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Family Board Games

Here are our favourite family board games to play together. These offer a chance for players of all ages to gather round a table to talk, laugh, eat and compete. We will be adding to this list over the coming weeks.

This list includes 97 games from the last 87 years, with 270 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play board games together.

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Genres: Action, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Dexterity, Fighting, Narrative, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Roll-And-Write, Sequencing, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Total Likes: 270
 

 

Colt Express

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2019

Genres: Fighting, Sequencing and Traversal

Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee (@Asmodee)

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

Colt Express is a traversal game where you move a bandit along an express train in the Old West to collect the most loot. Each player pre-selects moves, attacks and pick-ups that then play out together. Unusually, play becomes about planning, predicting...

Ancestree

Skill Rating: 6-15 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Placeables, Score Pad 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...

The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2020

Genres: Strategy

Pieces: Cards, Score Pad and Tokens

Developer: Thames and Kosmos (@ThamesAndKosmos)

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...

Wavelength

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game and Communication

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

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 (@Asmodee)

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...

Deep Sea Adventure

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and Traversal

Pieces: Dice and Placeables

Developer: Oinkgms (@Oinkgms)

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

Deep Sea Adventure is a pocket-sized strategy game where you dive into the sea to bring back treasure. It’s unusual because although you compete with other players for treasure you share the same limited air supply.

Santorini

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2003, updated in 2020

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

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...

Catan

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1995, updated in 2013

Price: 34% off

Genres: Collecting, Communication, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Bag, Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables, Score Pad and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 3 to 4 players in the same room

Catan is a strategy game set on an uninhabited island where you accumulate, spend and trade resources to build the biggest kingdom. Players must compete for space, resources and ultimately for ten victory points to be crowned the winner. What starts as...

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...

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 dominos are placed to maximise points. What makes this...

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: Strategy

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.

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...

Bang!

Release Date: 01/01/2002, updated in 2017

Genres: Collecting, Communication, Push-Your-Luck and Role-Play

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Players: You can play with 4 to 7 players in the same room

Bang is a card game set in the wild west where you take on different missions with a range of characters. You try and keep your target secret while building your weapon and defence cards. It's a game of bluffing where it's easier to shoot your neighbour...

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 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...

Saboteur

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2004

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Players: This is a single-player game

Saboteur is a path-laying strategy game where the cards are your resource in a team effort to get the dwarves to their gold. However, one player is a secret traitor who must try and foil the dwarves without them realising it.

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...

Splendor

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Race 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:...

The Mind

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Communication, Push-Your-Luck and Puzzle

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...

Cockroach Poker Royal

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2012

Genres: Communication, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards

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

Cockroach Poker Royal is a bluffing, push-your-luck card game where you try and avoid ending up with a set of four matching animal cards. You pass cards to other players and tell them what it is, they guess if you are telling the truth and have to keep...

Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2012, updated in 2020

Genres: Race and Strategy

Pieces: Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Queen Games US (@QueenGamesUS)

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

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative traversal game where teams try and escape an ancient temple before it collapses. You repeatedly roll dice to move from room to room, adding new tiles to the catacombs as you go. Play is against the...

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...

Talisman

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1983, updated in 2010

Genres: Collecting, Fighting, Race, Role-Play and Traversal

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

Talisman is a classic adventure fantasy board game. Playing as heroes, wizards, villains, thieves and monsters you explore the world to gain equipment, weapons, ancient relics, and companions. It's a Dungeons and Dragons feeling adventure, but played...

Blood Bowl

Skill Rating: 11-15 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1986, updated in 2020

Genres: Fighting, Sequencing and Traversal

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures, Score Pad and Tokens

Developer: Games Workshop 1 (@Games_Workshop1)

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

Blood Bowl is a sporting and fighting game American football game played with two teams of Tolkein-esque fantasy races. They compete to either get the ball to the end zone or kill all the opponent players. Despite the violent overtones, it's a finely...

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 Pad 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...

In Vino Morte

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2016, updated in 2019

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: You can play with 2 to 9 players in the same room

In Vino Morte is a party game where the aim is to survive a dinner party. Each turn you are dealt a face down drinks card and need to decide whether to the dealer-host is trying to kill you off or not. It's as much about playing the people as the cards,...

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...

MicroMacro: Crime City

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020, updated in 2021

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing

Pieces: Board and Cards

Developer: Spiel Wiese (@SpielWiese)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

MicroMacro: Crime City is a puzzle brain game where you are solving crimes by discovering clues hidden in black and white pictures. You solve a series of cases that relate to different large pictures you lay out on the table between all the players. The...

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...

Root

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018, updated in 2022

Genres: Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Sequencing, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Leder Games (@LederGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Root is a strategy adventure where different factions battle for control of a fantasy wilderness. You deploy your armies and heroes, fight and move in different ways because each faction plays uniquely. It's a game that takes time and effort to play,...

Antimony

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/06/2019

Genres: Collecting, Fighting, Puzzle 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...

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...

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