Modern technology has dominated our existence and may have created a strong attachment to our devices, and consequently disintegrated our quality time with our families. Before these marvelous inventions, we didn’t have our heads buried in these complex gadgets, instead we were more prone to spending time with our families.
Although advanced technology proves to be useful, it is ironic how something as simple as a board game can also be effective in entertaining us and capturing the essence of fun. When we do reunite with our families we can always depend on family games to re-establish connection and cement our bond.
Below is a list of the top ten choices of games for family night:
A classic game that encompasses strategy and wits as it ignites a battle of mental superiority. The object of the game is to utilize seven letters throughout each turn and designate a spot on the board where they can fit. They can branch off of other words horizontally or vertically, with the main objective of obtaining a maximum amount of points.
At the end of the game, your accumulated points are added up to determine who the winner and ultimate word play master really is.
The beauty of Scrabble is that it is simple to learn and quick to set up. This game is family friendly and appropriate for ages 8 and up.
This game delivers the aspect of mystery and suspense as you are part of an investigation intended to expose a murderer. You are among five other suspects who proceed to decode the truth. Your job is to determine where and how the victim was murdered and most importantly, “Who done it?” Using picture cards to eliminate possibilities and rolling the dice to investigate rooms of the mansion, you strive to solve the mystery as you utilize the inner detective inside you. Engage in the investigation with your family. Discretion should be advised in considering this for children under 8 years old.
3. 10 Days in the USA
10 Days in USA is similar to the concept of the show, The Amazing Race. It is suggested that the ages of 10 and older are appropriate for this type of game. This game will usually last for about thirty minutes, and the object is to develop a travel plan to make it across the United States by abiding by the movement rules. Who knew that traveling around the world would be so cheap!
A very simple but always exciting game to play. Any one from the ages of 6 and up will be able to participate in the nail biting game of risk and strategy. The objective is to pull blocks from a structure without knocking it down. As the blocks continue to stack up and teeter, you are determined to limit logical spaces for your opponent to use. Your attempts should encourage your opponents to be the first to initiate the destruction of the playing field, therefore declaring you as the winner. In other words, the first one to knock the blocks down will lose the game.
Your goal is to be the first team to successfully complete the journey to the end of the board. You are primarily responsible to display your best artistic skills possible by sketching an image based on the card you pulled. Your partner will have to guess correctly in order for you to score and advance. This game takes less than five minutes to set up, and would possibly take up to an hour to complete. It is suggested that any one 12 years of age and older
6. Wits and Wagers
This is a game that is very simple to learn and it can be completed within 30 minutes. This is not your typical trivial game, here you are encouraged to take chances and bet on your answers. Trivia games are always entertaining, but involving the betting factor makes this game more interesting than the average trivial pursuit.
7. Ticket to Ride
Obtaining the victory in this game is accomplished by constructing and claiming train routes. The more extensive the route, the more points you accumulate. This game can be quite lengthy, so make sure to reserve almost two hours aside for this game.
8. Time’s Up
This game is based on charades and includes teams competing against each other in an ultimate race against the clock. The minimum of four players are usually required to play, but the more the merrier. Unlike your average game of charades, this not only includes imagination but it helps to have great memory skills. You will also have a chance to showcase your acting skills.
9. Sort it Out by University Games
Sort it out is a great game that requires you to put things in order. Like many other board games, the first person to make it across the playing field wins, but there is something about this game that remains extremely compelling and addictive. It is very simple to learn and can be played by anybody of the ages 12 years or older.
Cranium is a diverse and well rounded game that tests your trivial knowledge while incorporating charades and various word games. The objective is to make it to the center of the game board. Choose your teams wisely and prepare to be entertained in this popular game. Like most of the games on this list, the recommended ages are from 8 years old and up. This game could last between 40 minutes to an hour.