The annual search for a Family Board Game

(63 Posts)

My DC will be 14 and 11.6 at Christmas.
Last year I bought "Sherlock Cluedo" (it was reduced) . It was okay but nothing wildly exciting (but I'm not a huge Sherlock fan wink )

I've got an ancient Trivial Persuit game. But my DC won't have a clue about the questions.
Can you still get the replacement upgrade questions?

Any other recommendations?


Morgause Fri 18-Oct-13 17:11:57
PedlarsSpanner Fri 18-Oct-13 17:13:00

yes you can get new question boxes for Triv

10 days in..... are great games (africa, europe etc)

this game

bodiddly Fri 18-Oct-13 17:13:14

I've bought that for this year Morgause after reading about it on here. Fingers crossed its as good as everyone says!

jungletoes Fri 18-Oct-13 17:13:52

Ingenious is really good.

Thurlow Fri 18-Oct-13 17:13:53

We've been playing The Village - it's a bit complicated to understand, but it's really good once you get the hang of it. I'm sure it says from age 12.

Morgause Fri 18-Oct-13 17:14:08

We have its many variations as well, bodiddly. Totally addicted.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 18-Oct-13 17:14:14

I wouldn't buy the logo game, unless your dc are nearly grown up.
Ours had no idea of the answers and it was so boring.
How old are your dc?
I know we have similar problem and might just opt for one of those compilation compendium things that includes some silly traditional parlour games too.

drawsofdrawers Fri 18-Oct-13 17:14:28

Absolute balderdash
Cards and a book of games

Bunbaker Fri 18-Oct-13 17:15:03

My sister bought Carcasonne last year and we all played it - sis, me 20 year old, 16 year old and 12 year old. It is an excellent game that doesn't get boring after you have played for a while.

dobedobedo Fri 18-Oct-13 17:16:32

Articulate is our family favourite. Our Articulate game gets passed around the extended family quite regularly too!

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 17:34:07

YY to Articulate, love it, also Absolute Balderdash - a hit here even with people like my Dad who hate board games.

Agree also Ticket To Ride, excellent Christmas game.

We also all like Pandemic which is a bit different, its a co-operative game where the players work together to 'beat the game' but not at all as hippyish as that sounds, we own a million board games (not quite literally but it feels like it) and it is definitely a good change.

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 17:34:52

Should say great thing with Balderdash is you can play with a dozen people quite easily without it being slow/boring as you all do stuff at once, if that makes sense, so again v. good as a Christmas game.

chicaguapa Fri 18-Oct-13 17:40:15

Rapidough is amazing. Our family loves it and it's suitable for all ages. You have to sculpt what the card says and then your team has to guess what it is. If you don't guess, you lose a bit of your play doh until you have the tiniest scrap left and are trying to make it look like a tree. The games are fast and you can have lots of people playing or just 4. DS always takes it into school on bring a game day.

We've just bought Bananagrams too which has gone down well, but we are a bit linguistic as a family.

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 17:44:46

Oh yes, Rapidough is fab, one of dd's friends has it << contemplates new game and lack of space in cupboard >>

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:48:20

My favourites are carcassonne, settlers of catan, cranium, doodle dice, yahtzee, qwirkle cubes, jungle speed, animal upon animal, ntropy outbalance

GaryBuseysTeeth Fri 18-Oct-13 17:51:45

Dobble is amazing, you can play it anywhere.

We got Smart Ass last year and it went down well, though some of the questions were quite challenging for our boys last year when they were 12 and 11. OH and I had to bite our tongues a wee bit just to give them a chance.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:54:15

That's the one I'm planning to get this year funnily enough smile DCs love spotting things so should be a hit all round.

Also getting brain box art edition and monsters university top trumps but those are more for younger ones (although I shall enjoy them anyway!)

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:54:44

(I mean dobble is what we are getting)

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:56:46

You might not want to get a second hand game for Xmas but the 'out of print' game Payday is great fun.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 17:57:47

Has anyone here got Joggle? It's been on my wish list for a while.

Also Gigamic games - Quarto and Gobblet?

ConnieBowskill Fri 18-Oct-13 17:58:04

Scotland Yard is great for teens upwards, adults too, gets the adrenaline going!

ancientbuchanan Fri 18-Oct-13 18:00:27

Have you got Pit?

V funny trading game. Happy families but commoditirs instead) with shouting and cheating. Wonderful game. Over a century old. Brilliant.

Essexgirlupnorth Fri 18-Oct-13 18:06:37

Blokus is good. Ticket to ride is good

Dixit is good but the cards are a bit weird (it's French)

Board game geek is good for a bit of research and reviews of board games.

Elsiequadrille Fri 18-Oct-13 18:10:54

Settlers of Catan

ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 18:25:05

Wow... lots I've never heard of... can someone please shortcut and say which are good for two people - DD (14) and me and/or DH. Most of the games I've liked the sound of are for more than two sad - I got Cranium last year not realising it needed 4 so not much use unless she's got friends round. Carcassone says its simple but looks quite complicated in the description. (I'd just as soon stick to scrabble)

GinotPrigio Fri 18-Oct-13 18:31:09

Did anyone see that game that was on Dragon's Den a few weeks ago? Not so much of a board game, more of a question game.

GinotPrigio Fri 18-Oct-13 18:33:52

Found it


Think I'll get this for xmas. Its 14 years + so maybe not what you're looking for OP

brass Fri 18-Oct-13 18:35:10

FYI - carcasonne, settlers of catan and ticket to ride are all quite similar in strategy

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:39:37

Ticket To Ride is very popular in our house.

I've only played Carcasonne and Settlers of Catan on the XBox. I loved Carcasonne but didn't get on too well with Settlers.

Articulate is a good one - mil has it and we play it at her house.

Yahtzee is strangely addictive.

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:41:37

I've seen Quirkle recommended. Anyone here played it? Only £14.99

afromom Fri 18-Oct-13 18:42:22

We got Krypton Factor 2 years ago. It was great, it's interactive in the TV as well as using the board. There are active challenges, memory challenges, logic puzzles and loads of other stuff. It was great fun and we are planning a repeat performance this year. DS was 7 then and he was a bit young for it then, but your DC's would be the perfect age.

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 18:43:52

Is Ticket to ride any good for 5 or 8 yr olds ?

Dededum Fri 18-Oct-13 18:43:55

7 wonders - great fun but need 3 players really.

Pandemic - fun but probably limited staying power.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 18:45:53

Qwirkle cubes is better than original qwirkle IMHO, as you play with symbol dice rather than tiles so adding element of probability.

Quirkle's quite good, but only if everyone has perfect colour vision, and you don't like to play games by 'mood lighting' - red and orange are annoyingly similar.

headlesslambrini Fri 18-Oct-13 18:47:33

what's wrong with guess who, monopoly or cluedo?

<wonders about getting old>

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 18:48:44

Nothing Headless but Christmas just ain't Christmas without a new game to play.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 18:51:51

Errol I feel your pain on the two player issue!

I love pentago and laser khet, both for 2.

Also tempted to try abalone but not sure how good it is.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Fri 18-Oct-13 18:52:03

Yea, Im getting Linkee this year too! And have just bought Where is Moldova? , havent played it yet though so cant vouch for it...

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:53:55

PancakeFlipper - yes, my dd loves Ticket To Ride. She's 7 and I'd say we've had it about a year.

Thanks for the Quirkle info DontCallMeBaby and Fuzzpig.

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:58:39

I think I need Where is Moldova. Sixty general knowledge categories!

The write up says - 'If all of the best board games in the world were rolled into one, Where Is Moldova? would be the result! Simply incredible.'

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 19:07:07

Thank you Yama quickly adds this to my Christmas spreadsheet before I forget

I love Mexican Train - that's my offering to good games.

Angie1978 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:26:28

What about a board game for a 7 year old and very patience grandad? We have scrabble (they like that), frustration (grandad doesn't appreciate this one!) and junior monopoly.

I'm planning on smart ass for the grown ups

You all seem to be board game gurus.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 20:29:12

thanks Fuzzpig. Pentago looks like a sort of more complicated connect-4 ... might go for that. Khet looks a bit complicated to start post-xmas lunch! grin

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:34:27

ErrolTheDragon - we have quite a few that are good with 2 players. For a first thought:
Carcassone - the instructions look complicated, but in fact once you get through them it is super simple to play.
Dominion - again you have to fight through the instructions the first time but a really nice 'light' game
San Juan - good with 2 though better with three
Abalone (haven't played this myself yet, but DD & Dh like it a lot)
Tantrix (I love this game, dd likes it too, DH less keen - doesn't suffer from the 'oh my god' factor when you read the instructions unlike so many board games)
The boardgamegeek website is a good place to read up on games & get a feel for what they might be like

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:37:58

7 year old + grandad - maybe Carcassonne?

Just thought of another good family post Xmas dinner one - Once Upon a Time

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:47:36

Oops blush I was just overwhelmed and acquired yet another game for the cupboard. Now I just need to decide whether it should go in DD or DH's xmas stocking . . . grin

SugarMiceInTheRain Fri 18-Oct-13 21:51:21

The Big Taboo, Cranium, Pictionary and Rummikub are all games we love as a family.

wearymum200 Fri 18-Oct-13 21:53:39

Am enjoying the suggestions on here, will go off and google. Think Ticket to Ride too tricky for 5 yr old (if v patient could play as part of a team); Carcassone is actually v simple and my 4 yr old plays happily with the rest of us. Rivers Roads and Rails is kind of similar.
How about backgammon for 7yo and grandad? Simple rules, but q addictive.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 22:28:26

Ah rivers roads and rails. Loved that game, DS still plays with my old set!

pootlebug Fri 18-Oct-13 22:35:17

Mah Jong. And a book to explain the rules. You need all four of you though. It is very addictive.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 19-Oct-13 00:06:10


raisah Sat 19-Oct-13 06:41:58

Articulate - word description game
Bird bingo - bingo with pictures of birds instead of numbers

Both fun without being obviously educational

ancientbuchanan Sun 20-Oct-13 00:06:50

Also animal grab. Happy families/snap with animal noises.

bankerror Sun 20-Oct-13 00:15:55

Quirkle is great. Very good for age 6-100+. Easy to learn and play and kept us and 4 cousins happy for days in a rainy October half term.

Bananagrams - good for older kids who can read/ spell. More portable than SCrabble.

EustaciaVye Sun 20-Oct-13 08:29:21

Qwirkle is great.
if you don't mind second hand Escape From Atlantis is a favourite in our house.

myrtleWilson Sun 20-Oct-13 08:38:50

We like Dominion, ticket to ride, pandemic, 7 wonders...

FloJo151 Sun 20-Oct-13 08:46:56

pass the bomb is a favourite in our house, tis very funny watching people trying to come up with words!!!! there is also a junior version.

Dancergirl Sun 20-Oct-13 08:54:48

Set card game is brilliant.

We also like Ingenious, can be played with 2, 3 or 4.

My dc are a bit younger, oldest is 12, but this year I am getting Harry Potter destination board game and Mexican Train.

Oohh loads to read through (and I have never heard of most o these blush ) . You can see how long it is since I've bought games.

We have a Monopoly Game, the regular Cleudo, Scrabble, Sherlock Cleudo and some Christmas Dominos.

DD likes the games for two so she tries to stop her big brother joining in hmm. I would like a game for DH, the DC and I , if only to keep DS away from his precious X-Box .

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