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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!

 

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.

 

Car racing with Anki Overdrive rocks!

Anki Overdrive car racing

Wow has car racing come a long way since I was a kid!

Bridging video games, mobile games, and physical track car racing, Anki Overdrive is a ton of fun!

Or as we like to call it in our house, Mario Kart Live.

Why? Because Anki Overdrive is the modern way to race cars in your living room.

 

It’s Garbage Day! (and a Giveaway)

Garbage Day card game

Parents around the world all know what it’s like trying to get their kids to clean their rooms. It’s a constant battle we all go through.
And even when a child says their room is clean, all it takes is a peak under their bed or in their closet to see where they really stashed everything.

Well, we’ve got just the game for you – Garbage Day!

In Garbage Day, no one wants to take out the garbage or clean their room. So players try to see how much garbage they can get away with stacking on the growing pile or stashing in their rooms.

 

Loony Quest – Count us in for loony!

Loony Quest board game

It’s time for a closer look at one of the games we included in our Game Gift Guide this year – Loony Quest.

We reviewed a predecessor to it last year called Doodle Quest and also included it in our 2015 Board Game Gift Guide.

While Doodle Quest is a fun drawing game and great for practicing spatial perception skills, Loony Quest amps up both the fun and the skill level to great effect.

And Loony Quest much better deserves its title of “Quest”.

 

Board Game Gift Guide 2016!

Board Game Gift Guide 2016

Once again it’s time for our annual Board Game Gift Guide!

The time of year when we share a bunch of ideas for fun games you can get your family and friends.

This year we’ve got a list of 42 fun board games, dice games, party games, and more.