Saving Game Night

Looking for a way to add some excitement to your family’s game night? What better way than to combine it with some exciting movies? Here are four of our current movie-themed games. Lights, camera, action!

The Incredibles Save the Day Game (Wonder Forge)

incredibles save the dayAfter a 13-plus-year absence, the Incredibles are back (“Incredibles 2” hits theaters June 15), and they’re picking up right where they left off. But you don’t have to wait ‘til the movie comes out to spend some quality time with the Parr family. A crime wave has hit Metroville and Jack-Jack (the shape-shifting baby) is in trouble. Each player takes on the role of one of the Incredibles, complete with his or her powers. But the object here isn’t to defeat the other players. Instead, players work together (just like the Incredibles do in reel life) to thwart a bank robbery, save a cat from a tree, rescue someone from a burning building, or heroically stop some other dastardly evildoer. Aside from the cooperative nature of the game, we really liked the fact that, thanks to random dice rolls and game tiles, you’ll never play the same game twice. For 1-4 players ages 6+. Under $20.

Jurassic Park: Danger! (Ravensburger)

jurassic park dangerThe latest installment in the Jurassic World franchise lands on June 22 and you can get your family ready for the movie right now with this exciting dinosaurs-vs-humans game. One player controls the T-Rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophosaurus, and prowls through the jungle hunting humans. The rest of the players team up (as characters from the movie) to avoid becoming dino chow and get Jurassic Park back up and running (although, given its unlucky history, is there really any hope for Isla Nublar?). Whether you read Michael Crichton’s original book, saw the original movie (it’s the 25th anniversary!), or you’re new to the whole prehistoric world, this game will get your pulse racing. For 2-5 players ages 10+. Under $25.

Pictopia: Harry Potter (Ravensburger)

pictopia harry potterSadly, there aren’t any new Harry Potter movies on the horizon (although the new “Mythical Beasts: franchise can help keep you connected to J. K. Rowling’s amazing, magical world). But if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll love this 1,000-picture trivia game that’s filled with the beloved characters, places, creatures, and enchanted objects from the “Harry Potter” books and movies. As with Jurassic Park and Incredibles, this game requires teamwork. But there’s a twist. Sometimes you’ll need to work with your fellow players, other times, you’re on your own. Be prepared: this game is for serious Harry Potter aficionados and the questions are often quite challenging. Fortunately, if you need to brush up on any or all things Hogwarts, you can binge-watch all eight movies in just under 20 hours. For 2-6 players ages 7+ Under $26.

Disney Eye Found It (Ravensburger)

eye found itSpeaking of binge watching, if you’re not completely up to date on your Disney movies (including Pixar, which Disney now owns), you might want to catch up before you play this game. The 6-foot-long board includes detailed scenes from a dozen Disney worlds, ranging from Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods and Peter Pan’s Neverland to Radiator Springs (Cars), Mostropolis (Monsters, Inc.), and Agrabah (Alladin). The ageless Mickey Mouse guides you and your fellow players on your journey as you search for more than 1,000 hidden objects (swords, anchors, planes, trees, teapots, and a lot more) from those iconic Disney movies that so many of us love (and so many of our kids have grown up with). For 1-6 players age 4+. Under $20.