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.
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!
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