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
We love Santorini! It combines everything you need for a great adult versus child game: It’s simple to grasp, can be relatively quick to play and has hundreds of variations to try (435 to be exact!).… Read More Santorini: battling it out to be top God!
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
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.
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.