The online discount toy store, Bargain Max is reporting a 62 per cent surge in sales of board games, with data suggesting that it has become a go-to hobby for those in self isolation or working from home across the UK.
The retail platform has told ToyNews that it has seen year on year board game traffic increase by a whopping 162 per cent, while traffic to board games on Tuesday, March 17th alone was up 234 per cent year on year.
Based on Bargain Max’s data from the last seven days, the top five most popular selling board games right now are:
Scrawl Game, where gamers are asked to doodle their way to disaster
Santorini, a board game first introduced 30 years ago
However, the retailer has suggested that it’s not just board games being snapped up, and as schools have officially been made to close as of this coming Friday, many parents and shoppers are also purchasing other toys to keep younger ones entertained during this time.
The barbie Dreamcamper play-set, Nerf N Strike Longstrike Blaster, My Little Pony magic Everypony Collection, and the Paint Station 5 Colour Pods Paint Set have all been named in Bargain Max’s top 10 most popular toys overall.
The full list reads as follows:
A spokesperson at Bargain Max said: “We have seen a sharp rise in the sales of board games, especially since March 13th where demand has rocketed, reflecting the demand of the public looking for home entertainment whilst self-isolating.
“Whilst we do not know how long this ongoing tricky situation will last, we are pleased to be able to provide a variety of options for those looking for entertainment at home. From today, all orders made online will be free of all delivery charges, which we hope will help families keep both costs down and children entertained.”