Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of ‘good natured’ boys v girls competition in the form of board games. And it doesn’t stop there, you’ll be spoilt for choice for the children too. Whether you like a good bit of rivalry, or just want to play for fun, there’s something for everyone this Christmas. Here are our top picks for board games this Christmas.
Board games for all the family
1. Speak Out Kids vs Parents
Parents and kids battle each other in this hilarious game that has taken the country by storm! Play Speak Out Kids V. Parents Game and the whole family will enjoy laugh-out-loud fun with this ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game! Each player must do their utmost to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won’t let them shut their mouth! In Speak Out Kids V. Parents, parents pick from the Parents deck of cards, filled with typical phrases parents might say to kids such as “This playroom is a positive pigsty!” Kids get to choose from the Kids deck filled with things kids might say such as “What a bummer, brother.” Players read the phrase as best as they can to their teammates before their time runs out, but it’s not as easy it sounds! The team that can understand the most phrases, wins!
Age 8 years +. To get yours now from John Lewis, click here.
2. Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
This Family Edition of the popular and timeless classic that is Trivial Pursuit, offers everyone in the family a chance to show off their knowledge. With questions for both adults and children, the playing field is even, so it’s all to play for! Board games for 2-6 players.
Age 8 years +. To grab yours in time for Christmas, have a look here at Tesco Direct.
3. Mr & Mrs Family Edition
Would you be surprised to find out what your partner really thinks, or can you read them like a book? Find out with this new game based on the hit TV show All Star Mr & Mrs. Pair up with your romantic other half, or even a friend or family member to answer in-depth and entertaining questions about each other. Mr & Mrs Family Edition contains questions suitable for adult couples, families and even boys and girls from the age of 10. With over 1,000 new questions designed to uncover things you may not know about your nearest and dearest, Mr & Mrs Family Edition is a great way for players to spend time together. It even includes some blank cards so you can write your own embarrassing questions. Guaranteed to cause laughter, blushes, blank looks and a whole lot more!
Age 10 years +. Get yours from John Lewis, click here.
Classic Monopoly has kept generations on the edge of their seats since 1935 – and for good reason!
Avoid being made bankrupt by your nan in this original version of the famous (and ruthless) property board game as you compete to develop a London empire. Featuring London landmarks and the iconic dog, cat, car and boat game pieces, this classic game for two to eight players is perfect for ages eight and up. The King of board games.
Shop now at The Entertainer, click here.
Board games for the adults
5. Obama Llama
From the inventors of Linkee, Obama Llama is a weird and wonderful family party game with hundreds of rhyming charades. There’s Tom Cruise in his platform shoes, Angelina Jolie eating ravioli and of course Barack Obama riding a llama. Your job is to describe a rhyme, with your team trying to guess as many as they can in 30 seconds.
Pick up Obama Llama at John Lewis, click here.
Linkee is the super-simple, ‘shouty-outy’ family quiz game that does things a little differently to other games. It’s easy to learn, answer four questions, then work out what links those answers and shout ‘linkee’. Get it right and win a letter, win enough letters to spell LINKEE and you win the game. You don’t have to be a trivia genius to be good at Linkee, you don’t even need to know the all the answers to play along. It’s all about making connections and taking risks. It only takes two minutes to learn and 30 minutes to play, you’ll never get bored with 100s of questions inside.
We’re surrounded by logos – TV, advertising, even t-shirts. Question is, how many can you remember? This game tests your knowledge with questions and picture clues. For 2-6 players, aged 12 years upwards.
To get your game now, click here.
Accentuate is the award winning new guess-the-accent game, launched 2014. Can you copy a Cockney, mimic a Mancunian or ape an Australian? If your imitation skills are up to scratch you’ll go far with Accentuate, the new party game that will have you squirming with embarrassment! Accentuate boasts a simple yet humiliating premise, repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if team-mates can guess what it is! The worse the accent attempts are, the more hilarious the game becomes as players struggle to separate their Geordie from their German, their Scouse from their Spanish: Featuring 30 different drawls from around the globe, a third of which are home-grown British accents.
You can get Accentuate from Tesco Direct, click here now.
Board games for the kiddies
9. Scrabble Junior
10. Articulate for Kids
Articulate! For Kids from Drumond Park offers the same lively gripping fun as the grown-up version. Played in teams, the idea of the game is to describe as many card entries as possible to your teammates in 30 seconds without giving ‘begins with’ or ‘sounds like’ clues. Compiled by an educational specialist, there are 356 cards with over 2000 entries in the same 6 categories as the original Articulate!
Articulate! For Kids can be played alone or along with the adult version. It is suitable for 2-4 players and comes with playing board, sand timer, playing pieces and instructions.
Age 6 years +. Shop for yours from Hamleys online, click here.
11. 5 Second Rule Junior
5 Second Rule Junior is a quick thinking and fast-talking game with just one rule, you have to give your answers in less than 5 seconds. Sounds easy? Take it in turns to name 3 things indicated by the category title on one of the game cards under the ticking of the timer. Players can choose to duck questions or pass on tricky subjects to other players using the special ‘Pass’ and ‘Switch’ cards. It’s all in good fun as players compete to reach the finish first in this fast-paced, frenzied and fun family game suitable for 3 to 6 players.
Age 6 years +. Get yours for this Christmas from Tesco Direct, click here.
12. Cluedo Junior
Can you piece together the clues and solve the case of the missing cake in Cluedo Junior from Hasbro? The classic whodunit detective game has been given a child-friendly update in this exciting all-action board game for 2-6 players. Pick your character and race to discover who took a piece of the cake, when they took it and what they drank with it. Players roll the dice to see if they can move characters, look under those characters, or look under furniture for clues. As they find clues, they’ll eliminate choices and eventually discover what happened! Featuring youthful updates of all the classic Cluedo characters, it’s ideal for developing problem-solving and thinking skills in young minds.
Age 5 years +. Click here to order yours now from John Lewis.
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