The Cuteness Factor -- Which of Your Games (for Grownups) Most Have It?
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As I attempt now and then to interest my beloved spouse in games, I find that occasionally I use the "cuteness" of the game as a selling point. Not overtly, but it's definitely on my mind as I choose which games with which to recruit.

Cuteness isn't easily quantified, but there's no question that some games have it more than others. Which games in your collection score highest on the Cuteness Factor?

No fair picking kids' games, by the way.

And, do you regard cuteness as a positive draw, or an annoying irritant?

Trivia: The word "cute" derives from "acute" meaning perceptive, and later precociously so, hence the application to the wee ones among us.
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1. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1584]
Chuck Uherske
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Plastic steam-chugging riverboats, precious little southern belles waiting to be ferried off of their islands. Mississippi Queen definitely scores high on the Cuteness Ratings.
 
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2. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:755]
Chuck Uherske
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The designers of Evo clearly were going for a certain giddy juvenile cuteness as well. Makes a conflict-filled game palatable to kids and to their nurturers.
 
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3. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
Chuck Uherske
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If you want to make camels cute, cast them in pastels.
 
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4. Board Game: Breaking Away [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1972]
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The inspiration for this list. I'm loving this game, but there's no denying that racing little plastic cyclers around is truly an exercise in cuteness. Haven't yet succeeded in recruiting my spouse with this attribute.
 
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5. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1274] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Everything about this game qualifies, from the lighthearted theme, to the beaming Italian chef, to the pleasing little tablecloth-covered cards.
 
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6. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:846]
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Cartagena was on the cusp for inclusion on this list until I stumbled across this photograph.
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne is (to me) an annoying game, and I believe its popularity rests in part on the inherent cuteness of meeples.
 
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8. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1684]
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Meeples playing soccer, a cute variant.
 
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9. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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Plastic Civil War soldiers. Making carnage cute.
 
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10. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:486]
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The shrimp in this game are so cute I almost shelled out the money for it. If you don't believe me just read the picture caption!
 
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11. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:486]
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Me like the shrimpies.
 
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12. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15188]
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When my two year old sees the table being scrubbed down AND dried she gets up at the table and say "PIGS! PIGS! PIGS!" so we are obliged to play at least one game. The Pigs are cute and so is she.
 
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13. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1090]
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Cute waterfall. Cute gems. Cute canoes. Oh look! Cute little dishes to move the water! Awwwwwww
 
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14. Board Game: Igel Ärgern [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2405]
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Cute pictures on the pieces and on the board and on the box. (Cute artist, too, but that's another list ...)
 
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15. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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The cards in this game have cute drawings, so it helped draw my wife in. She especially likes the coffee beans.
 
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16. Board Game: The Reef [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:6651]
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I suppose the fish are cute.
 
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17. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2419]
 
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Definitely fits with the 'cute' theme. I don't have it and haven't played it, but it looks fun!
 
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18. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2419]
 
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This one has cute written all over it. Flowers, flowers and more flowers.
 
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19. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1072]
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This is definitely an grown up game the looks like a kid's game.
 
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20. Board Game: You're Bluffing! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1247]
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Just dragged this one out of the game closet recently and noticed how cute the cards were, especially that dog. Cuteness certainly helps win over non-gamers, so I'm all for it as long as the game is good. (BTW, My avatar is probably the funniest game piece I've seen in a long time: a mummified cat from the Tutankhamen reprint. No, I have nothing against cats, but I laughed out loud when I saw this piece. It's cute.)
 
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21. Board Game: Die Magier von Pangea [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3468]
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Those little creatures are the most adorable, especially when they are sleeping.
 
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22. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15064] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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Maybe I'm missing the point...violent bunny wabbits are ALWAYS adorable.
 
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23. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1388]
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We just finished playing this at my house, and all through it I was admiring the cuteness of it all.
 
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24. Board Game: Drive [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3160]
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Cute pictures AND funny names to go with them. My favorite: Napoulet Bonaparte.
 
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25. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Very cute game about growing fruits, veggies and flowers. Best with 3 or 4 though it can be played with two. Warning! This is a mean game.
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