Ten family board games to take home for the holidays

The holiday gift-giving season is coming soon, many of us have children in family or friend groups, and they hope to enjoy something interesting. In addition to giving gifts, if you have your own family, you may find a way to entertain yourself and your children during school hours. Either way, I can confidently say that a good family board game is great value for money. It not only allows everyone to entertain happily, but also ensures some fun sharing activities to leave memories.

The board game hobby has no shortage of great family games, but I have always focused on most of the newer projects that you may not have heard of. When you consider which game might be suitable for your family group, make sure and check the age recommendations listed, and zero out what all participants can enjoy, no matter how long they play.


Vague
Publisher: CMYK
Age: 6+

Want to introduce children to their first dexterity game? Fuzzies are a wonderful twist on the concept of stacking/latta, but compared to games like Jenga, the threshold for throwing wooden blocks angrily is much lower. Fuzzies are not building blocks, but a tower made up of multi-colored fuzzy balls. After putting them in the included tall cup, you can stack them on the base, and then remove the cup, leaving a perfect (a little cute) clump color. The player uses tweezers or just fingers to remove the ball and put it back on top of the tower. Knock off some balls and next time you will encounter a stupid challenge, such as having to use your non-dominant hand. This is simple and fast. If you remove the card challenge, you can play with younger children. Be prepared to spend a few minutes at the end of your game session collecting false blurs-they are sneaky little guys.

Bug hunting
Publisher: CMON
Age: 5+

This simple memory and sensory game is a lovely change to the regular rhythm. Although it is unlikely to allow older players to enjoy too long, but if you have a busy group of young kids looking for something new, this is the ticket. Each player has a color of the bug they want to collect, and each bug has its own unique shape. Players peek inside the “bush” where they hide and try to remember where their colorful bugs lie. After that, when you go through the blind shield and try to pull out the correct option by feeling, you will not see the error. If you accidentally discover an opponent’s mistake, you are just helping them win faster. In addition, there are small white worms that can “bite”. If you manage to pick up three of them, you are out. No one should pretend that Bug Hunt is a complicated or strategic game, but it does have a unique mechanism that I have never seen before. The kids who have played with me like to reach out and try to grab the right piece. surprise.

Dragon Prince: Charge into the battle
Publisher: Brotherwise Games
Age: 10+

If you have older children in your family, chances are you already know an excellent animation series called “Dragon Prince”, which is currently playing on Netflix. If not, go see it now and come back. I’m waiting… Okay, come back now? Isn’t that great? Fortunately for fans, you can continue the adventures of Callum, Rayla and their friends with this rewarding miniature tactical game. Each character has their own set of small cards, allowing them to play their unique abilities in skirmishes. Players face each other in battle, and the fun comes from seeing how each character clashes with other characters. Battlecharged is by no means the most complicated miniature skirmish game on the market. Don’t expect an extension of the show’s story, because it’s purely about fighting. But the experienced game maker Brotherwise made a conscious choice to make things accessible to players who are new to tactical encounters, and the inclusion of multiple battle maps keeps the replay attractive.

Disney Gargoyle: Awakening
Publisher: Ravensburger
Age: 10+

I have always considered the gargoyle to be one of the hidden gems in the Disney catalog. The dark theme and Gothic style of that 90s animation show is very different from the normal Disney fare. Voice actors, including some real heavyweight actors, helped the dialogue become popular. I am obviously not the only fan, because Ravensburger released this fascinating battle game in which players play the role of a nominal gargoyle, fighting against the power of Xanatos and Demona. One of the coolest features of the game is the 3D board, which allows you to see your mini car moving between the rooftops of Manhattan. The game includes four different scenes, each of which provides a different game style. Three of them happen to be cooperative, and the last one provides a more competitive experience. No matter what storyline you play, high production value and clever battles and goals can ensure you enjoy a pleasant experience. If you share with kids who don’t know the property, I suggest you watch some shows during part of the holiday (it’s on DVD, but if you have a streaming option, it’s also on Disney+), and then use it as a catapult to enter a Fun game night.

Jamaica
Publisher: Space Cowboy
Age: 8+

Jamaica is one of my favorite themed board game portal games. Originally released in 2007, this new version has hardly changed (mainly a simplified method of learning the rules), but it provides a new opportunity to seize this game. This game is a great one for several families I know. Definite blow. Jamaica is both a racing game and an acquisition game, because each player controls a pirate ship galloping on the island, collecting treasures, firing cannons, and hoping to feed your crew along the way. The game is fast and easy to play, but more interesting and more strategic than many “rolling and moving” family games. If you have some pirate fans in your crew, then this is an approachable and interesting game they will like, and I guarantee that older pirates will also have a good time.

Dragomino
Publisher: Blue Orange Games
Age: 5+

The excellent Kingdomino released in 2016 has received well-deserved praise. In fact, if your child is a little older, this is still the best advice. That original territorial occupation game provides a clever twist for dominoes, but adds some additional strategic complexity, as well as the extra fun of the kingdom expansion theme. Dragomino, the game’s new cousin, aims to make things easier to welcome this style of play. Players play the role of a dragon trainer. They must try to collect the most dragon eggs and connect the similarly colored territories together. Dragomino’s gameplay is very similar to its old cousin, but with simplified scoring, unlimited grid size (a large and challenging limit in the original version), and more attractive art and colors. In short, stick to the original version for yourself or your older children. However, if you are looking for a real strategy experience that even kindergarten children in your home can master, then this will be the perfect choice.

Men at work
Publisher: Pretzel Games
Age: 8+

This dexterous game challenges players to build a construction site and tries to avoid seemingly inevitable accidents. As the game progresses, tiny construction workers install girders to create increasingly unstable desktop screens. It looks interesting, but it is destined to collapse. Players take turns drawing cards, and the cards determine the content to be added to the site and specific instructions on how to add them. Knock things over and you will lose a safety certificate. Finally, the boss lady appeared, and you can also try to compete for the best employee of the month. This is an interesting and challenging stacking challenge. For the youngest players, there are enough rules to make things a bit complicated, but most families will be happy with the solid and colorful components and very poorly designed structures that appear in every game session.

So clover
Publisher: Repurchase production
Age: 10+

There are some of my favorite party games in the Repos catalog, including games I recommended before, such as Just One, Ca$h’n Guns and Concept. So Clover is another memorable version of the studio, ideal for family gatherings. Players will receive various random cards with text, such as “banana”, “shirt” and “fireman”. You must write down keywords that link specific word pairs. For example, you might come up with the keyword “wool” to link “sheep” and “clothing.” Then the players work together to guess the keywords. So Clover is cooperative. If one or more children can be taken away in a competitive game, it helps to maintain civilization. The gameplay of word association is simple and fun. Of course, if everyone at the table is completely satisfied with reading and writing, then this game is certainly the right choice. If your gaming team has crossed that milestone, look forward to a good time.

Game of Life: Super Mario Edition
Publisher: Hasbro
Age: 8+

Before I entered the more participatory and thematic hobby board game scene, the old game of life board game was a popular game in my childhood. According to my experience, the licensed derivatives of old classic board games rarely increase much. But I was pleasantly surprised by the Super Mario version of life. It retains a lot of fun (rotator, loop track, interesting space), but adds enough Mario atmosphere to make people feel fresh. The players did not try to make the most money and retire, but tried to rush to the finish line and eliminate Bowser. In the process, players will encounter many interesting spaces for energy enhancement, etc., as well as some short mini-games that need to be played with other people on the table. In addition, you are trying to increase your chances of defeating big men by collecting stars, which will increase your final spin when you try to reach the digital win threshold. Although I always leave a special place in my heart for the original game, I think the Mario theme here is more attractive to most families than a story about collecting more money than your companion. Don’t expect complicated gameplay, I think this game strikes a good balance between nostalgia and modern fun.

Disney’s Hidden Mickey
Publisher: Funko Games
Age: 3+

If your child is very young, I recommend this fun hide-and-seek game. Players can flip the card with the iconic mouse image, and then run around the house or yard looking for matching pictures. After finding the mark, you also tried to snoop on the hidden Mickey symbol on the card itself to score points. I like the way this game takes into account the possible behavior of very young children and encourages them to get up from their seats and look around for hidden objects. But there is another important part of the game, they need to slow down and check the cards carefully. For a Disney fan family with young players, I suspect you will find that this little gem will receive a lot of repeated requests for play.


I hope that one or more of the above games will help add luster to your family’s holiday. If you still don’t see anything suitable, please feel free to leave me a message and I will be happy to help you find an option. If you are looking for exciting home video games this season, please don’t miss our recent summary. If you are looking for some more mature table food, you will find many recommendations in our Top of the Table center, which you can find from the banner below.