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Don't let the box fool you...that's not a kid's game
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Usually gamers can spot a children's game from across the gamestore. But every once in awhile the publishers slip a real strategic game into this harmless packaging, and there's a chance that gamers might overlook a quality game because it looks so childish.

So this list is intended as a place for everyone to list games that may look like kids' games, but they're really not. (Please add your own.)
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26. Board Game: Battleball [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1644]
Steve B.
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Southern
New Jersey
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Actually very fun dice roller with the "advanced" rules. Good with beer!
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27. Board Game: 1313 Dead End Drive [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:6125]
Aaron Watson
United States
West Jordan
UT
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I like to champion this game as something more than what it seems. It can definately be enjoyed by kids, but there's much more game in there than first meets the eye.

Bluffing to keep your guys alive and get your opponents guys killed. Trying to get the right guys killed so your guys can inherit their money. Trying to sneak close to the door, so you can make a decent run for it. Holding onto that special card to swap heirs or make a double run for the door just at the right time...

And of course, it's definately fun for both kids and adults to send that piggy bank flying into or that boars head falling onto the unsuspecting victim.
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28. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:419]
Stefan Daniels
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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Hands down one of the most kid-friendly packaged games that I own that annihilates the adult table whenever I bring it out. The looks of "give me a break" soon turn into "this is the best game ever made".

This much fun had by adults (besides those unmentionables for smaller ears) should not be possible.

I'd also add Quackshot to the list of apparent adult games that mask as a kid-friendly fair.
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29. Board Game: Monkey Dash [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:5396]
Daniel Danzer
Germany
Stuttgart
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Cute bananas, monkeys and meeples, wooden blocks, small board - every kid will want to play with this.

Scene 1:
Kid and father.
Kid: Oh, dad, what`s that? This looks neat! Let`s play some funny monkey game!

Dad: Okay. devil


Scene 2:
Then comes gameplay.
Cutthroat
Backstabbing
Box-shoving
Mean
Tough
Unforgiving
Short
After 10 minutes you have reached your goal, and your kid is still checking out, which consequences his moves have ...

Scene 3:
Dad: You wanted to play this.
Kid (harsh): We will play it again tomorrow. And I will beat you!

It takes the game, sets up the starting position and begins with the training program.
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Mission accomplished. No dull TV show or PC game today.
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30. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1997]
Jennifer Stone
United States
Sedro-Woolley
Washington
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The adults had as much fun as the kids when we played this. A different and challenging memory game. Talk about tense.
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31. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2095]
Allison dlr
United States
Belmont
California
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This game might be playable for kids, but playing well and countering your opponent's moves takes quite a bit of thought and some planning. Definitely engaging for adults.
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32. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2495]
Heinrich Glumpler
Germany
Koeln
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When the german version ("Zauber Stauber") was published at the Spiel '05 in Essen, Kosmos put the demo box on the wall - in the children game section.

When I realized this (I am the author) I sneaked over to the Kosmos booth and moved it over to the family game section.

I admit - this is not a really heavy game ... but trust me, it sure isn't a pure children game either
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33. Board Game: Capt'n Clever [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:6872]
 
Paul Willcox
United Kingdom
York
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Looks like a kid's game.... but can be ruthless and tense. And the Captain figures are all smoking pipes!
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34. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:747]
Krzysztof Zięba
Poland
Kraków
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A fun and silly dexterity game that often turns quite brutal with "pros" on conventions. Imagine a group in their early twenties, a lot of swearing, the unfair bias towards the lady players (long fingernails = ouch!) and a guy who's so fast that the moment the right card hits the table his hand is on the totem (god, that sounds kinky!)...
Great fun for everybody.
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35. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
Matthias Kortleven
Netherlands
Enschede
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The box might seem a bit childish at first, but when you open it you'll see some more 'gruesome' art. By the time you are playing you'll notice that this definitely not a kid's game because of the difficult choices you face every turn in this relentless game.
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36. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:10952]
Christian Jorgensen
New Zealand
Auckland
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I always tell people that this game is wasted on kids.

There is a huge amount of thought that can go into connect four, and the main problem my friends and I have found is that the board/stand thing is too small.

After one game were we filled it up and emptied it 9 times, without anyone winning, we started playing on a go board, with one side marked as the bottom. Having the extra room really makes this game awesome.

We play by a rule that if the only place you can go looses you the game, the game is a draw.
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37. Board Game: Shipwrecked [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:5504]
Nick Reed
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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The cutesy-simple artwork really fooled me when I thrifted this some months ago. I really didn't expect the strategy game I found inside.
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38. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:625]
Phil Campbell
United Kingdom
Ilkeston
Derbyshire
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Sure it looks like a kid's game, but it hits the spot with a group of 30-somethings (& the rest!) every time
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39. Board Game: Kazaam [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:5032]
Krzysztof Zięba
Poland
Kraków
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First thought - Pokemon meets Harry Potter. But, as far as this is a game suitable for younger players, it's also very nice to play with adults. The theme itself could have been made more "grim", but then again it seems that some people can look past that and still enjoy this title.
 
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40. Board Game: Munchkin Cthulhu [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1426]
Darren Dew
United States
Savannah
Georgia
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Aw, its so cute....!
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41. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1179]
Lowell Francis
United States
South Bend
Indiana
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Hey, a cute game about dinosaurs-- and the pieces look like animals, this ought to be light and fun. Cut to the end of a one hour, tension-filled play session among our adult group. "I'm never playing that again, too many calculations...brain burning..."

While I don't think it is quite that heavy, it is definitely a serious abstract game with difficult choices and some arcane mechanics that take getting used to.
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42. Board Game: Spank the Monkey [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:2995]
Tor Inge Johannessen
Norway
Vestby
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Well, at least the title should give some hints... whistle
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43. Board Game: Fish Eat Fish [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:4693]
 
Bill Eldard
United States
Burke
Virginia
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While children generally grasp the rules quickly, this is really an abstract strategy game of manuever and capture.
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44. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1300]
David Jackman
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Yes, the prominent color is pink.

Yes, it comes with a necklace.

Yes the necklace is an actual game component.

This game can be VERY mean, though. I suppose that might appeal to a 9 year old girl, too.
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45. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:579]
Daniel Salinas
United States
Mountain View
California
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Sure kids might enjoy it too, but this game is a blast when played with adults since its easy to turn into a cut throat game based around spite. For example, the penguin piece is transformed from an easy "goes anywhere" piece into a fantastic blocker, since it "poisons the well" for all the other players.

It also plays incredibly well when combined with margaritas.
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46. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:224]
United States
Collegeville
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I can't believe nobody's added this one yet.
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47. Board Game: Tribe [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Justin Puopolo
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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A Shrek-like exterior beguiles a deep abstract strategy game great for all ages.

An under appreciated gem.
 
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48. Board Game: Fruit Fair [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:5505]
Peter Clinch
United Kingdom
Bedford
Bedfordshire
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Now I haven't played it, but the cover does look sickly sweet gulp

But have heard good things about it, and the BGG has a recommended age of 14+ ...so not for little kids

cheers
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49. Board Game: Ark [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1727]
Chris D'Andrea
United States
Cheektowaga
New York
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I thought for sure this would be a good kids game. Placing animals in an ark and not tipping it over. So I got it with the intention to play with my boys. WOW was I wrong. This game can make your brain hurt.

The cover designs of all the Doris and Frank games are very misleading to the depth of the game.
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50. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:277]
Kevin Garnica
United States
Buena Park
California
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Really? I'm stunned no one has added this one yet. This is just down right "Saturday Morning"-cartoonish...

Though I've known about it, the fun is in savoring people's "reactions" as they play the game and realize there is nothing (except maybe the artwork) childish about this very fun, clever card game.
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