How Different Variants of Classic Games Keep Things Interesting

Gaming has come a long way in the past few decades. Although human beings have been playing games with one another for enjoyment or profit over thousands of years of history, it is only recently that the pastime has become so widespread and accessible. Of course, the internet has helped a lot with the gaming sector’s total domination of the mainstream entertainment industry, but so has the innovation, creativity and ingenuity of developers and inventors.

It is quite clear that what audiences desire more than anything else in the 21st century is novelty. We live in a fast-paced, hyper-connected world and we want our entertainment to keep up with the pace. Whilst great developments are happening within the video gaming world, however, we haven’t left our beloved old favorites fall by the wayside. Instead, we’ve chosen to give them a new lease of life.

If you’re a fan of classic card or board games, then read on to discover several exciting variants to the norm which will keep your gameplay interesting.


As one of the oldest and most widely played games on the planet, chess has a vast number of different variants available to fans and enthusiasts. From the more inclusive four player and Bughouse chess, to the devilishly difficult Double-Blind chess, there is something to suit every type of person and even baffle the odd Grandmaster sometimes.

Because the game has so many pieces and a relatively simple board, there are endless combinations to be created. Horde chess sees Black’s full range of pieces take on the ‘horde’ of White’s 36 pawns, whereas Giveaway turns the whole concept of chess upside down by asking players to lose as many pieces as possible.

If you’re already a keen chess convert, then trying out one of these alternatives is sure to tax your skills.



Dating from 17th century Europe, blackjack is one of the most well-known and widely played traditional card games same as the card game Solitaire. It will come as no surprise, then, that a game with such a long and storied history has developed several different formats to cater to every player’s needs. Varieties such as High Roller and Premium often sit alongside the Classic game at online providers, giving players the chance to experiment and improve their gameplay.

Because the aim of blackjack is to beat the dealer rather than a direct opponent, it’s a great opportunity to work on your own individual abilities and challenge yourself to develop by trying a different kind of gameplay. With online blackjack now more popular than its brick-and-mortar counterpart, you can access a game any time you like.


Though this word game may not have the illustrious history of some the other titles on this list, it makes up for it in modern popularity. The secret to this game lies in its adaptability; it can be played solo, in a pair, or in a group of all different ages and abilities.

The basic premise is to use the letter tiles allocated to you to form an interlocking grid of valid words, like a combination of Scramble and a crossword. However, there are loads of different variations on this, such as Banana Smoothie, Banana Café, Banana Solitaire, and Banana Scramble.

Tic Tac Toe 

It may not seem an obvious choice for experimentation, but tic tac toe (or noughts and crosses) is played the world over and has been for thousands of years. You don’t need much to play, after all; just a piece of paper and a pen, or an online grid.

Variants of this seemingly simplistic puzzle include Ultimate Tic Tac Toe, where two opponents must compete on a grid composed of nine separate Tic Tac Toe boards; the first to score a meta win of three winning boards in a row is the champion. Alternatively, 3D Tic Tac Toe, or Qubic, asks players to move around a 4x4x4 board and win in three dimensions rather than the traditional two.

Similar Posts:

Leave a Comment