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Onitama – 2 player strategic fun

Onitama board game

Onitama is a fantastic board game the entire family can enjoy!

The game play is super simple, yet requires strategic thinking.

It has chess-like elements and feel, but the play time is short.

It doesn’t require any reading, yet demands spacial understanding.

The options for movement each game are limited, but the variability is huge.

And the game can be quite addicting.

 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is great fun

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle card game

When we first heard about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, we got excited.

After all, we love cooperative games. We enjoy deck-building games. And we love Harry Potter!

So the thought of having all those elements combines into a game was wonderful to hear.

It also created very high expectations.

The big question was – could it live up to our high hopes?

Well, it’s time to find out…

 

Best Board Games of 2016

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What are the Best Board Games of 2016 for families?

After playing more than 180 different games in 2016 we’re ready to make the call.

Total number of game plays = 449
Total number of new games played = 131

That’s right, I played about as many “new to me” games in 2016 as I did total games in 2015.

We also posted 57 game reviews during 2016 – the most we’ve ever done in 1 year!

Here are the 7 games we consider the best board games of 2016.

 

Rubik’s Race and other puzzle challenges

Rubik's Race board game box

Earlier this year, Caleb noticed a Rubik’s Cube on one of our shelves and set out to solve it.

The colorful puzzle cube captured all his attention for quite some time. Before long he had figured it out and was challenging us to mix it up “harder” to see how long it would take him to solve it.

On average he was solving it in 1 minute 10 seconds. And like you’d imagine, he loved getting under 1 minute.

So when we saw a game called Rubik’s Race, of course we were interested.

 

Playing with marbles is fun in Potion Explosion

Potion Explosion board game

Games and toys are made to be fun.

After all, having fun is why we get together with friends and family to play games. And kids love playing with toys because they’re fun.

So when we see a game with a big toy factor to it, we naturally tend to think it’s going to be fun.

Such is the case with Potion Explosion. The game has a big toy factor that revolves around playing with marbles!

 

Codenames: Pictures is better than the original

Codenames: Pictures card game

Codenames became an almost instant hit with our family when we got it. It quickly achieved a place among our Family Favorite Board Games.

So when we first heard a new version of Codenames was being published using pictures, we thought it sounded ridiculous. After all, how could Czech Games Edition improve upon the original Codenames?

Boy, am I glad we were wrong!

Because we’ve found that we actually like Codenames: Pictures more than the original!

 

Star Wars: Imperial Assault game insert

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in less than a week!

I can hardly wait.

And to keep my excitement alive and well, Star Wars: Imperial Assault is staying set up on our game table for playing a number of times this week.

The game also has a lot of components including the miniatures, tokens, dice, various card decks, and plenty of tiles.

But with a great game insert, like this one from Insert Here, keeping it so well organized in the game box makes set up much simpler.

 

Scythe Factory is a great addition

Scythe Factory Meeple Realty game insert

When you’ve got something you love, you want to treat it with care.

The same holds true for board games.

Rather than having cool game pieces get banged around inside the game box, more and more people are now buying game inserts to organize the components in games they love.

This rise in demand has also fueled in increase in the options and quality of such inserts.

And today we’d like to introduce you to such a quality insert from Meeple Realty — Scythe Factory.

 

Top 10 Board Games of All Time

Top 10 Board Games

This time of year, many board game video reviewers run through their Top 100 Games of All Time. With thousands of new and fun board games being published every year, these reviewers take time to adjust their lists and publish an update to their Top 100 games. While we haven’t gone so far as to […]

 

Digital Board Games just keep coming!

Colt Express app

We know one of the great reasons to play board games is the social interaction.

Sitting down at a table face-to-face and engaging in a shared activity with family and friends is a lot of fun.

There’s also a great tactile element of fun to playing board games in moving items and cards around the table or on a board.

But it’s hard to ignore the tons of fun board games and card games that are now being published in digital form.