We’ve been looking for a “detective” style deductive game for a while now to step up from family favourite Outfoxed. So when we saw Scotland Yardgoing cheap we had a bit of a retro moment and picked it up. By chance not long after that N was given a copy of Scotland Yard Junior, which… Read More In search of a detective game (part 1): Scotland Yard versus Scotland Yard Junior
Despite all the great reviews, I could never quite grasp the appeal of the original Rhino Hero for adult players at family time. The original is a quirky but simple card stacking game and I was worried we would quickly outgrow it. Then Rhino Hero Super Battle came along and the addition of a dice… Read More Rhino Hero Super Battle: card stacking, tower toppling mayhem.
I waited for what felt like a long time for N to be old enough to play Forbidden Island. In the end we introduced it not long after he turned 5. Forbidden Island is a fantastic cooperative game by the same creator as Pandemic. The premise is perfectly pitched for kids: find the treasure and… Read More Forbidden Island – a nail biting co-operative game for kids.
Saboteur is an intriguing little card game of suspicion, bluff and path finding. Everyone is searching for gold through the construction of a shared mine network, but while players may occasionally put an obstacle in the path of a team mate in their attempt to get to the gold first, there’s a saboteur in their… Read More Saboteur- who can you trust in the gold mines?
There’s a steaming poop on the floor but who did it? Protect your pets by laying their cards down and passing the blame onto others. Who did it? is pure kids. It’s a great starter card game that can be played with kids 5+ because it has cute pictures and easy to follow game play… Read More Who did it? – a pooping pets blame game.
Love Letter is a deduction card game with just enough luck to give everyone a chance of winning even when younger kids are playing alongside adults or older siblings. Although the game is listed for age 10+, we’ve been playing Love Letter with N since he was 5 and he loves it. It’s not a… Read More Love Letter – a fun, fast family game of intrigue and deduction.
When game designers Granerud and Penderson invented Panic Mansion (Shaky Manor in the US) they were literally responding to the challenge of thinking not outside the box but with it. And so Panic Mansion was born, a dexterity game based around sliding, rolling and shuffling objects within a box. It’s a simple fun concept that’s… Read More Panic Mansion- rolling your way to victory.