The Best Family Games: 50 of the Top Board Games, Video Games and Card Games that are Tons of Fun for Kids and the Whole Family
The family that plays together says together – or at least until someone wins that game of Monopoly, Parchesi, Life or Sorry! Traditional board games as well as new, electronic games provide hours of family fun time. Best of all, everyone in the family can play some games. Grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, parents and children can all gather around the table to enjoy fun times together. The next time you and your family gets together or after your next big holiday meal, pull out one of the 50 best family games, and let the good times roll!
The 50 Best Family Games
The list of the the 50 best family games is divided into several parts. The first section includes traditional board games, grouped by age ranges. The second part includes classic board games enjoyed by all ages. The last section lists electronic games for family entertainment. If a specific game system is needed, this information is included with the specifics of the game.
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- Why Play Family Games
- The Best Family Games
- Classic Board and Card Games for the Whole Family
- The Best 25 Family Electronic and Video Games
With so many kids clamoring for every type of digital game under the sun, why include traditional board games? Board games actually teach children many valuable lessons. Parenting Science states that traditional board games provide good opportunities for children to model behaviors from adults. Think about it; if you’re playing a game as a family, the older adults around the table are modeling how to follow rules, how to be a good sport, how to take turns, and how to share. Depending on your family situation and lifestyle, that may be a valuable and unique opportunity indeed, especially if the older family members live far away and don’t interact frequently with the youngsters.
Traditional board games do not rely on electricity, and they’re inexpensive. Grandparents who may be intimidated by digital games can immediately immerse themselves in traditional games such as checkers, chess, Monopoly, Life, and many others.
Keep this in mind as you’re shopping for games for your family. With so many things moving to digital platforms, traditional board games may still have a place in your family’s life.
1. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game (Educational Insights)
Children ages 3 and up love playing Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. Help your forest friend find, match and sort his acorns before fall. This game is great for kids who can match colors and shapes but who can’t write or read yet.
- Box acts as part of the game board.
- Adults seem to enjoy the game too, so it’s fun for the whole family.
- Helps kids develop social skills, fine motor skills, and matching skills.
- Older children who play the game may find it boring.
- Cardboard pieces can rip over time.
2. Hoot, Owl, Hoot! (Peaceable Kingdom)
Hoot, Owl, Hoot! from Peaceable Kingdom offers a board game with a unique twist. Instead of players vying to win the game for themselves, players must work together to help the owls return to their nest before the sun rises. If they’re successful, everyone wins. If this message resonates with your family’s beliefs, Hoot, Owl, Hoot! may be a fun board game.
- Game teaches cooperation and builds on social skills.
- Parents love how the game teaches counting, cooperation and teamwork.
- Bright, colorful and well-constructed game.
- Some parents felt that without the competition among players, the game wasn’t as much fun.
- Some parents felt the game was hard to understand.
3. Jax Jumbo Sequence Tube Game (Jax)
This challenging game for older children and adults was a huge favorite among reviewers. Players use a board game printed with cards and poker-like chips to create five-card sequences. The winner is the one who creates the most five card sequences in one game session. The sturdy vinyl mat rolls up into a portable tube, making this a great game both for family nights and vacation trips.
- Adults, teens and older children loved the game and said it provided many hours of fun.
- Sturdy mat and game pieces that last a long time.
- The jumbo version offers a large enough board space for six to 10 players to compete at once.
- Some families may not like the card game aspect of the game.
- Younger children may find the game rules too challenging.
4. Ticket to Ride (Original Version) (Days of Wonder)
All aboard! Grab your ticket to ride and hop aboard this fun take off on “Around the World in 80 Days.” Ticket to Ride is great for children ages 8 and up. Players collect train tickets that enable them to “ride” around North America. With each connection, and the further their tickets take them, the more points they win.
- There are so many possible combinations in this game that kids can play it many times without growing bored with it.
- Scores can be close, which makes the game exciting.
- Later versions set in different countries offer more challenges.
- Some parents felt it was too expensive.
5. Telestrations (Usapoly)
From the makers of Yahtzee! and many other popular games comes Telestrations, a spin off on the old standbye “telephone” game. In this game, players use a sketchpad to sketch out their secret word, then pass the pad to the next person. Each person has to guess and sketch until the reveal. It’s a fun game for all ages.
- Combines the best of Pictionary and Telephone.
- Leads to some unpredictable, very funny outcomes.
- Up to 8 people can play at once.
- Works best for 6 or more players. The fewer players, the fewer surprises, and the less funny the game is.
- Some people felt it was overpriced.
6. Carcassonne (Z-Man Games)
Carcassonne is a game that seems simple at first, but the more you play it, the more it will grow on you. Players ages 8 and up draw tiles, and use the tiles to build out the Medieval city of Carssonne. Part luck and part strategy, the game appeals to both children and adults. This is the original game, which many recommend over newer editions.
- Rules were easy to learn but the game was challenging to play.
- Game pieces well constructed.
- Good for the whole family.
- Scoring can be challenging to learn.
7. Ravensburger Labyrinth (Ravensburger)
Labyrinth is a game of strategy and planning. Up to four players navigate mazes to collect treasures. The maze, however, changes with each player’s turn, forcing players to focus and think ahead. It’s challenging enough for adults to play but children as young as age 6 will enjoy it, too.
- Games rules are simple and can be learned quickly, yet playing is challenging.
- Because the game changes a lot each time you play it, it’s fun to play it again and again.
- Some parents found the game tiles hard to slide.
- Some adults found the game boring and thought it was more interesting for children than for entire families to play.
- Cannot accommodate more than four players at a time.
8. Set: The Family Game of Visual Perceptions (Set Enterprises)
Unlike many family games were players take turns, Set players all play simultaneously. The dealer arranges 12 cards, each with various symbols and colors on them, in front of the players. Players must quickly create sets, each competing with each other to grab cards from the 12 to create a set. Players ages 10 and up will find this game fast-paced and challenging.
- Easy game to learn.
- Challenging enough for adults to play alongside kids.
- Game isn’t dependent on age or reading ability, so if younger children aren’t frustrated by the pace or skills, they can play alongside the adults.
- Colorblind people may not be able to play the game because of the red and green colors – hard to distinguish between the cards for those with colorblindness.
- Newer versions of the game were produced with thinner playing cards, leading to some complaints of premature wear and tear on them.
9. The Settlers of Catan (MayFair Games)
In this game, players compete to assemble resources from various hexagons on the board representing oceans, fields and more. Resources are used to build imaginary roads; the winner is the first person to achieve 10 “Victory Points.” It’s a fun, challenging game that players ages 10 and up will enjoy.
- Game board comes with special places to store pieces.
- Both luck and skill are needed to win the game.
- Expansions and add-ons (additional purchases) can be used to enhance the original game.
- Many complaints about games shipped missing pieces.
- Board tends to warp if not put away carefully.
10. Seven Wonders (Asmodee)
Build your civilization, and build the seven wonders of the ancient world in this fast-paced card and board game. Players ages 8 and up will enjoy the quick action and strategy that goes into this game. Players choose cards that let them build onto a civilization, passing the cards to the next player as the game advances. Players ages 10 and up may enjoy Seven Wonders.
- Colorful board game.
- Expansion packets enable players to build upon the base game.
- Good for 3 to 7 players.
- Younger players found it too complicated to learn.
- Some players thought that luck, more than skill, helped people win.
11. Blokus (Mattel)
Blokus received a Mensa award for stimulating mental activity, and it lives up to that promise. Up to four players face off around the game board, where they each must place various tiles to win the game. The challenge lies in matching and placing tiles according to the game rules, which isn’t as easy as it sounds!
- Helps develop thinking skills.
- Children as well as adults enjoyed the game.
- Very challenging yet fun.
- Contains small game pieces, so not for very young children.
- Small pieces can get lost.
- No more than four people can play at a time, which limits it for parties or large families.
12. Qwirkle (MindWare)
Qwirkle brings the best of Scrabble, Othello and many other classic games to provide hours of family fun. Players draw tiles and try to match colors and shapes on the game board to win points. Qwirkle is fun for both children and adults, and encourages strategy, creativity, and planning skills.
- Good for younger children who aren’t reading well yet since the game is based on colors and shapes.
- Quick game when you have limited time.
- Can be enjoyed by the whole family, ages 6 and up.
- Very young children may have trouble with the rules or trouble keeping up with the grownups.
- Some people find that the red and orange colors are so close that it’s hard to tell them apart.
- Complaints that newer versions have poor quality game pieces.
13. Rory’s Story Cubes, The Complete Set (Gamewright)
Rory’s Story Cubes offer an intriguing game for players of all ages. Each set in this package of three sets includes 9 pictorial cubes for a total of 54 original, 54 action and 54 voyage images. Roll the cubes, and come up with a story that incorporates the images. Kids ages 8 and up enjoy weaving tales as part of the game.
- Parents and teachers raved about how the game inspires creativity and challenges thinking.
- Great for people of all ages. Kids and adults enjoyed the game.
- Easy to learn.
- Some people had trouble figuring out what the image on the cubes was meant to be.
- Some people may want to start with the single sets and add onto them as they gain familiarity with the game.
14. Apples to Apples (Mattel)
Apples to Apples is a game of comparisons…and so easy to learn that you’ll be playing minutes after opening the box. Four to 10 players ages 12 and older can play together. The game includes over 1,000 cards, which provide hours of fun.
- Game is simple and easy to learn.
- Party edition can accommodate many players.
- Provides hours of fun.
- Some of the subject matter may be a little old or risque for children. The game is promoted for ages 12 and up, but some parents thought it more suitable for older teens.
- Cards can wear out or get lost easily.
15. Payday (Winning Moves Games)
Parents may remember this game from their youth. The classic board game has been updated with new categories and a few changes to the older game. Players pit their entrepreneurial and financial skills against each other to see who makes the most money. Suitable for ages 8 to 12 years, but grownups enjoy it, too.
- Like Monopoly, Pay Day helps boost children’s entrepreneurial and financial skills.
- Teaches children about money, budgeting, spending.
- Sneaks education about money into a game so it is fun.
- Newer versions of the game did away with the savings option, which many people found upsetting.
- Younger children may have trouble handling money.
Some things never go out of style, and that’s true for the following classic games. Games for young children include classics such as Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders, while older kids will thrill to the mysteries of Clue, try their hand at creating real estate empires with Monopoly, or out maneuver their opponents in Battleship.
16. Clue, The Classic Edition (Winning Moves Games)
Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Mr. White and the others are back in this classic edition of the family favorite mystery game, Clue. Who killed Mr. Boddy? And how? Players figure out the clues to discover the identity of the murderer. Kids ages 8 and older will enjoy figuring out the means, motive and method in this board game.
- For a game that’s been around for over 50 years, it still feels fresh and fun.
- Offers many combinations of clues so that no two games are exactly alike.
- Helps teach reasoning and logic skills.
- Small game pieces may not be a good idea in households with young children.
- Some parents object to the murder theme.
17. Monopoly (Winning Moves)
Monopoly spawned many imitators, but none come close to recreating the appeal of this classic board game. Start at go, roll the dice, and see who can build houses and hotels the fastest, collecting rents and earning the most money. The classic version brings back the traditional styling of the game as well as traditional game pieces such as the iron and shoe. Other licensed versions offer different names for the properties and various themed game sets, but the classic version is a family favorite.
- Great game for the whole family.
- A classic game of strategy.
- Younger children may find the rules complicated.
- Needs several hours to play compared to modern games that can be played in under an hour.
18. Sorry Classic (Winning Moves)
The 1939 classic game of Sorry is reborn in this newly licensed edition by Winning Moves game. Players roll the dice and move their pieces around the board to their home circles, but reversals of fortune are common, and someone can be winning one moment and losing the next. It’s a fun game for ages 6 to 15, but adults may enjoy playing, too.
- Classic edition recreates the nostalgic look of older boards.
- Illustrated instructions reprinted from the original 1939 version.
- Sturdy game board and classic pieces.
- Playing time goes by quickly; not for families who want long, involved games.
- Luck, more so than skill, is needed to win the game.
19. Life (Hasbro)
The game of Life offers a classic family game that teaches players valuable lessons about managing money and finances. Different challenges ranging from getting married and having children to setbacks such as illnesses and job losses challenge players to make tough decisions in order to win and retire comfortably.
- The classic version offers endless hours of family fun.
- Easy instructions that younger players can learn quickly.
- Some players said they ran out of money quickly; boxes didn’t contain enough play money.
- A few rules changes from the classic edition which some adults did not like.
20. Parcheesi (Winning Moves)
Kids, parents and grandparents love playing Parcheesi. This classic board game for four or more players is based more on luck than skill, but offers hours of playing fun for the whole family. The classic version is based on older board games and sure to bring up fond memories for the adults at the table.
- Classic version is made from the same sturdy materials as older games,so sure to last a long time.
- Older people as well as children ages 8 and up are sure to enjoy it.
- Children more used to fast-paced games or video games may be bored by this nostalgic game.
- Some prefer “Sorry” which is similar to Parcheesi.
21. Candy Land (Hasbro)
No mention of family board games is complete without mentioning Candy Land. This classic game for preschoolers is often a child’s introduction to the world of board games. No reading skills are required to play, and young children can enjoy the game with older children or siblings.
- Easy for young children to learn and play.
- Games is based on luck rather than skill.
- Newer games have thin cards, which do not hold up well to rough play.
- Suitable only for very young children; adults and teens get bored quickly.
22. Chutes and Ladders (Hasbro)
Children spin the wheel and either climb the ladders or slip down the chutes depending on the outcomes. Good deeds are rewarded by climbing to the top; bad deeds punished by slipping down. Chutes and Ladders remains a classic fun game for preschoolers.
- No reading skills needed.
- Good first game for very young children.
- Helps build counting skills.
- Revised game board smaller than the older ones, making it hard to play.
- Some parents complained that the newer illustrations are too cramped and make it hard to see what is going on.
23. Battleship (Hasbro)
The classic strategy game for children ages 7 and up offers hours of fun. Pit your ships against your enemy and win naval battles. No batteries are needed for this traditional version, which instead uses game pieces for play.
- Even kids who don’t like board games often enjoy battleship.
- Provides hours of fun.
- Small game pieces can get lost easily.
- Some parents complained that the newer game pieces feel flimsy and cheap compared to older sets.
24. Backgammon (Mainstreet Classics)
Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world, and a favorite worldwide. Children ages 8 and up can learn the rules, and players of all ages can enjoy hours of fun. Although suitable for only two players at a time like chess or checkers, backgammon is a classic family game that can be enjoyed by all. This particular set includes a solidly constructed leather case and accessories that will last for years.
- Set construction deemed good for the price.
- A good starter set for a family that enjoys a serious game of backgammon.
- Some reported that the dividers fell out after only a few plays.
- Handle broke on some sets.
25. Uno (Mattel)
Uno is an inexpensive classic card game that the whole family can enjoy. It’s portable, easy to learn, and great for family members of all ages. It’s easy for young children to learn, with some families reporting that children as young as age 4 can begin playing the game.
- Many family members can play at the same time.
- Young children can learn the rules quickly and play along with grownups.
- Some purchasers reported poor printing on their cards.
- A few rules changes in the new game struck Uno aficionados as unnecessary or even confusing.
1. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo Wii U (Nintendo)
Up to four players can join in the fun in this updated version of SuperMario. The 3D effects are fun, and the game offers new transformations and unique methods of motion for each player that makes it fun to swap roles with each new game. This version is for the Nintendo Wii console only.
- Adults and children loved the many options during game play – plenty of secrets to unlock, new levels to explore, and ways to have fun!
- 3D effects were rated as good to excellent.
- Adults and kids loved the game.
- Some people reported problems with the game; game errors after only a few plays.
- If one player gets too far ahead of another, it can be hard to toggle back and forth between the players without interrupting the play.
- Some people preferred older versions of the game.
2. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo)
Like the previous game, Mario Kart DS is a Nintendo game for the whole family. Up to four players can race on different tracks, and eight players can play at once with WiFi. New levels, courses and more enhance this updated game.
- Many people claim this is the best game available for DS.
- Looks, feels and acts like a classic Mario game.
- Reports of bad game disks and slow response time from the manufacturer to replace them.
- Some players used to Mario 64 claim this version is “boring.”
3. Rune Factory 4 – Nintendo 3DS (Xseed Games)
If your family enjoys fantasy and science fiction, Rune Factory offers a fun role playing game. Players govern as princes, work as farmers, and take on numerous roles. Rune Factory is a popular spinoff of the “Harvest Moon” family games, and is suitable for ages 10 and up.
- Good story line interjected with humor for light-hearted family fun.
- Players can be male or female, and roles can be changed to suit the people playing.
- Controls are easy to understand.
- Not quite a simple fairy tale game nor an adventure game – some people were disappointed that it didn’t quite blend both as seamlessly as they wanted.
- Competition seemed too easy to many players.
4. Kingdom Hearts II – PlayStation 2 (Square Enix)
Kingdom Hearts brings together many of the Disney franchise worlds into one game. Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and Pirates of the Caribbean are among the many fantasy worlds in this game. More advanced battle system from previous games enhances the play and makes this a fun game for ages 10 and up.
- Great music and graphics make it a fun game.
- Excellent story that was entertaining for all ages.
- End battles disappointed some players.
- Some players found the ending frustrating.
5. Lego Marvel Super Heroes PC (Warner Brothers)
Players unlock characters from the Marvel universe of super heroes, with more than 100 to explore as the game progresses. Puzzles and challenges encourage cooperative play rather than cut-throat competition. A fun game for ages 10 and up.
- Excellent graphics and sound.
- 100 characters make for many hours of entertaining fun.
- Good story.
- Running the game live online used up a lot of computer memory.
- Only works well with a fast internet connection.
6. Just Dance IV (Ubisoft)
Just Dance IV offers plenty of songs and music styles for fans, including top of the charts, classic dance tunes and more. Players can dance to their own unique choreography or with a group of people. New “Just Sweat It Out” options provide fitness routines, live feedback and a calorie counter. A great game that packs a lot of entertainment and practical workouts into one package. Available for X-Box, Playstation, Nintendo and Nintendo Wii.
- Play it as a game or use it for its workouts, you’ll still work up a sweat and have fun.
- Many different music styles to choose from.
- Good for kids, teens and adults.
- Controls may take some getting used to.
- Interface can be tricky to use and unresponsive.
7. Pokemon: Yellow Version – Special Pikachu Edition (Nintendo)
This Game Boy edition is similar to the Pokemon Red and Blue versions previously released, but with some good upgrades. Players go on a quest to become the world’s greatest Pokemon trainer. The game follows the cartoon series more closely than other versions, but offers a lot of fun for the whole family.
- A good new version of the addictive Pokemon-style games.
- Includes new battle modes for extra excitement.
- Battles can become repetitive.
- Experienced players may grow tired of the game.
8. Hasbro Family Game Night Fun Pack – Nintendo Wii (Electronic Arts)
The Hasbro Family Game Night Fun Pack brings 10 of your favorite family games to the Nintendo Wii for hours of fun. Games in this edition include Jenga, Bop-It, Connect 4×4, Pictureka, The Game of Life, Clue, Twister, Mouse Trap and Yahtzee Hands Down. Mr. Potato Head hosts the games, leading players through family fun time with his usual style. This edition is for the Nintendo Wii, but there are other versions for various game systems.
- Great for the entire family; anyone can play.
- Can play by yourself, pitting your wits against the computer, or with other players.
- Recreated many family favorite board games.
- Not as interactive as some players thought it would be.
- Some games differ slightly from the classic board games.
9. 1001 Touch Games – Nintendo DS (Maximum Games)
The Nintendo DS 1001 Touch Games features many of your favorite games such as solitaire, Suduko and others in one package. Play alone or with other family members; the system is flexible and lets you choose a game version that fits the number of players available. For Nintendo DS and suitable for all ages.
- Many fun games that are easy to learn.
- Flexible enough so that a child can play by him or herself, or include friends, too.
- Some players reported trouble with the touchscreen technology.
- Some adults felt the games weren’t challenging enough.
10. Family Game Night 4: The Game Show – Xbox 360 (Electronic Arts)
Family Game Night 4: The Game Show edition offers hours of entertainment with a variety of games in one package. Choose from Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee! Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop It Boptagon, and Sorry! Sliders. Games include variations that make them slightly different from the traditional board games.
- Offers many convenient games in one package
- Available for the Xbox, Nintendo Wii and other game systems.
- Inexpensive game.
- Two player option doesn’t allow for more players, so families have to pair up and take turns.
11. Disney Sing It: Family Hits – Nintendo Wii (Disney/Nintendo)
Is your family hooked on classic Disney movies? Then you’ll love Disney Sing It: Family Hits. Players sing along to favorite Disney movie songs in a karaoke-style game. Up to 8 players can join in the fun and pass the microphone to sing along to the music of videos.
- Offers good family fun for all ages.
- Includes singing lessons and tips.
- Strange selection of songs – very few from the better-known recent Disney movies.
- Easy to grow tired of the songs after a while as the selection is limited.
12. Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do – Xbox 360 (2K)
Pretend you’re at the carnival with this family fun game for all ages! Play ring toss, pop darts and many other games bring a total of 20 fun party games into one package. The entire game package aims to recreate the fun of a boardwalk-style carnival for all ages.
- Great party game that kids of all ages can play.
- Menu is easy to navigate.
- Can be played in smaller spaces.
- Must be played in groups (one player can’t play it alone)
- Too few games; people wished there were more games.
13. Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Hunting Party with Gun – Xbox 360 (Activision)
Players recreate the look and feel of big game hunting with this action adventure game from Cabela’s and Activision. The simulation is closer to an arcade-style game than a lifelike simulation of hunting, but overall the game got good ratings from players.
- Excellent graphics and natural sound quality.
- Easy game for younger players.
- Players must take turns.
- Animals were in predictable spots.
14. WipeOut: The Game (Activision)
This game is based on the hit ABC television show. Up to four players can play at once, navigating obstacles and pitting their skills against each other. Game includes more than 50 obstacles to keep you on your toes, as well as classics from the television show.
- Fun game that captures the spirit of the television show.
- Younger kids loved it.
- Challenging enough to keep them entertained through multiple competitions.
- Doesn’t use the motion sensing capabilities of Wii – missed opportunity by the game designers.
- Bugs in the graphic system leads to delays and glitches.
15. Mario Party 7 (Nintendo)
Mario Party 7 for the Gamecube offers fun even for those who are used to playing the various Mario games. Nine personas are included, with two additional ones to unlock. The game follows Mario on an around the world cruise, with each stop a new games to play. Multiple players can enjoy the game at once, and some sets include a bonus microphone.
- Fun for the whole family or for big groups and parties.
- Many mini games included in the package make it hard to get bored or used to the overall game; offers new fun each time you play it.
- Includes the interactive voice recognition of the last version.
- Not suitable for solo games; better when several people play at once.
- Some games are very simple, but this could also be a plus if you have younger children who want to play along.
16. Pikmin 2 (Nintendo)
Join Olimer, Pikmin and friends to find objects hidden on an island in Pikmin 2. This game, a sequel to Pikimin, is just as addictive as the first. If you enjoyed the first game, you’ll like this sequel, since the method of play is almost identical to Pikmin. It’s a family fun game suitable for all ages.
- Works very much like the original game, so if you liked that one, you will probably like this one.
- Strategy/puzzle game that keeps you thinking and guessing.
- New Wii controls improve the appearance and usability over previous version.
- Graphics were a bit dated looking.
- Players complained there were too many dungeons; not as creative as they had hoped.
17. LittleBigPlanet Karting – Playstation 3 (Sony)
Sackboy races through new screens and challenges in this fast-paced game for Sony Playstation 3. You can even create new tracks and share them with the gaming community.There are many options to unlock in this game, making it a truly unique experience.
- Parents said it was easy enough so that little ones could play along with grownups and not get frustrated.
- Exciting, fast-paced game.
- Fun story line and creative add-ons make it a game kids return to over and over again.
- Some players wanted more racing, less ‘car building’ or creation options.
- Complaints of too many pop up ads within the game itself prompting you to buy other items.
18. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo)
Fans of older versions of this game will love the new two-player feature that lets you and another family member play Donkey Kong Country Returns at the same time. The same scrolling screens everyone loved in earlier versions of the game are here, along with hidden items and puzzles to solve. Great for all ages, this version is for the Nintendo Wii.
- Game is challenging! Adults found some parts very tough, but kids enjoyed the challenges, too.
- Controls are smooth, giving play a realistic feel.
- Players wanted to play it again and again.
- Some of the challenges are more about memorizing the scenario than about skill.
- Controls were a little more difficult to navigate in two player mode.
19. Chuck E Cheese’s Party Games – Nintendo DS (Tommo)
Now you can bring the family fun of Chuck E Cheese games home to enjoy. This inexpensive game pack recreated many of the best-loved games found at the theme restaurants. It’s fun for the whole family, and everyone can play. Six different avatars and 18 games offer hours of enjoyment.
- Inexpensive game.
- Kids love the fact that it features many of the favorite games from the restaurant.
- Games are simple and easy to learn.
- Older children may grow bored with the game.
20. Guinness World Records: The Videogame – Nintendo Wii (Warner Brothers)
The entire family can have fun trying to recreate stunts from the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s a great game for family nights, parties or get togethers. Thirty-five stunts are included in the game itself. You even have a chance to enter the World Record book by achieving the highest game score!
- Addictive family fun – people who played it said they couldn’t stop playing it!
- Plenty of details and sound effects to recreate stunts safely.
- Most challenges are quick and easy to learn.
- Instructions for each activity weren’t written clearly in the enclosed manual. Some were difficult to understand and learn.
- Some people felt the challenges were too silly and weren’t fun.
21. Around the World in 50 Games – Nintendo Wii (Zoo Games)
This is a simple collection of family-style games for all ages. The collection includes 50 games with varying levels for hours of play and enjoyment. While the games seem simple at first, they can be difficult to win.
- Inexpensive game to add to your collection.
- Plenty of playing options with over 50 games and combinations.
- Some of the games were very simple.
- Younger children may be confused or have difficulty following the games.
22. Ultimate Band – Nintendo Wii (Disney Interactive Studios)
Players can follow along with the scripted story lines or jam as they please with this band-style game for Nintendo Wii. Play bass, drums, guitar, keyboards or other instruments. Songs include current favorites as well as classic favorites from The Who and other bands.
- Family-style game for music lovers allows older kids to adults to play together.
- Interactive game which can be customized to players’ abilities and tastes.
- Good alternative to other band games with riskier lyrics.
- Better for older children and teens – some younger children had trouble keeping up.
- Many players wished for additional songs or an option to add more songs.
23. MySims Sky Heroes – Nintendo Wii (Electronic Arts)
Save the skies from the tyranny of Morcubus in this family-fun game that accommodates up to 10 players through WiFi. Aerial battles, challenging action, and an interesting adventure story made this a favorite for many children, teens and adults.
- You can race, fly freely or face different challenges.
- Can customize your aircraft and play against more people using the online option.
- Children under age 6 have trouble playing it – may be too hard for very young kids.
- Split screen multiplayer option confusing and hard to get to work right for some players.
24. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Back to School – Nintendo Wii (THQ)
Families who like the television show will love this game for the Nintendo Wii. Over 6,000 questions offer everyone in the family a challenge. New modes in the game include Pop Quiz, which offer additional questions to stump the grownups in the room.
- Family fun for all ages.
- Tests knowledge rather than reflexes or skills.
- Only one player at a time can play – families can play together, but only one person can work the controls.
- Some people complained the game marked an answer wrong when it was correct.
25. Birthday Party Bash – Nintendo Wii (Solutions 2Go)
Whether you’re hosting a child’s birthday party or just want a game the whole family can play together, Birthday Party Bash for Nintendo Wii is a great game filled with family favorites. Choose from among 10 themed rooms for the setting, then enjoy playing games such as hot potato, pin the tail, and more. It’s suitable for children of all ages, but parents who own the game recommend it for children ages 5 and over.
- Great game for birthday parties or any time kids get together to play.
- Familiar games as well as new mini games included.
- Easy games suitable for younger children are included.
- Older kids thought it was ‘dumb’ and wanted to play more action-focused games.
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