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Our Favourite Family Games
August 20, 2021
Our favourite family games

One of the activities that the whole GuardianCard family loves is a good board game. I am sure that many of us dug these out and dusted the old board games off across the past 18 months.

If you’re looking to keep all of the family entertained without resorting to screens, board games are always a winner with all ages and there are so many to choose between.

They don’t always have to be in person, many people like to play virtually with friends and families too.

We love the nostalgia of getting comfy around a table and getting into a game on a cold, rainy day, or a chilled Sunday afternoon. There’s always the person who is too competitive, the lucky one who always wins and the one you need to keep an eye on.

The GuardianCard team got together to pick our favourite games and in our list you will find some classic favourites, some quick and easy games but you will also see some exciting new ones for your family to try… just try not to fall out over which one you should play first.

Our top 15 favourite games:

  • Monopoly – This had to be at the top of the list, but we also love Monopoly Deals which is a game that has all the fun of the Monopoly game but in a quick-playing card game.
  • Chameleon – There is one secret word and 16 possible options. Everyone knows the secret word except for the Chameleon, your mission is to catch out the imposter. It’s quick, easy to understand, and has all the elements of a great game.
  • Cluedo – Another game that had to be on this list. It is a classic game of mystery and suspense. There are six suspects, one murderer, one weapon, one location… and one winner.
  • Dobble – If you haven’t played before this is a fun and clever game for all the family that’s easy to transport so you can play anytime, anywhere. What makes it even better is that there are five games rolled into 1, so there is something for everyone.
  • Scrabble – This is the classic word game that I am sure many people have played before. Make the best word you can using any of the 7 letter tiles that you have selected.
  • Qwirkle – The game is quick, easy and suitable for all players.It is a simple colour and shape matching game that requires strategy and tactic to win. The game consists of 108 tiles with six shapes in six colours. Use the tiles to build a line that shares a common attribute, either colour or shape.
  • Ticket to Ride – We call this the train game in our household, as this is a railway-themed board game. Travel cross-country train for an adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world.
  • Codenames – The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. There is also a Disney version of this game which is perfect for the younger players.
  • Camel Up – One that always comes out at Christmas, Camel Up sees the players bet on five racing camels, trying to suss out which will place first and second in a quick race around a pyramid.
  • Game of Life – This is a game that our family has been playing for years! In the Game of Life game players choose a path and move their car tokens around the gameboard from Start to Retirement. 
  • Balderdash – One that always gets the laughs, Balderdash rewards knowledge and creativity. Players are given a word and they each write down what they think the definition is. A player gets points if their definition is correct but you can also earn points if people vote for your proposed definition. 
  • Colourbrain – A quiz game where all the answers are in your hand — and they’re all colours. As with Codenames, there is also a Disney version of this game that the whole family will love.
  • Uno – The classic card game that’s easy to pick up and impossible to put down! Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by colour or number. Don’t forget to look at UNO Extreme for ultimate family fun.
  • Taboo – Get teammates to say the Guess word without saying the forbidden words. Oops! Say a forbidden word and get the squeaker… this is one for those who are very competitive.
  • Scattergories – Fast-thinking game of words and categories. Players roll the letter die, flip the sand timer, and race against the clock to come up with answers to each category on the category list. The more creative the answers, the more points scored.

What are your favourite games? Please share these with us and we can inspire other subscribers to join in! Email us at hello@guardiancard.co.uk

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