The Best Board Games For Families
If you find the kids are arguing over what movie to watch on a Saturday night (or you just can't take another "SpongeBob" marathon) it's time to pull from your board game collection. Don't have one? Now is the perfect time to start as there are some fantastic new games on the market (thank you ascending nerd culture!). Not to say we're tired of a few tried and true classics that will keep the kids from reaching for the remote. What's more? They're all available on Amazon, meaning no need to roam the aisles aimlessly at your local superstore.
Most Like Chess
Think of Chickapig as a lightened up version of chess (there's a reason it was recommended by Mensa Mind Games, an annual four-day board-game-judging marathon). Chicken-pig hybrids fight their way home, dodging hay bales, and even a pooping cow as they move across the board. All you really need to know is Dave Matthews is a co-creator. Yes, really.
For Wannabe Muggles
The best-selling 30-year-old Labyrinth game is redone by way of Harry Potter. You win by finding the shortest way through the maze — it sounds simple, but the path can change at any moment. Any of the two to four players can manipulate the maze to make it easier to get through (or harder for someone else). Best for ages 7 and up.
Best for Teens
Once an obscure German board game, Settlers of Catan (or Settlers as the kids call it) was first introduced to the U.S. in 1996. Since then, it's sold millions of copies worldwide. Makes sense as it's highly addictive — three to four players act as settlers of an island called Catan, claiming territory and expanding land. The first person to accrue ten victory points by growing their settlement wins the game.
Kiddie Memory Game
From the makers of the popular Yeti Spaghetti, Yeti Forgetti is a fun "hide-and-peek" game for ages 4 and up. Mix up the igloo figurines, draw a card, and do what it says. You might get to peek inside an igloo or try to find a Yeti. But if you find a snow crab instead of a Yeti, you lose a card (the player with the most cards at the end of the game wins).
For Car Fanatics
For ages 13 and up, this race car driving game is all about speed, strategic thinking, tween-friendly illos, and a willingness to outsmart your opponents. Speed past other players using distance and ability cards and force others to spin out by collecting trophies. Think "Fast and Furious" for tweens.
Cutest Board Game
Unicorns are planning a party in Cloudland for little Rosalie. The object of the game is to find ten cloud crystals (spin the spinner and land on the special spaces to accrue crystals) and to gather all of the animal friends on the clouds before the guest of honor arrives at her soiree. This is a great option for younger kids ages 4 to 7 eager to join in on game night too.
Best Party Game
Described as an "adult-party game for meme lovers" this one's best for kids ages 17 and older. Players try their meme writing skills IRL by creating the funniest meme using caption and photo cards. A rotating judge picks the best combo each round—just don't make mom choose between her kids.