Archive for the ‘Family Games’ Category

What will you do with your 3 Wishes?

3 Wishes card game

Do you ever wish you had a wish-granting genie?

I’m sure we’ve all let ourselves get carried away with imagining a genie magically appearing and granting us 3 wishes.

What would we wish for? Would it be fame and fortune? Or would you go straight for world peace?

In the recently released card game, 3 Wishes, by Passport Studios you may have a chance to get all 3.

 

It’s all rainbows & unicorns playing Unicorn Glitterluck

Unicorn Glitterluck Cloud Crystals children's board game

Have you ever dreamed of being a colorful unicorn bouncing from cloud to cloud and sliding down rainbows while collecting pink cloud crystals?

You may not have. But if you have a young daughter, chances are high that she’s had such a dream.

With HABA’s Unicorn Glitterluck you can now make that dream a reality!

No doubt it’s super cute. But is it worth having on your game shelves?

 

Crazy Karts is chaotic kart racing!

Crazy Karts board game

When I heard Crazy Karts from Portal Games was like Mario Kart in board game form, I could hardly contain my excitement. Now was our chance to battle it out on the table instead of the screen!

I finally bought a copy of Crazy Karts at the Portal Games booth at Gen Con 2016.And since the game can play up to 8 players, I wanted our first experience to be a full one – and a Guys Game Night was the perfect chance for it.

So now that we’ve taken Crazy Karts through its paces, the big question is – does it live up to my grand expectations?

Let’s see.

 

Set Sail with some Vikings on Board

Vikings on Board board game

In Vikings on Board, players maneuver for control of the many ships docked in the harbor to score points from supplies once a ship sets sail. It’s an action-selection game where turn-order changes every round and players alter the state of the game with every choice.

If you like a little chaos mixed in with your choices, then Vikings on Board may be just the family board game you’re after.

 

Get Rich Quick ain’t no Monopoly!

Get Rich Quick board game

When I first saw Get Rich Quick at the FoxMind booth at Gen Con 2016, the ever-popular Monopoly board game quickly came to mind.

The great news is that it didn’t take long for me to realize Get Rich Quick is a far cry from Monopoly. In fact, there’s hardly any resemblance at all to Monopoly other than there’s a board and paper money.

And no one is trying to bankrupt anyone else!

The even better news is Get Rich Quick has been a lot of fun to play!

 

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

2017

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!