past, others we’ve never been able to try out ourselves. All of them fall into the category of modern board games, so no UNO Hearts or Valentine’s Day versions of Scrabble.
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo the princess of Tempest. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the Palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first? Your goal is to get your love letter into princess Annette’s hands while deflecting the letters from competing suitors.
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Hearts of Attraction
What happens when Cupid shoots his magnet?! The fun and flirty version of our original Attraction game where skill, strategy and a little bit of luck result in a chain reaction of magnetic proportions! Players shoot their heart-shaped magnets into the playing field to attract other magnets. Due to their unique shape, gameplay is remarkably different than the original game. Whoever collects the most magnets wins! Fun to play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. Get ready to prove just how irresistible you are.
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You know there is money in chocolate, but it doesn’t just grow on trees. You need to control the links in the production chain to get your cut of the cash, by making sure the cocoa flows through your businesses instead of your competitors’. Sometimes you need to help your customers and suppliers to help yourself. If you are wily, you can figure out a way for your competitors to do the work for you. Create monopolies, cut off the supply chain, disrupt other players’ finely honed plans—do whatever it takes to become King Chocolate.
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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri
Ren: a young girl who lost her family under terrible circumstances and has now fallen into a catatonic state. Feth: a foreign boy with the ability to read the hearts of others. Together, they will try to wake Ren by rebuilding the memories closest to her heart, but ravens have come to feast on her heartbreak, and they will not be denied. The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a beautifully illustrated cooperative card game in which players must work together to rescue Ren from the darkness.
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And Then We Held Hands
A co-operative game about finding balance, the two players must complete objectives and reach the center of the board. The players take turns trying to fulfill the current common emotional objective by discarding emotion cards to move from node to node. They must do this without verbal communication, empathizing and always considering each other’s situation when making a move. The players win by meeting in the center while in a balanced state and within one turn of each other – something quite difficult, and therefore very rewarding when achieved.
Fog of Love
Playing Fog of Love is like being in a romantic comedy: roller-coaster rides, awkward situations, lots of laughs and plenty of difficult compromises to make.
Much as in a real relationship, goals might be at odds. You can try to change, keep being relentless or even secretly decide to be a Heartbreaker. It’s your choice.
The Pursuit of Happiness
In The Pursuit of Happiness, you take a character from birth and live the life that you always wanted. You spend time to take on projects, get new jobs, buy items, establish relationships, and raise a family. The possibilities are endless as you attempt to avoid stress and create a memorable story in every game. How much will you achieve in just one Lifetime?
Kamasutra – The Game
Each team assumes the position shown on the card, placing a rubber balloon between them, in the ‘contact zone.’ The first team to pop their balloon wins the round! Includes a deck of positions and a generous supply of rubber balloons!
No matter which game you choose, even if one of the 18+ versions not mentioned here, we hope you will be enjoying your holiday with someone you love. And don’t fret, if you are spending Valentine’s Day alone this year, it is only nine more months until Single’s Day!
What games will you be playing on Valentine’s Day?