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
Pop up pirate
Guess who
Pump up pig
Screwball scramble
Connect 4
Various packs of cards

Which we all play together

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

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

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.

KansasCityOctopus Mon 06-May-13 14:30:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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

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

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

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:

Lego Creationary
Uno Extreme

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

Pancakeflipper Mon 06-May-13 19:09:30

Mexican Train.

ChippyMinton Mon 06-May-13 19:10:27

We are currently going through a craze on Monopoly Deal courtesy of a reccy on here. It's a card version of the boardgame and is fast and cut-throat grin

ChippyMinton Mon 06-May-13 19:11:11

Ooh yes, Mexican Train is excellent.

PaperLantern Mon 06-May-13 19:13:24

Monopoly is an awful game compared to any of the games above, not much fun for whoever's losing

Trumpton Mon 06-May-13 19:40:30

Oh ! Oh! Labyrinth !. It's fab . Also comes in standard edition that is from age 8 and certainly usable for younger.

Also second vote for Dobble card game .

Gossipmonster Mon 06-May-13 19:40:43

Love Taboo and Rapidough

ChippyMinton Mon 06-May-13 20:01:55

PaperLantern - I'm talking about Monopoly Deal - try it!

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

Monopoly deal is a brilliant card game - it is so good when you just have 15 minutes or so to play a quick game. The Boggle card game is fun too

Pantah630 Mon 06-May-13 20:07:51

Rummikub is great fun, we all love it. The whole family on my side play a card game that's very similar without the manipulation.

Takver Mon 06-May-13 20:18:02

YY to Settlers, Carcassone, Bohnanza and Ticket to Ride.

There are three of us, so all our games are fine with 3, but we also like ones that play well with just 2 if one person isn't in the mood.

I'd add

Stone Age (similar 'feel' to Settlers, but a quicker easier play, dd was fine with it from about 7ish). Plays fine with 2, but can be up to 5

Dominion (fab, probably more 8-9 up though) Also fine with 2 players, can't remember max. Lots of replay value as the game varies a lot depending on setup

Pandemic - this is new to us, only played it once so far, but came very well reviewed & seems good. Its very different from any of our other games in that it is a co-operative game where you are working together to beat the game. It isn't as hippy as that sounds!

San Juan - card game based on Puerto Rico (also very popular, but I haven't played it), another good one for 2 players, and a nice quick easy play if you're feeling tired.

Have you found the boardgamegeek website?

WidowWadman Mon 06-May-13 20:23:46

Carcassonne in all its permutations. The children's version actually isn't bad either.


RalphGnu Mon 06-May-13 20:27:15

Sorry to crash the thread but is anyone here a Talisman fan? I'm a bit obsessed; have bought the Reaper expansion and wanting to buy another but can't decide which one. Can anyone advise?

(Nobody in rl has heard of it and look at me like this confused when I mention it.)

bulletproofgerbil Mon 06-May-13 20:28:06

Not a board game but the card game Canasta. Very addictive and a good mix of strategy and luck.

RiseAndWhine Mon 06-May-13 20:31:00

Lagretto - cannot believe it has not been mentioned yet. Amazing, addictive, quick and easy.

Rummikub also ace.

chickensaladagain Mon 06-May-13 20:35:52

We like the pointless board game grin

Karoleann Mon 06-May-13 20:40:26

Ralph - I was just about to come on and recommend talisman. I still have my original (2nd edition) so about 25 year old and have bought 4th edition for ds1 7. He loves it! We played yesterday and he was desperate to play again today.
W also have the dungeon expansion which is very good. Ds2 can't manage to play by himself, but he plays with me (and it does say age 14+) on the box.
I did also buy reaper, but I'm not sure ds will like it - we may leave til he's a bit older.

Uno is big hit with my boys and would also second rat race if you can get a copy.

inia Mon 06-May-13 21:07:36

there's a junior settlers of catan which my 6 year old loves and 4 year old is just getting the hang off

onoroff Mon 06-May-13 21:10:23

bananagrams is fab but bit hard for 5 year olds, more for 8 and up i would say.

Dominion! Can be adapted easily as the kids get older. one of my favourite games alongside settlers of catan smile

onoroff Mon 06-May-13 21:26:28

Sorry to thread steal but i have always fancied Risk - what age is this suitable from please?

Schooldidi Mon 06-May-13 21:39:15

We love Risk. Dd1 has been playing since she was about 8ish I think.

Ingenious is brilliant. It says from age 8+ but it depends how well your dcs spot patterns and how logical their brains are, dd1 was playing and enjoying it from about 5+ with a little help, but I've played it at school with 15yos who need support to spot the patterns.

Pandemic is a brilliant game but in my opinion it is too complicated for five year olds. A ten year old with a good concentration span and strategic thinking skills could probably cope.

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 06-May-13 21:57:49

Carcassone but need to be 7ish to play. Can get round that by playing in teams, pairing the youngest with older players.

Monopoly city

Game of Life especially the 'pod' version-no longer in production but around in charity shops/car boots.

we have a game called Go Green which is great. The aim is to buy pigs, chickens and crops and become sustainable.
You get asked questions about the environment (multiple choice), if you get it right you can choose what crop to buy. if you get enough you can rent an allotment.
It cost £20, our DS was 8 when we bought it

Bimbledorf Mon 06-May-13 22:06:33

Balderdash. It's my favourite game ever and changes with whoever you play with. My 8 year old son and 11 year old niece love playing it and are surprisingly good at it. It's always very funny. Absolutely agree with monopoly deal too, so much better than the board game - it moves fast and is really easy to pick up.

Littlefish Mon 06-May-13 22:06:41

Pass the bomb.

MiniTheMinx Mon 06-May-13 22:16:36

Where is Moldova
Hex (only two players though)
The London Game

Takver Mon 06-May-13 22:41:23

Agree Pandemic is definitely too complicated for a 5 y/o - but I think the OP also wanted games to play with her DH?

I reckon, so long as you can play a game with two, you don't lose as your dc will grow into them. IME the 'box' ages are often pessimistic if you have well trained dc! A lot of board games I'd say the main limiting factor is reading, though, so that will rule out dc until they are older.

Having said that Balderdash is great for encouraging a reluctant writer to actually put pen to paper! (I think the small bits of paper are bizarrely helpful, as it seems less challenging.)

Softlysoftly Mon 06-May-13 22:45:07

Really nasty horse racing game.

Brilliant fun and great for family fall outs (essential part of any games evening) my mum and dad payed it loads with us and have bought it for every friend ever.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 09:43:13

OOOOO for kids I second the London game
Also on the trains theme The great game of Britain is absolutely awesome

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 10:02:36

Kill Doctor Lucky from cheapass games

The idea behind cheapass games many many years ago was that really good games could be produced cheaply (game originally sold for a couple of pounds). Now you can download the board and cards and play it for free. Well worth the time to print and cut.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 10:04:19

For younger kids Disney's Destination Animation is a lovely game. simple concept really well executed

JellicleCat Tue 07-May-13 10:10:24

Ticket to ride is great, I got the European one for Christmas.

Not sure if Outrage is still around. A great game based on stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. I think dd was 8 or 9 when we got it.

inneedofrain Tue 07-May-13 10:49:01

Great all

Thanks so much off to google and amazon so more!

I report back once I have bought some more.

Slubberdegullion Tue 07-May-13 10:50:28

Ditto the many there's who have said Carcassone. Fab game.

Really like Qwirkle too. Just the feel of the pieces and making nice orderly patterns gives me great pleasure. Also good for stealth maths (addition).

Having bought Monopoly Deal at Christmas I will never, ever eveeeeeeer again play the original Monopoly again. What a tedious pile of shite that game is. Monopoly Deal is so much more fun, and after 20-30 mins you have an actual winner.

Dh has just started playing Risk with the dds (7&9). I think you have to be reasonably mature enough about losing to play this game without there being significant tears.

Slubberdegullion Tue 07-May-13 10:51:29

No idea what there's is. Posters.

Dancergirl Tue 07-May-13 11:37:26

Yes to Quirkle. And also q-bitz

thegreylady Tue 07-May-13 11:58:05

My family love Tell Me and we have played it with players aged from 4 to 76! Everyone enjoyed it. You get a wheel to spin and category cards which say eg 'a domestic animal' the spinner spins the wheel which lands on a letter of the alphabet-the first one to answer gets the card.The example given could be cat,cow,chihuahua etc so even the littles can contribute though we did let the 4year old be 'spinner' quite a lot.The winner has most cards at the end of the game.

DeWe Tue 07-May-13 12:11:08

Games in our house are quite traditional. We all play (not always all together) 3dc, 12, 9 and 5.

Monopoly is the current favourite.
Card games (favourite is one made up by dm)
Snakes and Ladders
Connect 4
Guess Who

Caitycat Tue 07-May-13 12:18:17

Articulate is my absolute favourite, hard for v young children but we have played it where littler ones can choose any word on the card rather than the category that comes up

cornflakegirl Tue 07-May-13 13:31:54

Echo the recommendations for Quirkle, Dominion and Set. These are games that we play with the children, but that DH and I will also play by ourselves (Dominion also works well on Skype if you have friends with their own copy).

Also Perudo (liar dice) and Blokus (strategy game involving 2d shapes).

Monopoly Deal and Monopoly Millionaire are great for Monopoly obsessed people who can't get others to play the full version very often (DS1).

(Off to check out Dobble and Talisman.)

Dancergirl Tue 07-May-13 13:45:20

Quick question about family games: do you only buy them as treats, eg Xmas or birthdays...or buy them whenever?

HintofBream Tue 07-May-13 13:55:36

Rummikub very popular here. Elements of Rummy, but played with tiles.

Helenagrace Tue 07-May-13 15:30:36

Another vote for Quirkle.

Great fun and easy to play.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 18:14:33

Dancergirl - I'm slightly hooked on games so about as often as other people buy shoes.

Kids games I rarely buy new and usually pick up at bootfairs and charity shop e.g. junior monopoly I picked up for a pound and junior scrabble.

I also asked on freecycle and was lucky enough to get a reply from someone throwing out a load of games including a fabulous old garden game and the Great game of britain.

More adult games I buy new because there rarely seem to go for much less second hand!

We usually buy each child a game for Christmas, but they all end up being shared.

plusonemore Tue 07-May-13 20:29:26

lots of great sounding games on here I haven't heard of! only one to add is

apples to apples

figwit Tue 07-May-13 20:34:03

'Sorry' is great fun, don't think it is currently in production, but can get hold of it ebay/amazon/charity shops.

Have played and loved it for years, can be a bit ruthless though.

cornflakegirl Tue 07-May-13 20:34:18

I also feed my board game addiction at the charity shop. New games tend to be presents.

jellybeans Tue 07-May-13 20:35:49

Harry Potter Cluedo
Mini Air Hockey

JustCallMeBaldrick Tue 07-May-13 20:38:25

I came on to say 'Sorry!', but figwit beat me to it smile
You can either play to win, or play so that others can't win, iyswim!

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 20:50:05

sorry is still in production

But ludo is the same, usually cheaper and often found in games compendiums

lemonpuff Tue 07-May-13 20:54:58

For adults, Upword or Pick Two, both brillant word games.

Paper, you must be playing it wrong! Ludo can't match Sorry!

<<Starts by ending a pawn back>>

Paper, you must be playing it wrong! Ludo can't match Sorry!

<<Starts by sending a pawn back>>

PaperLantern Wed 08-May-13 09:12:12

actually it's been so long since I played either I may well be wrong <<tries to throw a six to get pawn back out>>

iseenodust Wed 08-May-13 09:39:56

Fleeced (Shaun the sheep)
Callisto - very easy to understand/quite quick to play.
For when DC a bit older the Lego Hogwarts game.

HintofBream Wed 08-May-13 10:15:41

Carcassonne fans, please can you tell me if the "New Edition" which Amazon have for about £17.50 is OK or is there an original, better version which I should be hunting for?

Definitely Catan and Carcasonne and the iPhone apps for both so you can play against the computer

DD got Whoowasit for Christmas, which is surprisingly good.

Perudo is excellent.

Pictionary is a good laugh, we had the family edition that had white board easels to draw on.

Dancergirl Wed 08-May-13 12:18:02

I fancy ordering Mexican Train now from Amazon. Got great reviews.

Theas18 Wed 08-May-13 15:29:01


Theas18 Wed 08-May-13 15:29:31

oh and we have carcassone on ipad for travel!

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-May-13 21:29:45

Hi we have moved this thread out of chat so it doesn't get lost

Weallrolledoverandonefellout Wed 08-May-13 21:42:33

Coppit. Looks a little dull on the description, but its really great...the whole family can play...upto 6 people I think

MostlyFine Wed 08-May-13 23:11:04

Hintofbream I haven't played it before but bought that edition today after reading some reviews online. Seems its the same but has an expansion pack included called the river.

HintofBream Thu 09-May-13 00:20:23

Thanks Mostlyfine, now I am wondering whether I should get the online version first, and get the hang of it before trying it on the rest of the family. Please could you post about how you get on with it?

cornflakegirl Thu 09-May-13 10:37:25

Hint of Bream - it's not tricky to pick up - playing the cards is basically 2D dominoes, and playing the scoring pieces is pretty straightforward. You can work out the strategy over time.

Weall - yy to Coppit.

scissy Thu 09-May-13 17:12:00

Here's some suggestions for the adults/when dcs are older:
Power Grid
Small World (unusually suitable for 2 players)
otherwise I second the suggestions on here, we have all of them in our (rather massive) board game collection blush

HintofBream Fri 10-May-13 18:48:35

cornflake and mostly, thanks, i have bought the online game. Struggling a little with scoring, but enjoying it a lot.

FoundAChopinLizt Fri 10-May-13 18:53:41

Hint of bream,

There are demos on YouTube of people explaining carcassone. We watched it before we played.

The iPad version is also good for learning scoring.

MummaBubba123 Sun 12-May-13 07:21:31


I also looooove the shop Fun Learning.

cornflakegirl Tue 14-May-13 21:11:54

figwit thank you for recommending Sorry. I got a copy from ebay which arrived today and has already caused two arguments!

babyphat Wed 15-May-13 08:13:58

Destination Hogwarts! DP hasn't read the books or seen many of the films but still enjoys it. Takes about an hour to play

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 08:26:23

Ooh this is my kind of thread! <settles in, rolls dice>

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 08:54:22

This thread is going to cost me a fortune shock

Right apologies for any repetitions as I'm just going to go through my games cupboard (we bought it especially to house our games... but they don't all fit blush) but I'll leave out some that I know have been mentioned. Some are 2 player and some are 'out of print' and bought from eBay etc.

Mrs Honeys Hat
Tuten Loot 'Em
Around the world in 80 days
Boggle Slam
Khet 2.0
Lego Hogwarts
Lego Minotaurus
Monopoly express (dice version)
qwirkle Cubes (not the same as qwirkle, it is better grin)
Animal upon Animal
Battleships express
Cluedo express
Risk express
Tummy ache
Stay alive
Jungle speed

I'm sure there's more. We have so many games there are some we haven't actually played yet! blush

fuzzpig Wed 15-May-13 08:55:38

Ooh I forgot to list Continuo.

Shadows over Camelot is excellent for older children and has the brilliant twist that one player is a traitor!
Agricola is superb for older ones too.
Scotland Yard for younger ones is good for encouraging cooperation.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now