Quite a few people have mentioned that my enthusiastic babbling about games over the past few months have bullied them into going out and picking up a few games themselves. This can only be a good thing.
As Christmas is coming up I thought I would share a few ideas for board games that would make good Christmas presents.
My criteria for this list are games that are relatively cheap, are equally fun for both adults and kids, and are a couple of steps above the usual Monopoly/Uno/Cluedo varients that dominate the shelves in Toys-R-Us. All of these games are fine for kids of around 5-6 and up.
A really fun game where you race each other to match symbols on rather cute looking round cards. Dobble is increadibly easy to learn, and is amazingly fun to play.
Kids are often just as good at this as adults, and so the game has a level playing field that everyone can enjoy.
I did a full review of Dobble here if you are interested. You can pick it up on Amazon for £9.99
Another game where you are racing the other players to spot things, but this time you are snatching chunky wooden models off the table before anyone else can get to them. I struggle to explain the rules for this one without making it sound far more complicated than it actually is; but trust me, you’ll have a blast playing it.
I’ve yet to play a game of Ghost Blitz (or Geistesblitz to give it its German title) that hasn’t decended into giggles and howls of frustration. The components of this game are really nice too.
You can get Ghost Blitz from Amazon for around £12.50
This is a really cute little card game where you are competing with the other players to get the best sushi platter. It’s a card drafting game where you pass round sets of cards (symbolizing the sushi restaurant’s conveyor belt), each turn picking one to lay down on the table before passing the hand on.
It plays very quickly and has enough interesting decisions to make to keep both kids and grown-ups engaged with the game. I actually much prefer this game to it’s more sophisticated distant cousin – a game called Seven Wonders which is a beloved title of many game enthusiasts.
You can buy Sushi Go! from boardgameguru.co.uk for £9.99
Evan playing Sushi Go!
Cube Quest is the spiritual successor to that classic from the 80′s – Crossbows and Catapults. In it you flick little plastic cubes across the table trying to knock your opponent’s king cube off the playing board.
This is such a fun game, and one which requires quite a bit of finesse too as sheer brute force doesn’t get you as far as you might think it would. The absolute perfect game for 8 year olds of any age.
I reviewed Cube Quest here. You can pick it up from amazon for around £19.99
Some of the Dixit cards
Dixit is a beautiful looking game which really fires the imagination. At it’s heart are it’s absolutely stunning giant sized cards.
Each round one player is designated the storyteller. They pick a card from their hand and then makes up something that they feel describe it Each other player selects a card from their hands which best matches the sentence and gives the selected card to the storyteller, without showing it to the others.
The cards are then shuffled and all placed face up on the table. The players then try to guess which card was the storyteller’s. The scoring system means that the storyteller needs to give a description that at least one person will get, but not all of them.
Dixit is a fantastic game to give you insight inot how the other player’s minds work, and provides wonderful creative prompts. Even if you put the game aside it’s worth buying just for the art on the cards themselves – some of which are truly breathtaking.
You can buy Dixit on Amazon for about £19.50
So there you go – five games for kids that would be the darling of any board game collection.