Bond and laugh over these five fun board game picks for the whole clan.
These five fun family board games will keep you laughing and learning over the holiday break.
Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game ($20 at amazon.com). Players get cards with lines from movies (some you’ve heard of, others not so much). The dealer then pulls an Awkward Family Photo card from the deck and turns it over for all to see. Players decide which of their eight movie line cards would make the best caption for the picture. Movie knowledge might help a little, but is by no means necessary. A good sense of humor, however, is essential. For 4–8 players, ages 12 and up.
Cranium Cadoo ($26 at winning-moves.com). Another fun, active, creative game from the folks who brought us Cranium. The goal is to get four of your tokens in a row by solving challenges that appear on two types of cards. Solo cards are done on your own — for example, translating a series of pictures into words. Combo cards might require you to sculpt or draw something that another player has to recognize. For two or more players, ages 7 and up.
Loaded Questions ($18 at amazon.com). This updated version of the classic Loaded Questions game is even more fun than before. On your turn, read a Loaded Question that matches the color of the space your token is on. All the other players write down an answer to the question and someone reads those answers aloud. Then, you try to match each answer with the player you think wrote it. Loaded Questions can be a blast to play with people you know well or with those you’d like to get to know better. Either way, be prepared to laugh yourself silly. For 4-6 players, ages 10 and up.
Picto Lingua ($19 at fatbraintoys.com). Think bingo but with pictures. Each player has a game card that features 25 images. Someone pulls a card from the deck and reads a word in one of five languages (English, French, German, Italian or Spanish). If you have that image on your card, place a token on it. Five in a row wins. You won’t get fluent, but you’ll learn up to 50 words in the five languages. For 1–5 players, ages 6 and up.
The Mazins ($17 at amazon.com). The Mazin clan is, to put it gently, a little disorganized. Like most tourists visiting a city for the first time, all they want to do is get from point A to B, take in the sights and do a few exciting things along the way. Your goal is to connect each of the five family members with a particular attraction by moving the board tiles around to create a path. Do it right, and you’ll win a trophy. For 1–5 players, ages 3 and up.