Getting the family together at Christmas is a great time to get out the board games and have some fun. But what are some great games to play, here are some of our faves!
For the adults 12+ games
Taboo is for 12+ you need 4 or more players and it takes approximately 15- 20 mins. Taboo is a word guessing party game, You split into teams and your team have to try an guess the word being described within an allotted time but you must not use the 5 “taboo” words listed to describe your word.
Scattergories is for 2–6 player and is for ages 12+. You get a card with 12 categories on it you then roll a 20 sided dice with a letter per side and which ever letter you get you have to find an answer to each of the 12 categories that begins with that letter so type of food beginning with b could be Brown bread as you get extra points for using alliteration. If you have the same answer as another player you both score 0. A fun game to get the grey matter going!
Articulate is a fast talking description board game, for 4 to 20+ players aged 12+. Articulate players describe words from different categories to their team as quickly as possible. The teams move round the board based on the number of words correctly guessed, and occasional spinner bonuses. Each round is 30 seconds long. The object of the game is to get to the end before the other team.
The Logo Board Game is for 2 to 6 players (or teams) aged 12+. Players travel round the board of purple, yellow, green, and red spaces, based on correctly answered questions, until they reach the winning zone in the center. The questions are based on logos, products and packaging of well-known brands.
For older kids too 8+
Pictionary – For ages 8+, you need 4 or more players and takes approximately 1 hour. You move round a board and depending on which category you land on depends on which category you have to draw and your team have to guess the word you are trying to describe. Great fun for the family and the worse the drawing the funnier it can be!
Rapidough is for ages 8+ and for 4 or more players. Rapidough is the team game of sculpting charades, each team takes turns to guess the item being sculpted by their team player to guess what was written on the card. The winning team can then steal a piece of the losing teams dough, making it harder for them to sculpt as they lose more dough.
The Game of Life is for 2-4 players and aimed at 9+ years. Where will your choices take you? You made it through high school, so now what’s next? Go to college or start a career -it’s your choice. Think the family life is for you? Take that path and see how many kids you’ll have! Will you venture down the risky road where fortunes can be won… and lost? Do whatever it takes to retire in style with the most wealth at the end of the game. Spin the wheel of fate and take a drive along the twisting roads families have enjoyed for more than 50 years! Do good deeds as you go through the game to earn Life Tiles and more money down the road!
Cludeo is a popular murder mystery themed deduction board game. For ages 8+ and for 2-6 player. The object of the game is for players to strategically move around the game board (representing the rooms of a mansion), in the guise of one of the game’s six characters, collecting clues from which to deduce which suspect murdered the game’s perpetual victim, Dr Black, and with which weapon and in what room.
Yahtzee is a dice game for 1 or more players from age 8+. The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the thirteen possible scoring combinations. A game consists of thirteen rounds during which the player chooses which scoring combination is to be used in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again. The scoring combinations have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others of which have the cumulative value of the dice.
Pie Face is the latest big game out this year, for two or more players this game creates fun and suspense for the whole family! Put whipped cream or a wet sponge on the hand of the game unit and turn the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed it’s not you. You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious Pie Face game that might just splat you in the face!
Guess Who is a two player guessing game aimed at children from 6+. Each player starts the game with a board that includes cartoon images of 24 people and their first names with all the images standing up. The game starts with each player selecting a card of their choice from a separate pile of cards containing the same 24 images. The object of the game is to be the first to determine which card one’s opponent has selected. Players alternate asking various yes or no questions to eliminate candidates, such as “Does this person wear glasses?” The player will then eliminate candidates by flipping those images down until all but one is left. Well-crafted questions allow players to eliminate one or more possible cards.
Connect Four is a two-player game for ages 7+ in which the players first choose a colour and then take turns dropping coloured discs from the top into a seven-column, six-row vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall straight down, occupying the next available space within the column. The object of the game is to connect four of one’s own discs of the same colour next to each other vertically, horizontally, or diagonally before your opponent
Frustration is designed for 2-4 players aged 6+ This slam-tastic board game is one of chance and luck. It’s a great all round family fun game which will develop numeric abilities and encourage your competitive nature! The amazing chasing game that drives you mad! You have to move your coloured pieces from the start to the finish without getting caught by your opponent. First one to get all 4 pieces home wins.
Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The game consists of an “operating table”, lithographed with a comic likeness of a patient (nicknamed “Cavity Sam”) with a large red light bulb for his nose. In the surface are a number of openings, which reveal fictional and humorously named ailments made of white plastic which you have to remove with tweezers without touching the sides and making the nose light up and the buzzer go.
Uno is a card game aimed at 7+ for 2-10 players. He cards have numbers and colours on them and you deal 7 cards to start with, each player taking their turn to follow the card that is down by placing the same colour or number or using the wild card such as reverse or pick up cards. The first player to have no cards left is the winner.
Mouse Trap is designed for 2-4 players aged 6+. Over the course of the game, players at first cooperate to build a working mouse trap. Once the mouse trap has been built, players turn against each other, attempting to trap opponents’ mouse-shaped game pieces.
For ages 3-5
Hungry Hippos is a game for 2-4 players aged 4+. The gameboard is 4 mechanical, colourful, plastic hippopotami operated by players through repetitive smacking on the back (of the hippo). White plastic marbles are poured over the board, and the players repeatedly slap down on their controllers, thus lengthening their necks in order to snag more marbles, which roll through the hollow interior of each hippopotamus. The game continues until all marbles have been devoured, and it is then that a winner is decided depending on the player with the largest quantity of marbles.
Snakes and Ladders is a classic children’s board games aimed at 3+. It is played between two or more player on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of “ladders” and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively.
Ludo is a board game for two to four players aged 4+, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls.
Chasin Cheeky is for 1-2 players aged 3+ Chase the monkey! Try and steal his banana and place rings onto his tail, but be careful he can be mischievous! If you manage to catch his banana watch him do his incredibly funny victory dance.
Pig goes Pop is for 2-6 players aged 4+. The tension will mount as you continuously feed burgers to the greedy pig. Watch his stomach get bigger and bigger and be prepared for when he finally goes pop! A fun-filled game which will have your children shrieking with laughter!
Shopping List is a game aimed at children 3+ for 2-4 player, You have a shopping list and a trolley. You have to try and fill our trolley first with the items on your shopping list.
Other classic games include Trivial Pursuit – which has a family edition to include more of the family, Scrabble which has a junior version, Monopoly again there are several versions of this game now. There are so many to choose from there will barely be time for the turkey and the Queens speech!