Fun For All The Family
Here’s our pick of the Best New Family Games for all ages. Our choices include the latest card games, board games, novelty games and more traditional games such as Monopoly. We love playing family games at Christmas. Grown-ups – if you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
Monopoly Mega Edition
New ‘mega’ version of the very popular game. Has a huge gameboard with 12 extra spaces, including eight new streets and skyscrapers. For ages 8+.
Cards Against Humanity Family Edition
The very famous party game is now available as a family edition. It’s been completely rewritten and play-tested for families with kids aged 8+.
As recommended by Made For Mums in their Christmas selection 2020. This is a lily-pad hopping game for 2-6 players aged 6+.
Discover all you ever wanted to know about poo – and more – with Poo Bingo. Features 24 animals and their uniquely shaped poos!
P is for Pizza
Fast-paced word game where the aim is to shout out a word that links the letter on one card to the category on another. For ages 8+. New from Big Potato games – a name you’ll know from What Came First, Colour Brain and more.
Germ Attack Game
New game from Horrible Science for ages 8+. You must beat the germs in a ruthless race through the body. First team to reach the heart wins. Lots of fun questions about your insides to win bonus points. For 2-6 players.
New family strategy game for ages 10+. The idea is to work out what everyone else will answer to a particular question such as: What is the best way to cook an egg? Remember to follow the herd.
New escape room game in three kits – the one shown is ‘Bank Job’. Includes real codes to crack and tests to pass. For ages 8+. Complete with code-reading square, puzzles, clues, solutions and props.
Virus Card Game
Us any means you can to immunise yourself while trying to stop your opponents from infecting, destroying or stealing your organs. For 2-6 players aged 6+.
UNO Frozen 2
New UNO version featuring all your favourites from Disney Frozen 2. There’s also a special ‘Forces of Nature’ rule. For players aged 7+.
Articulate is one of our family’s favourite games. This is a new version where you guess phrases instead of words. Suitable for ages 12+.
Drawsome People is a new drawing and guessing game for 2-10 players aged 11+ from Ridley Games. It challenges players to draw celebrities, characters and fellow players in a variety of different ways. Selected as one of the Hero Toys 2020.
What Came First Game
New in 2019 from Big Potato Games (Colour Brain, Don’t Get Got etc) is What Came First. For ages 10+, you bet on which one came first for example, mayonnaise or ketchup? It’s fast-paced and fun. A great alternative to bingeing on boxsets!
New Family Games – Monopoly Speed
Monopoly celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2020. When we were young, there were games of Monopoly that lasted days on end. Life is a bit faster now so here’s a new game of Monopoly that is made for those of us who have very little time on our hands. You can get through a whole game in 10 minutes!
New Family Games – 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.
New Family Games – Bank Attack
One of the Must Have Toys of last year. 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.
Family Games – Pictionary Air
One of the Top Connected Play Games last year. 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. One of Hamley’s Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2019 and also one of Amazon’s picks too. Named one of This Morning’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2019. For ages 8+. Also featured on How To Spend It Well At Christmas 2019.
Harry Potter Cluedo
For ages 9+, this is the classic game but featuring all your favourite HP characters.
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 always comes on holiday with us. This Harry Potter version adds a new dimension to the game for all Potter fans.
Family Games – 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!
Family Games – Colour Brain
Tested and recommended by our family. This is a great game for families with older children – although we played it recently with some 9/10 year-olds in mixed teams which worked very well. You need to correctly name the colour/s for things you see everyday. It’s harder than you think!
And now also available in Disney Colour Brain.
And Junior Colour Brain for ages 6+.
Monopoly Voice Banking
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+.
Family Games – Exploding Kittens Party Pack
The fabulous, family-friendly Exploding Kittens card game now in a bigger pack, suitable for up to ten players.
And the third expansion set – Barking Kittens – is now available.
Family Games – Soundiculous
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+.
Family Games – Uno Flip
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.
Family Games 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 – 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.
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! Great game for teenagers.
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.
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+.
Family Games – Speak Out Showdown
New from Hasbro. The very popular Speak Out game is now in showdown format.
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
Family Games – Jenga Pass
Rebooted Jenga where the game is to pass the stack. A good game for parties.
Family Games – Rummikub
Our go-to classic family game. 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.
Family Games – 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?”
Family Games – 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.
Family Games – Rubik’s Race
Race against your opponent to make the pattern first.
Always on Amazon’s best sellers list. Also comes in Star Wars, Animals and waterproof version for the beach and now Harry Potter Dobble too.
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 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!
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