Top 10 Best Board Games Ever – No, It’s Not Monopoly

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So here we are back home after another successful camping trip.

 

For those who don’t know me well enough yet, our family goes away every Christmas and New Year Break for an annual summer camping trip with six other families. It is truly an understatement when I say that we are all avid game enthusiasts.

Both the moms and kids love playing games together (board games, card games, alternative games – you name it, we play it whenever we aren’t at the beach.)  Anything that is fun and simple enough to play, we are happy to give it a go!

 

Confession time:

 

I have a massive collection of board games at home. MASSIVE as in they are practically spilling out of my cupboards (note the plural here!).

Even though we have all the time-tested favorites – Monopoly, Guess Who?, Operation, Scrabble, Mastermind and Trivial Pursuit to name just a few – surprisingly these are not the games that make it to camping trip and keep us entertained during our week away.

So what DOES keep us entertained? What games gets both my friends AND the kids all excited about playing while away (to the point that we have to bring duplicate games just so everyone is happy?)

Note: our kids now range from ages 7-13, however we have been camping together for years and most of these games were firm family favorites from the age of 5 and up.

Here’s a hint: When your kids are begging to play these board games with you time and time again and YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO PLAY with them, it’s safe to say it is a good game!

 

 

Over the years we have tried and tested a lot of new games however these are our Top 10 favorites that are still so much fun to play and never get boring.

 

1. Rummikub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

It gets our minds all buzzing. It is secretly great at helping kids identify patterns but it’s way too fun for them to consider this an educational game.

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is usually 4 but we allow kids to join forces and play with up to 8 players (that is: 4 pairs, depending on who wants to play).

Click here to check it out >> Rummikub

 

 

2. Molkky

Molkky Best Family Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

If you can throw a stick, you can play this game! We love the process of elimination and the feeling of desperately wanting to get off death’s row (three misses in a row and you are out).

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is no limit! We played with around 20 players on New Year’s Day.

Click here to check it out >> Molkky

 

 

 

3. Exploding Kittens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

Seriously I couldn’t believe my children wanted me to buy them a game called EXPLODING KITTENS but I’m so glad they introduced it to this crazy game. Definitely a winner!

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 5.

Click here to check it out > Exploding Kittens

 

 

4. Pass The Pigs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

Anyone can play it – literally anyone. You just have to toss the two pigs into the air and get points depending on the way they land. Sounds simple but that’s the beauty of it. The first to reach 100 points is the winner.

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 4.

Click here to check it out > Pass The Pigs

 

5. Sequence Game

sequence board game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

The concept is so simple and never gets boring. Make a row of 5 – how hard can it be? Let’s play and you will see…

Minimum number of players is 2 or 3 individually. Maximum number of players is any number divisible by 2 or 3 – with 4 and more players they would have to play in teams.

Click here to check it out >> Sequence Game

 

 

 

6. Sleeping Queens Card Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

It’s a kid’s game that the adults love to play too (mainly because it’s QUICK and fun). When we discovered it three years ago, it became AN OBSESSION among all the kids. And they trained the adults up to play.

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 5.

Click here to check it out >> Sleeping Queens Card Game

 

 

7. Tapple

 

tapple board game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

It’s super fast paced and forces you to think. The kids  also come out with the most amazing and/or hilarious answers sometimes too!

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 8.

Click here to check it out >>  Tapple

 

 

 

8. Phase 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

This is still my ALL-TIME FAVORITE GAME, even after twenty years. It is similar to Rummy but with the coolest twist. My kids are seriously addicted to it and when we have the time, we squeeze in a quick game before bed. Word of warning: you don’t want to get stuck on a phase.

Minimum number of players is 3. Maximum number of players is 6.

Click here to check it out >> Phase 10

 

 

 

9. 5 Second Rule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

Ah the pressure – only 5 seconds to think! Can you tell we love games that move quickly and are both fun and funny? This game ticks all the boxes.

Minimum number of players is 3. Maximum number of players is 6.

Click here to check it out >>  5 Second Rule

 

 

10. Headbanz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

Such a cool guessing game. There are 74 cards included in the box but over time, we have added our own things to guess (why not?)

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 6.

Click here to check it out >>  Headbanz

 

 

 

BONUS PICKS 

 

It wouldn’t be fair not to pay tribute to some of the classics, when discussing board games. As such we have picked out our top three favorite traditional games. These ones are dependable winners!

 

Clue The Classic Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

As a 10 year old, I treasured this board game that I received for Christmas and decades later I still love playing it because I secretly think we all have a little bit of Sherlock Holmes or Detective Columbo in us.

Minimum number of players is 3. Maximum number of players is 6.

Click here to check it out >>  Clue The Classic Edition

 

Connect 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

This isn’t the most exciting game with any particular “wow” factor but trust me, the moment Connect 4 gets pulled out, people want to play. They want to challenge the winner; they line up to to have a turn. Yes even me too, I confess.

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 2.

Click here to check it out >>  Connect 4

 

 

Yahtzee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT?

I love that this game is portable enough to take anywhere (we just take the die, shaker and score pad out of the box). This is also the ONLY game I keep on my phone so if we are ever stuck waiting somewhere and our patience is wearing thin. We play using the PASS AND PLAY option on the YAHTZEE app.

Minimum number of players is 2. Maximum number of players is 6 (2 players only on the app though).

Click here to check it out >> Yahtzee

 

 

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