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Matt Thrower
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Hi,

Quick question - I need to get a game which is suitable for play by age range 5-8, plays well in the range of 2-4 players and if it's fun for adults too, so much the better. The kids in question are both boys, and of the adults concerned one is a part-time gamer and the other a non-gamer.

I need it by the end of the week, so nothing too obscure as I either have to find it in my local games shop or have a choice of online retailers to ensure prompt delivery time.

First thoughts..

Gulo Gulo (inevitably) but it does look a good fit, if I can get it in time.

Blokus not sure about this, it looks a little dull and the skill differential between a 5-yr old and an adult might be offputting

PitchCar Mini I can see this one working well and it's in stock in my local game shop

Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie Bizarrely, after being sold off cheap, this has become quite hard to find in the UK. Might be offputting to the non-gamer and might be too complex for the younger one

Dragonland I know nothing about this, but dug it up whilst researching what I might buy. Looks like it might work well, but finding a copy could be troublesome.

Ticket to Ride: Europe I'm sick to death of this game, but it would probably work well (I'm not buying the USA edition for a European family!)

Ticket to Ride: The Card Game Know nothing about this, but just seen a copy in the game shop.
 
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Having played games with girls that age, I can see Heroscape going over very well with boys, they can play with the pieces if nothing else, but the simple game should be easy enough for them. Blokus is fun, but like you said, not too exciting. Quicksand was always a big hit at that age, a bluffing card game with a little board. We have Dragonland and it is solid, okay, hate the set up though. Maybe Diamant would work too.
Gulo Gulo is fun, but at their ages might get old fast. Good luck, game shopping is fun. Trans Europa would be good at that age too.
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I just picked up a copy of Hey! That's My Fish!, and it would be perfect for 5-8 and adults too. It's nearing the end of the print run, but there may be some laying around in FLGSes. I got ours on eBay.

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Qwirkle would be a great choice -- it's easily available in the US, but I don't know about distribution in the UK.

Gulo Gulo is too young, IMHO. Incan Gold/Diamant doesn't work well with two. Can't Stop would be a better press-your-luck game for that range of players. Depending on personalities, Risk Express could be fun as well -- hard for us to find in the US, but easy for you, I'd think.

If Willy Waschbär is still available in Europe, that's a fun/cheap flicking game (featuring a food fight among raccoons!).
 
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Second vote for Hey, That's My Fish!. Its a great leveller and plays well with a mixed age range.

Ticket to Ride: The Card Game is a memory game, so it is a challenge for the adults, but kids find it easier.

Niagara? Kids love the gems and the waterfall, but they tend to play it very randomly.
 
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From your above choices, I would say Pitchcar Mini. Another recommendation, that seems easy enough to find, would be Château Roquefort. Kids LOVE watching those mice plunge to their doom.
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For what its worth, my 6 and 9 year olds both love Blokus (actually we play blokus trigon, which works great with 3 or 4 players) and Dragonland. I do to!
 
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A couple of games that you might consider in addition to those already listed would be Zig-Zag and Elk Fest...
 
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My boys aren't the gamers I'd like them to be. With that said, I have found that they like Blokus, Castle Keep, Rivers, Roads & Rails, and Cosmic Cows quite well. With Cosmic Cows, I don't bother with the two outside columns (Chance and Straight).
 
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Zooloretto is the way to go! Also I played (US) Ticket to Ride with my kids at 7/8. They like Enchanted Forest too but it's hard to get (mine was from eBay)
 
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Hi, I'm 11 when I was 5 - 8 I loved these games:

Hue Knew this is a brilliant game for 7 to 8 yearolds.

Enchanted Forest really good game with a good theme for girls of exactly that age

Stone soup: a brilliant game for 6 - 8 yearolds. Only fault: you have to fit a lot of cards into one hand which is difficult for small hands! ( although my little sister solved this problem by spreading her cards out behind her where no-one can see!)

I hope this is useful and really do reccomend that you give these a go.laugh

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Finstere Flure (Fearsome Floors) was the first "serious" board game my son played with adults. He started when he was 5, and he still enjoys it now that he is 8. Fun for kids and grown-ups.

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I will second Incan Gold. Just borrowed it from a friend, and I highly recommend it for ALL ages! It's light, fun, and short. Great filler game for adults, or multiple playthroughs with little kids. Enjoy!
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Another vote for Incan Gold/Diamant. It's only drawback is that it's not much fun with only 2, so if you expect the boys to play each other a lot, look elsewhere.
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Ticket to Ride with a 5 year old can be difficult to endure. Or it can be entertaining. But it's likely not going to be a very serious game.

My kids love Blokus and it's not bad playing it with them. My 5 year old plays it fine but doesn't necessarily make the best decisions

PitchCar Mini is always good.

At the moment my kids' favorite, which I also enjoy with adults, is Hula Hippos (or Hula Hippos). It's nuts and way too funny.
 
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I have 5 and 8 year old boys. The are currently enjoying Chicken Cha Cha Cha and Cranium Zooreka! (we play with a limit of one trade per trip to the trading post).





My oldest is not interested in playing Gulo Gulo much anymore so if you are looking for something they both want to play you may want to look elsewhere.

I recently introduced my 5 year old to Loot and he loved it!


 
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How about Formula Dé? In my experience (I have three kids including a 5 and a 8 year old), boys tend to like cars and racing. I haven't played the game myself, so I can't really tell if it is a good fit complexity-wise, but I remember seeing a recent thread about someone playing this with a five year old. Ah, here it is: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/346547

Should be good fun for both parents and kids. Gotta love dice rolling.
 
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Marrakesh worked really well with Daughter the Elder and Daughter the Younger. Being a HABA game it is probably an awful lot easier to obtain in your neck of the woods than it is here in Australia.
 
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You might also try Nexus Ops.
 
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Another great and inexpensive choice: Duck, duck, Bruce! (by Gamewright), which I think of as a slightly simpler version of Circus Flohcati (it also has some differences). Also, my kids enjoy Pompeii, the BUcket King, and Crazy CHicken, though the last 2 may be out of print.
 
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