I’ve played games with loads of family in the past few months, and that usually means quick, easy to learn games that can play 5 or more players. With spring and summer break approaching, I know many people will have extra gaming time while on vacation! What are some of my favorite family games as of March 2016?
I played Qwixx back in Thanksgiving but didn’t buy myself a copy until after Christmas. I later learned that it’s also my in-laws current favorite game! I’ve taught this game to over 10 people, and all have loved it. It’s one of the best gateway games out there. Qwixx is a 2-5 player dice game by Gamewright and plays in about 10 minutes. Easy to learn, fun to play, even my strategy game group enjoyed it.
Codenames is my favorite party game for a variety of reasons. It uses logic and word association in a very fun way. I love that it’s a team game, so new players can jump in and not worry about doing everything right. I’ve introduced Codenames to about 20 people since Thanksgiving, and every single person has enjoyed it. Highly recommended! Codenames is a team word game for 2+ players, although I suggest playing it with 4 or more.
I found a love for Carcassonne about a year and a half ago. I had played the ipad version and my friend’s copy, but knew I needed to get my own. Now I have several expansions and standalone versions, and many custom meeples. I was so happy my parents enjoy Carcassonne, so we get to play it with them often. It’s 2-5 players and has easy gameplay. It’s a good gateway to heavier games, and tile laying has always been one of my favorite mechanics.
Now I may be biased about my own game, but it is one of my favorite family games. Duel List is a knowledge listing game for 2-8 players and is on sale on The Game Crafter. I’ve had so many laughs with this game and enjoy every play. I’m so proud that I’ve gotten to introduce this game to so many family members and even made a custom expansion for my nieces. My dad says it’s his favorite game other than Bridge and often wins at it.
I really enjoy Rolling America, and it was more strategic than I originally thought upon purchasing the game. Rolling America is a dice puzzle game where you try and get the least amount of X’s on your map. It’s all about mitigating the bad rolls. I like that Rolling America can be played with any amount of players since the play is simultaneous. It’s also great to play solo as well!