Slide Blast board game
Photosynthesis board game
Board Game Gift Guide
Queendomino board game
Potion Explosion board game
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle card game
Star Wars: Rebellion board game
Piña Pirata card game
Dice Forge dice game
America trivia game

Board Game Gift Guide 2017!

Know someone who will love a new board game for Christmas?

Are you ready to find some great board games for your family and friends?

It’s time again for our annual Board Game Gift Guide so you can find the perfect game gift!

This year’s Board Game Gift Guide includes 38 great game ideas!

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Like UNO? Try Piña Pirata

Piña Pirata card game

A light card game of matching piratey animals.

One of the most popular games on the planet is UNO.

Everyone knows how to play UNO.

Of course, many people also like to mix it up a bit and throw in their own house rules to the game.

If you’re one of those people who like the simplicity of UNO, but also wish there was a bit more to it, you’re in luck.

Today we’re reviewing a game that’s like UNO with a twist. It’s call Piña Pirata by iello!

Check out Caleb’s video review of Piña Pirata to see how to play and why he likes it.



Can the whole family enjoy playing Piña Pirata?

Piña Pirata is a card game the whole family can enjoy playing together.

As you can see in Caleb’s video review, it’s a basic card matching game where the first player to get rid of all their cards wins. And that’s easy for players of almost any age to understand.

The art on the cards is fantastic. Each pirate type has an associated color so it’s easy to notice matches. In addition, the cards include icons in the corners so players can easily see what they have in their hands.

Piña Pirata card game

It’s easy to see which cards you have in hand. I have a lot of crocodiles.

Yet Piña Pirata adds more in the form of special rules that get added upon every round. So as the game progresses, more and more rules get added and players will have to keep track of them all.

But keeping track of the different rules shouldn’t be a problem for younger players. You’ll be surprised at how apt they are to remember the differences – sometimes even better than the adults playing.

Piña Pirata card game

The amount of special rules makes every game unique.


Things to keep in mind

Piña Pirata card game

Sometimes it’s tough to get rid of your last cards depending on the rules in play.

As we mentioned in the video, one thing to keep in mind in Piña Pirata is that the number of players will impact the game length.

There are two main reasons why.

The first is that the game ending condition is for one player to win 3 rounds. So if you’re playing with 3 players, the most rounds you may play is 7. However, if you’re playing with a full 6 players, it may take up to 13 rounds to get a winner. And for a simple game of matching cards, that’s a bit too much for us.

The other reason is related to the first. The more rounds you play, the more special rules will come into play. And every rule added also adds a bit more time to finish a round. That’s mainly because some rules make it harder to get rid of your cards and some of those are sure to find their way into the game.

Our solution is simple: Choose how long you want to play and just play until that time’s up. Then see who won the most rounds to get your final winner.

Piña Pirata card game

Check out some of the special rules.


How does Piña Pirata score on our “Let’s Play Again” game meter?

Piña Pirata card game

Some cards are just single pirates instead of doubles.

Piña Pirata gets favorable scores on our “let’s play again” game meter mainly because it’s such a simple game to play. It’s an easy one to pull out and play without needing to remember a bunch of rules – because those rules twists come up during the game play itself.

It’s also a good game to introduce to new players because they’re most likely already familiar with UNO and this just adds some fun twists.

If you’re looking for a light card game for players of all ages, Piña Pirata is a great one to get.


Great Board Game Inserts

Insert Here game inserts

Insert Here makes fantastic foam core game inserts to keep games organized inside.

With Christmas quickly approaching, many families are looking to get awesome family board games for their family to enjoy together.

Like them, we’re also anticipating a number of new games under our Christmas tree this year.

Yet with that happy thought, we also have another thought – where will we put them?

With limited shelf space, we’re regularly looking for ways to consolidate our board game collection. First, it means some games are going to have to go. And second, we look for ways to fit more in the same area.

One way to fit more games in the same space is by using custom board game inserts. This works particularly well for games that have expansions.

And one of the best places we recommend looking for awesome game inserts is Insert Here. They make foam core game box inserts for over 200 popular board, card, and dice games!

Today we’d like to share our thoughts on 5 custom game inserts from Insert Here – 4 of which already have game expansions that make inserts almost essential for consolidating your game collection.
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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battles – The Monster Box of Monsters cooperative game review

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Box of Monsters board game

What does The Monster Box of Monsters have in store?

One of our favorite cooperative board games from last year is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle.

We were first introduced to it at Gen Con 2016 and quickly got a copy from USAopoly to play as a family.

Since we love Harry Potter and cooperative games, it seemed like a perfect fit even before we sat down. The best part though is that it lived up to our high hopes!

We really enjoy working together as Hogwarts heroes to defeat the Villains before they can take control of Potter-world locations.

So when we heard USAopoly was publishing an expansion called The Monster Box of Monsters, we were anxious to give it a go.

Again, the good news is that it’s a great expansion to a fun family game!

Now to give you the scoop…

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Oh, Captain! bluffing game review

Oh Captain bluffing game

Set your sights on grand treasure and bluff your way to victory.

“Oh, Captain, I’ve found an awesome Grappling Hook. Do you want it?”

“No. You go ahead and use it.”

“Sweet! I’m going to use it to steal some loot!”

Such could be the game play conversation in Oh Captain!

Of course, the player could also be bluffing and not really have a grappling hook. Because that’s how things go when you’re looting island treasure.

Oh Captain! is a new bluffing game from Ludonaute and Asmodee where players compete for the best treasure. But along the way, they can also use the items they find (or what they say they find) to take action against other players.

But they have to run it by the Captain first. Because the Captain may want to use that item instead.

Of course, when you bluff among fellow pirates, all may not go according to plan. You’ll just have to take your chances…

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Photosynthesis is more than just pretty trees

Photosynthesis board game

Photosynthesis is wonderful to look at and fun to play.

If you know someone who thinks board games are as fun as watching trees grow, how about challenging them to a new board game where you watch trees grow!

Ha – wouldn’t that be fun!

Board games come in all shapes and sizes and cover an unending array of themes. So having a game about growing trees isn’t really too surprising. But making such a game good is another matter.

We’re happy to report that Photosynthesis is a fantastic board game!

And it’s not just due to how wonderful Photosynthesis looks. The game play itself is easy to learn and engaging while also requiring a fair amount of strategy and planning ahead.

Blue Orange Games has published another family board game hit!

Photosynthesis board game

Growing trees isn’t boring like it first sounds.

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A Dog’s Life family board game review

A Dog's Life board game

A Dog’s Life is a light, family board game your kids will enjoy.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a dog?

As man’s best friend, maybe dogs have even wondered what life would be like as a person.

A number of movies have been made showing potential life through the eyes of pets, including one this year called A Dog’s Purpose where a dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Well, now there’s a good option for seeing life through the eyes of a dog in the new family board game, A Dog’s Life!

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The kingdom continues in Queendomino

Queendomino board game

It may look exactly the same, but Queendomino packs some strategic differences from Kingdomino.

A few months ago we reviewed the award-winning board game Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games. We also gave it a hearty recommendation for families everywhere.

It’s a colorful tile-laying game that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Of course, the Queen can’t let the King have all the fun. So Blue Orange Game recently released a wonderful companion game – Queendomino!

While Queendomino isn’t an expansion to Kingdomino, both games can be joined together to create even larger kingdoms or play with more players. But that’s just an extra bonus.

Queendomino is a stand-alone game that gets big thumbs up in its own right.

And we’re happy to show you why.

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