Family board games are often the best ways to beat boredom especially when the kids are all inside getting restless from nothing to do. Plus, these games are the perfect ways to get the whole family together for quality time away from the television, the laptops and the video games.
What are Board Games?
In case somebody has not been exposed to board games, these are simply games in which pieces or counters are moved on a pre-marked surface known as a board. Of course, there are tiles to be followed that will determine the winner of the game with most board games allowing for 2-4 players. Winning the game can be based on strategy, chance or combinations of both such that the course of the game can change with one move or one throw of the dice.
Family board games are exciting in that no two games are alike in every way. Games can either have an inherent theme (Cluedo) or none at all (Checkers) as well as simple clues (Tic-Tac-Toes) or complex clues (Dungeons and Dragons). Keep in mind that even board games with the simplest of rules and quickest learning time do not necessarily mean that gameplay is for dunces – think of chess with its complex situations and geniuses at work.
What the Board Game Categories Are
We have to emphasize that every board game can be played by families simply by increasing the number of boards in player games. For example, chess is a 2-player game but families can still participate by taking sides or just talking out other chessboards so that everybody can play. Or better yet, families can choose board games that allow for multiple players.
With that being said, here are a few possible family board games that are both adult and kid-friendly. We suggest choosing the game according to the comprehension level of players, say, a board game based on chance and designed for a 5-year to compete against his parent.
- Abstract strategy games like chess and checkers develop logic in players
- German-style board games that require a combination of strategy and chance such as the Settlers of Catan
- Roll-and-move games with specific goals like getting wealth as is the case with the various incarnations of Monopoly
- Word games like Scrabble and Boggle encourages spelling skills, word recognition and even word comprehension.
- Large multi-player games such as Take It Easy with a maximum possible score of 307.
How to Choose The Perfect Board Game
When choosing family board games, the best barometer of future enjoyment is suitability to the age of the players. Most, if not all, board games place age recommendations on the box such as 3+, 12+ and so on mainly to guide parents on the age suitability in terms of the rules and demands of the game.
Besides, there is also the matter of choking hazards if small children will swallow the small parts of the counters and other accessories in games like the Monopoly. It is also an excellent idea to look at the interests of the players, say, SpongeBob SquarePants Monopoly instead of the classic version.
When chosen wisely, family board games are not just pieces of board and counters. These can be the center of enjoyment for the whole family and, consequently, a way to make good memories.