Family Board Games

The category “Family” refers to a subset of games which are very simple to teach, to learn, and to play in a relatively short period of time (30-60 minutes). These games can be accessed and played by all ages usually ranging from 8 and higher. Younger gamers can play but might need some assistance from an adult.

Most of these games are suitable to introduce new folks to the world of gaming. Their strength lies in simplicity, fun decision making, a bit of tension, and short play time. Many people will ask to play these games again right away!

The Spiel des Jahres is a prestigious award given in Germany every year to the best family game. Some of the games on this list have received that award. To see other winners and nominations see the category “Award Winning”

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7 Wonders

You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather ressources, develop commercial routes and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times!

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Airlines Europe

The age of passenger aviation has begun. Courageous entrepreneurs establish the first airlines and compete for the few available licenses in the European air space.

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Alhambra

2003 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Alhambra Big Box

One big box containing the Alhambra base game plus all five of its current expansions. Its packaging is designed to store the expansions separately. Expansions Included: Alhambra: The Vizier’s Favor Alhambra: The City Gates Alhambra: The Thief’s Turn Alhambra: The Treasure Chamber Alhambra: Power of the Sultan

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Archaeology: The Card Game

Discover the lost treasures of Egypt and make your fortune!

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Bang! 4th Edition

Bang! is an original card game where players assume secret roles and outlandish characters. It is a deductive game where you try and figure out who is on what team in order to knock your opponents out of the game.

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Birds on a Wire

You’ve heard the old saying: “Birds of a feather flock together”? Well, the same is true when they gather on wires—that is, before they get zapped and fly away.

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Blokus

Europe`s 2003 game of the year! Develops logic and spacial perception while kids learn to be tactical. Players take turns placing pieces on their board, each starting from their corner. Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners!

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Bohnanza

This great card game is about planting, trading, and selling beans – 11 kinds of beans (this English version includes all the cards from the original game and the first expansion).

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Botswana

On safari in Botswana, you might be able to spot lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards, and zebras. In this game, you will spot them for sure! But can you guess which ones will be worth the most at the end of this safari?

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Carcassonne w/ River Expansion

The southern French city of Carcassonne was founded on an important trade route between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Because of its strategic location, the city was often conquered and has known many rulers. As a result of this varied history, the city is famous for its unique mixture of Roman and Medieval fortifications.

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Castle Panic

Castle Panic is a unique, cooperative strategy game for 1 to 6 players ages 10 and up.

Players must work together to defend their castle, in the center of the board, from monsters that attack out of the forest, at the edges of the board.

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Catan (New Version)

1995 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Catan: Dice Game Deluxe

Discover, explore, and settle Catan anywhere and anytime!…even solo!

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Catan: Travel Edition

Now the renowned, best-selling Game of Year comes in a very cool, compact, portable edition!

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Coloretto

During the game, the players try to collect cards in different colors. The players try to focus on collecting only three different colors. The tension comes when opponents force you to collect cards you do not want!

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Colt Express

It is 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed to the Nice Valley Coal Company to deliver their payroll and 47 passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by thievin’ bandits! Will the outlaws keep their cool or will Marshal Samuel Ford save the day and prevent the robbery?

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Dixit Journey

A new and enriched environment where the sky is the limit for creating truly enchanting scenarios.

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Dixit Odyssey

Voyage to a new dream!

The fantastic universe of Dixit, winner of the Spiel des Jahres 2010, returns to entrance you once more. With Dixit Odysset, continue the adventure in new worlds that will enchant and delight.

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Dixit: Jinx

Is your guess is good as mine?

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Dixit: Quest

The multi-award winning party game returns with an 84 card add-on.

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Dominion: Dark Ages

This is the 7th addition to the game of Dominion.

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Dominion: Hinterlands

This is the 6th addition to the game of Dominion. It adds 26 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, including 20 Actions, 3 Treasures, 3 Victory cards, and 3 Reactions. The central theme is cards that do something immediately when you buy them or gain them.

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Escape: The Curse of the Temple

You are a team of adventurers – trapped in a cursed temple. Together you must activate the magic gems in the temple chambers in order to banish the curse.

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Fits

Can you skillfully fill in your playing board so that all the differently shaped tiles fit perfectly, without leaving any spaces?

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Flash Point: Fire Rescue (2nd Edition)

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is a fully cooperative game, everyone plays on the same firefighting team – win or lose together!

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For Sale

Players bid and bluff their way to purchase the most valuable real estate for the lowest amount of money, then turn around and sell those houses for the most they think they can get for them.

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Forbidden Desert

Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city

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Forbidden Island

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise.

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Fresco

The ceiling in the cathedral is getting on a bit and is in urgent need of restoration.

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Guildhall

Guildhall is a card game for 2-4 players with intricate play using a simple set of cards.

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Hanabi

An intriguing and innovative card game. Race against the clock to build a dazzling fireworks finale!

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Hey! That’s My Fish!

At the South Pole players’ penguins are jumping from ice floe to ice floe hunting fish. They are also trying to block other penguins by securing the best fishing grounds for themselves. The penguin colony that catches the most fish by the end of the game wins.

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High Society

It is one thing to be the richest family on the block… it’s quite another to flaunt it successfully.

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Hive

Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven White and eleven Black, resembling a variety of insects each with a unique way of moving. With no setting up to do, the game begins when the first piece is placed down.

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Hive Carbon

This game is still the same as our award winning Hive game, but with a Carbon twist which is an alternative to the existing set of pieces for those who prefer a classic black and white colour scheme.

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Hive: The Ladybug

The LadyBug is the latest expansion for the highly praised two-player game of Hive.

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Hive: The Mosquito

The Mosquito pieces can be added to a standard Hive® set and are placed in the same way as other pieces.

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Ilium

The famous archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, has discovered Ilium™ (ancient Troy) and now artifact collectors have rushed to send archaeologists to excavate the area.

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Incan Gold

Incan Gold is a quick, fun game of bluff and daring in which explorers push their luck while exploring an old Incan temple in search of gold and treasure. In each round, you decide whether to delve deeper into the temple, adding to your riches, or escape with the share you’ve acquired so far.

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King of Tokyo: Power Up!

With King of Tokyo: Power Up! – an expansion for the King of Tokyo base game – after choosing a monster, each player takes the eight Evolution cards associated with that monster, shuffles those cards, and creates a personal deck.

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Kingdom Builder

By skillful building of settlements players create their own kingdoms, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

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Las Vegas

Try your luck in the glitzy world of gambling in Las Vegas!

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Liar’s Dice

Said to have been passed down by the ancient Incas, Liar’s Dice is a game of bluffing and chance.

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Loot

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Barrel of Fun! Set sail for an exciting adventure of strategy and skullduggery in this captivating card game.

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Lords of Scotland

The throne lies empty and the clans are restless. As a lord of Scotland with land, men and money at your disposal, now is the time to lay your claim.

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Love Letter

Love Letter is a card game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players

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Machi Koro

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow the sleepy town of Machi Koro into the largest city in the region

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Montego Bay

Montego Bay – in the small port, activity prevails in this bay in Jamaica. For the dock workers it is time to leave the taverns in order to start working.

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Musketeers

In the Queen’s service, the Musketeers are trying to acquire three valuable gems. However, the Cardinal and his dreaded Guards are out to sabotage the Musketeers’ mission.

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No Thanks!

Good card games can be so simple: either take a card or pay a chip. Anyone can make that decision, right? However, there`s a catch – in fact there are two.

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Once Upon a Time

Tell your own fantastic tales of brave heroes and daring adventure!

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Piece O’ Cake

Everyone knows the cake rules: one person cuts, the other chooses. In this way, one makes the slices as equal as possible so that one does not end up with the short end.

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Pitchcar

Build your own track, choose your car, and pitch it! Choose the best trajectory using the safety rails, stay on your wheels and don’t go off the track if you don’t want a penalty!

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Qwirkle

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color.

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Railways of the World: The Card Game

Railways of the World the Card Game is a fast paced card game adaptation of the highly popular Railways of the World board game series.

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Rampage

In the game of Rampage players each control one of the four monsters and their objective is to cause the most damage to the city while eating the Meeple citizens.

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Relic Runners

The ancient relics had lain dormant in the darkest reaches of the jungle since time immemorial. But once word of their discovery broke out, all manner of would-be archeologists rushed in…

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Rise of Augustus

Serving the 1st Roman Emperor, Augustus, you will need to mobilize your legions to control provinces of the Empire and its senators to ultimately obtain the title of Consul. The aim of the game is to earn as many points as possible before any players has taken control of seven objectives.

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Robo Rally

RoboRally is a fast-moving robot race. Each player tries to be the first to cross a series of checkpoints by maneuvering a robot across the floor of the “Grid Widget Factory.” The course is laced with perils such as lasers, crushers, missile launchers, and conveyer belts.

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Roll Through the Ages

Build a thriving civilization–in under an hour!

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Saint Malo

Can you build the most prosperous city and keep it safe from pirates? Roll the dice and then strategically choose what to draw on your erasable game board.

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Say Anything Family Edition

Get the Whole Family Talking and Laughing!

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Say Anything!

ay Anything is a light-hearted game about what you and your friends think. It will get people talking, laughing, and having fun in minutes.

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Sheriff of Nottingham

The Sheriff of Nottingham is a fun and engaging game for all where each player will have the chance to step into the shoes of the Sheriff himself!

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Spot It!

There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards in this party game.

Spot it and you win!

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Stone Age (Rio Grande Edition)

Each age has its special challenges. The stone age was shaped by the emergence of agriculture, the processing of useful resources, and by the building of simple huts. Trade begins and grows and civilization takes root and spreads.

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Straw

Will you be the one who breaks the Camel’s back?

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Survive: Escape From Atlantis (30th Anniversary Edition)

It’s early in the 20th century – a time of exploration and adventure. The mysterious island of Atlantis has been discovered in the middle of the ocean, and there are rumors of great riches to be found there!After reaching Atlantis, the explorers are ready to return home with treasure and artifacts. But Atlantis begins to sink!

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Takenoko

Long, long ago, the Emperor of China, in a gesture of peace, offered the Emperor of Japan a Giant Panda. You have been appointed to the delicate task of caring for this politically important Panda and tending to the Emperor’s illustrious bamboo garden.

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The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac

At the heart of the Gutamalian jungle, famous archiologists are about to explore an ancient Mayan temple.

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Thurn & Taxis

2006 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Travel Blog

Some people love to travel. Others love to read about traveling. Project Boundless is an internet magazine designed to bring those people together.

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Tsuro

A beautiful and beautifully simple game of laying a tile before your own token to continue its path on each turn.

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Tsuro of the Seas

In Tsuro of the Seas you will sail the treacherous waters of the Mystic Seas in an engaging game of adventure and suspense!

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Via Appia

n Via Appia up to four players hope to secure their place in history among Rome’s greatest builders by leading the Appian Way, the queen of the long roads, as stated by Roman poet Statius, to the seaport of Brundisium at the Adriatic Sea.

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Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is trivia made fun! This is the first trivia game you can win without knowing any trivia. How? By successfully betting on other players’ answers. So you can win based upon what you know or how well you know your friends.

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Wits & Wagers – Family

Wits & Wagers Family simplifies the rules and scoring system of the popular Wits & Wagers. Now families and kids can get into the Wits & Wagers action! First, every player writes down a guess to a fun question. Then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer without going over. That is it!

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Word on the Street

A tug of war with words!

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Word on the Street Junior

Word on the Street Junior uses the same game play as 2009’s Word on the Street: Players are presented with a category, choose a word that fits that category, then move the letters in that word toward their side of the street.

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Yspahan

The players embody merchants trading with Yspahan. Meaning to take advantage of the coming of the Shah’s supervisor, they score points by placing their merchandise in the right shops, by sending them to the caravan, and by constructing buildings.