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Top 10 Family Board Games

Updated on June 9, 2014

Have a night of family fun with these awesome board games!

Ever since I was a kid I've always enjoyed playing board games with my friends and family. The games here are some of my favorites that I loved to play for hours. These games are good for adults, teens and kids over 6 years old - some of them I still play today with my 7 year old brother.

The next time you are looking for a rainy day activity or want to spend some time with your kids or friends, why not turn off that TV and try a board game? Some of these games don't actually include a board, but may be played with cards or dice instead, they are still included because I loved them!

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is my absolute favorite game. On the rare occasion my family gets together to play a game, this is the one we play. It's always fun, and you get unique combinations every game. I'd have to say that without this game, I would have definitely spent less time with my family.

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Mattel Apples to Apples Party Box The Game of Crazy Combinations
Mattel Apples to Apples Party Box The Game of Crazy Combinations

In this game everybody has red cards which have random people/places/objects on them, and the judge for that round (which switches every round) will put down a green card from the top of a deck, reading it aloud. Green Cards are usually a random adjective. Everyone except the judge will place down a red card face down on the table, when everyone has placed a card down, the judge will shuffle them, so they don't know which card belongs to which player, and then choose the one that they think fits the adjective best. The randomness of this game, added to the skill of playing the right cards, for the right judge makes this game my number 1 favorite, and a hard one to beat.

 

Apples to Apples Video

Here is a video of people starting to play this game, that I found on Youtube.com

Guesstures

This is my second favorite game. (under Apples to Apples) We got this game from my sister's fiance's parents for Christmas one year. Personally I love charades, so naturally I love this game. Although I've had a few games which I felt were unfair, but then again solving the hard ones makes you feel good. I remember playing the game with my friend Corey, my sister, and one of her friends. I remember in one of our games, one of the words my sister's team got was "foot" while the very next turn I had, my team got "snowshoe", which is obviously much harder than foot. All in all, I love the game, and would play it anytime that we had enough people that were also willing to play it.

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Electronic Guesstures
Electronic Guesstures

In this game your divided into two teams. One person on the team acts out the word they see on one side of the Guesstures game, while the other people can only see the side showing how much time is left. The same rules apply to Guesstures that applies to charades, such as no speaking, or sounds of any type. The goal is to get as many words guessed as possible before time runs out, but be careful, because if you try to guess another word, and don't guess it, then you get no points for the round. First team up to 15 points wins.

 

Guesstures

This video is of the original Guesstures game. I couldn't find a video of the electronic version, but it's basically the same game, except you are divided into teams. (which it doesn't seem like you are in the old version, but I myself haven't played the old one.)

Clue

Clue is a great game. In this game, you can be too good though. My friends often refuse to play it with me, saying that I cheat at it, usually jokingly, but still refusing to play. While at the same time, my mom can beat me just as much as i beat her at the game. The only way I could get my friends to play, was to teach them my strategy, and then still they didn't want to play it too often. But I still had plenty of fun playing it with my mom, and my sister over the years. In fact, I don't even remember getting this game, I just remember always having it.

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Clue The Classic Edition
Clue The Classic Edition

Clue is a great mystery game. Using the dice to move your character around the board, you have to solve the crime of who the murderer was, in which room they did it in, and with what weapon. This is done using cards. One weapon, one person, and one room, and randomly chosen, and placed into a packet in the middle of the board. The rest are delt evenly to all the players. Using a sheet of paper your given, which has the names of the people, the weapons, and the rooms on it, you can scratch out the cards you have, because what you have, obviously cannot be in the middle. When you arrive at a room you can choose to test a theory out. Calling out a persons name, and a weapon to go with the room your in. Going around the table people tell you whether or not they can prove you wrong. If they can, they show you ONE card that proves you wrong, and your turn ends there. You now know one more card that is not in the middle. Learn them all and be the first to solve the mystery to win.

This game is one of my personal favorites.

 

Clue Video - How to Play Clue

Here is a video I found that shows how to play the game Clue

Risk

I first played this game at my friend Corey's house some years ago. Although, I'm not certain we followed the rules exactly, the game was fun. I believe we were the only two people there at the time. Anyway we spent a couple hours playing this game, which didn't actually seem like it took that long. I got the very same game for Christmas that year, and learning how to play it right, taught my family, which has played it several times since then. The only downfall, is my family isn't a patient one, so playing long games such as Risk or Monopoly doesn't happen often.

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Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest
Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest

This is a good game, but prepare to spend a decent amount of time on it when playing. If you like strategy games, then this is a must for you. In this game you have to conquer the world. You have to know when and where to defend, where/when to attack, and when to hold your ground. Gaining control of complete continents will grant you extra forces each turn. Using this to your advantage, and stopping your opponents from doing this is key.

 

Risk Video - How to play Risk

Here is a video showing how to play the Risk board game.

Cranium

Cranium is a blast. The very first time I ever played this game was at my friend Corey's house. I'm somewhat on the shy side, but I also don't like to lose, so while playing this game at least, I'd say I wasn't shy at all. In fact I spent most of the game laughing, and blaming my friend's step-dad, who I had just met that day for our loss. (when it obviously wasn't all his fault, lol)

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Cranium Wow Game
Cranium Wow Game

Cranium is an interesting game, that just about anybody will enjoy. It's been awhile since I've played this game so I don't remember exactly how it's played, but I do know that this game includes many fun activities, such as charades, drawing with your eyes closed, molding something out of clay, and many many more.

 

Cranium Video

Here is Hasbro's commercial for Cranium, which shows clips of people playing the game.

Yahtzee

I started playing this game with my grandma, back when she was still here. Every Friday that she would watch me and my younger sister, we would beg her to play this game. I'm glad we did, because if it wasn't for this, I probably wouldn't of spent as much time with her, and wouldn't remember her as well.

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Yahtzee Classic Dice Game
Yahtzee Classic Dice Game

Yahtzee is a classic dice rolling game. This game is fun for all ages. The point of this game is to get the highest score you can. You get to roll the dice up to three times each turn, and in that turn you have to try go get one of the patterns, 5 of a kind (which is known as a yahtzee), or as many of a number as possible. At the end of your turn, you write down your score. (the scorecard will help you out with that) If you didn't get anything, then you can add up all the numbers, and use it as your one and only "chance". If after that you roll and at the end of your turn, have nothing you can use, then you must "scratch" something. When you scratch it, you get zero points for it.

 

Yahtzee Video - Love these old commercials hehe!

Here is an old commercial, for an old game. But it does show the enjoyment people are having while playing it. (although it may be over dramatized a little.)

Uno

Uno is a great game. Though I mostly played it when I was a lot younger. I still enjoyed playing it with a decent amount of players. Especially when playing it in school, on a day where we had a lot of free time. It was always easy to find a bunch of people to play, and just about everybody there knew the game, and liked it themselves.

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Uno Card Game
Uno Card Game

Uno is a very fun, and simple game. In this game you have to get rid of all the cards in your hand before the other players do. The game has simple rules to follow, which someone of any age can do so. All you have to do is match the color or number of the previous card played. The twist is when cards with actions on them are played. Such as reverse, (which reverses the direction of play, meaning instead of going clockwise, you go counter-clockwise, and vise-versa.) or draw 2, which makes the next player draw 2 more cards. When your down to one card, remember to say uno, because if someone else says it first, then you have to draw 2 cards.

This game can be fun to play over, and over with friends, or family.

 

Uno Video - How to Play Uno

Here is a video I found on how to play the card game Uno.

Monopoly

Always a popular board game!

This game was always fun as a kid, although mostly because of my sister's inability to finish long games, I hadn't been able finish one until I was somewhat older. Playing against friends was always great. I won most of my games, and my strategy was always the same. I always bought everything I could, no matter I had to do to buy it. The more properties I had, the better the chance for people to land on them. Anyhow I loved this game as a kid, and would probably still play it today, if I still had friends near me who would play it.

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Monopoly
Monopoly

This lengthy game is always entertaining. I don't know of anybody who hasn't heard of monopoly, but just in case you haven't then I'll tell you how it's played anyway. In this game you pick a small metal game piece to use. In this game the objective is to get your opponents to go broke. This is done by circling the board, buying properties, and passing go to collect $200, along with the chance to go to jail. When in jail you can either pay $50 to get out, or try to roll doubles. If you don't roll doubles within three turns, then you MUST pay the $50 fine. In this game, when you own a property, that your opponent lands on, they must pay you rent. Owning a complete set will allow you to add hotels, and houses which increase rent. The last thing I want to mention about this game is that, you can land on a space that will allow you to draw a card. The card being either a Chance card, or community chest card, depending on which one you land on. These cards can do anything from send you to jail, to giving you free money, or even letting you get out of jail free next time your sent to it.

 

Monopoly Video - How to Pay Monopoly

Here is a video (for the very few people) who do not already know how to play monopoly.

Chess

The Game of Kings

Ah Chess, how I love this game. I've even went as far as to join some tournaments back in high school, winning second place two years in a row. The only thing that would make this game more enjoyable for me, is if I knew more people that could play it well. If you are having trouble finding chess partners there are various computer versions that are great for learning or playing a quick game against a speedy computer opponent..

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Classic Wooden Chess Set 15" Folding Board Inlaid with Storage and 3" King
Classic Wooden Chess Set 15" Folding Board Inlaid with Storage and 3" King

Chess sets are not just fun but also beautiful works of art. If you like strategic games, then you should definitely learn to play chess. Learning this game might take a bit longer than some other games, but its worth it if you like this type of game. Playing chess is always a good way to outsmart your friends.

 

Chess Video - Learn the Basics of Chess

Here is a video for beginners explaining how to play the game of Chess.

Trouble

Wait don't run, this kind of Trouble is lots of fun!

I loved this game as a kid, especially popping the die in the clear bubble! Over time I grew to appreciate more complex games although my mom, and my sisters still love Trouble. The only time I play it now is when I'm playing it with my younger brother, who loves the game. I think he enjoys being able to play the game just as well as everybody else, because you don't have to read anything, or strategize too much. This makes it a great game for younger children.

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Trouble Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Trouble Game (Amazon Exclusive)

Trouble is the simplest game I know of. Press down on the center bubble, to roll the die. Move your piece that many spaces, in an attempt to go all the way home, or land on an opponent and send them back to their starting spot. To get out of your starting spot you must roll a 6 or a 1. Rolling a 6 allows you to roll again. If you haven't already played this game, then you should go out and buy it now, because regardless of its simplicity, many many hours can be spent playing this game. It's also a very great game to play with young kids, that can't quite play the more complicated board games.

 

Trouble Video - How to play the game Trouble

Here is a video explaining the rules of the family board game Trouble.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about King Of Tokyo Board Game

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I have to say Monopoly was my favorite, but I wonder if Scrabble is a board game. That's definitely one of the best. Great lens!!

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      Clue was it!

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      Clue was it!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      We like playing Bananagrams, however, you've mentioned some that I might consider.

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      JanetG LM 4 years ago

      Great lens. Lots of good ideas for fun, competitive play. Thanks for sharing!

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I have fond memories of Monopoly, Uno, and Yahtzee.

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      aquagal44 4 years ago

      I love playing Monopoly and Uno. We play every Saturday evening.

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      Totus Mundus 4 years ago

      I like Risk, Monopoly, Cluedo, Ludo, etc., all the usual supects!

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Liar's die is my current favorite.

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      atthehotel 5 years ago

      I grew up playing Uno. Classic, fun!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      I love board games as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Jenga is the best!! Add that to your list!!

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      aurora7 5 years ago

      I love these board games.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I missed playing these board games.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      So many great boardgames you've got listed here.... we had a couple of friends come over for New Years this past year, and we played Apples to Apples. It was our first time playing it, and we had an absolute blast!!!

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A solid list of classic games. Always fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we got all these games, nice lens!

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      lftypjk900 5 years ago

      I really like your style of lens. they are really cool. Good luck with all!

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      agent009 5 years ago

      Can't go wrong with Life and Monopoly.

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      Great games! I loved Clue as a kid.

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      tutor1235 lm 6 years ago

      Great choices! I hope every family realizes just how big of a role games play in children's learning. PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS!!

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      Oosquid 6 years ago

      For me, Monopoly reigns supreme as the daddy of board games. Chess is ace too, but I don't usually think of it as a board game. Great lens.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Uno! Monopoly! Trouble! We also played a lot of Sorry! growing up. Great lens, thanks.

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      Chess is my favourite, but your lens give me some new options to consider... Thank you...

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      love Apples to apples

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I loved trouble and sorry as a kid. I thought you were going to have candyland as one of your favorites,hehe. I always wanted it when I was a kid but I only played it at my friends place. I finally got it for christmas last year but it just wasn't the same, somethings are just better left in the past.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I enjoyed playing Trouble on road trips!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Love the lens... but I dunno if I'd call Uno a boardgame - it's more a card game in my book.

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've played lots of these, but only recently was introduced to "Apples to Apples." At first, when my friend was explaining it to us newbies, it sounded silly, but once we started playing and I got the gist of it, it was really fun, and I ended up wanting to play longer than everyone else.

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      Reginald Reid 6 years ago

      I'm a UNO fan. Nice lens!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Some great games, and even a couple of new ones on me! Risk would have to be my favourite of these - I have fond memories of our family playing Risk when I was a boy.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love board games, as well as card games. My favorite board game is Scrabble - second favorite Yahtzee! Lensrolled to my Games & Puzzles lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I used to play a lot of these with my daughter, now she's grown and out of the house we don't get to play much, but we liked Clue, Monopoly, Yahtzee and I still love Scattegories which we play with my nieces.

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      what a super lens. I've been playing since I was a child and now enjoy playing card/boardgames with my children on our family night fun.

      Thanks for sharing and reviewing these super games.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Clue, Game of Life, Monopoly, and Risk to name a few. I like the classic selection at www.toysandstuff.net

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      war cry 6 years ago

      i likes monopoly. \o/ yeah. :D