Fun For All The Family
Here’s our pick of the Best Family Games 2019 for all ages. Our choices include the latest card games, board games, novelty games and more traditional games such as Monopoly. Many of these games are new for Christmas 2019. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
If you’re going on holiday, see our pick of Travel Games.
Named Best Family Game in the Mums Choice Awards 2019 one of the Amazon top toys for Christmas 2019. Bank Attack is a game for 2-4 players aged 7+ where you have five minutes to pull off the heist of the century and win the 50 million. There are five levels to play.
Horrible Histories Board Game
Great gift for Horrible Histories fans aged 8+.
Throw Throw Burrito
From the people behind Exploding Kittens. For 2-6 players aged 7+. Finalist in the US Toy Of The Year Award 2020.
Finalist in the Dream Toys 2019. Get the ball along the track of cups using only your puff! For ages 6+.
One of Tesco’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2019. Play as the Ninja master and use his huge Karate chop slap to defend the coin. Or play as the student trying to tap the coin. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner! For ages 8+.
Harry Potter Dobble
Dobble is always near the top of best-selling toys on Amazon. This Harry Potter version is new for 2019 and adds a new dimension to the game for all Potter fans. The perfect stocking filler. One of Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2019.
What’s in the Box?
Challenge your family to guess what’s in the box. Fill it with household items and put your hands inside to guess by feel. Includes timer, scorecards and instructions.
Must Have Toys 2019 – Connect 4 Shots
New take on the very popular game of Connect 4 where you bounce in the balls.
Gangsta Granny Board Game
New Gangsta Granny Board Game where you ‘Stash The Sway’. For 2-4 players aged 7+.
The Genius Square
As recommended by one of our testing families, The Genius Square a simple but brilliant game for ages 6 years – adult. Just roll the dice, fill in the blockers on the board and then race against the clock – or an opponent – to fill in the other squares. Genius!
We love a bit of Pictionary but this new version is something completely different. You download the free app, point the in-app camera at the illustrator and they’ll appear, along with their sketch, on the screen of your smart device. You can record your performance and play it back for more laughs in between rounds! On the Christmas Toy Lists of Amazon and Hamleys.
Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Game
From Ravensburger and perfect for Peppa fans aged 4+. Playing time is 15-20 minutes. Named Best Board Game in the Made For Mums Toy Awards 2019.
Disney Colour Brain
We’ve tested the original Colour Brain and love it. Here’s the new Disney version for ages 6+. A great game for a big gathering such as a New Year Celebration because up to 20 people can play in teams.
We love the TV quiz Tenable, hosted by Warwick Davis. This new board game is based on the show. You just need to find 10 of everything!
It’s been all over the news recently. This latest innovation of the game takes Monopoly to the next level. There is a voice-activated Mr Monopoly handling all the transactions, keeping tabs on property and money. No cash and cards to think about! For ages 8+.
Exploding Kittens Party Pack
The fabulous, family-friendly Exploding Kittens card game now in a bigger pack, suitable for up to ten players.
Soundiculous is from UK games company Gamely, the creators of Randomise. Players have to make and guess the sounds on the card to win points. There are Easy, Medium and Hard cards which makes it a great choice for families. Comes in a compact box so works well for holidays too. Age range 8+.
Uno is a massively popular family card game. It’s one of our top favourites for taking on holiday. This new version has an exciting twist where you can flip the entire deck and change the direction of the game entirely.
Voted by consumers as The Best Toy Of The Year at the TOTY Awards in 2019. Strategic card game for ages 14+.
Family Games 2019 – Peach Snaps
Colour matching card game for ages 6+. Quick play to keep everyone involved. Great game to take on holiday.
Harry Potter Lex Go
From Waddington’s, this is fast-paced educational word game with a magical twist for ages 8+.
Family Games 2019 – Dino Dump Game
New from Big Potato games for ages 6+. A game that combines dinosaurs with poo and includes stinky stickers! Good price for a present to take to a birthday party.
Family Games 2019 – Giraffes in Scarves
New game from Orchard. Collect the most scarves in this counting and colour matching game. For 2-6 players, ages 4-7.
New pattern matching card game that you play in pairs. According to the product details on Amazon: “if ninjas played card games like ‘Snap’, it would probably be a lot like this”.
Family Games – The Sock Game
Use touch to find objects in the stripey sock. The first player to pull out the particular thing before the time stops is the winner of this game.
New from Ravensburger. Break Free requires you to pick the lock and break free of the cuffs in the fastest time to win the game.
Family Games – What’s That Smell?
New from Wow Wee. A true test for your senses. Player who guesses the most smells wins the game!
Family Games – Pie Face Cannon
Carries on the Pie Face tradition but fires the whipped cream this time. For ages 5+.
Crystal Maze Board Game
Now you can play the Crystal Maze at home! An assortment of mental, mystery, skill and physical challenges. Suits players aged 10-adult.
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. The ever-popular Monopoly now comes in the cash-free Junior Electronic Banking version.
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.
The cheese-chasing hamster-racing game. Requires batteries.
Family Games – Colour Brain
We love Colour Brain! Great 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!
The showering, shaking, dogging bathing game.
Flush the number of times indicated on the dice. If the poo 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+.
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.
Family Games – Googly Eyes
Drawing game with vision-altering glasses. A great game for parties.
For teens and adult players, this is a voice-jamming challenge game. N
Rebooted Jenga where the game is to pass the stack. A good game for parties.
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
Great game for parties. 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.
A game of daring dentistry for ages 4+.
Family Games – Rubik’s Race
Race against your opponent to make the pattern first.
Dinosaur Lotto from Orchard Toys. For ages 3-7 years.
Don’t Step In It
Don’t step in the poo! For kids aged 4+. Lots of family fun with this one.
New from Ideal, Slam It is a fast-paced card game which lovers of Dobble and Uno will enjoy.
We’ve tried and tested this game and love it! You have to spot the differences in the rainbow cards to build your own rainbow. 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. Watch out for Harry Potter Dobble in 2019.
It’s All About You
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?
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.
We are always on the look out for great games and mostly play at Christmas and rainy days, or when we’re on holiday. Our favourite board games are Logo (which we find suits a good range of ages but best played in mixed teams), Cluedo (great for developing strategies) and of course, Monopoly. For holidays, we love card games like Uno, Dobble and Sushi Go.
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. Games are also becoming more targeted to specific interests. The many reboots of Monopoly (see below) are examples of this. Also, newer games such as Dobble are also bringing out multiple versions with particular themes such as Harry Potter.
It’s very hard to predict what will be the next big trend in games. In the past few years, lots of new games have a physical element. Pie Face is a good example and was a huge-seller in 2016/2017. For Christmas 2018, a new family game called Chow Crown, which was one of Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2018, was incredibly popular. Here you had to eat the snacks while the crown whizzed around. Also popular in 2018 were 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 every year. New for 2019 are Monopoly Voice Activated as well as sets featuring LOL Surprise, Frozen 2, Lion King and gaming versions for Sonic and Overwatch. This year, we also saw our first Monopoly/Jenga hybrid game. Another enormously popular older game that has had a reboot for 2019 is Pictionary. You download the free app, point the in-app camera at the illustrator and they’ll appear, along with their sketch, on the screen of your smart device. You can record your performance and play it back for more laughs in between rounds! It’s on the Christmas Toy Lists of Amazon and Hamleys.
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