I did a little personal research because I have been in the Board Game Exchange bubble the past year. I have been relatively out of touch with what people are playing with their families, the “trending” games if you will – because I have become so accustomed to having a box of predetermined games show up on my doorstep.
Through my searching I came to discover a handful of games that are highly recommended for families to purchase and/or at least play in 2018… Here are 5 of them!
Description: “Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. 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 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or 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.” Buy now.
Description: “Play a card from your hand and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it’s a Sequence! Learn to block your opponents and remove their chips. Watch out for Jacks; theyre wild! Includes a folding game board, Sequence game cards, 135 Sequence playing chips and instructions. For 2-12 players, ages 7 and up.” Buy now.
3. Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
Description: “Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a fun-filled race through the bustling city, farm, airport, and harbor of Richard Scarry’s Busytown. Whenever a Goldbug card appears, team up to hunt for hidden objects on the gigantic, vibrantly illustrated game board. Everybody works together and gets a chance to say, “I found it!”” Buy now.
4. Blokus Board Game
Description: ” It takes less than a minute to learn, but offers endless strategy and fun challenges for the whole family. Each player gets a set of 21 pieces – in red, blue, green, or yellow – then takes turns placing them on the board. There’s just one rule: each piece you play must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners! The goal is to fit the most pieces on the board. The game ends when no more pieces can be placed down, and the player with the lowest number remaining wins! For ages 7 years and above.” Buy now.
5. Catan, 5th Edition
Description: “Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun!”