Board games are a fun way to relieve boredom, encourage banter in the home and help tear the kids away from their screens. They can, however, be a little dated at times. Here are a few creators offering whimsical and elegant games, both new and traditional.

Bright and cheery

When Jun Sasaki established Oink Games 10 years ago, he had a couple of goals in mind. One was to design unusual tabletop games; the other was to make them as compact as possible so that they could be played anywhere and easily stored. His current range of more than 30 board and card games are, as promised, colorful, a bit wacky and packaged in boxes just a tad bigger than two stacked decks of playing cards. Almost all are also priced at just ¥2,420 or ¥2,750, and have Japanese and English instructions.