Family Game Holiday
Digger Cook
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This Labor Day weekend, we got together as a family and played a bunch of table games.

I thought it might be fun to make a geeklist of all the games we played. I've put some comments based on our overall experience with each game. Hope you see some you'll like to play with your family.
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1. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:758]
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This was definitely our most-played game this weekend, and all time. My four-year-old son, Dexter has basically mastered this game and has become all but unbeatable.

I've heard this game is on the shelves again at Toys R Us and other places. I really recommend picking one up, it's a hoot.
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2. Board Game: Cube Quest [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1401]
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This one is our new favorite. My son and I have been battling away on the square field for a week or two, and this weekend we shared it with others in the family. He has gotten pretty good at the strategy and dexterity required and has become a formidable foe.

This game is fantastic and available now from Gamewright. Strongly recommended.
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3. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1221]
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My son and I broke this one out for a couple plays this weekend. I still think this is one of the best family games ever made. Dexter still struggles a little with the strategy with this one, preferring to go for a trapped mouse over cheese most of the time. We both really enjoy it though.

It can be a little hard to find this one, but if you can find it, I really recommend it.
 
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4. Board Game: The Magic Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:906]
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Magic Labyrinth is another family favorite. Like Chateau Roquefort, it features a deep board that is built into the box which hides a hidden maze. This one requires a good memory which means younger kids like my son can compete and win against adults.

I'm not sure if this one is still widely available but check it out, we like it a lot.
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5. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:300]
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The sequel to Forbidden Island is a big hit at our house. It seems to be a bit more complex and challenging. Like its predecessor, it has gorgeous art and components and presents a fun and tense challenge for the family.

It's available now from Gamewright, pick this one up.
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6. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:652]
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Incan Gold is a great family game. I would never say no to a game of it, my son loves it, and most importantly - my wife likes it! My son seems to have an uncanny knack for getting out at just the right time, making for some great moments.

I would recommend Incan Gold for family groups.
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7. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Family [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1299]
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This one has become a tradition whenever we have extended family over. Everyone from the youngest to oldest enjoys this one and is able to compete. Knowing some trivia helps, but reading the other players and making smart wagers will win it most times.

I'd recommend this or the latest Wits & Wagers version for any family.
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8. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:714] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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This is a great deck builder. It's easy enough to understand (Dexter taught his grandparents to play) and it plays fast and fun. I don't agree with the criticism that it is anti-thematic. I find it just the opposite. Many of the cards' mechanics match the theme well. For example, Flash speeds through your deck drawing extra cards. Ra's al Ghul "resurrects" coming back predictably and often, Joker plays pranks, etc. This isn't the first game I think of for the whole family, but when it's just me and my son, we will break it out.

Available now, recommended.
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9. Board Game: Der schwarze Pirat [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2927]
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You really have to see this game to believe it. The 3D board, tiny sailing ships, and bellows are fantastic. The game plays really well with kids and adults.

I believe I've seen this available online recently, check it out.
 
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10. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1641]
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This game is really fun. Players program 5 actions then reveal them simultaneously. This can be a little challenging for younger kids, but mine really enjoy it even if they don't do as well. As long as they can get in some good blocks or dragons they are happy.

The new version is really good looking, pick it up.
 
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11. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1958]
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This game is really unique. We've played it a hundred times and have never not laughed our eggs off. It is great for kids and adults.

Definitely pick this up.
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12. Board Game: Hula Hippos [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:4832]
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You may not think that flicking little wooden hippos at a spinning hoop would be much of anything, but it is really fun. Kids and adults hoot and yell as the hoop spins down toward their hippos.

This one is pretty inexpensive, worth picking up.
 
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13. Board Game: Uno Roboto [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:13418]
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OK, Uno is not my favorite game, but it is good for families, and the Roboto mixes things up a lot. Its probably my favorite version of Uno.

Watch for this one on clearance at Wal-Mart.
 
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14. Board Game: Electronic Whac-a-Mole [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:16433]
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My son and his grandpa really like this game, but I find it a little boring. It is somewhat therapeutic to bang on the little diggers, but that is about it.

This is probably the least recommended game on the list, but if you want something you can wail on, go for it!
 
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15. Board Game: Celebrity Taboo [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:14842]
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Just like regular Taboo, but with "celebrities" like Superman and Romeo. My wife and I really like Taboo, and this version especially, but it's not for everyone. Little kids won't know who most of the people are, but my son frequently suggests we play this so he can man the timer and watch us make fools of ourselves.

Look for this one at the thrift store, that's where I found this copy.
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16. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.09 Overall Rank:17017]
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My young son asks to play this once and a while, and I usually oblige. It is fun to build the contraption but the game play is tedious. I would guess any kid would enjoy this though.

Available at any department store.
 
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