The Best Family Board Games [2019]

The Best Family Board Games [2019]

Star Wars: Rebellion

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  • Great thematic gameplay
  • Addictive “cat-and-mouse” dynamic
  • Asymmetry of Empire vs Rebels adds to depth and variety
  • Medium complexity strategy game great for all levels of player

Dominion: Prosperity

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  • Incredible combo potential with other expansions
  • The perfect first expansion for Dominion
  • Cards introduce new ways to play
  • Excellent replay value

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Board Game Review
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  • Ideal for 2-5 people
  • Excellent replay value
  • Attractive graphics and theme
  • Moderate interaction

Star Wars: Rebellion

Players: 2-4
Ages: 14+
Game play: 180 – 240 mins

An exquisite, thematic strategy game, perfect for groups of family and friends alike, Star Wars: Rebellion cleverly captures the essence of the Star Wars theme and storyline while also providing excellent gameplay.

Star Wars: Rebellion is an epic game of cat and mouse between The Empire and The Rebels. The Rebels win the game by evading The Empire and gaining support throughout the galaxy. The Empire wins if they find the Rebel base and destroy The Rebel troops set there to defend it.

The various moves and missions are true to Star Wars lore, with your favourite characters being assigned to various adventures across the galaxy. Combat can be engaged by with side and can be either ground based or in space.

The two piece board is impressive and expansive, while the pieces are also delightful, true to style from creator Fantasy Flight Games.

Easier to learn than some other strategy games, and great for a wide range of players, this game will please beginners and die-hard gamers alike.

Pros:

  • Great thematic gameplay
  • Addictive “cat-and-mouse” dynamic
  • Asymmetry of Empire vs Rebels adds to depth and variety
  • Medium complexity strategy game great for all levels of player

Cons:

  • Combat play can seem needlessly complex
  • Rules can get a bit complicated
  • Die-hards will prefer less randomness in combat
  • Game play can run long

Dominion: Prosperity

Players: 2-4
Ages: 13+
Game play30 mins

Prosperity is the fourth addition to the popular deck building game Dominion. It is not a standalone game, meaning you have to own either Dominion or Intrigue to play. Yet, Prosperity adds enhancing mechanics to the original game, boosting its overall value.

As its name suggests, the central theme of Prosperity is wealth. The 25 new Kingdom cards include powerful expensive cards, treasure cards, victory tokens, and cards that interact with treasures.

Both users and experts appreciate the interesting tweaks this expansion set brings to the game. The simplicity of the cards and the overall value they bring can easily take Dominion to a whole new level most players will enjoy.

Pros:

  • Incredible combo potential with other expansions
  • The perfect first expansion for Dominion
  • Cards introduce new ways to play
  • Excellent replay value

Cons:

  • Not a standalone game
  • Makes the game harder for beginners

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Board Game Review

Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game play: 30 – 60 mins

Ticket to Ride is one of those classic board games that will never grow old. Halfway between a casual party game and a serious strategy game, it gets players hooked into building railway tracks between cities and claiming pre-printed routes.

It is perfect for small groups of up to five players and simple enough to attract both children and adults. Despite its simplicity though, Ticket to Ride awards players with intense tactical strategies and decision making at every turn.

Users and experts agree Ticket to Ride is a very enjoyable and engaging game with excellent replay value. Player interaction is moderate, but perhaps this is what makes the game fun and entertaining for people of all ages.

Pros:

  • Ideal for 2-5 people
  • Excellent replay value
  • Attractive graphics and theme
  • Moderate interaction

Cons:

  • Mechanics too simple for some users

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

Players: 2-4
Ages: 12+
Game play: 30 – 60 mins

Clank! is one of the hottest games on the market at the moment. More than a board game, this is a deck building game that engages players into an exciting mission of retrieving valuable artefacts while trying to stay alive while down in a dragon’s dungeon.

The expansive game space includes a main board, cards, wooden cubes, counters, and meeples, all nicely stored in a fancy velvet bag. Overall, the pieces are nicely constructed while the meeples can easily attract younger players with their adventurer shapes.

Most users like the fantasy adventure theme, perfect for kids and adult players alike. The deck building adds more fun to this board game, offering players a variety of strategies. Experts also praise the race component that appeals to those with a strong spirit of competition.

Pros:

  • Challenging map for players of all ages
  • Short runtime
  • Engaging theme
  • Great for 2-4 players
  • Multiple strategy possibilities

Cons:

  • Minimal player interaction
  • Can be complex to explain

Pandemic

Pandemic boardgame review

Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game play: 45 mins

Enjoying huge popularity around the globe, Pandemic is a cooperative board game that brings together two to four players engaged in a race against the clock to save humanity from four deadly viruses.

The game is perfect for all those who have dreamt, at least once in their lifetime, to become a scientist, medic, or another type of specialist ready to save the world from disaster. Attractive visuals boost the value of this game, making it engaging for younger players too.

Users and experts praise Pandemic’s team-building ability. The game is captivating, intense, and dramatic. Perfect for up to four players and lasting for roughly an hour, this cooperative game is a blast, although it might not be the best game for those with a strong competitive spirit.

Pros:

  • Outstanding integration of theme and gameplay mechanics
  • Immersive experience
  • Fairly easy to learn, though difficult to master
  • Team building game
  • Ideal for kids over eight years old

Cons:

  • Some players may not like the cooperative component
  • Relatively high difficulty level

Santorini

Santorini Review

Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game play: 20 mins

Santorini is one of the most exciting strategy board games attracting kids and adults with flawless visuals and exciting gameplay. Two playing modes give you the possibility to build the Greek island by relying on your workers alone or boost your strategy with god powers in an advanced game mode.

Its latest version was released in 2016, but Santorini has been around for much more than that. The game’s success lays in its ability to combine elementary school simplicity with an exciting gameplay depth that appeals to players of all ages and levels.

Users and experts agree Santorini is an exciting board game to have in your arsenal. Its high replay value attracts hardcore gamers while the short gameplay time of only 20 minutes makes it ideal for the youngsters. Perfect for players over eight years of age, Santorini can easily keep you entertained during a Saturday night at home or a family vacation.

Pros:

  • Attractive story and visuals
  • Two play modes
  • High replay value
  • Ideal for kids over 8 years old
  • Perfect for two to four players

Cons:

  • Some experienced players may find it loses excitement after a while
  • Expensive

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