You’ve watched all the movies on streaming platforms and participated in all the viral challenges, but what now? It’s time to unplug with a game night consisting of games made for us by us.
According to Newsweek, only three percent of game developers are African American. Rap Godz founder, Omari Akil speculates that Black board game designers made up less than 12 percent of the 5,000 board games released in 2018.
Although diversity among game developers is low, we’ve done some research and compiled a list of Black games you and your family might enjoy.
Check out these five games created by Black entrepreneurs.
Urban Intellectuals (UI) Black History Trivia Cards feature decks of 52 cards full of Black history facts to test your knowledge and quiz each other. The information on the cards range a span of five different skill levels and feature multiple-choice questions. UI’s cards cover topics like STEM, pre-1942 history, and Afro-Latinx and Caribbean history.
Created by criminal defense attorney, April Preyar, JustUs Junkies’ Trial and Triumph board game aims to teach players how to avoid the pitfalls of the justice system. According to Dangerous Lee, the game features 54 everyday scenarios that one could face in real life such as police encounters, search and seizures, DUIs, and social media crimes.
These cards are hilarious and uniquely celebrate Black culture. Players are asked multiple questions like “When grandma tells you to “rench” it off, what do you need to complete the task?” Answer correctly and you get to keep your Black card. If you don’t, well, it will be revoked.
Immerse yourself into the life of an up and coming rap star on your way to stardom and fame with the Rap Godz game created by Board Game Brothas. As a player, you play cards that improve your rap skills, raise money, and establish street cred as you rise to the top of the rap game. Warning: the game can get messy as players might have to start beef to create some hype.
This board game takes players on a journey that will require you to make life-altering decisions. Players will start as an 18-year-old high school graduate and navigate life by choosing to enter the military, university, Hollywood, or staying in the neighborhood. The game can be played by 2-8 players and is designed for both men and women.