Intro To: Good Timed Games

Timed Games

In our last Intro Article, we introduced you to some of our favourite storytelling games, including some pretty lengthy ones. We’ve introduced you to good fast games already, so this week, we’re introducing you specifically to some of our favourite timed games! Read on for an overview of some great games that you can finish playing in a set time limit:

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 10 minutes, and is one of our recommended cooperative games. In this fast-paced dice game, players race against a 10 minute timer (in the form of either a sand-timer or a soundtrack). Your goal is to collect enough crystals to escape from the temple, simultaneously rolling dice to overcome challenges and collect the crystals. Negative dice results can “lock” dice, and you’ll have to work together, supporting each other when you get stuck, and working your way towards the exit. If you’re looking for a simple cooperative game that you can learn and play through very quickly, then this one is an excellent choice.

FUSE is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 10 minutes. In this sci-fi bomb defusal game, you have only 10 minutes to defuse over 20 bombs. Each player gets 1 random die result, and each bomb requires a certain combination of dice to defuse it. It’s up to you to work together to maximize the value of your dice and defuse as many bombs as possible. Be careful- this game will self destruct in 10 minutes! If you’re looking for a fast paced game of intense decision making, give this one a try!

Ladies & Gentlemen is a team-competitive game that can be played in 30 minutes. In this humorous game, players pair into teams of 2, each team consisting of a man and a woman (regardless of player gender). Your team’s objective is to become the best-looking and most famous couple. The gentleman’s goal is to make as much money as possible, for the lady to purchase clothes and accessories. Play your action cards to outdo your opponents! For added fun, act as flirtatious, rich, arrogant, and pretentious as your character. If you’re looking for a light game with a comedic premise, this is the game for you!

Paramedics: Clear! is a competitive game for 1 to 4 players that can be played in 30 to 40 minutes. In this tense hand management game, your goal is to save as many patients as possible while racing against a timer that gets shorter and shorter as the game progresses. The game uses a free companion app to start rounds with a 60 second timer which drops as low as 30 seconds later in the game. Manage your resources and upgrade your ambulance to save lives – even if you can’t save everyone! If you’re looking for a pule-pounding, high-tension game, then this one deserves a look!

If you’re short on time, and want to squeeze in as many games as possible, these timed games are some of your best options. If you’re looking for something fast-paced but want a little more depth, take a look at some of our favourite drafting games. If you still aren’t sure what to play, we’ll be happy to recommend some great games next time you visit us at The Round Table.