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Best family board game?

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ScariestFairyByFar Mon 12-Nov-12 00:26:48

Looking for a present for step brothers family don't see them much but will see then at Xmas was thinking a game for them all would be good but need ideas.

Himalaya Mon 12-Nov-12 00:33:02

How old are the children? How big is the family?

FruttiDiMadre Mon 12-Nov-12 01:04:49

I think Animal upon animal is fab

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Mon 12-Nov-12 01:56:41

Depends on how old the DC are. I like:

Bang! (bullet version) for teens
Apples to Apples for 10+
Cranium for 8+
Junior Monopoly for 7+
Coppit for 5+
Ludo for anyone smaller than that

INeedThatForkOff Mon 12-Nov-12 02:03:51

Pass the Bomb

ScariestFairyByFar Mon 12-Nov-12 11:29:57

Kids are 2, 6 and 16!

HousewifefromBethlehem Mon 12-Nov-12 11:31:45

Who nu cranium is brilliant

PiedWagtail Mon 12-Nov-12 11:56:36

Agree with Pass the Bomb and Cranium

joanbyers Mon 12-Nov-12 12:01:09

Crokinole (v. expensive:
Gulo gulo
Hey, That's My Fish!
Loopin' Louie

ConsiderCasey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:06:16

kokoriko by Lego isn't a board game but it's a great family game for kids about 5 up. It's even better if you get the kids to build barns for their chickens out of dominoes.
Unfortunately my nephews always gang up on me when we play and leave me with no eggs! sad

DharmaBumpkin Mon 12-Nov-12 12:08:29


Both simple rules, easy for kids to pick up, but still really fun for adults.

MiauMau Mon 12-Nov-12 12:13:23

I love the classics like pictionary (there's a similar one with plasticine) and monopoly. There's also taboo, if anyone knows it. My family has always been pretty big on board and card games, trying to convince my DP on how cool they are for the sake of our LO grin

iseenodust Mon 12-Nov-12 12:29:43

Chinese chequers
Agree Monopoly
Big jenga (not a board game but works across all ages)

joanbyers Mon 12-Nov-12 12:34:23

Monopoly is pretty awful as a family game, as it

(a) takes too long
(b) involves cut-throat behaviour
(c) involves long periods of time where one or more players have effectively lost and everyone else is twiddling thumbs either already bankrupt or waiting to land on their Monopoly

and lots of people would own it already anyway.

mollymawk Mon 12-Nov-12 12:37:20

Not a board game, but a card game - Set. It's fab. The 6 yo will be able to play it (and probably win).

fuzzpig Mon 12-Nov-12 12:37:34

It might be quite tricky to find something that a 2yo will concentrate on.

I love qwirkle cubes.

That animal upon animal looks fab, I've put it on my wishlist! Thanks!

rabbitstew Mon 12-Nov-12 12:52:17

Not sure you'll find anything that appeals to a 2-year old and a 16 year old and doesn't leave the 6-year old feeling outclassed by the older sibling and bl**dy irritated by the younger sibling!... 2-year old might like a giant floor version of snakes and ladders, but much beyond that and he/she will probably get bored halfway through and mess up everyone else's counters/playing pieces. If a well behaved 2-year old, maybe Frustration (like ludo, only the die is contained in plastic so said 2-year old can't throw it across the room and lose it under the furniture, although will probably cause all the little men to jump out of their holes by pushing the button too hard on the die casing). As for the 16-year old, I suspect he/she will roll eyes in despair at the thought of having to play a board game with siblings, anyway grin.
For children of more board-game ages and that way inclined, then most games provide some fun. Labyrinth (by Ravensburger) is good fun - you have to try to create pathways for yourself to get to particular items of treasure on your card, whilst keeping an eye on what other people might be heading for so that you don't help them... and it probably isn't as well known as other games, so more chance the family don't already have it. Or Battleships, or Trivial Pursuit, or Cluedo, or all the other traditional board games... Uno is a fun, simple card game. Connect 4 is a fun 2-player game that quite young people can enjoy, but maybe not 2-year olds and besides, all these games are the sort of thing people are already likely to have if they like that sort of thing!!!!!!!!

ScariestFairyByFar Mon 12-Nov-12 13:01:06

Liking the look of the animal one. But will check out others.

ScariestFairyByFar Mon 12-Nov-12 13:08:45

I'm swithering between, animal apon animal, kokoriko and bettle drive. TBH I'm not sure there a board game kind of family but I have no other ideas.

liveinazoo Mon 12-Nov-12 13:11:49

orchard toys make great games for kids

saying that with the age range it will be tricky

at 4,6,and 8 mine love
run,run as fast as you can<orchard toys>
hungry dinos<like hungry hippos>
build a beetle
snakes and ladders 3d

avoid pig goes pop at all costs<i know no one who has bough this game its worked properly!>

steppemum Mon 12-Nov-12 13:12:56

set is good, ds is getting it (might need to handicap older kids though)
settlers in good, everyone keeps involved, but may be too old yet
simple card game called Turn left Turn right (I think, we have it in dutch, not not 100% sure of English name) has policemen cards and you have to work out which item is 2 steps left then 3 steps right. It works for mixed ages as once you have won, you have to move on to second level of instructions on the card (our variation)

KittyLilith Mon 12-Nov-12 13:25:59

What about creationary, the lego version of pictionary? I'm thinking about getting it for us for our family present from Santa this year.

hoodoo12345 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:33:59

Toom of doom, is a year on year favourite in out house, along with good old fashioned Ludo.

mamasmissionimpossible Mon 12-Nov-12 14:24:50

KittyLilith - creationary had awful reviews on the bad toy thread - sorry!

Other lego games are good, eg shave a sheep

kiery Mon 12-Nov-12 14:48:56

We love board games in our family and our favourites are...
For older children (my children are 10 and 12) and adults we have had many a happy hour with Ticket to Ride (be warned addictive) and Small Worlds (for the fantasy loving, contains hobbits, elves, trolls) also, Rummikub and rummikub word.

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