Family Games

There isn't really a "family games" genre, but some games fit the description better than others. And we aren't talking Monopoly—21st-century offerings are much more sophisticated and less likely to result in bloodshed or estrangement. Typically, a family game is one appropriate for all ages, yet interesting and challenging for everyone, like Sequence or Set or Uno.

Sometimes family games are more hands-on, like Jenga (in which players pull pieces from a tower without letting the whole thing come crashing down). Others test players' knowledge (Cranium), logic skills (Forbidden Island), or teamwork (Pandemic). Some are just ways to pass the time, like the frustratingly popular Yahtzee.

A lot of the new strategy games make pretty great family games, too. Settlers of Catan might be over the heads of 6-year-olds, but most of the family will enjoy discovering and taming a new land. Carcassonne is even more accessible, and because games are typically short, younger players potentially have more chances to improve their strategy and problem solving abilities.

Of course, the greatest family game of all time is Dutch Blitz. It combines the aggressiveness of the German people with a card game played in real time without turns, can lead to considerable strife, and is more addicting than anything you've ever been addicted to. Basically 4-way solitaire in which the fastest player is the winning player, no game collection is complete without Dutch Blitz.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

 

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7 Wonders: Leaders Expansion
from Asmodee Games
Fast-paced strategy game for 10 and up
Agricola - Family Edition
by Uwe Rosenberg
from Mayfair Games Inc.
Agricola - Revised Edition
by Uwe Rosenberg
from Mayfair Games Inc.
Alhambra
from Asmodee Games
Bohnanza
by Uwe Rosenberg
from Rio Grande Games
Family game for ages 8 and up
Carcassonne
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
Carcassonne - Inns & Cathedrals
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Rio Grande Games
for 4th-Adult
Carcassonne - Traders & Builders
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
for 4th-Adult
Carcassonne - Winter Edition
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
Carcassonne: Gold Rush
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe
by Klaus Teuber
from Mayfair Games Inc.
for 7th-Adult
Catan: Settlers of Catan
by Klaus Teuber
5th edition from Mayfair Games Inc.
for 7th-Adult
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
by Uwe Rosenberg
from Z-Man Games
Chomp!
from Gamewright Games
Kids' Game for ages 6-12
Classic Farkel
Adicting game for agaes 6 and up
Clue
from Hasbro
Classic Game for Ages 8 and up
Clue: Firefly Edition
from Winning Moves Games
Classic Game for Ages 8 and up
Cranium
from Hasbro
Family game for ages 6 and up
Deluxe Pit (Game)
from Hasbro
for 2nd-Adult
Diamonds
from Stronghold Games
Family or party game for ages 6 and up
Dixit
from Asmodee Games
Party Game for Age 8 and Up
Dutch Blitz Card Game
by Dutch Blitz
from Dutch Blitz
for 2nd-Adult
Feed the Kitty
from Gamewright Games
Five Crowns
from SET Enterprises
Card game for 4th-Adult
Fluxx
from Hasbro
for ages 8 and up
Forbidden Desert
from Gamewright Games
Family game for ages 8 and up
Forbidden Island
from Gamewright Games
Family game for ages 8 and up
Galaxy Trucker
from Z-Man Games
A Space Ship Construction Game for Ages 10 and Up
Game of Life - Classic Edition
Classic family game for ages 7 and up
Hike
from Moosetache Games
for 2nd-Adult
Hisss
from Gamewright Games
Kids' game for ages 6 and up
Hit Or Miss
from Gamewright Games
Family game for ages 10 and up
Iota
from Gamewright Games
for 3rd-Adult
Jamaica
from Asmodee Games
Simple and Beautiful Pirate Game for ages 8 and Up
Jenga
from Parker Brothers
Classic Dexterity Game for Ages 5 and Up
Kingdom Builder
from Asmodee Games
Loot
from Gamewright Games
Family game for ages 7 and up
Lost Cities
from Rio Grande Games
Addictive 2 Player Game for ages 8 and up
Luck of the Draw
from Gamewright Games
Family game for ages 8 and up
Mastermind for Kids
by Pressman
from Pressman Toy Corporation
Abstract game for 4th-8th grade
Mille Bornes - Classic Edition
Classic card game for ages 7 and up
Monopoly
from Hasbro
Classic Board Game for ages 8 and up
My First Carcassonne
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for Preschool-3rd grade
Pentago
from MindTwister USA
for ages 8 and up
Pirate's Cove
from Days of Wonder
Strategy/Family game for ages 11 and up
Quiddler Junior
from SET Enterprises
Word game for 4th-Adult
Qwirkle
from Mindware
Abstract Game for
Qwixx
from Gamewright Games
Abstract Game for 3rd-Adult
Rat-A-Tat-Cat
from Gamewright Games
Memory game for ages 5 and up
Rory's Story Cubes
from Gamewright Games
Adicting game for agaes 6 and up
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