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Top Ten Family Board Games For Those Rainy Days

Updated on January 30, 2013

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With all the technology avalible today and all the hundreds of different apps, virtual games and games consoles it's difficult to remember what life was like for the poor old traditional board game. Board games seem to have lost their place in the game world. I think we should bring them back to life and get together with the family, round up a board game or two and have some traditional board game fun! These are my favourite top ten family board games. These games are perfect for those rainy days or sunday afternoons. Or why not have a family games night once a week. It is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones, catch up on their weeks news and events and have fun along the way!

10) Chess

The aim of chess is to get your opponents king in check-mate by trying to remove as many of your opponents chess pieces as possible. The game is played on a square chequed board and the pieces used in the game are pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, queens and kings

9) Hungry Hippos

The purpose of the game is for each player to gobble up as many marbles as possible with his or her 'hippo' It is a two to four player game. When all the marbles have been gobbled up by the hippos which ever player has the most is the winner.


8) Operation

Is a game of physical skill in which players must complete an "operation" without damaging the rest of "Cavity Sam." Operation requires a steady hand and a cool nerve to play, as no one wants to make Cavity Sam's nose light up, indicating they have failed the operation. With practice and a level head, Operation is one of the more entertaining games on the market.

7) Snakes and Ladders

First played and discovered in Indian. Snakes and Ladders had religious connations. The idea that if you did a good deed you would go up a ladder and if you did a bad deed you would slide down the snake. The aim of the game is to reach the number 100 on the snakes and ladders board. The game usually involves two or more players. The simple rules of the games are you and your friends take turns in throwing the dice and what ever number the dice lands on, you move your wooden stool across the board and when you step on an square which has a ladder going up, you move right up to the top of the ladder, to the higher number square, however if you land on a square which has a snakes head you slide back down right to the lower number square, so you keep on rolling the dice and moving across the board until you reach the last number of the board which is 100.

6) Mouse Trap

An hands on interactive fun game. Players try to trap other player's mouse by building their own mousetrap. The aim of the game is to be the last free mouse at the end of the game.

5) Scrabble

Is a great word puzzle game. The basic aim of playing scrabble is to score points, by forming words from individual lettered tiles, on the game board.The game board is marked with a 15-by-15 grid, on which the letters are to be placed. The words can be formed across and downwards, in a crossword manner, but should be meaningful.

4) Trivial Pursuit

To play trivial pursuit you need at least two players. Pick a color and place all pieces in the middle. Roll the dice, the highest roll goes first. Roll the die and move that number of spaces any where down the board. The person to the left of the roller asks the questions. Answer a question for the catagory that you landed on if you get it right you get to go again. If you land on a pie space and answer the question right you get a piece of pie. The person to fill up there piece with all the pie pieces wins

3) Battleships

Battleships is a game for two players where you try to guess the location of five ships your opponent has hidden on a grid. Players take turns calling out a row and column, attempting to name a square containing enemy ships.

2) Cluedo/Clue

Or "Cluedo" in the UK, where it was invented. Is a game where players try to figure out the three main facts of a murder: the murderer, the location of the murder, and the murder weapon. They do this by having their characters run around a mansion and gather evidence.

1) Monopoly

Collect as many properties as you can. When you have three of the same colour properties you can build houses and hotels on them. The aim of the game is to make as much money as possible from other players landing on your properties and having to pay you rent. The winner is the player remaining when other players have become bankrupt.


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You have brought back memories of when I used to play with my child those wonderful games. Loved Operation and Hungry Hippo. Loved chess until he learned to beat me at it.