9 Best Board Games for Families in 2017

Best Board Games for Families 2017

Board games are a great way to bond with your family. Whether it is with in-laws, cousins, siblings, or just your immediate family you wont find a better down time. This is why we have gathered the best board games for families to help you find the perfect one.

Board games allow you to avoid unwanted conversations while keeping the night fun and engaging. Furthermore, these games can help you socialize more with other family members. Could even help renew torn relationships

So what kind of board games are we talking about?

  • Under 20 minutes to learn
  • Quick set up
  • Easy to Play

Having a board game that can take too long to learn can be problematic. It is ultimately just best to avoid games that take any longer. Unless you are planing on playing with serious players.

Quick set up is another needed attribute. The last thing you want to be worrying about is keeping your family members entertained while prepping the game. Or worse yet having to spend valuable time afterwards cleaning it all up. You most likely will just want to be able to pick up and play.

With the likely differences in age and experience, you will want an easy to play game. As the last thing you want to worry about is someone constantly not understanding how to play.

Best Board Games for Families

1.) Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is great family board game created by Days of Wonder. It provides a more advance style of play with simplistic rules and instructions. Furthermore, players who are not experienced still have a chance at winning because their is a bit of luck in the game.

This is by far one of my favorite picks as it is a great introduction board game to serious board gaming that works well with various types of players.

2.) Clue

Clue has been around since 1949 and has brought a significant amount of fun to many households.

This game requires that you try to figure out what cards have been placed in a secret file. To do this, you must find out what cards the other players have and then reason out whats in the secret file.

Clue was the winner of Kinderspielexperten 2011 for category 2(8 to 13 years old). This is a German award given to the best children board games. Making it a great game if you plan on player with younger ones.

3.) Pandemic

Pandemic is another personal favorite of mine and is overall one of the best cooperative board games on the market.

As for what the game is about. It involves having players work together to cure and eradicate four different diseases. Each player will receive their own character that has special abilities.

This game is a great opportunity to build teamwork skills among your fellow family members. The game states that it is suitable for ages 8+ which is technically true. But not every eight year old may be able to catch on to the strategies in the game.

Overall Pandemic and Ticket to Ride will be two of the best options for more advanced board games on this list.

4.) Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase is by far one of the easiest to play games on this list. It can be set up and ready to go in a heart beat, especially if you have the electronic edition.

The game involves passing a disk around and trying to make sure you or your teammate don’t have it when the buzzer goes off. If it does the other team gets a point. To pass the disk you must give clues to your teammates about what phrase you have. If they guess it right you get to pass the disk.

This game is great for situations were there are a relatively large amount of people or were a game needs to get going fast.

5.) Wits and Wagers

Wits and Wagers is board game that combines trivia and betting. Players write down their answers to a trivia question. Then they bet on who they think is right. This makes it great for those who are not trivia buffs. Furthermore, it helps with children too as they can still enjoy the game even if they don’t know half the answers.

6.) Sequence

Sequence is a easy to play family card game were players try to connect 5 in either rows, columns, or diagonals. This is done on a 10×10 board were pictures of the 52 cards in a playing card deck are displayed. To play on one of the pictures a player must have that card and discard it.

7.) Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is similar to Pandemic, as players must work together to gather treasure and escape a sinking island.

The game is overall pretty easy to teach to just about anyone and the cooperative aspect is always nice. Especially if you don’t want to spark any sort of rivalries. This game is a little more complex than games like Sequence, Catch Phrase, or Wits and Wagers.

8.) Carcassonne

Carcasssonne was the winner of 2001 Board Game of the Year award and is quite famous for its meeples. As for the game itself it involves drawing tiles and placing them to build a board. Then from there, you get to place a meeple which can function as multiple roles dependent on where you place it.

9.) Codenames

About the author


James is a father, husband, and coffee addict who plays way too many board games and rarely sleeps.

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