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The Uniqueness of Israel


Israeli Board Games

There is plenty to fill your time with while on a gap year in Israel with innumerable places to visit and things to see. However, occasionally you may feel like spending a quiet evening at home with your flatmates and this can be a fantastic opportunity to explore some Israel board games. While you may not realise it, there are many of them and some of them you are bound to be familiar with already. 

Perhaps the most famous Israeli board game is ‘Guess Who?’. The game is far more popular abroad than it is in Israel. It was invented by Ora and Theo Coster in the 1970s and it very quickly became a hit around the world once Hasbro marketed it. It is a simple game in which players question each other to eliminate people off a board.

Another very famous Israeli game is Rummikub, which was created in the 1940s by Ephraim Hertzano. The game went on to become hugely successful and at one point, it was even a best-seller in the US. The game sees players attempt to rid their racks of tiles by putting together sets. It is a hugely enjoyable game that can provide hours of fun.

Those who enjoy putting themselves to the test will love the game Mastermind. Mordecai Meirowitz created it in the 1970s and the game sees players pit their codebreaking skills and strategic thinking against one another. Players need to guess the colours of the pegs hidden on the board using a logic system. It can be a truly intense and competitive game, but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

There is a good chance that you have played the game Uno before. The Israeli version of it is called TAKI and it played by a huge proportion of Israelis. Players need to get rid of all of their cards as quickly as possible by matching the numbers and colours with the ones already in the pile. It can be very competitive but the rounds do not take very long, so it is perfect for those looking for some fast-paced excitement. 

Those who enjoy games that are slightly more physical may enjoy Mighty Mice. The game involves stacking mice on top of elephants and it can be played in two ways. In the competitive mode, the players have to place as many mice as possible on the elephant tower without them falling and the first person to use all of their mice wins. In the second mode, players work together to try to place as many mice as possible on the structure. 

You could pass an evening playing Zingo, an Israeli bingo game. The game uses a machine that deals out tiles for the players to match with their cards. The cards will feature a collection of everyday objects such as clocks, dogs, cups, and so on. The first person to fill their card wins. It may sound simple, but you will be surprised by how much fun it is.

These are just a few Israeli board games. There are a surprisingly large number of them and they can be a great way to pass the colder winter evenings while spending some quality time with your flatmates.


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