Here’s our pick of the Best Family Games 2018 including board games, physical games – some brand new, some classics or reboots. If you can’t find them locally, we’ve included links to Amazon. Related Post about Best Card Games 2018.
New card game from John Adams. It’s a bit like Dobble. Put your hand down when you get a match – last hand on top takes the cards. First player to put down all their cards wins.
This is a great new game for families with older children – although we played it recently with some 9/10 year-olds in mixed teams. Check out the 100% positive reviews on Amazon. The idea is to correctly name the colour/s for things you see everyday. It’s harder than you think!
Best Family Games 2018 – Penguin Pile-Up
Amazon Choice Product – Balancing game – For 1-6 players – Ages 5+ – Playing Time 15 mins.
New for 2018 – Ages 8+ – Suitable for 2-4 players – The one who makes the most cash wins!
Best Family Games 2018 – Bugs In The Kitchen
Includes Hexbug nano – One of the ‘most gifted’ games on Amazon – For 2-4 players – Ages 6+ – Playing Time 20 mins.
Best Family Games 2018 – Articulate Kids
Amazon Choice Product – Fast-talking description game – For 4-10 players – Ages 6-12 years – Junior version of Articulate.
Best Family Games 2018 – Dig In
Amazon Choice Product – Ages 8+ – For 2-4 players – Rummage through the 132 objects to match the six on your card.
Drawing game with vision-altering glasses – Ages 7+ – For 4-16 players (so good for parties).
New for 2018 – Rebooted Jenga where you have to pass the stack – Ages 8+.
Pie Face Showdown
The very successful Pie Face game where you play against another person to see who gets splattered – Ages 5+.
Classic game where you put down all your tiles to win – Ages 7+ – Also in Rummikub Junior for 4+.
Game Of Life
Classic game – Now includes vacation cards inspired by TripAdvisor – Ages 8+ – Also comes in junior version for ages 5+.
5 Second Rule Junior
Amazon Choice Product – 3-6 players – Ages 6+ – Also available for ages 8+.
For ages 5+ – Random squirts of water when flush is used – Asks the question: “Which flush will cause the gush?”
Game For Fame
Chosen as a must-have game by ITV’s This Morning – Ages 10+ – Easy to play.
Go Sushi Party
Deluxe version of one of our favourite games – Ages 8+ – For 2-8 players – The card version is great for holidays.
One of our favourite games – For two players (although we played in two teams when the children were younger) Ages 6+.
Amazon Choice Product – For ages 8+ – Last person with a full mask is the winner!
A game of daring dentistry – Suitable for ages 4+.
For ages 7+ – Play in teams – Pick a card and bounce the balls on to the grid in the shape shown.
Amazon Choice Product – For two players – Ages 5+ – Race against your opponent to make the pattern first.
New for 2018 – Orchard Toys – Made In Britain – Under £10 – Ages 3-7 years – Educational game.
Don’t Step In It
New Game from Hasbro – Ages 4+ – Dodge the dog poo!
One for the emoji fans – Ages 8+ – Asks you to show the emotion on the card you pick.
Board games are back
The Hobby Games sector is said to be soaring, worth more than $1.4 billion in the US in 2016, a 20 per cent rise on the previous year (sourced from an article in The Telegraph, 29/1/18).
Games are well-priced for presents, most in the £15-£20 price bracket. They are also great for playing at home-based parties.
Regular game-playing offers the chance for families to spend quality time together away from the distractions of phones, tablets and telly. They also have educational benefits such as learning strategies, taking turns and matching skills.
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