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Best Brain Game Games Rated Board Game 3 and Younger

These are games that exercise your knowledge, recall and memorisation in different ways. Working with numbers, guessing words, remembering trivia, the joy of these games is that they get your grey matter working.

Recently popularised by the Big Brain Academy and Brain Training games, they not only offer an educational experience but a way to interact with games to solve problems and more the story forward.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 1989 - 2021
Total Games: 26
Total Likes: 46
 

 

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...

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...

The Mind

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

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

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...

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...

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...

My First Castle Panic

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing and Strategy

Developer: Fireside Games (@FiresideGames)

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

My First Castle Panic is a simpler version of Castle Panic. You work together to defend your castle by knocking out the monsters before they get to your walls by matching the colour and shape with cards in your hand. It stands out for the simple...

Outfoxed!

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting and Sequencing

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice and Tokens

Developer: Game Wright (@GameWright)

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

Outfoxed is a cooperative puzzle game where you work to discover which of the suspects stole the pie before the fox gets to safety. You roll to move around the board and apply special Clue tokens to the Clue Decoder holster that reveals specific aspects...

Qwirkle

Skill Rating: 5-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2006

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Placeables

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

Qwirkle is an abstract sequencing puzzle game where you compete to create rows of matching (or series of) colours and shapes. You score more points by matching multiple directions, but need to be careful not to leave points for other players to...

So Clover!

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Genres: Brain Game, Communication, Creative and Puzzle

Pieces: Board and Cards

Developer: Repos Production (@ReposProduction)

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

So Clover! is a cooperative word-association brain game. It uses a plastic Clover centrepiece that holds four cards in a square with two words on each edge. Each player writes a linking clue word to the word-pairs on the plastic Clover that the others...

Food Chain Island

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020, updated in 2021

Genres: Brain Game and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: This is a single-player game

Food Chain Island is a single player strategy game about combing animal cards to get one of them to the top of the food chain. You can only stack animal cards if its predator number is higher, which leads to a web of decisions with unintended...

Monza

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2020

Genres: Brain Game, Race and Sequencing

Pieces: Board, Dice and Figures

Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)

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

Monza is a simple car racing game. You move your car by rolling six dice to reveal six colours and then using each one to move along the colour coded track. It's novel because you can always find a few moves but to get ahead (and use all the dice) you...

Bus Stop

Skill Rating: 3-7 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1996

Genres: Brain Game, Race and Sequencing

Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Orchard Toys (@OrchardToys)

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

Bus Stop is a sequencing game for little children about counting passengers on and off a bus. You take turns picking up and taking off passengers as your bus moves around the street. It takes the classic 1964 Bus Stop game and makes it more approachable...

Clip Cut Parks

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Roll-And-Write, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Cards, Dice and Placeables

Developer: Play Renegade (@PlayRenegade)

Players: This is a single-player game

ClipCut Parks is a world building brain-game where you are making the ideal park. You cut up sheets of square coloured terrain to place on your Park cards. The twist is that you can only make a specific number (and length) of cuts matching a dice role.

Mass Transit

Skill Rating: 6-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

Pieces: Cards and Figures

Developer: @Calliope Games (@CalliopeGames)

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

Mass Transit is a co-operative card game where you build transit routes in deliver six commuters safely home from work. You place cards around a hub to create transit routes or discard them to move the commuters forwards. It's a game about unintended...

Mental Blocks

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Communication, Puzzle and World Building

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Developer: Pandasaurusgame (@Pandasaurusgame)

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

Mental Blocks is a puzzle game where you build shapes from blocks to match you Design cards. However, each card only shows you the construction from one perspective so you have to co-operative with the other players. Building the structure to match all...

Miyabi

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

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

Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: HABA USA (@HABA_USA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Miyabi is a world building brain game where you build elegant Japanese gardens. You place Tetris-shaped garden tiles in your garden matching different flowers, stones and tress with scoring columns. Because the garden tiles are awkward shapes and only...

My City

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Board, Cards, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Thames Kosmos UK (@ThamesKosmosUK)

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

My City is a world-building game where players compete to create the highest scoring city by placing Tetris-shaped buildings to their map. However, it's a Legacy game which means the board and rules change as you play through 24 rounds over a number of...

Pictionary Air

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Creative

Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

Players: You can play with 3 to 12 players in the same room

Pictionary Air is a party game where teams compete to guess the most words on a card using just their drawing abilities. Unlike the classic game, you use a light pen to draw pictures in the air, which are displayed on a screen. It sounds like an over...

Shifting Stones

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Game Wright (@GameWright)

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

Shifting Stones is a competitive brain game where you manipulate a grid of Stone cards to match arrangements on your Pattern cards. The trick is that you have to spend your Pattern cards to swap or flip the Stone cards. It's a game where you have to...

Silver & Gold

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Race, Roll-And-Write and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards, Pen and Pad and Score Board

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

Silver & Gold is a turn-and-write card game where you match shapes to find treasure. You flip over an Expedition card and then mark a matching shape of squares on your (wipeable) Island card. You race to score the most points by finding treasure,...

Space Team

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Genres: Action, Brain Game, Collecting and Communication

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Play Spaceteam (@PlaySpaceteam)

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

Spaceteam is a fast, cooperative communication game where you race to repair your malfunctioning spaceship. You have Malfunction cards that require you to work together to match tools to problems. It's a team game where you have fun while shouting...

Stripes

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Breaking Games (@Breaking_Games)

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

Stripes is a sequencing and collecting card game where you create stripes of a single colour from a tangled mess of colours. You flip, draw and trade your cards into an order that creates a complete line of colour. It is about using limited actions to...

The Magic Labyrinth

Skill Rating: 4-7 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2009

Genres: Brain Game, Push-Your-Luck, Race, Sequencing and Traversal

Accessibility: 23 features

Pieces: Bag, Board, Figures and Tokens

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

The Magic Labyrinth (also known as The Magic Maze) is a traversal puzzle game where magician apprentices retrieve magic objects from their master's maze. However, there are invisible walls in the maze that you have to avoid. The walls are setup under...

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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