Board games offer plenty of benefits for families, ranging from teaching children certain social skills to enhancing communication with family members. This overview highlights some of the best family board games available in the market.
Sequence Board Game
It represents a combination of two types of games; a board and card game. It comprises of a playing board containing two decks of cards as depicted in the background of the board. The playing chips come in three different colors- blue, green and red, totaling to 135 chips. Typically, this game can be played individually by two or three players in teams of two’s and three’s. At the start of every round, the team is dealt a particular number of cards and a set of chips of one color. To win, the team has to place chips of similar color sequentially, onto the corresponding pictures of cards. The end-goal is to create a row of their colored chips in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal position.
Apples to Apples
This board game is fun for adults and children alike. It comprises of two decks of cards- Things and Descriptions. In each round, the active player has to draw a Description Card, which has a descriptive word scripted on it such as “hairy” or “messy.” The other players then have to choose a card from Things category of cards and place them face-down on the table. These players choose cards, which best fit the first description card that was drawn. Afterward, the active player reveals all the cards that were played and selects the best Thing card that matches the Description card. The player, whose card wins the matching game, becomes the new active player in the following round.
The catchphrase is another exciting board game suitable for families. The game-play involves dividing into different teams. In each round, one player from each team has to get his members to guess a particular word correctly without actually speaking out the term. The catch of the game is that the team has to do this, in a timed duration. If time elapses and there is a member of your team still holding the disk player, the opponent team advances on the board.
Catchphrase comes with a set of rules to govern the game. One of the principles when giving clues is that you are permitted to use physical gestures and verbal cues. However, you should not say any word that rhymes say the first letter or part of the guessing term. If a team player breaks any of the rules, the timer is stopped, and a point is awarded to the other team.
The Game of Life
Originally, the Game of Life was developed in the 1960s. More than five decades later, fans of this family board game have a fully featured, 3D version of it. The Game of Life has each player winding down a path across a playing board using an automobile. Typically, it involves a passage of life starting with education and culminating into retirement. Along the way, the player has to acquire a job, pay taxes, get married, have kids, navigate through the stock market, endure catastrophes and pay bills. You can try to accumulate as much property as you can. But, it’s your pocketbook, which establishes your win or loss.