From drinking games to murder mysteries, these Hong Kong inspired games are sure to be a big hit
The holiday season is in full swing and families are spending time together enjoying festive menus and events across Hong Kong. But it’s also the season for cozy days at home, listening to podcasts, getting creative with DIY projects, and even engaging in some healthy competition with your friends and family over a board game. We’ve rounded up our favourite Hong Kong inspired games (plus a puzzle!) that you should definitely bring home for the holidays. (Disclaimer: not all of them will reward you with a handsome cash prize.)
Hong Kong inspired games
1. Hong Kong Onboard
Co-produced by iDiscover and the social enterprise People on Board, Hong Kong Onboard includes four handcrafted maps of some of Hong Kong’s most popular neighbourhoods. In the game, players explore the neighbours and collect all five tokens from each category, ranging from iSee, iEat, iDrink, iShop and iSurprise. The 32 story-telling game cards capture Hong Kong’s unique charms as a city. Time to roll the dice!
Hong Kong Onboard is available at iDiscover
2. Hong Kong Monopoly Deal
A Hong Kong version of the classic board game, Monopoly Deal is a card game. The goal of the game remains the same; the first player to collect three full property sets of different colours wins! Reflecting real life Hong Kong properties and districts, Central and Sheung Wan are the highest value in property. Wheel and deal with action cards to charge players rent, steal their cards or demand money for your birthday. Start dealing now!
Hong Kong Monopoly Deal is available at Bookazine
3. Hong Kong Ludo
Artist Laetitia Suen put a Hong Kong twist on the Indian strategy board game. The 852 version features 16 of Hong Kong’s beloved creatures—such as the pink dolphin and eurasian otters—in their fascinating natural habitat. Each game is accompanied by a downloadable wildlife guide for players to educate themselves about the native species.
Hong Kong Ludo is available at Lion Rock Press
4. Ride the Minibus
This Hong Kong inspired game was created by two Hong Kong businesses, Get High HK and 852Prints. It’s the perfect game for appreciating all the cultural nuances that make Hong Kong home. The game touches upon quintessential Hong Kong experiences in the 150 card deck, such as: missing your bus stop while building up the courage to yell “yau lok” or telling Singaporeans that they live in a comparatively inferior city. Grab some friends and some brews and start playing!
5. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
With roles like investigator, witness, accomplice, and forensic scientist, the players of Murder in Hong Kong use their deductive skills to solve a murder case. The twist? The murderer and the accomplice are among the investigators! This is a fun game for those who love a little friendly competition; in order to win, the murderer either has to get away with it, or be caught by another player.
Murder in Hong Kong is available at Shop4HongKong
BONUS: HK Rescue Dogs Puzzle
A collaboration with Hong Kong Rescue, this 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle from Lion Rock Press features 190 rescue dogs that have been adopted in Hong Kong. A QR code in the box enables users to learn more about each dog featured in the puzzle. All proceeds of this limited edition puzzle will be donated to designated shelters in Hong Hong, such as Catherine’s Puppies and HKSCDA, that protect and safeguard these dogs.
HK Rescue Dogs Puzzle is available at Lion Rock Press