The Works deals

Brand Image

Verified by MSE

report issues

Before you buy

compare prices

Learn to

shop safely

0 Current Deals

We don't currently have any The Works deals.

Latest Expired Deals

  • Board game deals round-up

    Board game deals round-up

    Incl £13 Articulate (norm £30ish), and free virtual games

    Expired

    Board games are an integral Christmas Day activity for many, as well as a good idea for a gift with plenty of mileage, so we've rounded up the best deals on some of the most popular titles. Plus, given the current restrictions, we've suggested how you can adapt a few of the most popular games to play virtually. 

    The Government's guidance for staying safe over Christmas suggests avoiding playing board games with members of different households because of the risk of contamination, and only playing with members of your own household. So if physical board games are off the table for you, we've highlighted below whether or not you can adapt each game to be played over video call instead, and listed an app or online version, if this is available – though these may not be like-for-like to a physical copy. We've mentioned some virtual games and quizzes below, too.

    Most popular and highest rated board games

    We researched the best board games by scanning review listicles and best seller lists (see all our sources below), and collating some of the titles which appeared most often. The results cover both new and classic games, and varying levels of difficulty. For more about how to play each game, see our 'what's the gist?' table below.

    Board game Lowest price (and next cheapest) How easy is this to play over video call? Is there an online version instead?
    Articulate! £12.99 at Ryman, £20 at Asda (norm up to £33) Easy – it has an online version of the game (see right). Yes – for free via the Articulate! virtual cards, specially launched for lockdown.
    Gloomhaven £105.94 at Amazon*, £109.19 at Zatu (norm up to £150) Not possible – you can't play over a call. No – there's no online version.
    Ticket to Ride
    £32.95 at Amazon*, £36.99 at Zatu (norm up to £40) Not possible – you can't play over a call. Yes – via an app (currently £3.09 via Google Play or £2.99 on the App Store).
    Scrabble
    £11.99 at Amazon* and Smyths Toys, £12 at Argos (norm up to £20) Difficult – you'd need to make sure the same letters were removed from each player's bag each time. No – but there are free apps such as WordFeud which let you play a similar game with friends via your phone.
    Pandemic £17.99 at IWOOT, £28.98 at OnBuy (norm up to £40) Not possible – you can't play over a call. Yes – you can play virtually online for £7.19 on Steam.
    Carcassonne
    £17.99 at IWOOT, £21.61 at Amazon* (norm up to £35) Easy – it has an online version of the game. Yes – thanks to the free online version at BoardGameArena.
    Exploding Kittens
    £9.99 at OnBuy, £14.99 at Amazon* (norm up to £30) Not possible – you can't play over a call. Yes – via an app (currently £1.79 via Google Play or £1.99 on the App Store).
    Five Second Rule £9.99 at Smyths Toys, £12.96 at OnBuy (norm up to £13) Bit fiddly – one household could manoeuvre the pieces and read from the cards while other households could shout out answers. No – there's no online version.
    Cards Against Humanity (family edition) £25 at Cards Against Humanity, £27.99 at John Lewis* and £29.99 at WH Smith (norm up to £30) Easy – you'd all need to print free pack from the Cards Against Humanity website. To save paper, consider downloading and viewing onscreen instead. Yes – you can download for free from the Cards Against Humanity website.
    Prices at 5.56pm on Tue 22 Dec


    Classic board games

    Board game Lowest price (and next cheapest) How easy is this to play over video call? Is there an online version instead?
    Jenga  £9.99 at Amazon* and Smyths Toys, Next cheapest, £10 (norm £12) at Argos, John Lewis* and Tesco Not possible – need to be in the same room to play. No – there's no online version.
    Connect 4 £10.99 at Smyths Toys. Next cheapest, £11 at Argos Bit fiddly – one person would need to put all the tokens in. Yes – via an app (currently free via App Store or £2.39 via Google Play).
    Monopoly £17.99 at Smyths Toys. Next cheapest, £18 (was £20) at Argos Bit fiddly – each player would need to move/place all pieces on their own board. Yes – via an app (currently £3.99 via Google Play and the App Store).
    Prices at 5.56pm on Tue 22 Dec


    Top board game picks from MSE HQ

    Board game
    Lowest price (and next cheapest)  How easy is this to play over video call? Is there an online version instead?
    Dobble
    MSE Laura B's pick
    £5.66 at OnBuy, £8 at Amazon* (norm up to £13) Possible – for some versions, you'd all need your own pack.(See Connect and Play for which versions can be played virtually). No – there's no online version.
    Dominion
    MSE Laura F's pick
    £32.49 at Zatu, £41.36 at Amazon* (norm up to £45) Not possible – you can't play over a call. Yes – there's a free Dominion online version.
    What do you Meme?
    MSE Sarah's pick
    £22.99 at Zatu. Cheaper at £22.39 at Hive but currently out of stock (norm up to £28) Not possible – you can't play over a call. No – there's no online version.
    Cluedo
    MSE Rhiannon's pick
    £15 at Asda, £20 at Argos (norm up to £30) Possible – so long as one person has the set, they can move pieces for everyone. Yes – it's £11.99 on Steam or there's an app (currently £1.99 via Google Play or £3.99 on the App Store)
    Guess Who? Norwich City FC edition
    MSE Kelvin's pick
    £24 at Official Norwich City FC Merchandise. Not available elsewhere Possible – you'd all need your own (same version) board. Yes – Twinkl has a free printable Guess Who-style game.
    Linkee
    MSE Laura F's pick
    £21.38 at Zatu, £22.97 at George at Asda (norm up to £27) Easy – only one person needs a pack. Everyone else can listen and call out. No – there's no online version. 
    Prices at 5.56pm on Tue 22 Dec


    More virtual games

    If you're not fussed about physical games, perhaps you'd rather keep your gaming solely in cyberspace where human infections hold no sway. In that case, if the games listed above don't take your fancy, there are plenty of free sites you can use to find games of your choice.

    BoardGameArena features a selection of popular games and lets you play online against friends or strangers. If you've had enough of board games after reaching this section, you might prefer the free quizzes over at Sporcle.

    If your Christmas game-playing usually involves a festive tipple, see our Christmas bubbly deals.

    • Here's a little more information about each of the board games above:

      Board game What's the gist?
      Articulate!

      Get your teammates to work out the word on your card without saying the word yourself.

      Ages 12+

      Gloomhaven

      Strategic card play involving vanquishing monsters and completing quests.

      Ages 14+

      Ticket to Ride

      Lay down railway routes across the country to score the most points.

      Ages 8+

      Scrabble

      A classic. Use your tiles to come up with high-scoring words.

      Ages 12+

      Pandemic

      Contain the spread of infection (counters) across the board.

      Ages 8+

      Carcassonne

      Place tiles to build and shape your medieval landscape.

      Ages 7+

      Exploding Kittens

      Strategic card game. Make sure your opponents are blown up instead of you.

      Ages 7+

      Five Second Rule

      Name three things from the category on a card before the timer runs out.

      Ages 10+

      Cards Against Humanity (family edition)

      Match up cards to come up with the funniest sentences. This is the kid-friendly version.

      Ages 8+

      Dobble

      MSE Laura B's pick

      A lightning-speed, high-energy set of games revolving around matching symbols.

      Ages 8+

      Dominion

      MSE Laura F's pick

      Build your empire through strategic card play.

      Ages 13+

      What do you Meme?

      MSE Sarah's pick

      Match photo cards with caption cards to get the biggest laughs.

      Ages 17+

      Cluedo

      MSE Rhiannon's pick

      Work out the murderer, weapon and scene of the crime.

      Ages 8+

      Guess Who? Norwich City FC edition

      MSE Kelvin's pick

      Ask yes/no questions to deduce your opponent's identity.

      Ages 6+

      Linkee

      MSE Laura F's pick

      Work out the answers to four questions and the connection between them.

      Ages 14+

  • The Works 25% off most items via code

    The Works 25% off most items via code

    Including toys, games, books, crafts and stationary

    Expired

    You can get 25% off most items online at discount retailer The Works* when you enter the Blagged code MSE25 at the checkout by 11.59pm on Tue 10 Mar.

    Delivery's £2.99 (free if you're spending £20 or more), or you can collect for free at 475+ stores (find your nearest*).

    There's no minimum spend and only a few exclusions (see 'More info' below), but you won't get the discount on top of other offers such as the 10 kids' picture books for £10 deal.

    MSE Laura B says:

    The Works already offers lots of items at reduced prices, so with an extra 25% off you can make some decent savings.

    A couple of strong examples I spotted on Tue 3 Mar include Jamie's Friday Night Feast cookbook* for £6 using our code (next cheapest, £8 at Amazon) and a Toy Story 4 160-piece kids puzzle* for £3 (next cheapest, £5.99 at Amazon).

    • The following are all excluded from the discount: confectionery, paddling pools, special deals, web exclusives, kits & bundles and sale items.

      In addition, the discount will be capped at 5% on all Disney Frozen products and items supplied by third-party seller Gardners (this will be indicated on the product page).