My Top 10 List of Best Family Games
We Believe our List Contains the 10 Best Family Games
We play family games and define a great game as one which involves strategy, challenge and the possibility for anyone to win, young or old. Our top 10 best family games list has taken years of game playing to determine.
We love variety, so our favorite family games include board games, card games, dominoes, dice games, and educational games, as we believe that the best family games cross these categories. While we are always happy to try new games, we have been playing most our favorites for years.
Age appropriateness is part in our selections, and this list is aimed towards families with tweens and teens. I hope we have included your top picks, if not there is a spot at the end of the list to add your favorites.
Families That Play Together - Stay Together!
#1 Labyrinth by Ravensburger - Best of the Best Family Games
Labyrinth is the best strategy game we have ever played! It is fun, fast paced, and visual so everyone can play. The game involves altering and following a maze to reach designated treasures. The directions offer two versions for play, the normal game and an alternative for younger kids or when a quicker game.
Quiddler is our favorite family card game.
Once we started playing Quiddler, it was difficult to decide the number one spot on this list. What I love most about this game is that anyone who can read basic words can win. Using a given number of letters there are points for the longest words, as well as an equal number of points for the most words.
#3 Rummikub - A Challenging Family Game of Numbers
Rummikub (same game as Rummy-o) is fun, challenging, ever changing and always interesting. The Kids don't see how it actually helps with math and logical thinking skills, but isn't that the mark of a great game.
Once we discovered Rummikub, it quickly moved on to our family games favorites list. It is challenging and fun for both kids and adults. I even play it once per week with a group of ladies, so if this list were just my favorite games (rather than those of the entire family, this would top the list.)
Finally, game pieces we won't fight over!
Qwirkle is another game that sounds really simple, but the more you play, the more you discover that there is quite a bit of strategy that can be employed. Or, it can just be an evening of fun if you don't feel like doing too much thinking. Colorful and fun, it's a family winner.
We Find Games Which Are Fun for the Whole Family
#5 SET Card Game
Fun Times Ahead!
#6 Ticket To Ride - A Fun Adventure Train Game
It's different (not a traditional board game, but neither are most of the ones on my list), fun for the family, and considered to be one of the most popular specialty games of all time. This is the first year it has made it on my list, and I predict a top three placement by next year.
#7 Pentago - A Wonderful Stragegy Game for Two Players
Wondering Why Chess Didn't Make the List?
#8 Dominoes - Great Family Game and Also a Wonderful Tool for Learning Math
When you're not playing dominoes, you can always build a domino chain. Here is someone taking this concept to the extreme. It is really cool, and worth taking 2 minutes to watch.
#9, 10: Hedbanz and Spot It
Sadly, my girls have outgrown both of these fun and exciting game. However, each deserves a spot on my list as they are great family games.
More Family Fun and Unusual Games
- Bubble Soccer in Auckland - Funniest Thing I Have Seen in Weeks.
I had to ask when Sarah came home with a huge smile, and rambling on about trying bubble soccer. While the game might be fun, the photo are hilarious.
- Jugger - It Looks Lika A Medieval Rugby Game (photos from Spain)
Today we watched what looks a medieval rugby game. It's called Jugger. It involves a ball in a chain, poles to hit people with and a ball. Check out the photos
© 2009 Rhonda Albom