Switch off the TV, put down the tablet and log off the gaming console. If it’s family fun you’re seeking then there’s nothing better than gathering round to play a board game.
The Week picks out nine of the best family board games to keep the kids - and adults - entertained.
1. Ginger Fox Dough Nab
Players in this bakery-themed game (packed like a box of doughnuts, with a winner’s baker hat) have to keep an eye on the cards and race to grab the corresponding doughnut when they spot a match.
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2. Einstein Eats Eggs
A fast-paced game a bit like charades, this involves teams guessing as many alliterative phrases as possible in a 90-second round. There are 1,200 three-word phrases to get through.
3. Ravensburger kNOW! quiz game
Powered by Google Assistant, this board offers several games you can play on- or offline, which are based on challenges involving intuition, knowledge and creativity.
A “classic strategy game”, Sequence involves players playing a card from their hand and then putting a chip on the corresponding space on the board. The aim is to try to get five in a row.
5. Bank Attack Electronic Game
This is a collaborative game in which you work together as criminals to crack the vault before the alarm goes off. It comes with an electronic safe, a little drill and explosives.
6. Counting Mountain Game
This 3D game for ages 4-8 is designed to help children learn maths. They scale the mountain by solving problems, or get sent down with a yeti card.
7. Waddington’s Number 1 Harry Potter Lex-Go! Word Game
In this fast-paced word game, you race to get rid of your tiles by creating words, swapping letters and attacking other players’ words. It has extra Harry Potter spell tiles, and if you can spell “Snitch” you win the round.
In Dixit, one player comes up with a sentence – like a saying, or a song title – and the others guess which of the vividly illustrated cards inspired it.
9. Exploding Kittens
Billed as a game for “people who are into kittens, explosions, laser beams and sometimes goats”, this is a fun card game inspired by Russian roulette.
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