By Andy Merrett
Feb 1, 2012
80 Games Every Family Should Play
Boules is similar to bowls, except the balls are typically thrown. The game works well in many outdoor situations including the park and the beach, and is a great family game. Boules sets are relatively inexpensive.
12. BrainBox series
BrainBox games are typically card-based memory games which not only help recall but educate at the same time. To top it off, they’re made from environmentally sustainable materials. A huge range of topics are available including world, maths, inventions, nature, animals, football, history and dinosaurs.
The concept is simple but executing it is hard. All you have to do is place a dozen items onto the mule’s back, but watch out that it doesn’t buck and send everything flying.
Teaching the family a few card games is definitely worthwhile because, when the batteries have run out, there’s no Internet connection and the other board games are too big, it’s easy to reach for a pack of cards and pass a few hours.
Always popular and sure to have people in stitches as family members attempt to act out the titles of books, TV shows, musicals and films without speaking. It’s worth creating some cards with titles in advance.
Chess is quite a cerebral game but definitely one worth learning if your kids like strategy games. There are some excellent child-friendly books about learning to play chess, and there may also be local or school clubs if they’re really keen to improve.
17. Chinese Checkers
Though the game is neither Chinese nor particularly related to checkers, it’s nonetheless a fun one to play by two, three, four or six players. The object of the game is to get all of one’s marbles from one star point to the opposite one. It’s a great strategy game that’s popular across all age ranges.
Cluedo (or Clue as it’s known in the US) is a classic detective game involving deduction and a bit of luck to determine who committed a murder, where and with what object. The game is definitely worth playing with at least four people.
19. Connect 4
A variation on the noughts-and-crosses theme, Connect Four is a vertical grid into which coloured discs are dropped in an attempt to form a line of four in a row.
20. Cranium Family
A family-oriented version of the popular multi-skill Cranium game, this will have everyone sketching, sculpting, acting and guessing. It’s quite expensive, owing to the number of elements it contains, but will definitely have you coming back again and again.