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JessA
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Okay, my friend is becoming a budding gamer. She's asked for recommendations for her family the last couple years and they are getting a nice little collection of games. And she tells me how much they enjoy getting a new game each Christmas.

So, Family of five, three boys ages 12, 9 and 6.

They will not order a game online, so the game must be available at Target, Barnes&Noble, ToyRUs or something that could be at a upscale toy shop. We have a nicer toy shop that carries a small selection of unique games, HABA brand, etc.

Here is what they have:

Forbidden Island: This was too complex for them, they liked it okay, but she said it was a little too much. So it must be easier than this!

Sorry Sliders!: They love this

Spot it: They love this too

Yahtzee Free for All: They love this

Snorta!: love

Blokus: Love

Apple2Apples: love



So, Again, Requirements:

-Available in more mainstream store

-Appropriate for young child, but fun for all

-If it plays five, that's a bonus

-If it plays very quick another bonus (she likes having a quick game to play before bedtime)


I couldn't believe that I just drew a blank when she asked, shame shame shame upon my head! I told her I'd email her some ideas, SAVE ME BGG!




 
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Scratch that. What's the point in limiting themselves to a few stores?
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How about Qwirkle, that is available at a lot of big box stores.
And since you said HABA games were ok too I would say maybe Animal Upon Animal.
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I've seen Tsuro in B&N. But I don't know what else to recommend since they think even Forbidden Island is too difficult and they won't shop on line.

Possibly Can't Stop will be available though and it's a great push your luck dice fest that's very easy to learn and play. Quite addictive.

You could also offer to purchase a game for them maybe? Then you could order on line.

*edit: I just thought of Ingenious.
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One word...


QWIRKLE!!!!
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I just ordered Kingdom Builder from Barnes and Noble. Maybe it will be showing up in the brick and mortar stores soon?

Seems like it might be a fantastic game for this purpose. It is shockingly simple. Though the rule about placing settlements next to another settlement unless you are unable to may be a bit tough for the 6 year old? Probably on par with Forbidden Island as far as rules go. However, your options on your turn are limited to drawing a card and placing 3 settlements on that land type. Easy as pie. (Also it only plays 4. You could always play a fifth if you had another way of marking settlements for the 5th player though.)
 
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Sounds like they would be in for standard, family and gateway games...

Liar's Dice might work pretty good.

If I search my collection, these are the ones I think could match as well:

Giro Galoppo
Bohnanza
Carcassonne
PitchCar
Jungle Speed
Pickomino
Ligretto
UNO
Halli Galli

Edit: Can't Stop is great, but only for 4 players. Qwirkle is also only listed for 4, but works fine with 5 players as well. Kingdom Builder is actually very simple rulewise, but the logic needed to enjoy that game might be too much for a 6 year old. Especially considering Forbidden Island has already been rated as too complex.
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Castle Panic by Fireside Games (see page for list of retailers) http://www.firesidegames.com/index.html

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I'd say this or Liar's Dice/Perudo.
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I thought I had heard that King of Tokyo was having some success in broader market stores -> this would be a great game for her kids' age spread. My 7 yo, 11 yo and 15 yo daughters love destroying their dad at this game.
 
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Funny you bring this up because I saw this blog post just yesterday. http://theboardgamefamily.com/2011/12/great-board-games-at-b...

The family that does that blog has kids of similar age so those should be some fairly good suggestions.

Other than the one's mentioned there Qwirkle is good, and you can probably stretch it to 5 players.

Another option is that you can buy it online and they can pay you, so they can get more options
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You could look at the BGG gift guide.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Board_Game_Gift_Guide...
 
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Wits & Wagers. Target used to sell it. I think they still do.

While getting the link for that, I also found Wits & Wagers Family. I know nothing about it, but perhaps it would be more enjoyable for them.

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If they have HABA games they may very well have Labyrinth.
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Animal Upon Animal
 
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+1 Castle Panic - Cooperative, easier than Forbidden Island, great theme, available at B&N (or at least it was when we bought it there), supports 6 players.

And it's fun. You really have a sense of defending the castle when those little cardboard walls come down.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think Qwirkle, WitsNWagers Family and Castle Panic are top contenders.

I also thought of Hula Hippos, I'm going to suggest that as well.
 
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+1 wits and wagers family
+1 ticket to ride
+1 qwirkle
 
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