Archive for the ‘Family Games’ Category

Memoir ’44 Operation Overlord

Memoir '44 Operation Overlord board game

Operation Overlord is an expansion to Memoir ’44 that allows up to 8 players to join in a massive WWII battle in a team vs. team approach.

And it’s a lot of fun!

But is it as fun as the normal, 2-player game of Memoir ’44?

Let’s find out.


Animal Upon Animal is a fun Kids Game

Animal Upon Animal board game

Would you ever think of stacking a sheep on top of a porcupine?
Or how about piling a snake on top of a toucan?

Well, in Animal Upon Animal you’ll have the chance to do just that!

Gather the family and see how high you can stack all sorts of animals in this dexterity game by HABA.

Check out Caleb’s short video review of Animal Upon Animal to see if it looks like a good fit for your children.


Dino Race makes Candyland extinct

Dino Race board game

Dino Race is a children’s board game with the cutest dinosaurs you’ll ever find in game.

Players race to get their two dinosaurs safely to the end of the terrain track to gain prizes (points). And the player who gets the egg to safety will also score bonus points.

In addition to the cute dinosaurs, Dino Race also includes high quality components with compelling visuals that kids will enjoy.


Spiel des Jahres 2015 – nominees

Colt Express board game

The 2015 Spiel des Jahres, Kinderspiel des Jahres, and Kennerspiel des Jahres award nominees were announced this week and we’re happy to see that Colt Express is one of the 3 finalists!

For those new to modern board games, the Spiel des Jahres is the major game award each year. In essence, it’s Game of the Year.

The whole purpose behind the Spiel des Jahres is to “promote games as a cultural asset to encourage gaming amongst family and friends”.


Choosing a Family Board Game

board game shelf

We’ve been doing board game and card game reviews for more than 5 years and are extremely familiar with how many games there are to choose from. We’ve posted both video and written reviews of only about 250 games.

I say “only” because there are a few thousand new games published every year!

But even still, our current game review list of 250 games presents a lot of fun games to choose from. So taking some time to think through these 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Board Game before buying a game is a great process we highly recommend.


Celebrate Time for Mom

Happy Mother's Day #TimeForMom

You know what would be really cool?

If we could have either Friday or Monday as a holiday to make it a 3-day weekend for mom!

Sunday May 10th is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and it’s such a wonderful time to pay homage to our mothers. Wouldn’t it be so cool to have it also be a 3-day weekend instead of just one day?


But Wait, There’s More party game review

But Wait, There's More party game

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Best Board Games 2014 – Nominees are in!

The Dice Tower Awards Best Board Game

What are the best board games and card games from 2014?

Well, it’s that time of year again – time to look back on 2014 and determine which were the best games published.

The annual Dice Tower Awards recognize the best board games published every year. While the award winners won’t be announced until the summer, we’re happy to share the list of nominees for 2014.


Doodle Quest – Fun family doodling

Doodle Quest board game

The other day we shared 5 Traits that make a great Family Game. And today we’re taking a look at a specific game that has all of those traits – Doodle Quest.

Like the name suggests, Doodle Quest is all about doodling.

But with each doodle, players are trying to score points from special objectives.

It’s really a unique and fresh type of family game.


5 Traits That Make a Great Family Game

Lemming Mafia board game

With thousands of new board games and card games published every year, there’s no shortage of game possibilities to play. But with so many choices, it can be a daunting task to narrow it down to just a few games to get.

In an effort to help make the right selection, it’s human nature to order items in groups and subgroups. And it’s no different with board games and card games.

In all the grouping and sub-grouping of board games and card games, perhaps the one that causes the most questions is the common label of “Family Game”.

So what makes a great Family Game?

To find out, we tapped the experts – our kids. And here are the top 5 traits they feel make a great family game.