Skill Rating: 6-15 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2017
Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy
Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Developer: Calliope Games (@CalliopeGames)
Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room
Ancestree is a collecting and sequencing game where you compete to build the strongest family tree. You select and link tiles, building your family person by person, scoring points for marriages, wealth and continuous generations. It is a strategic game...
Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Genres: Brain Game and Communication
Accessibility: 39 features
Pieces: Cards and Tokens
Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)
Players: You can play with 4 to 12 players in the same room
Wavelength is a communication guessing game where you try and read your teammates minds. Unlike other guessing games the answers aren't right or wrong but on a sliding scale that changes each round. There's a clever wheel that secretly deals with the...
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Release Date: 27/06/2007
Genres: Creative, Strategy and World Building
Accessibility: 29 features
Pieces: Bag, Figures, Placeables and Tokens
Developer: Z Man Games (@ZManGames_)
Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room
Carcassonne is a strategy game where you lay tiles to create a medieval landscape of farms, rivers and cities. Each new tile must match the roads, rivers, farms and cities of those around it. As you place it you can claim one of these elements that...
Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds
Release Date: 10/03/2011, updated in 2019
Genres: Communication, Dexterity and Race
Accessibility: 31 features
Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)
Dobble (also called Spot It!) is a card game where you race other players to claim cards by spotting symbols. Each of the colourful cards has eight symbols, one of which always matches a symbol of another card. You race to spot the match, call it out...
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Release Date: 01/03/2017
Price: 15% off
Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and World Building
Pieces: Figures and Placeables
Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)
Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room
Kingdomino is a kingdom-building game where you place domino tiles to match terrain types and score points. As you play, you build a territory in a grid that requires careful consideration of where dominoes are placed to maximise points. What makes this...
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2003, updated in 2020
Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Accessibility: 37 features
Pieces: Board, Cards and Placeables
Developer: Spin Master (@SpinMaster)
Players: You can play with 2 to 3 players in the same room
Santorini is a strategy game where you place buildings on a Greek island in an effort to get your character to the top. This creates a chess-like three-dimensional competitive puzzle that changes as each player adds pieces to the village. It's unusual...
Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2009, updated in 2019
Genres: Collecting and Strategy
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room
Jaipur is a two-player collecting and trading card game where you compete to become the wealthiest merchant at an Indian market. You collect and swap cards to build combinations, so that you can trade them for valuable commodities. It is about trading...
Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2021
Genres: Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck
The Fuzzies is a dexterity game where you remove and replace small fuzzy balls from a furry tower. Like Jenga, it's a challenge of not only deft movement but also carefully planning which ball to move. The twist here is how the forfeits introduce all...
Release Date: 09/06/2019
Developer: Brain Games Int (@BrainGames_Int)
Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room
Team 3 is a cooperative puzzle game where three players work to build structures from Tetris-style pieces. The target build is on a card that only the Architect player can see, and this player can't speak. The Builder player can touch the pieces by...
Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2020
Price: 8% off
Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and Traversal
Pieces: Board, Cards and Figures
Developer: Days Of Wonder (@Days_Of_Wonder)
Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed strategy board game where players compete to earn the most points by collecting cards, placing trains and completing journeys. It is an easy to learn game that can be gently competitive and has become a popular classic.
Release Date: 01/01/2014
Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Strategy
Developer: spacecowboys 1 (@spacecowboys1)
Splendor is a trading-up strategy game where you play a global trader during the European Renaissance. Nobles once content with large castles and fur robes, now seek dark sapphires and glittering diamonds. You must balance accruing currency or investing...
Release Date: 01/09/2014
Developer: Gamewright (@Gamewright)
Sushi Go! is a sushi-themed card game where you collect combinations of cards to complete sushi dishes and score points. The different dishes require a varying number of cards and related score based on complexity of the recipe. But there's a twist:...
Release Date: 01/01/2020
Genres: Collecting, Race and Traversal
Accessibility: 22 features
Pieces: Bag, Board, Cards and Tokens
Developer: Peaceable K (@Peaceable_K)
Yarrr Har Hunt is a traversal game where you are a band of pirates working together to follow the clues and find buried treasure. You move from clue to clue, but must work together and share movement to be efficient and find the treasure before the...
Release Date: 30/05/2016
Genres: Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck and Traversal
Ice Cool, and the follow-up Ice Cool 2, is an action game where you flick plastic Penguins around cardboard school rooms to collect points and avoid the Catcher. Like a cross between Subbuteo and Cluedo, you slide, jump and barrel your penguin through...
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2013
Genres: Action, Battle and Dexterity
Pieces: Board, Figures and Tokens
Developer: Klask Game (@KlaskGame)
Klask is an action board game that combines aspects of table football and air hockey. Your aim is to use your under-the-table-magnet-controlled player to push the ball into the opponent's goal. The twist is that you lose points if you inadvertently push...
Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2011
Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck
Developer: Zatu Games (@ZatuGames)
Skull is a push-your-luck card game where you try and guess how many other players just laid skulls rather than flowers. The clever bit is that you progressively bid on how many cards you think you can guess right. If you win, you then have to flip over...
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Pieces: Cards, Score Board and Tokens
Developer: Kosmos Games UK (@KosmosGamesUK)
Players: You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room
The Crew is a cooperative trick-making card game. You play a set of astronauts completing missions in a space adventure. Unlike competitive trick-making games like Bridge, Euchre or Hearts, here you work together to ensure specific players get certain...
Release Date: 01/01/2018
Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck
Accessibility: 27 features
The Mind is a cooperative sequence card game with a telepathic twist. Each card has a single number on it. Your task is to play them in order, lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to co-ordinate who plays...
Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 1992
Developer: Perudo HQ (@PerudoHQ)
Perudo (Liars Dice) is a dice game of pushing-your-luck and communication. Each player roles five dice under a cup but can only see their own before making a bid on how many dice of a certain number there are in total. It's clever because you can't...
Genres: Collecting, Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck
Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens
Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)
Dragon's Breath is a collecting game where players compete to gather jewels from a steadily defrosting physical stash in the middle. Play involves removing a ring from the ice tower, which allows some jewels to fall and be collected or lost into the...
Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2003
Genres: Puzzle, Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal
Pieces: Board and Figures
Players: This is a single-player game
Gobblet is a competitive brain puzzle game like noughts and crosses or tic-tac-toe. Your aim is to create a straight row of four pieces to form a line. However, you can place your pieces over the top of your opponents to drastically change the board and...
Skill Rating: 4-8 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/2016
Genres: Action and Communication
Developer: Game Of Kittens (@GameOfKittens)
Players: You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room
Happy Salmon is a communication game where players aim to complete funny actions with each other to get rid of their cards. You turn over a card and race to find another player with the same so you can complete an action together. It's chaotic and silly...
Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds
Pieces: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Developer: Big Potato Games (@BigPotatoGames)
Players: You can play with 4 to 20 players in the same room
Herd Mentality is a communication game where players aim to score points by sharing the same ideas as others. One person reads out a question, then everyone secretly writes an answer trying to match the most popular answer. It's unusual because winning...
Genres: Creative, Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck
Pieces: Cards, Placeables and Tokens
Junk Art is a dexterity game where you create art from little pieces of junk. Each round has different rules for how to build the best tower, but they all combine to become an aesthetic and dexterity challenge. It's a game that takes Jenga-style...
Release Date: 01/01/2005, updated in 2019
Developer: AMIGO Games US (@AMIGO_GamesUS)
Players: You can play with 3 to 7 players in the same room
No Thanks! is a card game where you avoid points. You work through a deck of cards of different value, to avoid getting it you have to spend a chip. Eventually someone runs out of chips and has to take the card. It sounds simple but it's finely balanced...
Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds
Release Date: 01/06/2019
Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Fighting and Sequencing
Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)
Antimony is a head-to-head collecting card game where you complete sets of relics. You play by placing cards that allow you to move your magical staff backwards and forwards through time and collect the cards you need. It's about using your cards...
Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy
Accessibility: 26 features
Azul is a tile laying collection and sequencing game where you help the king decorate their palace with Portuguese tiles. You aim to gain tiles on your game card that form patterns to score the most points. What makes it unique is it's balance between...
Release Date: 01/01/1997
Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing and Strategy
Developer: Rio Grande Games (@RioGrandeGames)
Bohnanza is a trading card game where you plant and harvest bean cards to earn coins. The twist is that you can't reorder the cards in your hand and because you have to plant the first card in your hand each go, trading isn't just about what you swap...
Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2018
Genres: Push-Your-Luck and Race
Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens
Developer: Pegasus Spiele (@PegasusSpiele)
Camel Up is a crazy push-your-luck game where you bet on and influence camel races. Each turn you can move the camels, bet on which will win or place tokens to slow or speed things up. It's clever because it rewards players who make bets early and it's...
Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds
Genres: Collecting, Creative and Sequencing
Pieces: Board, Cards and Tokens
Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room
Canvas is a creative collecting game where you layer transparent cards and backgrounds to make unique pictures. The aim is to match your art to the target style each round, indicated by icons on the cards. This layering of cards creates a fascinating...
Skill Rating: 13-16 year-olds
Release Date: 01/05/2021
Genres: Battle, Collecting, Dexterity, Role-Play and Strategy
Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens
Developer: Alderac (@Alderac)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room
Dead Reckoning is a role-play game where you power-up sailor-cards to command a pirate ship, trade, hunt treasure and take control of islands. Unlike other card games, you're not trading cards but levelling them up by applying upgrades and advancements....
Release Date: 01/01/2008
Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures and Tokens
Dixit is a communication game where you guess which Picture cards related to someone's clue. Each round you each pick a card to match the Storyteller player's clue and then try and guess which one was the Storytellers. It's clever because of the scoring...
Skill Rating: 4-9 year-olds
Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens
Dragomino is a matching and collecting tile game similar to Kingdomino but tuned for really young players. You take turns to pick and add a domino Land card to your growing grid, and earn dragon eggs. It works for youngsters with...
Release Date: 01/01/2019, updated in 2021
Developer: Fan Factories (@FanFactories)
Fantastic Factories is a strategy game where you race to build the most efficient set of factories. You collect blueprints, train workers and spend your dice to manufacture as many goods as possible. It's an unusual combination of resource collection,...
Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2009
Genres: Collecting, Communication and Push-Your-Luck
For Sale is a quick, collection and push-your-luck game about buying and selling houses. You bid for houses of different values using coins at auction, and then sell them in savvy ways to maximise the biggest cheques for your best properties. It stands...
Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing, Strategy and World Building
Happy City is a city building collecting card game where you buy buildings to attract Residents and increase their Happiness. You do this by purchasing cards that generate short term Coins as well as add those long term benefits. As you race to build...
Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2013
Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Traversal
Hive is a traversal strategy game for two players. It's like chess in that the different Insect pieces move in different ways, but it's played without a board.
Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds
Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad
Developer: Repos Production (@ReposProduction)
Just One is a communication party game where you guess words based on one word clues from the group. You work together to help the guesser by writing one word clues on the wipeable easels. Unusually, if the clues are the same they are removed before the...
Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds
Genres: Collecting, Puzzle, Strategy and World Building
Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Meeple Land is a world-building game where you race to create the most successful theme park. You place Ride and Concession tiles to attract visitors to your park, but you are also racing other players to collect people from the buses, so can't take too...
Release Date: 01/01/1935
Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and Traversal
Developer: Hasbro (@Hasbro)
Players: You can play with 2 to 8 players in the same room
Monopoly is a strategy traversal game where you buy and develop land to make money from property. As you roll and move around the board you build up a portfolio of streets that you can charge rent on. It's a classic game that's stood the test of time...