2015 Top Ten Picks for the Greatest Game Night Ever
Frosty nights and cracking fires... time to cozy up and dust off the board games. Here are our top ten favourite games this year, plus a list of other great new games for 2015.
Rogers Daytime (Oct 16, 2015)
It's the Action cards that make this game great. Our kiddi testers say it's way more fun to sing a song or do a Charades-like pantomime to earn a star than to just pay for one.
Clever game mechanics make this a game of both probabilities and, as the game progresses, one of memory. That's because each wrong guess sends the card to the bottom of your pile, so remembering these cards can enhance your guesses next time around.
Keep your reflexes on high alert and pay close attention as you flip cards watching for the ones where the characters are shown doing their own character-appropriate actions. Then it's nerve wracking, brain freeze causing fun trying not to be the last person to mimic the action.
A refreshingly new quick-play strategy game. Players use chess knight moves to relocate their pieces to open spots on the board. But each move 'scorches' another square leaving fewer and fewer places to move.
Roll dice combinations to get the most gold. Our testers loved playing with the plastic 'gold' coins and cool-looking black dice.
Whether you go for lots of easy wins or build your deck to tackle the big challenges, our testing families love the variety of choices players have to earn points in this richly illustrated fantasy themed game.
Other Great New Games
- Monkey Beach (3+, Ravensburger)
- Crazy Cereal™ Electronic Game (4+, Educational Insights, Inc.)
- Draw 4: Dig for Dinos! (5+, Blue Orange Games)
- Ring It! (5+, Blue Orange Games)
- The Enchanted Tower (5+, Schmidt/Drei Magier Spiele/Lion Rampant)
- Thumbs Up! (6+, Blue Orange Games)
- Buggaloop (6+, Ravensburger)
- Rally Up (6+, Blue Orange Games)
- Super Tooth™ A Dino-mite Card Game (6+, Gamewright)
- Color Clash (7+, Blue Orange Games)
- Ghost Blitz 2 (8+, Zoch Verlag/Lion Rampant)
- Sanssouci (8+, Ravensburger)
- Crab Stack (8+, Blue Orange Games)
- Wink (8+, Ravensburger)
- Cartagena (8+, Ravensburger)
- Sushi Draft (8+, Blue Orange Games, $17.99)
- Speedy Words (8+/we suggest 10+, Blue Orange Games, $12.99)
- All Queens™ Chess (8+, ThinkFun Inc.)
Some Classics Revisited
- Jenga XL Game (4+, Hasbro, Inc)
- Jenga Quake Game (6+, Hasbro, Inc)
- Monopoly World Vote Here & Now (8+, Hasbro, Inc)
- Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Electronic Dance Game (8+, Hasbro, Inc)
- SCRABBLE TWIST Game (8+, Hasbro, Inc)
- SIMON MICRO SERIES GAME (8+, Hasbro, Inc)
- BOP IT! MICRO SERIES GAME (8+, Hasbro, Inc)