N has been asking to play Lengendary for years. It sits tantalisingly on top of our bookshelf, a large game box covered in Marvel superheroes. Now he’s become more adept at games such as Dragonwood and Forbidden Island, we have finally relented. Legendary is a deck building cooperative game where you recruit Marvel heroes to… Read More Legendary: a cooperative Marvel superheroes game
N goes through stages of loving Star Wars but it’s been challenging to find a game that’s fun for his age group (currently age 6). Star Wars: Empire versus Rebellion is not perfect but it does meet that occasional Star Wars need and from a parent perspective it’s really great for maths practice. How it… Read More Star Wars: Empire versus Rebellion (blackjack battles 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.
I was excited to introduce N to Dragonwood. It is a basic swords and sorcery themed card game that involves building hands and rolling dice to defeat foes and win points. We started playing it when N was 4.5 but with an official 8+ age, we thought it was always going to be a game… Read More Dragonwood – a swords and sorcery themed card game suitable for under 8s.
Rat-a-tat-Cat is a fun, quick hand-building card game that’s great for mixed age play. The aim of the game is to build the lowest hand of four cards, and then go out first in order to stop the game before your opponent has built a lower hand. But there’s a twist. Your hands are face… Read More Rat-a-tat-cat Review
For Christmas I was given a short subscription to Board Games Crate. Retro Loonacy was one of the games we received. I’m not sure I would have picked it up myself so I’m glad it was chosen for us because it is great for young kids. Our edition is ‘Retro’, cue lots of ‘what’s that?’… Read More Retro Loonacy – a fast paced nostalgic matching game.
Strangely this wasn’t the success I was expecting it to be when we bought it for our 4 year old. After his competency with Dobble I assumed a simple fast paced matching game would be easy for family play. The problem is that while preschoolers can make the matches easily, in a mixed ability game… Read More Wig Out Review- a crazy haired, fast paced matching game.
We can’t have a family games blog without mentioning UNO. Created over 40 years ago (1971) and popular all over the world, I doubt there’s many reading this that haven’t played it in their youth. We certainly did. What makes UNO such a family favourite is that it’s so easy to pick up and play… Read More UNO! – a classic card game that’s still as good as I remembered from my childhood!