Posted Friday, 2-Mar-2018
Keep your family entertained with this selection of great board games for all ages!
There are board games… and then there are family board games, the ones that you can all play together without the frustration of something like Monopoly. They also make great gifts, so here’s our gift guide to some great family board games.
4-10 Players 30 Minutes Ages 12 & Up
A fun and often hilarious party game, in Apples to Apples each player in turn picks a one word description, to which the others have to match one of the cards in their hand.
What’s more slimy, a slug trail or a politician? What’s more exciting, a roller coaster or a charging rhinoceros? You’ll have a lot of fun debating and deciding.
2-4 Players 30 Minutes Ages 10 & Up
Cooperative group board games are a great way to encourage working together, and Forbidden Island is one that’s accessible to players of all ages and abilities.
You play treasure hunters on a slowly sinking island, trying to find four artefacts and escape as the waters rise. Can you get away before all the tiles are gone, leaving you lost forever?
If you’d prefer a dryer (hehe) theme, the sequel Forbidden Desert is equally great!
1-8 Players 15 Minutes Ages 7 & Up
Scrabble is one of the all time classic family board games, but it can be too slow for some and too challenging for others.
Bananagrams lets you use the same word-crafting skills, as you assemble a crossword grid of words from lettered tiles, but at a faster pace than Scrabble. That faster pace also helps balance the game, rewarding quick thinking as much as a big vocabulary.
You could also wait for its sequel – the very clever Word-A-Melon!
3-6 Players 30 Minutes Ages 6 & Up
Dixit rewards a different type of thinking, as it’s all about using your imagination. One player secretly picks a card drawn from the beautifully illustrated deck and comes up with a word or phrase to fit it. The other players put in pictures to match that description, however cryptic it may be, and success depends on how many people think your card matches the theme.
The other players put in pictures to match that description, however cryptic it may be, and success depends on how many people think your card matches the theme.
Another similar, equally gorgeous game that can be played in teams instead is Muse!
5-30 Players 60 Minutes Ages 13 & Up
One Night Ultimate Werewolf might not sound like a family board game, but it’s a great party game, and one that’s good for get-togethers. Each player is secretly assigned a role, and the werewolves try to eat the villagers even as those villagers try to track down the predators.
Chase monsters out of town in a game even kids can enjoy, as they try to work out who’s lying, or attempt to cover their own tracks.
2-7 Players 20 Minutes Ages 8 & Up
A simple push-your-luck dice game, Pickomino is quick and fun. Each round you roll dice and try to claim a tile, perhaps rolling lots of times in the hopes of getting something better, but always knowing that if you roll badly it could all go wrong.
With its theme of eating worms and its cute illustrations, it has a humor that will appeal to young and old.
2-4 players 90 minutes Ages 7 & Up
An adventure board game of brave stuffed animals taking on a quest to save the child they love, Stuffed Fables sends players exploring a world of wonder and danger and curious discoveries.
In this family-friendly adventure game from the creator of Mice & Mystics play through chapters and read from a book of adventures as you explore the many milestones of growing up, crafting a memorable tale of childlike wonder.
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Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!