The Top Family Board Games

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Looking for the best board games you can buy? You’re in the right place.

Beat boredom and keep the whole family entertained for hours with one of the top 20 board games that we’ve recommended for everyone to enjoy!

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1. Monopoly

Monopoly is one of the most loved games for the family to enjoy, simply move around the board with your chosen token buying and dealing in properties, building houses and hotels as you go. It’s an oldie but definitely a goodie and even better that the popular board game  has translated into countless different versions, editions and variations of the game.

Suitable for ages: 8+ years

For 2 to 6 players

2. Scrabble 

Scrabble is a classic board game. The aim of the game is pretty straightforward: Score as many points as you can by forming words from the letters on your individual tiles.

Suitable for ages: 10+ years old

For 2 to 4 players

3. Cluedo

Cluedo is another classic board game, a murder mystery game for three to six players (depending on the edition). The object of the game is to determine who murdered the game’s victim, where the crime took place, and which weapon was used. Each player assumes the role of one of the six suspects and attempts to deduce the correct answer by strategically moving around a game board representing the rooms of a mansion and collecting clues about the circumstances of the murder from the other players.

The game is recommended for children 8 years plus and adults. For younger kids there is a Cluedo Junior board game.

Suitable for ages: 8+ years

For 2-6 players

4. Articulate!

Articulate! players have to describe words from six different categories (Object, Nature, Random, Person, Action and World) to their team as quickly as possible. The teams move round the board based on the number of words correctly guessed, and occasional spinner bonuses. The object of the game is to be the first team to get around the board to the finish space.

There is also an Articulate! Kids edition. 

Suitable for ages: 12+ years

Suitable for 4 to 20+ players

5. OPERATION

OPERATION is a much loved family board game, is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The game requires players to remove these plastic ailments with a pair of tweezers without touching the edge of the cavity opening.

Suitable for ages: 6+ years

For 1+ players

6. Guess Who?

Guess Who? A child’s favorite board game, It is a fun and easy game to play. Each player starts the game with a board that includes a cartoon image of 24 people and their first names with all the images standing up. Each player selects a card of their choice from a separate pile of cards containing the same 24 images. The objective of the game is to be the first to determine which card one’s opponent has selected. Players alternate asking various yes or no questions to eliminate candidates, such as: “Does your person wear glasses?”

Suitable for ages 6+ years

Suitable for 2 players

7. Twister

Twister is the classic game that ties you up in knots. A fun game which requires your physical skills that are sure to test your balance . It is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat has six rows of large colored circles on it with a different color in each row: red, yellow, green, and blue. Moving your hands or feet wherever the spinner sends them.

Suitable for ages: 6+ years

For 2 or more players

8. Pictionary

Pictionary will give you and your family lots of laughs whilst playing this quick drawing game. You have one minute to convey what’s on the card. Don’t worry even if ‘can’t draw’, the game can be even funnier for everyone, and the laughs just keep coming!

Suitable for ages: 8+ years

9. The Game Of Life

The Game Of Life board game players move their car token from Start to Retirement on the gameboard. Along the way, they get to experience all of life’s milestones, from marriage vows to mortgage payments. The wealthiest player wins at the end of the game, so spend your money carefully!

There is also a juniors edition: The Game Of Life Junior Board Game.

The Game Of Life:

Suitable for ages: 8+ years

For 2-4 players

The Game Of Life Junior Board Game:

Suitable for ages: 5+ years

2 to 4 players

10. Jenga

Let the fun begin! Build your tower as tall as you can and remove one block from the middle or bottom and place it on top without knocking over the tower.

Suitable for ages: 3+ years

11. Qwirkle 

Qwirkle Board Game is a fun game to play, you have to build lines of tiles that are all the same colour or shape, with no duplicates. Score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Score even bigger by matching all 6 attributes and creating a Qwirkle!

Suitable for ages: 6+ years

Ideal for 2-4 players

12. Yahtzee Classic

Yahtzee Classic Board Game simply, roll dice to get the highest score after all 13 rounds.

Suitable for ages: 8 – 11 years

For 2 or more players

13. Metal Bingo Cage Game

Metal Bingo Cage Game is an ultimate classic fun packed game! Start spinning the cage and watch as a numbered ball is randomly selected. Call out the number and find its match on the Bingo card. Place a marker and spin again! Who will be the first to shout “BINGO!”? 

14. Shopping List Game

Shopping List Game is a fun memory game. The objective of the game is that you need to fill your trolley up with all of the items on your shopping list to win. It’s a fun game to learn turn taking and memory skills.

Suitable for kids aged: aged 3 to 7 years old

Ideal for 2-4 players

15. 5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule is the game of quick thinking and fast talking. This game is fun for the whole family, it’s easy to learn and is quick to play. 

Suitable for ages: 8+ years

Ideal for 3 to 6 players

16. Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap is a family favourite! Scurry around the board collecting cheese and stealing cheese from other players, but watch out for the trap!

Suitable for ages: 6+ years

For 2 to 4 players

17. Chess

Chess is one of the most popular games in the world. The goal of the game is for each player to try and checkmate the king of the opponent. Checkmate is a threat (‘check’) to the opposing king which no move can stop.

18. Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is a fun and easy board game. Simply navigate your piece from start to finish, avoid the snakes, and take shortcuts going up the ladders. 

Suitable for ages: 3+ years

19. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos is an all time favourite board game. Release all the marbles onto the game base, and then start chomping. Move fast, the player whose hippo chomps the most marbles wins!

Suitable for ages: 4+ years

20. Dominoes

Domino’s you can have hours of fun with the kids. The player who draws the tile with the greatest number of pips has the first choice of seats. The player holding the next highest seats himself to the left, and so on. If there is a tie, it is broken by drawing new dominoes from the stock.

Suitable for ages: 6+ years

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