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3 Kids Games That Are Perfect for an Adult Night Out

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Studies show adults who play games are happier and often more relaxed as a result of their gaming habits. Games act as a great way to escape the stress of life. Parents often play their favorites with their kids – but what if there was a way to bump those classics up a notch to adults-only versions?

Here are three games that would make great casino additions that adults could enjoy.

Mancala

How can anyone forget the summer camp favorite, Mancala? The ancient game, which some believe to have emerged 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia, can be played with stones, beads, or marbles that are dropped into a Mancala, which is a wooden board with indentions. If you grew up in the 1980s then you may have even used an empty egg carton. The objective of the game is to collect the most stones into your Mancala. It’s a simple game that introduces strategy, making it one of the most popular games in the country. In fact, America has the largest playing Mancala population in the world.

With this large following, Mancala would make a great adult game. Players could play on an actual Mancala board or against the computer and gain points when they deposit stones into the right spots and earn double points each time their opponents’ stones are taken.  

Chutes and Ladders

There are many activities that can help you decompress, and one of those is Chutes and Ladders. This is another popular game that has substantial history. In India around the second century B.C., the game was known as snakes and ladders. When Milton Bradley started making the game in 1943, the game was playfully redesigned with ladders and slides. The goal of the game is to use the ladders and slides throughout the board to get to the last winning square.

If the same playful graphics from the original board game could be used, Chutes and Ladders as a casino reboot could find great success. Players could use a digital spinner to move from box to box and try to avoid landing on a chute and sliding down to a lower numbered box. Players could earn bonus points for landing on the double- and triple-sized ladder and a digital confetti party could happen when a player reaches the 100 square.

UNO

Casino versions of kids games can act as the perfect entertainment for those who love the casino but aren’t fans of blackjack and roulette. Uno, the colorful card game that was developed in the 1970s by Merle Robbins and then distributed by Mattel, would be a great kids’ game to transform into a casino game. It uses a specific deck of UNO cards that direct players to skip turns, draw two cards, or throw down a card of their choice when seeing the Wild card. Players must play a card that matches the discard in number, color or symbol, play a Wild card, or draw a card from the top of the deck. The objective is shout “UNO” when you get to your last card and be the first player to get rid of all of his or her cards. The first person that gets rid of her cards wins the hand and scores points based on the other players cards. The first player to score 500 points wins the game.

Card games are synonymous with casino games so UNO would be a smart addition to any casino.  The objective to score 500 points could still be the way to win the game, but this time, cash would be on the line.

What games from your childhood would you like to see adult versions of in casinos?

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