Board games come and recommend or dismiss

(102 Posts)
inneedofrain Mon 06-May-13 13:55:10

Ok we are a big board gaming family

So far we
Junior party monopoly
Operation
Jenga
Pop up pirate
Guess who
Pump up pig
Buckeroo
Screwball scramble
Connect 4
Perfection
Various packs of cards

Which we all play together

And the following which Dp and I play (when we have time)
monopoly
Chess
Game of life
Cludo
Go for broke
Trivial pursuit
Boogle

Can anyone recommend so more family games they need to be suitable for 3 players and preferable for 5 or over

We play a board game most nights junior party monopoly is the favourite at the moment

jkklpu Mon 06-May-13 13:57:54

How old are your kids?
The Business Game
Scrabble
Kensington
Mastermind
Battleships

HadALittleFaithBaby Mon 06-May-13 14:17:07

If you can get hold of it, try Rat race! We got it off eBay. It's by the same people as monopoly but there's an outright winner and is so much fun!

quoteunquote Mon 06-May-13 14:18:38

solar trader.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 06-May-13 14:26:53

We love the Mona Lisa game (you have to work out which of you has the 'real' Mona Lisa) but it might be a bit hard for little ones.

Cranium's quite good, although I actually like the card game (Ziggity I think) more then the actual board games.

For a good card game for three, have you ever played Newmarket? Or cribbage can be played with three, but might be a bit complicated.

yahtzee?

Eebahgum Mon 06-May-13 14:37:55

Cranium's brilliant - and variations like cranium conga. Not sure if your children are a bit young at the moment but definitely one for the future.

I love payday. They don't sell it in the shops anymore but I managed to get mine from amazon.

IWantWine Mon 06-May-13 15:25:07

Backgammon. Mixture of skill and luck.

Iwishitwouldgetwarmer Mon 06-May-13 15:29:44

We've got the QI game and it's really good.

letseatgrandma Mon 06-May-13 16:03:26

Risk
Carcassone
Pass the pig
Key to the kingdom

KatAndKit Mon 06-May-13 16:09:20

Settlers of Catan. It is brilliant for family game - I'd reckon age 8 upwards. I don't think it is in the shops anymore but you can buy it online. It is like civilizations as a board game but no war or fighting or taking over anyone else's settlements. It's a great strategy game and unlike Monopoly, it does not take hours to play, it is usually about 60-90 minutes.

comeonbishbosh Mon 06-May-13 18:25:00

Ticket to Ride
Cacasonne

Thumbtack Mon 06-May-13 18:45:16

Yahtzee - good for maths too
Risk - think this where you invade countries so good for geography perhaps

both great games

oddslippers Mon 06-May-13 18:51:23

Qwirkle is good and really easy to pick up the rules, it's well made too. Got it for less than £15 from Amazon

oddslippers Mon 06-May-13 18:53:44

Orchard toys are good, I like scaredy cat add it's a real game of chance so good for the younger ones.

Bakingtins Mon 06-May-13 18:54:37

Lego shave the sheep
UNO

RandomMess Mon 06-May-13 18:55:32

Frustration, mainly luck smile

VerySmallSqueak Mon 06-May-13 18:55:42

Snakes and ladders
Chinese chequers

notcitrus Mon 06-May-13 18:56:15

Lexicon
Pass the Pigs
Carcassone (not 'the city', the original and then any expansions)
Settlers of Catan, if youngest is 7 or more - bit complex
Scotland Yard - get child and adult to cooperate as detectives
Bohnanza - ace trading game, lots of options for shorter game etc
Lost Cities, but is only 2 players.

Not a board game, is a card game, called Dobble. Is bloody brilliant. From age 4 upwards.

Monopoly millionaire is great too, lasts less time than the normal one which is bloody boring!

Ww would add:

Carcassonne
Lego Creationary
Ingenious
Cadoo
Uno Extreme
Wobally

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 06-May-13 18:59:53

The most obvious one is Scrabble which isn't on your list.
Though board games are really bored games for me, unless they can be finished in about an hour.

There's a card game called 'Set' that is all the rage in our family at the moment. Gets very competitive though.

PaperLantern Mon 06-May-13 19:07:56

Ticket to ride (original USA map works for 8+)
Settlers of Catan (the expansion Settlers of Catan Cities and Knights is great)
Lords of Waterdeep (my favourite favourite favourite)
7 wonders
Dominion card game (hinterlands is in my opinion a superb expansion)
Eaten by Zombies

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