It’s pouring down rain, blowing 40-knots, a blizzard has just hit, whatever—if you can’t go boating or fishing, you may as well play boating or fishing games, right? Here are three top picks that will occupy your time, when you’re stuck on dry land.
Sorry, but Monopoly, Life, and Candy Land are for dirt-dwellers. (We’ll let you slide if you play Yachtzee). If you need a new board game that will keep kids aged four and up entertained, turn them on to Fish Camp. You’ll move your boat around a board, dodging lily pads and hoping you get a “GPS” card instead of a “Go to Shore” card. First boat back to the dock with fish in the cooler wins. The game comes from Education Outdoors, will entertain two to eight players at a time, and cost is $24.99.
Is playing on the computer more your style? No problem – check out Pirates of the Caribbean Rogues Battleship 2. With amazing graphics that rival those of Pac Man, you’ll maneuver your ship three or more inches to the left and right while firing your cannon wildly at sailboats—yippee! It’s a bit confusing at first since the blow-boats can go backwards just as fast as they go forward, but since the game is free we can forgive this slight flaw. And I got frustrated after taking 50 shots without scoring a hit, before realizing I could actually aim (hold down the mouse button).
BoatUS has a slew of free games on their web site, ranging from word-searches to navigation games to Sudoku, all with a nautical theme. There are even jigsaw puzzles, which are so hard they’ll make you want to cut a hole in your helm. BoatUS members get a perk since they can access extra levels in each of the games.