Top 3 games for beginners

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Whether it’s for a dinner party or a big uni reunion, knowing how to play a few classic games could help you pass the time. But the first hurdle is learning the rules, which can be tricky and time-consuming! Sometimes, something simple fits the bill instead.

If you’ve not got time to do some research or wrangle with complex instructions, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ve outlined three games suitable for players of all skill levels – from total beginners to seasoned professionals.


Top 3 best games for all skill levels

  1. UNO

Played across the world and not just in the UK, there are so many ways to play UNO. You can add your own rules if you’d like to, but the classic version is fun, simple, and universal.

In the original version, the winner is the first player to get rid of all their cards. UNO gameplay involves matching cards based on colour and number or finding one that’s completely identical. Cards can be identified by colours and symbols, so there’s no complicated lingo to get your head around.

UNO is notorious for being one of the best travel games ever, thanks mostly to its portable nature. It’s also a fantastic way to mingle with the locals while you’re on holiday in another country!


  1. Bingo

There are plenty of reasons why bingo is so popular in the UK.

This entertaining game is suited to players of all skill levels since the rules are simple! Each player starts with a playing card, often called a ticket, which contains random numbers arranged on a grid. Once the game starts, numbers are drawn and announced at random by a caller.

Players must then mark off or ‘dab’ any corresponding numbers on their ticket. In a bingo hall, that’s usually done with a special pen or dabber, but daubing is automatic on online bingo. That means you can make things even easier by playing the game on your phone!

  1. Jenga

Lastly, Jenga is a suspenseful game and a firm favourite too.

At the start of the game, one of the players creates a tower out of blocks, usually wooden. There are no set rules about what the tower should look like but you’ll usually be limited by how many blocks come in your Jenga set. Players then take it in turns to try and remove one block from the tower without sending it toppling down.

The winner of the game is the last person to successfully – slowly and carefully – remove a block from the tower without knocking it down. With a few friends and great conversation, Jenga is a fantastic way to pass the time.

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