We Got Game—and Now You Can Too

Five fun family board games to keep you laughing and learning.

Awkward Family Photos (Loaded Questions)

Awkward family photosOne player deals eight cards to all the other players. Each card has a line—some you know, others will leave you scratching your head—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. The dealer picks the winner and awards points accordingly. If you run out of pictures, you can download more from awkwardfamilyphotos.com. Movie knowledge might help a little, but it’s by no means necessary. A good sense of humor, however, is essential.  About $18. For 4-8 players, ages 12+.  http://loadedquestions.com

Cranium Cadoo (Winning Moves Games)

cadooAnother fun, active, creative no-batteries game from the folks who brought us Cranium. The goal is to get four of your tokens in a row on the 4×4 game board. You do that by solving challenges that appear on two types of cards. Solo cards are done on your own, so you might need to translate a series of pictures into words. If you get the right answer (as verified by another player), you put your token on any open space on the board. Combo cards might require you to sculpt or draw something that another player has to recognize. Cadoo comes with two decks of challenge cards, tokens, modeling clay, sketch pad, a timer, and instructions. For ages 7+. About $21. www.winning-moves.com

Loaded Questions (Loaded Questions)

loaded questionsA fully updated version of the classic Loaded Questions game that’s 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. Move ahead one space for every correct match. 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. There are a variety of versions of the game, including Adult, Party, and Junior (which features questions like, “If you were a talking butt, what would you say?”). About $17. For 4-6 Players, ages 10+. http://loadedquestions.com

Picto Lingua (Helvetiq)

picto linguaThink 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 any 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 as many languages as you can handle. About $24. For ages 7+. https://www.helvetiq.com

The Mazins (Helvetiq)

the mazinsThe 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. But the city is something of a maze and without your help, the poor Mazins will never get where they’re supposed to go. 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. About $17. Ages 8+. https://www.helvetiq.com

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