I had a completely different post planned for today but I’ve got games on my mind and decided to go this route instead. There is nothing I like more than a good game night with family and friends, so I am always on the hunt for fun games! So here’s the deal-I will tell you some of my favorite games and then you tell me some of yours? These games will make GREAT Christmas gift ideas too!
Blurt: This is a think fast to name a word kind of game. You get a clue like “a partially dried grape” and the first to yell “raisin” gets to move their marker. It’s fast and it’s fun (and ok-maybe it’s my favorite because it’s the one game I often win-heh heh). It’s great for school age kids to adults.
Spot It: I have a love/hate relationship with this game. It is sooooo much fun, but it stresses me out because I want to win! You have to spot the two matching pictures on the card before anyone else does. It’s another fast and fun one. Also good for kids-they even have a Jr. version as well as various holiday versions.
Dominion: This is a game that my brothers introduced us to. It’s a card game that is full of strategy. Because you can change up the cards you use each game, it’s a new game every time you play. I always always lose this game but I still somehow enjoy playing it! This one would be ok for teens and adults-probably pretty hard for kids. (Also note that there are a bunch of versions of this game. Those are basically expansion packs so that you can mix and match and have even more fun!)
Buzzword: Another word game that makes you think fast. In this one you are given a word for each round like “ball.” You are then read clues and each of the answers will have the word ball in them. You can play on teams and it’s lots of fun! This one is more for adults than kids.
Farkle: This one is very simple and only luck is involved. Roll a bunch of dice and try to get winning combinations. But don’t press your luck too hard or you will farkle! This one would be great for kids!
Wits and Wagers: Another game that I always lose but have fun doing it. You are given a question like “what is the population of Germany?” All players have to write down a guess, then wager on which guess they think is the closest. Best for adults.
Bananagrams: This is like Scrabble but you each play individually and it’s a race to the finish. It’s simple and fun. Could be played by kids too.
Ratuki: This is one that I don’t love…yet! We play it with friends who know it well and are too good at it and they always beat us. But I can tell that I would like it if I had a chance to get used to it before playing with pros. It’s a fast paced card game sort of like Speed. Probably could be played with older kids.
Logo: I haven’t actually played this one, I have just heard that it is fun and it SOUNDS fun! See how good you are at recognizing common brand logos!
Cranium: This is an oldie but goodie! And there’s a new version released. Test your skills and knowledge in four categories-everything from acting and singing to spelling and answering quiz questions. They have kid versions of this too!
Rook: This is an old classic card game full of some strategy, some luck. It’s super fun! Best for adults and teens.
Adverteasing: This is a game I played as a kid and haven’t played since but I loved it back then! Looks like they have released a new version! Test your knowledge of advertising slogans and jingles!
Scattergories: I have to mention this one because it is my favorite. I never get to play it because my husband and I can’t agree on the rules, so it is best if we just skip it-but it is SO much fun! Roll the die to choose a letter then come up with answers to things like a boys name or a college/university that start with that letter.
Balderdash: My real favorite on this one (and I LOVE it), is Beyond Balderdash, but it looks like they have discontinued it! This version will be great too though. You are given a word (an obscure one) and you have to come up with a plausible definition. Everyone’s definitions are read and you have to figure out which is correct! So much fun!
Settlers of Catan: This is one more that I haven’t actually played but I am always hearing people say they love this one! It’s made by the same makers as Dominion (up above) and involves strategy.