By Andy Merrett
Feb 1, 2012
80 Games Every Family Should Play
71. Table Football
There are some great little table football sets around now and they’re not too expensive. Superb fun for the family’s footie fans.
How descriptive can you be, when you don’t have the words to talk about what’s on your mind? See how verbose you can be against the clock, when you play Taboo, the classic word describing game. Each team of at least two players takes turns guessing as many words from the game cards as they can in one minute, without using the “taboo” words. Can you describe “shoes” without mentioning the words “feet”, “socks”, “laces”, or “smelly”? The better your team does, the further you move around the game board and the first team to get to the end wins! Suitable for ages 12 and up, Taboo is a fun game for friends or family that can help develop descriptive and word skills.
Also known as “The Roman Game”, Tabula is an early version of Backgammon. Can you get your pieces round the board before your opponent does?
74. Tiddly Winks
Definitely a firm family favourite, Tiddly Winks is a fantastic traditional game. Goodness, I want to play a game now!
75. Toss-a-Ring (Hoopla)
This traditional game is fun for all the family, particularly outdoors. Simply throw hoops over the pegs to score points. Well, I say “simply”, but it’s not really. Great for developing coordination and an appreciation of physics.
Triominos is the classic triangular domino game, with plenty of fun for all of the family. It features sturdy plastic Triomino tiles with big, easy-to-read numbers and large print, easy to follow instructions. Players score points by matching numbers on the three-sided playing pieces to pieces already in play, you score according to the value of the numbers on your piece. Triominos combines strategy, luck and exciting new challenges every time you play, making it a perfect game for children to meet adult competitors without being disadvantaged. For 2-6 players from the age of eight and over.
77. Trivial Pursuit
With editions including ones for kids, Trivial Pursuit is the classic knowledge-based board game. Whether those little wedges are bits of cheese or pie doesn’t really matter. Will you be victorious with your superior knowledge of entertainment, or will more highbrow questions hold you back?
Perhaps not for the faint-hearted, Twister will test your physical dexterity to the limit. You’re sure to get yourself in a twist! Spin the spinner and make your move, placing the correct part of your body on one of the circles of the colour demanded by the spinner. Twist yourself around all the other players to make sure you reach your circle. The last person standing wins.
The classic card game that’s loved by children, particularly when they outwit the adults. Will you forget to announce your last card? Will you be caught out by the action cards? A great game that’s playable pretty much anywhere.
Although this classic dice throwing game is based on luck, there is some skill in working out which scores to take first and which ones to forfeit later on. There’s also a lot of maths involved plus working out the probability of throwing certain values. A great way to pass some time and strangely addicting.