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Best Games Rated Board Game 3+ and Younger

Ancestree

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...

Wavelength

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...

Carcassonne

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...

Dobble

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 10/03/2011, updated in 2019

Genres: Communication, Dexterity and Race

Accessibility: 31 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

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...

Kingdomino

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...

Santorini

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...

Jaipur

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2009, updated in 2019

Genres: Collecting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

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...

The Fuzzies

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Genres: Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Team 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/06/2019

Genres:

Pieces: Cards

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...

Ticket To Ride (Series)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

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.

Splendor

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: spacecowboys 1 (@spacecowboys1)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Sushi Go!

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2014

Genres: Collecting

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Gamewright (@Gamewright)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

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:...

Yarrr Har Hunt

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting, Race and Traversal

Accessibility: 22 features

Pieces: Bag, Board, Cards and Tokens

Developer: Peaceable K (@Peaceable_K)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

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...

Ice Cool (Series)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/05/2016

Genres: Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck and Traversal

Pieces: Board, Cards and Figures

Developer: Brain Games Int (@BrainGames_Int)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Klask

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2013

Genres: Action, Battle and Dexterity

Pieces: Board, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Klask Game (@KlaskGame)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Skull

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Zatu Games (@ZatuGames)

Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room

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...

The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2020

Genres: Strategy

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...

The Mind

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Accessibility: 27 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Perudo

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 1992

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Perudo HQ (@PerudoHQ)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

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...

Dragon's Breath

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Collecting, Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Gobblet

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2003

Genres: Puzzle, Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal

Pieces: Board and Figures

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

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...

Happy Salmon

Skill Rating: 4-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2016

Genres: Action and Communication

Pieces: Cards

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...

Herd Mentality

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Communication

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...

Junk Art

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2016

Genres: Creative, Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards, Placeables and Tokens

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

No Thanks!

Release Date: 01/01/2005, updated in 2019

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

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...

Antimony

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/06/2019

Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Fighting and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Azul

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Bohnanza

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1997

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Rio Grande Games (@RioGrandeGames)

Players: You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room

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...

Camel Up

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2018

Genres: Push-Your-Luck and Race

Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Pegasus Spiele (@PegasusSpiele)

Players: You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room

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...

Canvas

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

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...

Dead Reckoning

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....

Dixit

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2008

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room

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...

Dragomino

Skill Rating: 4-9 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and World Building

Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Fantastic Factories

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019, updated in 2021

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing and Strategy

Developer: Fan Factories (@FanFactories)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

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,...

For Sale

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2009

Genres: Collecting, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room

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...

Happy City

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Gamewright (@Gamewright)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Hive

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2013

Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Traversal

Pieces: Placeables

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

Just One

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad

Developer: Repos Production (@ReposProduction)

Players: You can play with 3 to 7 players in the same room

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...

Meeple Land

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting, Puzzle, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Monopoly

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

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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