The best family board games have magic powers — they can get your kids to shut off their gadgets for once and give the family an awesome bonding experience. However, since there are tons to choose from, it’s hard to pick one your whole family will enjoy. Here’s how to ensure you’ll see competitive spirits rise and eyes light up — simply select one from this collection of the best family board games! Create wonderful memories for your family and have some good, clean fun with these fun board games for the family.
The Best Family Board Games To Liven Up Your Game Night
1. Memory Game
The Memory Game is perfect for all ages and will stand the test of time. You can invest in different editions they’ll be instant hits with your kids. Kids will get to practice memory skills and adults will get a little memory exercise, too. No reading is needed; as long as your youngsters can match pairs, they can play this game.
2. Hot Potato
Not only will this make your family game night hot, but it’s also a fun choice for family vacations and long car rides. The Hot Potato game will keep kids occupied and entertained, while parents will need not worry about small pieces that can go missing.
Carcassonne is a map-making strategy game that does not require any reading. So even the smallest folks in the family can have fun and explore the land, while the early readers will enjoy the design and concept.
4. Watch Ya’ Mouth
This award-winning game will take your game night to the next level. Get ready to laugh until you drop! The challenge? Guess what your teammate is saying while he/she is wearing mouthpieces/cheek retractors. This Watch Ya’ Mouth game is a barrel of laughs!
5. Forbidden Island
If you’re having trouble getting your tween interested in family game night, this action-packed adventure game is your best bet. Dare him/her to explore the Forbidden Island and be one of the fearless adventurers to go on a mission to collect magical treasures before the island sinks. This game requires teamwork, strategic thinking and problem-solving.
6. The Game Of Life
Teach your youngsters to make smart choices at every stage of their lives. As players make their way across the Game of Life board, they’ll have to make the right choices for education, career, investment and more. They also get to experience how to get salaries on payday and have to make decisions how to spend money wisely.
7. Tile Lock Scrabble
Nothing beats the classic! This Tile Lock Scrabble is just like original Scrabble game but with a cool feature — it will keep your scrabble words in place. You can bring it anywhere you go without any worries.
8. Cargo Noir
Cargo Noir is a trading game where a player takes on the persona of a crime syndicate and works towards selling and trading on the black market. Players travel around the world, collect fortunes and the one who amasses the biggest fortune and the largest number of henchmen wins the game. It’s a unique game with lots of surprises perfect for older kids who love play pretend.
9. Small World
Small World involves a large cast of supernatural characters — ogres, elves, vampires, giants, wizards and more. They use their troops, with unique special powers, to take control of different territories and conquer lands to expand their empire. The game requires a little setup but it’s nothing a cooperative family can’t handle.
Trouble is a quick and easy starter game for your young ones. The game aims to have each of the four pieces make their way around the board safely — without being landed on by another player’s piece. But if the players run into trouble, they’ll have to start all over again!
11. Guess Who
Guess Who is another simple board game perfect for younger kids. Every player has to pick a character while the other guesses who the character is by inquiring about the character’s appearance — eye color, hair color, clothes and more. The one who makes the right guesses first wins!
Older kids will have endless fun in this fascinating card-based game, Dominion. It’s super easy and dynamic. We’re sure your family will be hooked because this game is very addictive.
13. Sorry! Board Game
This timeless game is super fun and easy! It’s ideal for a multigenerational family game night! Bump other players and hide away in your safety zone where other players can’t enter.
14. Toilet Trouble Game
This super fun game is so easy to play and it’s so ridiculous, you’ll get hooked! Perfect for both the youngsters and the young at heart. Roll the toilet paper to find out how many flushes you make, but watch out for a random spray of water.
It’s time to get silly! This dynamic game pushes players to get creative. From acting out cues to drawing clues, the entire family is in for a barrel of laughs as they try to score as many points as possible off each others’ crazy antics.
16. Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters Board Game
This award-winning German game, now with an English version, will surely give the whole family a fun fright. Players must work together against the ghosts to collect as many jewels as possible. Then, escape the haunted house safely!
17. Risk Board Game
Risk Board Game is another classic strategy game that’ll have the whole family ready to rule the world. It can be played in four different ways, so there’s room for the whole family to interact and have some fun!
18. Clue Mystery Game
A heart-pounding game that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. This go-to board game is perfect during stormy and dark days when the whole family is stuck indoors. Set the mood right by turning the lights down.
19. Settlers Of Catan
Settlers of Catan is another award-winning game that should be added to your collection. Players will build a community on the Isle of Catan. They will also have to trade and acquire resources to make the community thrive, however, players must watch out for thieves and other players who can destroy their plans.
20. Spin-A-Slice Pizza Matching Game
What would be a family game night be without a big pizza in the center of the table? Both kids and adults will get a kick out of this amazing matching game. Spin the wheel and see which pizza needs to be made, whoever whip his/her pizza pie first, wins the game.
No family board game collection is complete without the ever famous Monopoly! This is a classic, for good reason. Kids will enjoy the idea of having lots of cash and power to own some property, build houses, and earn even more money.
Still looking for more of the best family board games? Check out these 10 Modern Board Games for Families with kids ages 7-16 from SnowBoard Gamer:
Eventually, your family will have such a vast collection of the best family board games that choosing which one to play will become a challenge. Don’t worry! The more the merrier and more chances to engage your kids in a classic family game night! They’ll soon see that fun doesn’t have to come in digital form!
Which of these best family board games is already in your collection? Which one will you add? Let us know in the comments section below.