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Best Family-friendly Games to Play Together


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If you are looking for a way to take a break from your TV or phone screen, a good family game night is a perfect idea! Game night is a great way to gather everyone together, bring out your competitive side, and create memories that will last a lifetime. From the classics such as Monopoly and Uno to some of the newer, modern games such as HedBanz and Unstable Unicorns, check out our list of best family-friendly games to play together!

Best Family-Friendly Games to Play Together

5 Second Rule

It should be easy to name three breeds of dogs, but can you do it under the pressure of five seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? Time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out as time twirls down on the unique twisted timer! It’s all in good fun with this fast-paced game where you have to “Just Spit It Out!”

Apples to Apples

This infamous wild card and party game provides instant fun for four to ten players. It’s as easy as comparing apples to apples, just open the box, deal the cards, and you’re ready to play! Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge. Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things, and events.

Battleship

Kids ages seven and up can enjoy playing this classic game of naval combat. The game includes two portable battle cases that are easy to store and take on the go. In this game for two players, sink your opponent’s ships for the win. The Battleship board game comes with a Salvo feature that lets advanced players launch multiple attacks!

Beat the Parents

Kids can go head-to-head against their parents in this fun-filled family trivia game. Watch out for the Bonus or Bust tokens. They can push you ahead or send you back! For a shorter game, play with only one mover per team. Beat The Parents is for two or more players, ages six and up.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, this game is ideal for parties, family gatherings, or casual fun with friends. Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tile game that allows players to build their own haunted house room by room, tile by tile, creating a new thrilling game board every time.

Bop-It!

Twist it! Bop it! Answer it? Selfie it? Hammer it? This edition of the popular electronic Bop It! game is enhanced with ten action-oriented Bop It! moves for today’s modern gamer. The game uses motion technology to test players’ reaction time to see if they’ve got what it takes to win at this challenging and fast-paced game.

Calliope Tsuro

Everyone’s stone starts at the edge of the board. Players take turns placing path tiles from their hand onto the board and moving their stone down the path they create. Use your tiles to lead yourself to safety while creating paths that lead your opponents off the board. The last player left on the board wins the game! With each turn, the maze grows, and you must anticipate other players’ next moves. The wisest player will remain on their path.

Candy Land

Start down the colorful road to sweet surprises with fun illustrations and gingerbread man movers that kids love. Players draw colorful cards to guide their mover along the rainbow path to luscious locations such as Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Palace, and Licorice Lagoon! It’s such sweet fun as players race to be the first one to reach King Kandy’s Castle to win!

Catan: Junior

Catan: Junior introduces a modified playing style of the classic game, allowing younger players to experience the world of Catan. This game is designed for players as young as five and is a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games for kids and families. Catan: Junior takes place on a ring of islands where two to four players build hideouts, and the mysterious Spooky Island, where the Ghost Captain lives. You use your resources to build ships, hideouts, or get help from Coco the Parrot. Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain. Be the first player to control seven pirate hideouts, and you win the game!

Chutes and Ladders

Climb up and slide down in the exciting game of Chutes and Ladders! Players can see the square marked 100, but how will they get there? If a player lands their pawn on a good deed, they can shimmy up a ladder, but land on the wrong spot and they’ll drop down a chute! No reading is required to play this simple and easy game for preschoolers. Players spin the spinner to see how many spots they’ll move. Will their new spot send them down or move them up, up, up? Slip, slide, and see who will win the Chutes and Ladders board game.

Clack!

Yellow stars! Red lightning bolts! Blue footprints. Where are they? Spread out the magnetic discs, roll the dice, and scramble to match the picture and the color. Make a match, grab a disc, and use its magnetic clack to build a stack. Keeping score is easy, just line up the stacks to see whose tower is tallest!

Clue

The suspects you know, in the mansion you remember, with the implements you love, are all included! For generations, Mr. Boddy has met his end at the hand of one of six legendary suspects in the classic detective game, CLUE. Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlett, and Colonel Mustard are all here in Boddy Mansion. One of them has done away with Mr. Boddy, but in which of the nine rooms? (Perhaps the Library, or Lounge, or Conservatory)?

Clue (Harry Potter Edition)

It’s a mystery at Hogwarts with CLUE: Harry Potter. A fellow student has seemingly vanished from the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and it is up to you to solve the mysterious disappearance. Playing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville, you must try and discover who did it, what spell or item they used, and where the student was attacked. Move around Hogwarts, making suggestions, but watch out! Wheels on the board will keep changing, revealing secret passages, moving staircases, or even the Dark Mark! Protection from the Dark Mark comes from the spells, allies, and items provided by the Help Cards. When you’re sure of your facts, go to Dumbledore’s office to make your accusation and win the game!

Codenames

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging gameplay. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with four players if you want to guess without help. You can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.

Connect 4

Challenge a friend to rule the grid in Connect 4, the game where strategy drives the competition! Line them up and go for the win! Choose the gold or red discs and drop them into the grid. When you get four discs in a row, you win. It’s simple, fast, and fun. Master the grid!

Cranium 3-in-1

The object of this game is to circle the board victoriously, sketching, sculpting, acting, humming, and puzzle-solving as you go. 3-in-1 foldout game board: quick game. A 30-minute experience is mid-sized. A full hour of fun full-sized. The classic Cranium game Cranium includes a clever and configurable game board, 600 cards (with 16 activities), a 10-sided die, a tub of Cranium Clay, a timer, four movers, and four notepads. This game does NOT include eye patches, puffy shirts, or anything associated with swashbuckling pirates.

Disney Villainous

Playing as favorite evil-doers like Maleficent, Ursula, and Captain Hook, players will take on the role of the Disney Villain and plan their schemes methodically to reach their objective before everyone else. Set traps, wield curses, leverage your allies, and, most importantly, be cunning!

Don’t Step In It! Unicorn Edition

Be careful not to poop out while playing this hilarious game with messy consequences! Put on a blindfold, spin the spinner, and then take that many steps across the game mat. But watch out! Little piles of compound, molded in the shape of poop, have been strategically placed on the mat. Sometimes players will have to add, remove, or even re-arrange the poops along the mat. Who can avoid the number twos to be number one to win?

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens, explosions, laser beams, and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode, die, and are out of the game unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens. Exploding Kittens is the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter, and has paved the way for peace and tranquility in the modern world.

Family Feud Trivia Box Card Game

Play Family Feud anywhere with this convenient, compact version of the classic game. There are hundreds of questions to keep the entire family guessing no matter where you are!

Funkoverse Strategy Game: Harry Potter

Battle in the universe strategy game of Harry Potter, where you’ll combine your favorite characters and go head-to-head in four exciting game scenarios. Move through memorable locations such as Diagon Alley or The Room of Requirement, and use your characters’ unique abilities to capture points and achieve victory!

Guess Who?

It’s the classic Guess Who? game, the original guessing game! Is your person wearing a hat? Does your person have blue eyes? Kids will delight in asking questions about an opponent’s mystery character. The first player to guess their opponent’s mystery character correctly wins the game!

Hearing Things

The Hearing Things Game is Hasbro’s twist on the online viral ‘Whisper Challenge’ sensation. This game has players guessing what they think their teammate is saying by reading their lips. One player puts on the speech-canceling electronic headphones, and the other player says the random phrase shown on the card. The player wearing the headphones can’t hear what their teammate is saying and has to figure it out to earn the card.

HedBanz

Play Hedbanz, the quick question game of “What am I?” Ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out if the cartoon on your head is an animal, food, or man-made object. Be the first player to guess what you are and win! Hedbanz, the game where everybody knows but you!

Heist

You and your team have been contacted by the boss, challenging you to pull off the Heist of the century: crack a safe filled with gold in five minutes or less and collect 50 million in cold hard cash along the way! Work together as a team and follow the instructions carefully to open the safe and walk away ridiculously rich. Do you and your team have what it takes to complete the job? Get ready to try your hand at all five progressive game levels, plus a TOP-SECRET bonus level six!

HiHo! Cherry-O

HiHo! Cherry-O is a family favorite! Preschoolers have so much fun picking fruit to fill their baskets, and they don’t even realize they’re developing and practicing math skills such as counting, addition, and subtraction! Take turns picking cherries, blueberries, and apples from your tree and put them in your basket. Be the first to pick all the fruit from your tree and win! When it comes to a fruity fun way to sharpen kids’ math skills, you couldn’t ‘pick’ a better game!

Ideal Hot Potato Electronic Musical

Designed for two to six players, the whole family can play this musical game. Just squeeze the Hot Potato to start the music and let the fun begin. Pass the spud to the player next to you or even across the room. Toss it back and forth, up high, down low, around and around, but don’t get caught holding the spud when the music stops! If you do, you have to take a potato chip card. Get three chip cards, and you’re out. The last player remaining without three chip cards is the winner!

Jenga

Want a game experience that combines friends, skill, suspense, laughter, and maybe a little luck? Jenga is the game for you! Carefully pull a wood block out of the tower and place it on top. It’s easy at first, but as more blocks get pulled, the tower starts to get unsteady. Players will be on the edge of their seats, just trying to keep the tower from tumbling. Jenga is quick to set up and is an easy game to play just about anytime, almost anywhere.

Ker Plunk

Ker Plunk! is a blast from the past with a cool look and attitude! The object of the game is to skillfully remove the sticks from the tube while dropping the fewest marbles possible. The translucent tube stands upright on a base that contains four separate numbered trays. Each player selects a numbered compartment to use throughout the game, and the straws are passed through holes midway of the tube to form a lattice “web.” The marbles are then placed at the top of the tube and held in place by the web. Just set it up, start playing, and watch out for marbles that go “Ker Plunk!” The players must use steady hands and a cool head to remove the sticks from below the marbles. This best game from yester-year is just as much fun today! Share your great memories or start new ones! You and your friends will have a blast playing Ker Plunk!, just don’t let the marbles fall!

Kids Against Maturity

This game is exactly what you think it is. Finally, a family-friendly version. Layered innuendos for parents and kids to enjoy equal levels of laughter. Each player takes a turn reading a blue question card. Everyone answers with one of their ten funniest white cards face down. The white question card chosen funniest by the question reader wins that hand. The player with the most cards chosen by the question readers wins the game!

Labyrinth

Get lost in a maze of fun with the Ravensburger Labyrinth! This fantastical labyrinth board game features a cast of mythical characters, including a dragon, princess, ghost, genie, and flying creatures like bats and owls. Designed for ages eight and up, this four-player adventure is an action-packed game of mystery that’s ideal for sleepovers, family game nights, and anytime kids feel like playing in a land of strategy and imagination. Players must find all of their objects and characters while moving carefully through the constantly changing maze, and be the first to make it back to the starting square to win.

Mancala

Mancala is a game played around the world, sometimes called “sowing” games, or “count-and-capture” games, which describes the gameplay. Players begin by placing four stones in each of the pits on the game board. A player may count their stones to plot the game. A turn consists of removing all stones from a pit and placing one in each of the following pits in sequence. If the last stone is placed in a player’s own Mancala, then he gets a second turn. Players may not touch the stones to count them, and once a player has touched the stones, he must play them. The play ends when one player’s six bins are empty.

Mastermind

Test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, the challenging game of logic and deduction. The Codemaker sets a secret code, and the Codebreaker tries to match the code using logic, deduction, and maybe even a little bit of luck. After each move, the Codemaker gives clues to the Codebreaker. Make the code even more devious by using multiple pegs of the same color or by leaving one or more peg holes empty. With so many possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brain teaser!

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

This award-winning “teetering, wobbling, shifting, tipping, unbalanced, balanced game” is a must-have for family game night! Take turns hanging the notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces from the tabletop stand. With each added piece, the balance shifts, and the sculpture transforms. But watch out! One wrong move could send it all crashing down!

Monopoly Junior

Monopoly games have been entertaining families since 1935, and people love the roller-coaster ride to success. Pass Go, take a Chance card, and you might just build the property of your dream, or you might end up in Jail! Whatever happens, it’s fun all the way to the top! Now kids can join in the excitement with the fast and fun Monopoly Junior game.

Monopoly: Fortnite Edition

In this thrilling Fortnite edition of Monopoly, players claim locations, battle opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive. The gameplay, design, and components of the board include elements inspired by the video game, including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Instead of Monopoly money, players earn Health Points (HP). First, choose a character and pick from 27 awesome outfits. Then, it’s time to battle. Players pick up health packs, build walls, and damage their opponents. Every time a player passes go, they unleash the Storm; avoid it or lose HP. Like in the Fortnite video game, the last player standing wins!

Mouse Trap

Snap the trap and win at Mousetrap! Run through the maze as Sneakers Mouse, Nacho Mouse, or Pepper Mouse spins on the cheesy spinner. When one of your friends’ mouse is in the cheesy trap area, and you land on the right space, you’ve got a chance to catch them in the zany trap made of Hungry Hippo and Girafalaff contraptions. Keep scurrying and scampering until someone gets caught. If you’re the first to trap a mouse, you win!

No Stress Chess

No Stress Chess is a game that will help you learn Standard Chess. You can play instantly because the special game board guides you through setting up your pieces, and each card in the innovative deck shows you how to move the piece it pictures. You just set the pieces on the board, shuffle the deck, and begin to play! No Stress Chess teaches players the moves of all the Chess pieces. The game is played on a regular Chessboard but doesn’t require the movement knowledge or planning of Standard Chess. No Stress Chess can be played at several levels of difficulty, gradually introducing players to Standard Chess in incremental steps. When you’re ready, flip the board to its Standard Chessboard side and play the authentic ‘king of games.’

Not Parent Approved: A Card Game for Families

Not Parent Approved is a kid-friendly word game of fill-in-the-blanks inspired by Cards Against Humanity. This game was created to provide an attention-grabbing, easy-to-learn, and hilarious alternative to screen time for children and their families. A brilliant screen zombie antidote that’s effortless fun at a kids slumber party or Thanksgiving Dinner with Grandma. Bring back the joy of face-to-face engagement with your kids!

Operation

It’s the classic family favorite with an updated look and funny ailments! Cavity Sam is feeling a bit under the weather, and kids will love to “operate” and make him better. Your child will grab the tweezers and giggle with delight, trying to take out all of Cavity Sam’s funny ailments without getting “buzzed”!

Pictionary

Count on big laughs when you and your friends get together to find out who’s an artist and who isn’t! In this quick-draw classic, the guesses can be just as hilarious as the sketches as you use markers to draw your best rendition of the clue on the card. You have one minute to convey what’s on the card. Is it an animal, a person, an action, just what is that word you’re drawing? If your team members aren’t getting it, try a different direction; you never know what kinds of clues might trigger the answer. You take turns drawing, so all players get to channel their inner artists!

Pie Face

The hilarious Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get surprised! Players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge, then take turns sliding their heads through the mask and spinning the spinner. But watch out! The game unit could go off at any time, giving someone a face full of whipped cream!

Qwirkle

Qwirkle is MindWare’s must-have game, and it is easy to see why! Simple to learn, yet strategic and exciting to play, Qwirkle is a favorite of all ages. Build lines of tiles that are all the same color or shape, with no duplicates. Score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Score even bigger by matching all six attributes and creating a Qwirkle!

Qwitch

Three to five players race to play cards in sequence. But watch out! Letters and numbers can go up, down, or stay the same and switch at any time. Be the first player out of cards, and win! Switch to a new family favorite! Ages seven to adult, and less than five minutes per game!

Sequence for Kids

It’s the classic game of Sequence made just for kids! Play an animal card from your hand, and place your chip on the corresponding animal on the board. Wild cards add excitement to the game – use a unicorn card to place your chip anywhere, or use a dragon card to remove an opponent’s chip. The first player with four chips in a row wins! This exciting strategy game helps develop logical thinking skills. Reading is not required to play.

Spontuneous – The Song Game

This is one of the best board games for family game nights and parties with friends that will have you laughing for hours and will surely be an encore for more. One player says a word, and the race is on for the others to sing a song containing that word. Play begins with the Tunesmith turning the timer and announcing a Trigger-Word from his/her Hit-List. The first player who starts singing scores, but must sing a minimum of five words containing the Trigger-Word. For example, if the Trigger-Word was dawn, the first player to begin singing a five-word portion of lyrics from any song containing the word dawn scores.

Spot It!

Test your observational skills and your reflexes with the award-winning game of Spot It!, a game of lightning-fast choices for two to eight players. With dozens of awards and possible versions married to elegant gameplay, Spot It! has become a global phenomenon. Five distinct mini-games within a set of Spot It! ensure that the game will be different every time you play, and because it’s always your turn, there’s never any downtime!

Taboo

Taboo is the game of unspeakable fun! Who can get their teammates to say “Brain Freeze” without being able to say ice cream, headache, eating, cold or fast? When playing Taboo, the obvious clues are strictly forbidden. Players race against the timer as they try to give creative and carefully-worded clues to get team players to guess words fast. But don’t mention the unmentionables, or it’s time for the squeaker, which means losing the point.

Telestrations

The outrageously fun party game, Telestrations, will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing! Draw what you see, then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. Casual, family, party, and strategy gamers alike all agree that Telestrations is one of the top 10 board games to add to their game collection for game night. It’s an engaging game that can be played over and over with many different ages and types of groups and gatherings!

The Game of Life Junior

Choose your fun adventure with The Game of Life, junior style! This fun and fast-paced game is just like the adult version, but with much cooler rides! Pick the Blue Wheeler, Pink Cruiser, Yellow Speedster, or Green Rider, and start enjoying life’s twists and turns! Have tons of fun with amazing adventures on the beach or at the zoo – it’s your choice! Keep collecting stars and see how the Action cards and Attractions like the Museum or the Chocolate Factory affect your fate. If you get to 10 stars first, you win!

Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito is what you get when you cross a card game with dodgeball. Try to collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging, and throwing squishy airborne burritos. The cards you collect earn points, but getting hit by flying burritos loses them. So clear some space and put away the antiques, because you’ve never played a card game quite like this before. How it works: place a pair of burritos on a table and draw cards and keep them a secret. Rack up points by finding sets of three in the deck. Find matches before anyone else does. If someone plays Burrito cards, a battle ensues. Steal points from your opponents by hitting them with squishy toy burritos. Declare war on your friends. Some battles only involve a handful of players. Others force the entire table to engage in a burrito war. Duel to determine the winner. During a burrito duel, two players must stand back to back, walk three spaces, and fire.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is an award-winning, cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

Trivial Pursuit, Family Edition

With cards for kids and adults, the whole family can get a kick out of this fun-filled Family Edition of Trivial Pursuit! Family members of all ages can test their smarts with question after question in six categories. The game’s fresh questions and faster pace make for quick-play trivia, and with 1,200 questions (600 for adults, 600 for kids), you’ll never run out of the learning and laughing!

Twister

Add a twist of fun to any party or family night with the game that ties you up in knots! Give the spinner a whirl and see what’s next as you try to keep your hands and feet on the mat! Right foot red! Can you do it? Left foot green, you got it! If your knee or elbow touches the mat, or you fall over, you’re out. Be the last player standing to win!

Ultra Dash

Set out the targets to design your course, press the button on the tagger to choose your game, and then race to match the color of the flashes with the targets! There are three modes of play: beat the clock, target tally, and relay race! It’s a different game each time you play! For one or more players in teams, ages six and up.

UNO FLIP!

It’s the matching game you know, plus exciting new twists, like a double-sided deck and special FLIP card, that gives UNO a competitive edge. Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. In a race to deplete their hands, players can play special cards to slow their opponents down, like Skips, Reverses, and color-changing Wild cards. UNO FLIP! also includes new Action cards that really shake things up, like Draw Five and Skip Everyone cards. Play the special FLIP card and all cards in your hand, the draw pile and draw deck are flipped over to reveal an entirely new set of numbers and colors on the opposite side! The holder of the FLIP card determines whether or not you play on the “light” side or “dark” side of the deck and when you switch it back around. Strategize to rattle your competition and be the first to get rid of your cards to win. When you’re down to one card, don’t forget to shout, “UNO!”

Unstable Unicorns

Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about everyone’s two favorite things: Destruction & Unicorns. The goal of Unstable Unicorns is to be the first person to collect seven Unicorns in your play area, also known as your Stable. Use Magic, Instant, Upgrade, and Downgrade cards to hinder your opponents’ progress and destroy their Unicorns. But beware, each player has all of these tools at their disposal as well, and you may just find your plans foiled by a well-played “Neigh!” card. Get ready to destroy your friendships, but in a good way.

Watch Ya’ Mouth Ultimate Edition Game

Watch Ya’ Mouth ultimate edition is the best selling, funny, mouthguard party game! Teams of players, hampered by cheek retractors, attempt to read and speak out phrases from four unique card decks: classic, rhyme time, pop culture, and head to head. Sure to be a hit at your next game night!

Zingo! Bingo

It’s not just bingo, it’s Zingo!, a matching game that encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words to their challenge cards. The Zingo! Zinger dispenses tiles and fun as young minds quickly race to be the first player with a full card and yell, “ZINGO!” With two different levels, this matching game builds language skills through fast-paced play.

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