12/07/1981 at 01:00 AM EST
Addictive as they are, video cartridges have not totally replaced the kind of game that flourished BC—Before (silicon) Chips. For one thing, even when they're jazzed up with electronic doodads, board games usually are much cheaper than those requiring a TV hookup. They're often more durably interesting, too. For holiday-season giving and playing, here's a roundup of noteworthy, more or less adult games that are relatively new (manufacturers' prices quoted).