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A colleague at work asked me for my recommendations on a game he can get to play with his 8-year old son.
Apparently, the boy wakes up early in the morning, sets up Despicable Me Monopoly, and plays on his own until it's time to get ready for school.
There'd usually be 2 or 3 of them playing, but come Christmas time, etc. they could definitely play with more.

The kid enjoys: computer games (any that can hold his attention, but especially Minecraft) and comic books (the usual Marvel and DC affair).
From what I can glean, he wouldn't be averse to a co-operative game.
He's "not daft" (parent speak for average intelligence?), but isn't great at maths apparently.

My recommendations to him were:

Love Letter: Batman
Spot it! (Dobble)
Loony Quest
BANG! The Dice Game
Forbidden Island

But I thought I'd pose the question to the community, to see what you could come up with. Thanks.
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Brad N
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Of these, I like the Forbidden Island recommendation best.
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Forbidden island should work
Castle Panic is another co-op that should work great for an 8 year old boy

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Forbidden Island is definitely a cool game for awhile, until you play other co-op games.

Spot it! is also fun but if one person is really good you may have some unhappy competitors.

Love Letter is a big hit with us as long as there is three players. Definitely a short game though even if you play multiple rounds.

First thing that came to mind was Marvel Legendary. Obviously there is a bit of set-up involved but it's pretty straightforward after a few plays. He would enjoy the characters and theme and can even play solo if he had to. It might be a bit much though.

Maybe Machi Koro, Carcassonne, Fluxx, or Ticket to Ride.
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+1 for Forbidden Island or Forbidden Desert.

Tsuro (or Tsuro of the Seas) is also excellent. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've played it with all ages from 6 to 60, and everyone has enjoyed it!
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All of the easier level latest 'Spiel des Jahres'-recommendations should be a relativly safe bet.

For this year (english):
http://www.spieldesjahres.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=175...


 
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The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet
Seeland - the simpler version (given in the instructions)
Qwirkle - original or one of the other versions

And I echo Carcassonne.

I've played all of these with 5- and 7-year olds, and they did fine on their own.
 
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Carcassonne
Castle Panic
Forbidden Island

These are the 3 I have introduced to my 6 year old and she learned them very quick and surprises me with her play. Great intro games IMO.
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My brother and sister are the same age, and some games they've enjoyed have been Terror in Meeple City, Coconuts, and King of Tokyo. The Love Letter games and Forbidden Island are both great choices too.

In my experience, kids tend to really like dexterity games, so those are always a good bet.
 
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I agree that Forbidden Island and/or Castle Panic would be good places to start.
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velvetvoulge wrote:
...sets up Despicable Me Monopoly, and plays on his own until it's time to get ready for school...

Aw, bless!

Forbidden Island sounds like a good one. Maybe check out Sentinels of the Multiverse if he likes comics. It might be a bit complex, but it's co-op so you can help him along.
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Our eight-year-old boy loves:

Forbidden Island
Blokus
Tsuro
Smash Up (minus the Zombie cards, which scare him)
King of Tokyo
Hive
Machi Koro
Sushi Go!
River Dragons

and his most recent favorite (dad-recommended but a little pricey) is:

Mice and Mystics
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DC Comics Deck-Building Game
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My 8yo son has been playing for just under a year - closer to 2 years if you count Dungeon!, Cluedo and Monopoly.

Forbidden Island is definitely a hit
DC Comics Deck-Building Game is a lot simpler to play than Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game in the superhero theme
Camel Up is just fun

 
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Oh yeah. Our guy also really loves Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men.
 
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Settlers of Catan, for sure.
 
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An interesting game for a child might be Rattlebones. It is a set collection game that involves rolling dice. But the interesting thing is that you build your dice as the game goes. The dice have removable sides that can be switched out. So your dice become customized as the game progresses.

The box says 14 and up but that is absurd. The game was clearly designed with children in mind.
 
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Try Concordia if the kids maths and reading is up to it.
 
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Dungeon! is one I'd recommend but not sure if it would be good for the parents
 
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Re4isnumber1 wrote:
First thing that came to mind was Marvel Legendary. Obviously there is a bit of set-up involved but it's pretty straightforward after a few plays. He would enjoy the characters and theme and can even play solo if he had to. It might be a bit much though.

DC Comics Deck-Building Game is an excellent kid-friendly deck builder. Fast set-up, game length controlled by the number of villains you put into play, recognizable theme. It's been one of my 9 year old's favorite games for a couple of years now. We just watched the Legendary Table Top and his comment was "This is like DC, but with punch/buy instead of just all punches."

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