Now the nights are drawing in and it’s dark after dinner, we’ve started playing Waldschattenspiel (Shadow in the Woods) again. There’s something mesmerising about being huddled in the dark around a flickering candle, that makes this perfect for younger kids. How it plays: In this classic German game, one person (the adult) is the searcher,… Read More Shadow in the Woods: a game to herald the coming of winter.
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.
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.
I find there’s something satisfying about 3D puzzle games. Mentally rotating objects and building things makes a change from the decidedly 2D world of most boardgames. N was given Triple Triumph for his 5th birthday. It’s made by the makers of Cranium, but there’s really no similarity. It’s a simple game of stacking bi-coloured pyramids.… Read More Triple Triumph- a 3D building game for the whole family.
Review of a beautiful, strategic tile laying game which can be adapted for younger players. Great family games night fun! … Read More Topiary- competitive hedge laying for all the family.