Games I own, and how my 7-, 8- and 10-year-olds like them.
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A new user asked for advice on some games to buy their kids, so I figured I'd make a GeekList out of them instead of just listing them in the forum.

Some background on my kids:
The 7yo (girl) and 8yo (boy) tend to go for the lighter things. Anything that lasts too long bores them. My 10yo (boy) is my little gamer. I can get him to play a lot of stuff, and he loves going to the local gaming events.

I've sorted the list by BGG rank, not necessarily by my opinion of the game.

The unfortunate truth about games and kids is that 'Your Mileage will vary'. You never know from one kid to the next what's going to work. There are some games that went flat with my kids that work like gangbusters with others.

And, let me give my usual disclaimer: I freely state that some games work better with boys than girls, and vice versa. Since I have more boys than girls, and since my big gamer is a boy, I tend to focus on 'boy games'. If you find this offensive or obnoxious, please go complain to someone other than me. You won't change my opinion, and I'll just ignore you.
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:167] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
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Ever heard of this game? Works with kids 8 and up. My 8yo will only play when he's in a special mood, and it's too much for my 7yo. Great game though.
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2. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:272]
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This game just didn't hit with my kids. Too bad since it cost me a bit of a bundle on Ebay. Perhaps I'll try it again. One real frustrating thing is the tiles slip all over the place all the time.
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3. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:337] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Ok, the setup time can be daunting. But, this is a big hit with boys. Easily appropriate with boys 7 and up. I haven't seen this resonate with girls, but if you're girl is into the fantasy thing, it just might. NOTE: needs adult supervision, or a very responsible child. If you have 'collectors' disorder', then you should avoid this game.
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4. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:439]
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I have high-hopes for this one. Only hit the table once so far, but I think this will work with both kids.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:443]
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The 10yo and the 8yo can play it, but the negotiating aspect can make the game drag, and therefore cause boredom. But, it's a fun game.
 
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6. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:625]
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Practically the 'holy grail' of games to play with kids, but this game just fell flat with my kids. Perhaps it's because I don't push it much, because I wasn't much of a fan.
 
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7. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:704]
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This can be a lot of fun, and it works for the entire family.

I believe it's being rereleased as "Incan Gold"
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8. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:712]
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I really like this game, but not necessarily with my kids. If their additions skills are at a level where they can do the math quickly then it might work well. As it is though, I don't play it much with my kids because it's too frustrating as they try to come up with the different combinations.
 
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9. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:800]
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The whole family likes this one. It can be kinda long, so we often trim it to a round or two. Works for kids 8 and up, I think.
 
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10. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:877]
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When I first brought this game home the kids flipped out from the fun they were having. Since then it's settled down into just an okay game. I'm not going to give it thumbs up because of the cost and difficulty you'd have in finding it.
 
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11. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:882] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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Just got this and all the kids really like it. It's dexterity, and light, but they did a real nice job on the animals. It looks good, and the animals really do fit together nicely to stack.
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12. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:965]
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Another game that's really good, but for the older crowd. 10 if they're a gamer, 12 for the 'normal' kid.
 
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13. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:985]
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I don't know why, but this game really hit with my 8yo. He'll play it about once every couple of months or so, which isn't bad really. I wouldn't expect this to be the norm with most 8yos, but for whatever reason, it hit with him.
 
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14. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1009] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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This proved too hard for my boys. My daughter is starting to catch on to it though. Expensive game though.

It pisses my wife off, however.
 
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15. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1039]
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I played this a few times with the kids. They all got it, but it just didn't go over that great. Fun game though.
 
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16. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1068]
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Easier that Ticket to Ride, and quicker. Nice game, works for kids 8 and up, and also works great for non-gamers. Highly recommended.
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17. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1246]
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A must for any parent of young ones. This will still get some play from my kids. A nice game if you're looking for some simpler, dexterity type games. I think this plays real well for kids 4 - 9.
 
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18. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1220]
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Nice 'push your luck' game that teaches some math also. I'd say this works with 5-11yos. You'll need to help the younger set with the math.
 
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19. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1236]
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All the kids love Bang. They just can't get enough of it. I think I've played like 30+ times this year. It can get frustrating as the adult since you have to keep reminding them to keep the game moving, tell them when it's their turn, but I guess that's true of all games. With the Dodge City expansion you can play with 3 players, but 5-6 is a sweet spot I think.
 
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20. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1250]
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Great game for the 'tweener boys'. Lots of fun. I'd say it works for kids 10 and up. I've seen this one work well with girls also, but I'd be real surprised to see a group of girls want to play it.
 
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21. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1344]
Board Game: Hare & Tortoise
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Deceptively 'child-looking'. I might just be able to trick my kids into playing this a few more times because of its appearance but don't be fooled, this is a difficult game.
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22. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1540]
Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant
David G.
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After my first play this has become my favorite Carc flavor. I've heard it described as "borrowing the best elements of all the Carcs", and I think that's apt. My 10yo calls it his current favorite. I haven't gotten it out for the 7 and 8 yo, but I imagine they'd be playing it quite differently. This game can work though with varying skills. Let the younger ones play without concern of points, or let the younger ones be "free agents" that have choose whether to help mommy or daddy, and I could see a lot of fun being had.
 
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23. Board Game: Wildlife Safari [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1543]
Board Game: Wildlife Safari
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This gets some play every now and then, but the kids get a bit bored of it.
 
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24. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1571]
Board Game: Labyrinth
David G.
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This works with all the kids. I tend to let the younger ones have more cards in their hand at once, therefore giving them more options of 'treasure' to find.
 
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25. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1612]
Board Game: Pit
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Given that this game is so old I feel justified in describing it as a 'hoot'. We have a ton of fun with this as a family, and it cracks me up to see my kids trying to get trades. It'd be nice if I could find some way to handicap the game in order to ease up on the younger ones along, usually I just out and out help them.
 
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