We love the classics—

Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk. But some of the newer games in town may serve as a great excuse for fun family time.

Written by Ela Lindsay

Board Games

Ticket to Ride

It’s all aboard for this cross-country train adventure where players create continuous routes to connect cities by collecting and playing matching cards.
2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up
$50
Days of Wonder
www.daysofwonder.com

 

Word copyWord on the Street

Word is this game’s
not only fun, it’s educational. Kids
learn vocabulary and spelling, and families
can develop simple gaming strategies together.The race is
on to spell out answers before time runs out.
2 to 10 players,
ages 10 and up
$27.99
Out of the Box Publishing
www.otb-games.com

 

TappleTapple

This fast-paced word game will tap your brain and tickle your funny bone as players race against time to name something in one of 144 categories or think of a name starting with one of the wheel’s 20 letters before
time runs out.
2 to 8 players,
ages 8 and up
$19.95
USAopoly
www.usaopoly.com

 

Five CrownsFive Crowns

Casual players and card buffs alike will
enjoy this five-suited, rummy-style card game. Begin with three cards and add a card at each consecutive round. But beware, the excitement grows until the very last second when the kings go wild.
1 to 7 players, ages 8 and up
$12.99
Set Enterprises
www.setgame.com/fivecrowns

 

BlokusBlokus

Deceptively simple, this Mensa Award-winning game requires creative, strategic thinking. Start in your corner and build out as many tiles as you can, corners touching, and exercise your brain while you’re at it.
2 to 4 players,
ages 5 and up
$29.99
Mattel
www.mattel.com

 

The Settlers of CatanThe Settlers of Catan

The race is on to settle the beautiful island of Catan,
a land rich in natural resources. Your expedition must strategically build two settlements and trade resources wisely in order to gain supremacy.
3 to 4 players,
ages 10 and up
$42
Mayfair Games
www.catan.com

 

Tsuro- The Game of the PathTsuro: The Game of the Path

Players embark on a journey across a beautiful game board depicting the intertwining paths of life. Twin forces
of luck and destiny propel you on a quest toward enlightenment—or your journey may end abruptly if your stone reaches a dead end.
2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up
$30
Calliope Games
www.calliopegames.com

 

PandemicPandemic

The clock is ticking as you and your team rush to save humanity from the spread of deadly diseases. This cooperative game depends on the individual strengths of team members.
2 to 4 players,
ages 8 and up
$39.99Spontuneous
Z-Man Games
www.zmangames.com

 

 

Spontuneous

This party in a box will have every member of the family applauding for more. Players sing songs containing the trigger words. Talent is not required for this game but it helps to have a song in your heart.
4 to 10 players, ages 9 and up
$29.99
Spontuneous Games
www.spontuneous.com

 

Quelf

Quelf

This game has only one rule—obey the instructions on the card, no matter how absurd or embarassing.
3 to 8 players,
ages 12 and up
$24.99
Spin MasterSay Anything
www.quelf.com

 

Say Anything

This game of questions and answers gets everyone talking—and laughing. There is no right or wrong—it’s the personal opinions and creative responses that make it entertaining.
3-8 players,
ages 13 and up
$19.99
North Star Games
www.northstargames.com

 

 

 

 

 

TelestrationsTelestrations

Combine the classic game of telephone with
drawing and the result is laughter in a box.
And the more generations that play, the more the miscommunications grow. Players draw what they
see on their card; the next player guesses what
it is and draws his own version until everyone’s
had a turn. Then LOL at the results.
4 to 8 players, ages 12 and up
$29.99
USAopoly
www.telestrations.com

 

 

 

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