I’m a sucker for anything co-op. I own many versions of “Pandemic” now. “Arkham Horror” is great. “Forbidden Desert”… The licensed “Star Trek” version of “Castle Panic” is surprisingly good.
I don’t usually like anything competitive, just because that isn’t what I want in my social interactions. But I do recommend “Tsuro” for its minimalism and emergent chaos. (and there is totally a generative music app to be built from monitoring the board state on this)
(I’m not a fan of the sequel, “Tsuro of the Seas” – I think it adds too much complexity. But you can ignore the new elements and play by the old rules, so I’d probably recommend buying that version regardless. It’s like a core game and expansion two-for-one.)
And then, despite my distaste for competitive games, I’ve become completely obsessed with “Potion Explosion”. It’s like a tactile version of Bejeweled," with strategic deck building aspects. They’ve done a surprisingly good job balancing all the powers; this one’s much deeper than it looks.
(here again, the “Fifth Ingredient” expansion just seems to make everything more complicated than it needs to be. But that is growing on me.)
There’s also another opportunity for a generative music app on this one, mounting a webcam above the marble dispenser assembly.
5 rows, 8 cells per row, four color choices per cell ( plus “empty”, but that’s more about reducing the number of columns). Decide what those represent, and you’re good to go.