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Eight of the best family board games

Looking for ways to stay amused during the ‘Crimbo Limbo’ period?

1

Monopoly Arcade Pac-Man Game

Monopoly Arcade Pac-Man Game

The aim is to get the most points as you race around the board, accumulating levels while avoiding the ghosts. Each time you pass or land on Go, you’ll play the mini arcade game, which also keeps a total of each player’s points, so no one can cheat. Ages 8+ 

2

Big Money

Big Money

Make a fortune in this highstakes board game, which can be won in under 40 minutes. You have three rolls of the dice to make money, then you buy investments for your empire. Ages 8+ 

3

Herd Mentality

Herd Mentality

The most obvious answer wins in this simple game. Write down your answers to the questions and if you’re not with the “herd” then you’ll be stuck with the pink cow. Ages 10+ 

4

The Sock Game

The Sock Game

In this fast and frantic game, two teams compete to find items stuffed inside a fluffy sock. Spin the spinner to see what you need to find from the 30 objects; whoever finds it first scores a point, and the first team to gain 11 points wins. Ages 8+ 

5

5 Second Rule Spintensity

5 Second Rule Spintensity

In this fasttalking game you have to name three things related to whatever is on the card in under five seconds; the spinner then decides what happens next. Ages 12+ 

6

Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito

A cross between dodgeball and a card game; players go head-to-head following instructions on a card and then attempt to hit opponents with super-soft burritos. Be sure to move anything breakable before playing. Ages 7+

7

Einstein Eats Eggs

Einstein Eats Eggs

A fast-talking charades game. On your turn you have 90 seconds to guess as many of the three-word alliterative phrases as you can; if you get three right, say, you move three spaces on the board. Ages 10+ 

8

Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza

Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza

Similar to Snap, the idea is to match the card and the spoken word, so you turn over a card into the draw pile while you all say taco/cat/goat/cheese/ pizza in sequence. First to lose all their cards is the winner. Ages 8+ 

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