Top 12 Best Family Board Games – Mom
In the past we’ve written about the Top 10 “Must Have” Family Board Games and the Top 10 “Must Have Family Card Games. Last year we also put together our Board Game Gift Guide to help people get ideas on what to buy for Christmas gifts.
As we’re coming up on the holidays, we’ve thought of updating all of those lists because there continue to be hundreds of board games released each year. And there are definitely new games that we’d add to all of those lists.
But this year we’re trying something different. We thought it would be a good idea to share the perspective of each member of our family on what games they’d put at the top of such a list. So rather than just getting dad’s summary and having it go on and on with so many great board games and card games. We’re giving you the perspective of everyone else (then maybe dad will sneak something in in the end).
We also have our comprehensive board game reviews list that you can sort by each member of the family to see which games they rated the highest, but the drawback there is that times change. For example, something Jaden thought was so cool 3 years ago may not have held up as well against some cool new games. So now we’re taking it from scratch. Given an afternoon or evening to pick some games to play, which would be at the top of your list.
And we’ll start right at the top with Mom.
Top 12 Best Family Board Games – MOM’s choice
Dad disclaimer: Take head of this list because it’s a super important one. While I may play and love a ton of games (and still have a ton on my wish list), the real gauge of fun family games often comes from mom. When we’re all together (and not just dad and the boys), what games are we going to play? We’re going to play games that mom enjoys. But that’s not to say that I’m holding my tongue playing these games, because I enjoy all of these as well. Now, on to the list.
As mom properly stated, “picking the best games are tough because it depends on how much time we have, who’s playing, and what mood we’re in.” But here are the games that mom puts at the top of her list of games she loves playing.
A great “go-to” family game that’s light, strategic, and colorful. There’s just something engaging about building up your sets of cards to claim routes and complete your tickets. Easy to learn, simple to play, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
See our full review of Ticket to Ride: Europe.
A surprise hit with mom. At the end of a game of 7 Wonders it might look like a very complicated game with the table as full as can be with cards spread everywhere. And that can be intimidating for a family board game. So it took a little convincing to pull mom into a game of 7 Wonders. But once mom sat down and tried 7 Wonders, the bug was caught. With the first hand or two, it was still a little confusing. But by the third and fourth, she was on a roll. Not only is it a game she loves to play, but she comes out on top the majority of the time.
See our full review of 7 Wonders.
Sequence is a staple in our family. You may think that a simple game of playing cards and placing chips on the board to match that card would be boring. But the beauty of Sequence is that any number of people can play and conversation can continue. Whether it’s just two of us, or we’re with 10+ extended family, it’s great to team up and work together to get your rows complete – even when you don’t have a clue what cards your teammates hold. And since a lot comes down to luck of the cards, it’s great for families of all ages.
See our full review of Sequence.
The first cooperative board game we bought and it’s still a hit in our family. Pandemic is also the game often credited with launching the cooperative board game craze. But that’s not why we love it. Simply put, it’s a great game. With multiple ways to lose and only 1 way to win, it’s great to work together as a team, using everyone’s special abilities to beat the game. And while the theme may seem a like a ‘downer’, as a team we’re saving the world. We also think the additional elements and player roles in the expansion, Pandemic: On the Brink, help make it even better.
See our full review of Pandemic.
Code 777 is a brain burner when you’re ready for some thoughtful analysis. Most board games and card games mom likes are light and fun. Code 777 is for when mom’s in the mood for some mental stimulation – and that’s a different kind of fun. But fun nonetheless.
See our full review of Code 777.
Given a thinking game that everyone can join in though, and mom will pick classic Clue. Trying to whittle down the options of who did it, with what, and where never seems to get old. And those characters are so ingrained in today’s culture that we can use a derivation of “Colonel Mustard, with the Candlestick, in the Library” around the house and we all get the reference – such as “Caleb, with the Cookie Jar, in the Kitchen”.
As far as party games go, Rollick takes the cake for mom. Rollick and Reverse Charades are similar charades games in that instead of 1 person acting out and their teammates trying to guess what they’re doing, it’s 1 person guessing what all the other players are acting out. It’s hilarious fun! Watching 4 people trying to act something out in different ways not only leaves the guesser scratching their head, but it leaves everyone else howling with laughter.
See our full review of Rollick.
Another party game that keeps the energy up with laughter is Anomia. It’s a quick thinking game with a lot of brain freeze. When a card is turned over with a matching symbol as someone else, it’s a quick showdown to see who can shout out a correct answer first. A lot of things get shouted, but not always an answer. And regardless of how it turns out, it also brings a lot of laughter.
See our full review of Anomia.
For more light, fun family card games Skip-Bo has to be on the list. Skip-Bo is a card game that we played a lot when the kids were younger (and before our game shelf started to sag with the weight of so many other games), but it’s still a great game.
Timeline is a new card game on the scene for us and mom also loves how simple it is to play. And best of all, it doesn’t take a lot of time. So for moments when we don’t have a lot of time to play a game, this is a quick one to pull out and play. It also takes a bit of reasoning to figure out where to place your cards on the timeline. Good stuff.
See our full review of Timeline.
While this may be an older game, there’s still something enjoyably satisfying about shouting Rack-O when you get your cards all lined up. No matter how long it’s been since we’ve played Rack-O, it’s not a game we have to refresh our memories about – and that goes a long way when mom’s looking to play a game. Just pull it out and start playing.
Back to a party game to finish the list – Catch Phrase. Catch Phrase is also a game that was one of the first we reviewed when we started The Board Game Family because we loved it so much. And we still do. Squaring off as women vs. men or girls vs. boys is still the way to go!
See our full review of Catch Phrase.
So there you have it – Mom’s Top 12 list of Best Family Board Games.
To all you mom’s out there, we’d love to hear what your favorite family board games and card games are.