What do you do when there’s a lull at grandma’s after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? You break open the games! Here is a list of popular games currently on sale on Amazon.
Family Friendly Classics
Catch Phrase is a unique word game that plays a lot like Charades where the goal of the game is get your teammates to correctly guess a word by providing clues. Using a specialized game unit, two teams play head to head to be the first to reach 7 points by correctly guessing words.
Connect 4 is a two-player game with “perfect information”. This term describes games where one player at a time plays, players have all the information about moves that have taken place and all moves that can take place, for a given game state.
Trouble is a board game in which players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. Pieces are moved according to the roll of a die. There is also a Trouble Frozen Edition available!
Candy Land is a simple racing board game. Due to the design of the game, there is no strategy involved. Players are never required to make choices, just follow directions.
Chutes and Ladders challenges you to scramble to the top of the game board without slip-sliding down! Land on good deeds to climb ladders! Watch out for the slide!
Clue is a board game where three to six players try to figure out three main facts of a murder: the murderer, the location of the murder, and the murder weapon.
Guess Who is a two player game where players use differential yes or no questions to isolate a hidden character. The first player to guess the other players hidden character wins.
The Game of Life simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.
Uno is a card game where players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they help you defeat your opponents.
** Sorry! is a board game where players draw cards and try to advance themselves. Inside that deck of cards being drawn is the covetous Sorry card that allows you to send anyone you want back to start.
Scattergories is a 2-to-6 player game with the objective to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.
Other Family Friendly Games
Watch Ya Mouth is a game where teams of players, hampered by cheek retractors, attempt to read and interpret/speak out phrases.
In Farkle, players roll six dice, removing only the dice they want to keep for points on that roll, and roll the remaining dice again. Scoring dice must be removed after every roll. Players eventually make all six dice count for their score and it’s the next player’s turn. The first player to score 10,000 points wins.
** Relative Insanity is similar to Cards Against Humanity, but with family-member scenarios. So one player will read out a setup card and other players will then choose and play a punchline card to fill in the blank, hoping the reader chooses it as the best card.
** Escape Room in a Box challenges your team of 2 to 8 players to work together and solve 19 puzzles, including 4 real combination locks, to escape your fate.
This thrilling cooperation board game features a fun “flashback” theme and 3 separate game paths! Stick to your path during gameplay and replay next time on a different path with no overlap.
** Left Center Right starts with 3 special marked cubes being rolled to determine where players distribute their chips as they compete to keep as many of their chips as they can. The last player with chips is the winner and wins the center pot.
** Pass the Pigs, my family’s personal favorite for camping trips, is basically a dice game, with pigs that are weighted and have different values depending on how they land. Each turn involves one player throwing two model pigs, each has a dot on one side. The player gains or loses points based on the way the pigs land. Each turn lasts until the player throwing either rolls the pigs in a way that wipes out their current score, wipes out their total game score, or decides to stop their turn, add their turn score to their total score and pass the pigs to the next player.
Jenga is a game where players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.
Catan is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory.
5 Second Rule is a timed game with giant cubes that give you categories, and the brain timer gives you a letter. Then take turns naming things in those categories that start with that letter.
** Pun Intended is played with teams. Each team has 1 minute to solve 6 puns that all start with the same letter and score points for each correct pun. The first team to 30 points wins
** Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive, risqué or politically incorrect printed on playing cards.
** Uncorked! is a wine-tasting game best played with 4-8 players and 4 different wines (any kind will do). It can be played at home or on the go, and requires no previous wine knowledge, so it’s fun for the fully ripened connoisseur to the unevolved amateur.
What Do You Meme has a rotating judge play a photo card each round and everyone else plays a caption card to complete the meme. The judge decides the funniest pairing, and whoever played the winning caption card wins the round.
Buzzed is a drinking game where players take turns drawing a card from the top of the deck. When it’s your turn, read the card out loud and either you or the group will drink based on the prompt on the card, depending on what it is. The prompts are like Never Have I Ever questions.
If you see names of games with asterisks next to them, they’re my personal favorites and suggestions! I’m not the competitive, game-playing type, but I do enjoy fun games with family around the holidays!