It is no longer a secret that the corona pandemic has spurred the sale of board games. Like the entire toy industry, game publishers are recording significant increases in sales. Board games are popular in times of lockdown, quasi-lockdown and contact restrictions. Christmas is now approaching - and board games will traditionally be on the rise again. 

Board games, card games and the like will end up under the festively decorated fir tree again this year. This has now become a tradition - this year the corona effects and the Christmas business could multiply into a mega-book: the already strong increase in demand for board games is likely to increase significantly again in view of the festive season. The popularity of board games can be recognized, among other things, by the search volume of the price comparison websites.

Board game boom: lower at a high level

Popular board games Idealo demand

Demand has fallen somewhat, but a boom is looming for the end of the year. Image: Idealo.de

“Idealo.de” recently updated its annual theme. The graphic presented suggests a surge in demand from the end of October - this has already been the case for the past two years. It shouldn't be any different in 2021. Overall, the demand at Idealo was slightly lower than in the two previous years, in particular the spring highs did not occur this year. Still, board games are still popular. In the summer months, interest was at the level of the year 2019 and 2020.

However, there was a crash with the most popular board games: While “Pandemic” was still one of the most popular titles during lockdown 2020, interest in the work of Z-Man Games and Asmodee has decreased significantly. Instead of being in the top 10 most popular board games, Pandemic is now in the top 50. After all. Overall, the users of the Idealo comparison platform will at least show good taste in 2021.

With titles like Skip-Bo, Phase 10 or Scrabble you can find the “usual suspects” among the most popular board games of the year, but there are also guaranteed fun things like MicroMacro Crime City by Johannes Sich and Pegasus Spiele or The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michael Menzel and Kosmos made it into the ten hottest games. The front runner is likely to be more surprising Idealo ranking be: cuddle duel.

Apparently, the longing for togetherness is great in times of the pandemic. The “erotic board game for adults” leads the top 10, but some Internet users are dissatisfied with the shipping alone: ​​the packaging in transparent film is criticized. So many customers were evidently embarrassed.

Popular board games Idealo

The most popular board games according to Idealo.de. Image: Idealo.de

Far less surprising are the placements of the classic card game Wizard (6th place), Skip-Bo (5th place), Uno Minimalista (3rd place), and Phase 10 (7th place) - all of them impress with simple rules and quick access, so they primarily speak to casual gamers on.

Azul, the game of the year 2018, is already proving to be a kind of modern evergreen. Of all the top 10 board games, several will probably make it under the Christmas trees and on the gaming tables on and after the holidays. It is not uncommon for people to give away what suits their own taste or what has become popular on the market. In addition to brand classics, these are often those board games that have won an award over the course of the season: game of the year, expert game of the year, Child's play of the year or the winner of the German Game Award.

The trend towards parlor games is good for the industry, but also good for the players themselves. Board and card games have proven to be popular leisure activities in times of the corona pandemic - and some casual gamers with ambitions will ultimately make the leap to become a frequent player . Then more complex board games and longer game rounds await, but at least as much fun.


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Cuddle duel board game for adults Cuddle duel board game for adults * 23,26 EUR

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