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Best Board Game Family 2013 Review

Updated on August 21, 2013
 Qwirkle Board Game Qwirkle Board Game
Qwirkle Board Game Qwirkle Board Game

Best Review for Family Board Games

Board games are great things to buy for you but also for others. There have been some new games to come out in the last year or so, so check out some of the ones we are discussing to see if there is something you would like. These are highly rated games among consumers and you might just find your favorite. For those who like to have fun and be silly to those who like games of chance, there is something here to please anybody.

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Adult HedBanz GameFarkle FrenzyLikewise Game
Adult HedBanz Game
Adult HedBanz Game
Farkle Frenzy
Farkle Frenzy
Likewise Game
Likewise Game
5 stars for LikeWise

What is the Best Family Board Game?

First up is LikeWise. This is a game where players do their best to match answers from random combinations of description and subject cards; there can be over 5,000 possible combinations so the fun keeps going! Players secretly write their answers on the paddles provided and then flip them over to reveal what they chose. The most matched answers will win that round and get the score.

The game includes dry erase markers for all players as well as the paddles. To add another element of fun, the die has a spot you can roll that will let you team up with another player, and the other spot has you draw your answer instead of writing it. You must get eight matching answers to win. Up to 6 players can play so it makes a great group game. Ages for this game are 14 and up but we have played with my 10 year old son before and it was fine.

The directions are easy to understand and the pieces all feel well made; they should last quite a while. I think the thing I like best about this game is that it won't give the most skilled people an advantage. It involved your own thoughts and associations so there is no right or wrong. This is a very fun game that gets people laughing and talking which is what you want at any game night, right?

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Farkle Frenzy is also a great game for people who like number games. Most people became familiar with this game via Facebook and now you can play it face to face! For ages 8 and up, and for 2-4 players, you can do your best to score the most. This dice game takes it to another level with the timed feature; this can make you "frenzied" as you think how best to score. Everyone starts out by rolling the at the same time to score the most points.

The Bubble Hub, when pressed down, will vibrate and bounce the die to make things more challenging. You can gamble by rolling to collect scoring dice on the Dice Risers and work hard to fill yours first. The game requires a bit of assembly which is quite easy actually. The only drawback is that with so many dice, some can get lost, but you can easily replace them with generic dice. Most young people really enjoy pushing the bubble and since it is such a fast paced game, it can keep the most distracted person entertained.

Scoring can be a bit confusing until you get used to it and getting to 10,000 points can take a long time so you might want to consider changing the rules a little to best fit your circumstances. There are scoring guides that will help you figure out where you stand. It's a great twist to the original game.

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You might have seen it for kids, but now it's available for adults; Adult HedBanz lets you play with a grown up edge. It's very similar to the ice breaking game people play at parties "Who Am I" but uses items that must be figured out. You put your headband on, pull a card and start asking questions to figure out what you are. The headbands are adjustable so you don't have to worry about them not fitting.

The tallest player goes first and flips the timer before they start asking yes or no questions. You can ask anything that requires a yes/no answer but the only question you can't ask is, "What am I?" I like that the game includes some sample question cards to give your ideas on what to ask. If you guess what you are before the timer runs out then you take another clue card and go again. If you can't guess it on your turn, you keep the same card and try again on your next turn.

If you opt to give up, then you must collect one chip from the bank and are given a new clue card. The first player to get rid of all their chips is the winner. Be advised, it sounds simple, but it can actually be quite challenging.

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Battle Of The Sexes Board GameBezzerwizzerQwirkle Board Game
Battle Of The Sexes Board Game
Battle Of The Sexes Board Game
Bezzerwizzer
Bezzerwizzer
Qwirkle Board Game
Qwirkle Board Game

Top Rated Board Games for Families

Board Games for Families

Qwirkle is one of our family's favorites and is pretty easy for young ones to play as well. This game features blocks with colored symbols on them. To start, you take seven blocks and play as many as you can. Players must build upon what is laid down by placing either blocks with the same color, or blocks with the same symbols.

Scoring is pretty easy but can be hard for newer players, or young ones, to keep track of. This game can actually last almost an hour depending on how many people you have playing. All the blocks come in a nice canvas bag that can be carried from place to place if needed. The only other things you will need for game-play will be a pen and paper to keep track of scoring.

The rules are very straightforward and the blocks are hefty; they seem made with sturdy materials. It's best if you play on a flat surface so you can put your blocks up on their sides so no other players can see. It would be nice if the manufacturer made tile holders but alas, there is none as of yet. Also, make sure you have enough lighting since the red and orange colors can look similar in low light.

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Next, take a look at Bezzerwizzer. This game incorporates trivia, tactics and trickery. There are 20 different trivia categories to choose from, though you don't need to answer every category; you can pick which topic you are best at! Now is where tactics come in. You can steal questions from your opponents and swap categories for what you know best.

You can even bet on your strengths by assigning points to the categories. Playing in teams is nice since you can put your heads together to guess the answers and you have people who might know more about a category than the rest of you. Trickery is where is gets interesting. You can trick the other players into believing what they think are your strengths and then get yourself ahead of the game. I love this game because I hate trivia and this makes it interesting enough with the twists that I actually like playing it.

Because you can steal other people's questions, there is no sitting with a blank mind while the player next to you gloats that he has the answer. If he knows it then he will answer before you can. Bezzerwizzer actually means "know-it-all" in German so it's very appropriate that the winner be dubbed the nights Bezzerwizzer! This game is recommended for players 10-15 years of age.

Best Board Games for Couples

What better game to play with your friends, and other couples, than Battle of the Sexes? This popular classic game has a new look and is even more fun than ever. Meant for players 12 years of age and up, this game can incorporate 4 or more players in teams. You might have been married for ten or twenty years, but how well do you really know the opposite sex?

This hilarious game gets the energy flowing as it pits men against women. Each team will answer gender defining questions to earn trophies and decide the most superior sex at the end of the game. The instructions are a bit hard to grasp in certain parts but once you get going, it is easy to get the hang of. Some of the questions are more culturally based and can be difficult for some, as well as some seem to be pretty cliché for gender, but it still is very fun to play.

There are only 110 male cards and 110 female cards so I can see how you could get through them in a few games. Some of them are hard to remember though so you might not notice this as you play it on and off throughout the year. Your goal is to move your team's pawn across the game board to the end. Some of the questions include, "Where is the Superdome located?", and "How do you stop a run in stockings?"

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