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
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.
Outfoxed is a great introductory level cooperative deduction game for very young kids. The artwork is beautiful and the theme, a bunch of detectives trying to figure out which fox is the thief before he or she goes to ground, is appealing and easy to grasp. We added this to our collection when N was… Read More Outfoxed – a quirky cooperative detective game.
Hoot Owl Hoot was one of the first games we bought for N when he was just 3. It’s a cooperative game that’s perfect for introducing a little age appropriate nail biting tension without focusing on who wins or loses. This makes it particularly good for playing with kids who may be prone to falling… Read More Hoot Owl Hoot – a perfect little cooperative preschool starter 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!
I love this game. It’s my personal favourite because I love spatial puzzles. We picked up Labyrinth when N was 4 because he was really interested in mazes. The level of spatial thinking and visualisation of what will happen when parts of the maze moves means it’s definitely not one to play when kids are… Read More Labyrinth Review
This is currently our favourite family game. N loves Super Mario. He has access to our old Nintendo Wii and often plays a few hours of Mario Kart and Mario and Sonic at the Olympics at the weekend or when his uncle comes round to compete. So when he saw Monopoly Gamer it immediately went… Read More Monopoly Gamer Review- this is not Monopoly, it’s way more fun!
Too Many Monkeys is probably the game we play most after Dobble. It’s fast paced, easy for kids to play straightaway, and although it’s a chance based game, which makes it great for mixed aged play, it never becomes dull or frustrating. Its secret is in its fast rhythm and the possibility that everything could… Read More Too Many Monkeys Review- fast paced family fun!
Sleeping Queens is a great little game by Gamewright. It’s one of the first of the more complex games we bought for N that he started playing while he was still 3. At its core it’s a simple card draw game but the artwork is gorgeous and makes it very easy to explain the game… Read More Sleeping Queens Review