Fun For All The Family
Here’s our pick of the Best Family Games 2018 for all ages. These are the board games and card games we think will be popular for Christmas 2018 and into 2019. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
Strictly Come Dancing Board Game
New for 2018, the Strictly board game features the voice of Craig Revel Horwood and the Strictly theme tune. One of the Hero Toys 2018.
One of Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2018. The aim of the game is to eat the spinning food before the music stops. Snacks not provided.
Modelling mayhem in this new game from Paul Lamond. Came third in the Family Games Category at the 2018 BlogOn Toy Awards.
Burp The Baby
New for 2018 from Tomy. Games for over 4s where you have to burp the baby just right or he may squirt water at you.
Great matching game for ages 4+. Throw the dice to find the object and colour, and simply grab it!
Family Games – Monopoly Junior Electronic Banking
Here’s an old game that still going strong. New at the end of 2017, the ever-popular Monopoly now comes in the cash-free Junior Electronic Banking version. And there is also the new Cheaters Edition which is on the list of Christmas Toy Recommendations from toy store Hamleys.
Monopoly Cheaters Edition
We love this new version of Monopoly. It challenges the cheaters of the world to see what they can get away with. But they’ll be chained to jail if they get caught. A great deal of fun – and probably lots of arguments – ahead.
Visual lights and sounds game. Keep active while you’re game playing.
New in mid-2018, this is a cheese-chasing hamster-racing game. Requires batteries. Likely to big at Christmas 2018.
Family Games – Colour Brain
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. The idea is to correctly name the colour/s for things you see everyday. It’s harder than you think! Winner of Best Family Game in the BlogOn Awards 2018.
The showering, shaking, dogging bathing game. Chosen as Best Game 2018 at the Best Family Game in the TOTY Awards 2018.
In the same mould as last year’s very popular Toilet Trouble. This is a new game from Mattel. You flush the number of times indicated on the dice. If the poop flies out, you need to catch it mid-air to win. Lots of laughs guaranteed. For ages 5+.
The ‘Beam-bending Logic Game’ for players 8+.
Family Games – Speak Out Showdown
New from Hasbro. The very popular Speak Out game is now in showdown format.
Family Games – Penguin Pile-Up
A balancing game for 1-6 players. Suitable for ages 5+. Great Christmas present.
New for 2018. Build Mr Pop’s face before he pops!
New for 2018. The one who makes the most cash in this game wins!
Guinness World Records Challenges
Challenge game for families with kids 8+. Test your knowledge about world records and try out your record-breaking skills.
Family Games – Articulate Kids
A fast-talking description game. For 4-10 players aged 6-12 years.
Rummage through the 132 objects to match the six on your card. A bit like new game Grabolo above.
Drawing game with vision-altering glasses. A great game for parties.
For teens and adult players, this is a voice-jamming challenge game. New in mid-2018.
New for 2018. Rebooted Jenga where the game is to pass the stack. A good game for parties.
Pie Face Showdown
Classic game where you put down all your tiles to win. There is also a junior version of this game.
Game Of Life
Classic game that now includes vacation cards inspired by TripAdvisor.
5 Second Rule Junior
Junior game which invites you to “just say it louder!”.
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. For ages 10+.
Go Sushi Party
Deluxe version of one of our favourite games. This is a pass and pick game.
The game of silly faces. Lots of laughs with this game – and many pics for your Instagram stories.
Ageless classic game. Now available in a range of types (we love cashless Ultimate Banking) including Junior Monopoly for ages 5+ (well-priced for a birthday present).
A game of daring dentistry for ages 4+.
Race against your opponent to make the pattern first.
New for 2018. Dinosaur Lotto from Orchard Toys. For ages 3-7 years.
Don’t Step In It
New Game from Hasbro. Don’t step in the poop.
New from Ideal, Slam It is a fast-paced card game which lovers of Dobble and Uno will enjoy.
This is a spot-the-difference game that gets you to find the real rainbows. Great for travel.
Fast-paced matching game for ages 6+.
Always on Amazon’s best sellers list. Also comes in Star Wars, Animals and waterproof version for the beach – Related Post.
It’s All About You
New card game for 2018. Suitable for ages 12+. Great after-dinner or holiday game.
Family-friendly game for 2-5 players from 7 years+ but there is an older version so check age-suitability carefully – Related Post.
For older children (12+) and adults, it asks: Can you tell the difference between fake news and an actual news story? and importantly, can you convince others that your lies are real?
The original card game. A good quick game which is exciting to play. Tested and recommended by us for families with children six-years+.
A party game in the style of Charades or Pictionary for ages 8+.
Family-friendly feel-good game that is perfect for holidays. Suitable for ages 6+. This challenges players to express their true personality and figure out others.
Games are great for families
Regular game-playing offers the chance for families to spend quality time together away from the distractions of phones, tablets and telly. Family games also have educational benefits such as learning strategies, taking turns and matching skills.
What are the must-have games this year?
New games are being developed all the time. Recently, there has been a huge surge in the popularity of games for teens/adults. You should check age-suitability when making a purchase as many of the top-selling games are definitely not for children.
It’s very hard to predict what will be the next big trend in games. Lots of new games have a physical element. Pie Face is a good example and was a huge-seller in 2016. A new game called Chow Crown, which is one of Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2018, is a more recent example. Here you have to eat the snacks while the crown whizzes around. Also popular in 2018 are games with a toilet/poop theme such as Flushin Frenzy, Toilet Trouble and Don’t Step In It.
Reboots of classic games
Lots of games reinvent themselves to stay relevant. Others create many different versions of themselves to appeal to niche markets. A great example of this is Monopoly which is available in many new formats and themes this year. As well as the new electronic banking version, you can now get a cheaters game too. New themes of Monopoly this year include Fortnite and Friends.
Related Post – Games Our Family Takes On Holiday
Many of these games are on our blog post – Top Toys 2018
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