Cool board games for the whole family
The weather doesn’t lure you to go out, but inside it’s also boring? Here are some cool board games that you can play with the whole family – but many of them are only for two.
Tap it is just right to get the circulation going a bit. You can play in different modes: Tap it, Switch, Memo and Pong. Depending on which game variant you choose, the buzzers flash.
With “Tap it”, the buzzer with your own game color must be pressed as quickly as possible to get the point fire force season 3. Change the color, do not press – otherwise, the point goes to the other player. With “Switch” you first have to run to the right buzzer, because these are placed throughout the room. “Memo” is all about concentration because it’s about remembering and repeating the right color sequence – a special challenge. And finally, there is “Pong”, which is a digital version of table tennis.
For whom is the game suitable: Children from the age of 8 will really blossom at Tap it. Especially with the memo variant, they are superior to the parents without difficulty. A great game to bring a little action to boring afternoons. At the same time, the brain cells are activated and the ability to react is trained.
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Tap it, for up to eight players from the age of eight, for about 40 euros.
New York Zoo is a beautifully designed and family-friendly game by successful author Uwe Rosenberg. 1 to 5 players can participate. In the beginning, each player has an empty blueprint of the zoo, which he has to fill with puzzle pieces of different shapes (reminiscent of Tetris). The goal is to accommodate as many enclosures and zoo attractions as possible on it in the end. These can be obtained via the concentricity on which the various enclosure tiles are laid out. There are also fields through which you are finally supplied with new animals or which “trigger” offspring in your own enclosures.
For whom is the game suitable: We recommend the game for players from 10 years, which is quite justified because a little thought is needed to keep track of all the animals and areas. There is a short variant (which is also explained simply) for only two players, where a run takes about 20-30 minutes. Combination skills, fun, and concentration are stimulated in this game.
New York Zoo, for one to five players from 10 years, about 34.90 euros.
Sure, everyone knows Uno! With Uno Extreme, the classic got a completely new appeal a few years ago. The cards are drawn here via a card issuing machine – and it does not always want to be like the player. That is, she sometimes spits out a whole stack of cards, if you think you’re just before the victory. And so the course of the game can develop completely differently.
Now there is “Uno Showdown”, which is also extremely exciting in the course of the game. This is about the fastest card throw. Whoever presses the buzzer of the card device the fastest wins the showdown. And of course, you must not forget to shout “Uno” when you drop the last card – otherwise, you have lost.
For whom is the game suitable: 2-10 players from 7 years of age can have fun with “Uno Showdown”. Among other things, combination and responsiveness are trained. The same applies to “Uno Extreme”, where you learn to be a brave loser without getting angry about it.
Uno Showdown, for 2-10 players from 7 years, about 17,90 Euro.
It sounds a bit complicated at first, because “My City” is a legacy game, which means that the game changes and evolves with each game. The aim of “My City” is to experience the rise and history of a city in a total of 24 rounds.
To do this, the city is assembled from different puzzle pieces that have different colors. Each chapter of the game has its own envelope in which different challenges await the other players. You turn the top card of the stack over and install the tile depicted on it on your game board.
At some point, you can no longer build anything and there is a final evaluation between the players. Then comes the next chapter, which is waiting again in a sealed envelope, with new tiles, tasks, and instructions. By the way, these are pretty well explained and summarized per chapter in a small space. So you don’t have to fight your way through page-long explanations. The game has already been nominated for “Game of the Year”.
For whom is the game suitable: Not all of them are fans of sticking and “breaking” the game board during a game. But those who appreciate such innovative forms of board games will have a lot of fun with “My City”. In addition, on the back of the game board still remains the base game that can be played over and over again.
A really funny and very unusual game that stimulates creativity and abstraction. It is not difficult to explain and play. There are various material sets in which laces, building blocks, and symbol cards are included. With them, the players should represent photo motifs in such a way that the others can find them in a large selection of photos.
With the quite simple, own representation of a picture, you also have to keep an eye on the other motifs so that you do not accidentally represent another picture. When all the players have completed their creations, guessing begins – and with it the awarding of points. Then it is exchanged so that everyone can try out a different material set. The game “Pictures” won the critics’ award for “Game of the Year” this year.
For whom is the game suitable: The game is recommended for 3 to 5 players from 8 years. Even fit seven-year-olds will cope well with it because the rules and the gameplay are easy and quick to learn. The great fun are the mutual attempts to explain the rudimentary image representations. An extraordinary and really very enjoyable family game.
After a short explanatory video on YouTube, the most important rules of “Azul” were quickly understood. The laying game is about covering walls with beautiful tiles. Those who proceed skilfully get the most points. A round lasts about 20 minutes, so it is foreseeable even for more impatient players.
The story of the game says that the Portuguese King Manuel I commissions craftsmen to decorate the walls of his palace with beautiful mosaics, i.e. with the so-called azulejos. A competition breaks out among the tilers to obtain the best tiles at the right time from the appropriate manufactories.
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Depending on the position in the mosaic, the craftsmen sometimes need many tiles with a certain pattern, sometimes less. If you have to remove too many tiles, you will lose weight with minuses. Anyone who was able to flow the largest area contiguously at the end of the game will score really nice points at the end.
For whom is the game suitable: The game is recommended from the age of 8 years. Then children are also well able to understand the basic rules cloud of daggers 5e. But the game can also be approached more tactically and is therefore also great fun for older children (and the adult players). Also an advantage: You can play it in pairs.
Azul, for 2-4 players from 8 years, for about 40 euros.