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Our Favourite Board Games

09/05/2022 / 8 days ago / Author: Andy Robertson

We have 97 games in the database. Even though we only add games that are unique, unusual or board particularly interesting for families, that's a lot of games to thumb through. Along with the lists and search our editors pick their favourite games each month.

These are board games that stood out not only for excellent execution but also for working really well in the family. These games stopped us in our tracks and expanded what we thought board games could be. They are like those books you finish and immediately message friends to read it as well, before starting over yourself.

You can view our editor's top games for each year or view them for each of our contributors below:

Andy's Picks

Andy had been a video game journalist for 15 years, writing for national newspapers like The Guardian and broadcasters including the BBC. He is married to Jo and they have three children (13, 16 and 18). He enjoys games that let him go deep into a story, or that offer a novel twist on a classic formula. Here are his top selections for families:

Ellen's Picks

Ellen is an 18 year old artist and performer from the UK. They love musicals, making fan art and portraits of their friends. They stream on Twitch and are part of The Last of Us community on Twitter.

Rich's Picks

Rich is a website developer with many years experience. Although he had enjoyed playing video games over the years, it was only when he started the database with Andy that he rediscovered how much he enjoyed them. He loves games where you have to solve puzzles to progress, seems to be drawn to bright colours and enjoys collaborative games that he can play with his nieces:

Jo's Picks

Jo has worked as an antenatal teacher, classroom assistant, school cook and has recently trained to teach English as a second language. She is married to Andy and they have three children (13, 16 and 18). She enjoys games they can play with the family and where you interact with alien creatures:

Angie's Picks

Angie is a game designer, educator, mum of 2 teenagers (16 & 13), and lifelong gamer. She gets excited when games challenge assumptions, present thought-provoking subject matter, or make for a good conversation starter. Her favorite genres are narrative adventure games, turn-based strategy games, open world action-adventure games, and she has a very special place in her heart for music and rhythm based games. Her favorite game is the one she is currently playing.


Rowan's Picks

Rowan is just starting their A-Levels where they will study Psychology, Sports and Biology. They enjoy competitive games and have worked up through the Rocket Leagues ranks. They also enjoy frisbee and other team sports. Games are another way to compete, but also an important point of connect with friends for them:

Hannah’s Picks

Hannah is about to start an Art diploma course and enjoys games that offer an escape and way to engage her creative side. Adventures and puzzles are her favourite choices, but also the surprises that games often offer.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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