Four Board Games That Are Actually Educational

Playing video games is a great way to improve your multitasking and problem-solving skills, but it’s normal to change up your entertainment routine every once in a while. Why not take it old-school and pull out some board games? While some of us ditched board games when we were kids, they’re actually a great way to enrich our lives while learning new things at the same time. They’ll also give you a chance to bond with the family members or friends who you’re playing with. At GameTruck Jacksonville, we love all kinds of games. Here are our top four board games that are actually educational.

1. Clue

When you’re playing Clue, you’re required to use your best detective skills.What you may not realize is that the game actually helps you with logic and reasoning. Because you form theories about what happened and who’s guilty, you’re learning how to better use deductive reasoning.

2. Monopoly

Depending on your patience levels, Monopoly may be your idea of a fun night or sound like a nightmare. Regardless of whether you love a game famous for feeling like it’ll never end, you’ll still benefit from playing. When you’re playing Monopoly, you’re using real-world skills, like knowing the value of money and investing it wisely.

3. Boggle

Boggle is similar to Scrabble because it involves vocabulary skills. However, Boggle also teaches you how to think quickly in stressful situations because you only have three minutes to come up with as many words as you can. Anyone who has held a high-pressure job can tell you the benefits of working well under stress.

4. Scrabble

Whether you’re a person of a few words or have an encyclopedic knowledge of the English language, Scrabble is a great game to play. No matter how many words you already know, you’ll leave the game with a larger vocabulary than you started with. Your fellow players might play obscure words in hopes of winning it all, but everyone benefits from the game.

We hope that you have fun digging out some old board games and becoming smarter in the process. You can host the ultimate game night by booking GameTruck Jacksonville for a mobile video gaming party. Our one-of-a-kind events allow everyone who attends to have an unforgettable time. Give us a call today at 866-253-3191 or click here for a free quote.

Nintendo Land Is Coming To Universal Orlando

Video game lovers, rejoice! Nintendo Land is officially coming to Universal Orlando, and we have even more details about the project. As if we needed another reason to love theme parks, this Nintendo news is an incredible reason to visit Universal. The theme park announced its plans to develop Nintendo areas at Universal Orlando in November 2016, and now we know just how awesome things will be. The team at GameTruck Orlando loves video game news, and we’re just excited as you are about Universal Orlando’s newest development.

A Super Mario land will include nearly nine acres of land with areas dedicated to both Donkey Kong and Mario Kart, so if you’re a Super Mario fan, you’ll get a real-life taste of the world you’re accustomed to exploring via games. It’ll be a few years until we actually see the Universal Orlando plan come to life — an official opening date hasn’t been announced — but Universal Orlando will surely become even cooler thanks to Nintendo Land’s arrival. We don’t know what other Nintendo characters the new world will focus on, but based on the information we do have, it’s likely to be amazing.

While you’re counting down the days until Universal Orlando’s Nintendo plans become a reality, you can have video game fun of your own by hosting a GameTruck Orlando party. We specialize in mobile video gaming parties and bring the excitement to you. With more than 100 age-appropriate games, some of the latest gaming consoles and high-definition flat panel TVs, our parties are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Each party includes certified GameCoaches who ensure everyone has fun regardless of their skill level.

Whether it’s Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Maker or another Nintendo title, GameTruck Orlando will make sure your party is incredible for all Nintendo fans. Give us a call today, and we’ll start planning right away! You can reach us at 866-253-3191 or get a pricing quote here.

5 Worst Video Games Of 2017

In 2017, we saw the release of amazing games Like Super Mario Odyssey and Fortnight. It was a great year for gaming lovers, but not every game lives up to the expected hype. These are our worst games of 2017. Don’t feel bad if you enjoy playing some of these titles — there’s something for everyone. But critics and fans alike were not impressed with the five games on this list.

1. Star Wars Battlefront II

Battlefront II was one of the most anticipated games of the year, but it wasn’t anywhere near as loved as we were all hoping. The game received a 68 percent rating from Metacritic, which isn’t that impressive for such a highly hyped game.

2. Mass Effect: Andromeda

One of the biggest criticisms that Mass Effect: Andromeda faced was its animation. Realistic, lifelike design isn’t easy to achieve, but fans were disappointed with some of the UI elements after the five-year wait for a follow-up to Mass Effect 3.

3. 1-2-Switch

The Nintendo Switch wasn’t released until last March, so it’ll likely take some trial and error before fans love all of the games made for the console. 1-2-Switch was introduced as a party game, but it received criticism for the games being hard to play in a group setting.

4. Sonic Forces

Everyone loves Sonic the Hedgehog, but Sonic Forces didn’t do well with gaming critics. One of the biggest complaints: the game moved too quickly for fans to keep up with the plot.

5. Halo Wars 2

The response to Halo Wars 2 was mixed –– while fans didn’t like it very much, giving it a 5 out of 10 on Metacritic, critics were more receptive to the game. Players weren’t impressed with the attempt to bring real-time strategy to a console.

We can only hope that 2018 brings us even better video games. With so many games coming out for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, it’s guaranteed to be a good year. We pride ourselves in offering the latest video game titles at every GameTruck Memphis party. Call us at 866-253-3191 or click here for a pricing quote.