Board games for mentally ill patients
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I am currently working in a psychiatric hospital and we are looking for games that could work well for mentally illed patients in order to build a small collection. From the comments I have received from the people that makes the patient play games, the games should have the following criterias:

- Takes around 5 minute to explain
- Takes approximately 15 minutes to play the game or a single round where the game could optionally stop.
- Does not require a lot of complex calculation. More complex activity for end game scoring could be done by the animator.
- Available in french or is language indepent.
- Must not contain offensive theme like violence and sexuality.

I'll list a few games I have played, the geek list is open so feel free to add games you know.

Thank You for any ideas.
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1. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1448]
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It's a path finding game for kids, to should work well wnough.
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2. Board Game: The Big Idea [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3012]
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I am not sure about this one. It could be possible to only play the invention design part and exclude the investment and money making part. The invention design could be very educative and stimilate creativity.

Unfortunately, not available in french, but the cards could be easily translated.
 
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3. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:592]
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The game should be playable, but they might not be able to play for winning, bu rather play only for playing.
 
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4. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:879] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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This game could probably work well including the other expansion.
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5. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:489]
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The end game scoring could be complex, but it could be done by the supervisor.
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6. Board Game: Excape [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2322]
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It has been a while since I played this game, I think it's pretty simple since it's a roll and move and game. Players could start farther away to speed up the game.
 
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7. Board Game: King's Breakfast [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2681]
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Pretty simple, you just pickup cards.!
 
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8. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1560]
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Considering that the board is modular, it could be possible to shorten the board, or remove some type of tiles to make it easier to play.
 
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Seems short and only need to match colors.
 
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Dexterity game that can be easy to catch
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same or almost as category 5.
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12. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:395]
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Simple to explain, quick to play. No theme really.
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13. Board Game: For The Win [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6969]
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Abstract game with tiles featuring zombies, monkeys, aliens, ninjas, and pirates.
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14. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1655]
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If pirates aren't offensive to them, this is an awesome and easy-to-learn game. There's no text, you can explain it in five minutes and play it in 15.
 
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15. Board Game: Pentago [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1750]
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Simple and pretty. Looks very durable too.
 
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16. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:364] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Chunky bits with nice design. Supposed to be a good game too, but I haven't played it.
 
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17. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Can be played as part jigsaw part game.
You can remove the farmer scoring to simplify the explanation time and end scoring.
Easy enough to add or subtract tiles until you get the right length of game. Expansions (or appropriate parts of theme) are possible to add also if it proves to be a hit.

Years ago I also had some great success playing roleplaying games with adults with Aspergers Syndrome. I understand that you have a very different client group, but perhaps if you asked around at RPGgeek you might find something suitable.
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18. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:825]
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I've recently been playing this with teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome. It's very visual, the theme is engaging (killing orcs) and there a very few rules to remember. It's a great way to get everyone on the same team and supporting/encouraging each other.
 
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19. Board Game: James Rizzi [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
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Short card game, very simple rules, intriguing during and after play, easily made with 28 cards from the standard deck - commonly all of the Aces to Sevens. (The picture is of Thierry Lefranc's homemade set - could you have some patients making games? If possible see forum: Do It Yourself )



MASTER LIST of Games playable with a MODIFIED (or UNMODIFIED) deck of STANDARD playing cards. PLEASE ADD! has many options -some involve removing cards from the standard deck, others adding decks together. Not all short games though.
 
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20. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:688]
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Easy to teach, quick to play & language independent.
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21. Board Game Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
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Many of the games by Ravensburger that are for the younger set would fit your bill, not just The aMAZEing Labyrinth. Just run through their catalog and you'll probably find more than enough games.

For example, I like Race Through Space which is a simple game to explain, is a boat race theme, and which has some opportunity for smart tactical play. It's simple but not necessarily "boring" simple, like most American kids games, even though it's a kind of roll and move.

The same could more or less be said for Escape from the Hidden Castle, another Ravensburger game originally aimed at kids.

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22. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:586]
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23. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:788]
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Has two rules and supports up to eight players with fairly quick gameplay.
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24. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1917]
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Very straight forward and you get to roll fun animal dice. It is not widely available in North America, but some Canadian online retailers carry it.
 
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25. Board Game: Ghost Blitz [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:905] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Fun speed game. Designed for kids but easily enjoyed by adults.
 
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