Science Fiction Family Games?
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I was just looking thru the Family Game list and I was having a hard time finding any science fiction themed family games. I was going thru the list pretty quickly and so Martian Dice was the first one I spotted (rank 307).

What are some good Science Fiction themed family games?
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1. Board Game: Martian Dice [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2019]
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Rank 307 in Family Games.
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2. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:149]
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I don't know the ages in your family, but this seems like it might work. I'm also a fan of Ad Astra (which might be described as a slightly more complicated version of Settlers of Catan, but in space). Alien Frontiers might also work (which, if I'm remembering correctly, is hit like Stone Age in space).
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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You may want to try Race for the Galaxy. It uses the same mechanism as Puerto Rico but much more simple to play.

It depends a lot on the kind of difficulty you're searching for but in my opinion this game isn't harder than galaxy trucker.

It may work.
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4. Board Game: Zathura: Adventure is Waiting [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:16700]
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Not a particularly good game, but a SF family game.
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5. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:177]
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Co-ops are usually good, because the parents can help the kids and they're still playing the right way.
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Another co-op, though this one is OOP.
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SF / Fantasy. Robots, aliens, but also knights, zombies, soldiers, and more. Great fun, but also OOP.
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8. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1340]
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I thought of another one for my own list.

But know it is family friendly but it still has no Family Game rank. It seems the category of Science Fiction and Family Game rarely intersect (I know some games meet this criteria but they don't seem to be categorized that was here on bgg yet)
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9. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:118]
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It may have the reputation as a game for gaming groups, rather than families, but I think CE can be a great choice.

1. There's very little downtime, because of the alliances and bargaining that happen almost every turn.

2. There are a lot of alien cards that give special powers. The alien cards not only have great artwork, but their powers are almost always intriguing from the get-go.

3. My kids love bargaining, deception and ganging up on the lead player. CE offers these things in abundance.

4. I've been able to adapt Cosmic Encounter for our family - our first several plays were without the flare, artifact and tech cards, and only recently we added in the flare cards. The alien cards are also categorized into basic (green), intermediate (yellow) and advanced (red) levels for easy scaling.

5. It's been great fun, and there are expansions.
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10. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:387]
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Co-op, slightly similar to Doom: The Boardgame above. Might not be for every family due to the slightly scary nature of the enemies, but my 3.5-year-old already plays with the monster minis as toys
 
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11. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:925]
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I just remembered this one. It's one of my favorite Euros. It uses the same basic mechanic as Settlers of Catan (roll for resource production) and it's only slightly more complex. (I learned it when I was about 9 or 10, so it can't be that complicated.)
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12. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:991]
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Fun squad based card and mini combat but OOP and not cheap.
 
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