Welcome to BoardGameKing, my friends! The New Year’s holidays and Christmas are coming to our homes and families. We prepared this special Christmas TOP 10 of board games to entertain you and your guests! Let’s go!
Best board games for Happy New Year
10. Apples to Apples
4-10 Players • Ages 12+ • 30 minutes to play
The party game Apples to Apples has two decks of cards which are called Things and Descriptions. Each round a player takes a Description card with adjective from the deck and then the other players choose the Thing card in their hands that best matches the description of adjective and play them face-down on the table. The active player reveals these cards and chooses the Thing card that best matches the Description card. Then he gives which that Thing card. This player now is the new active player for the next round and everything starts again with him. The game’s object is to play «red apple» as more as possible!
2-4 Players • Ages 6+ • 60 minutes to play
This game is based on the traditional middle-eastern game called Okey. It was created in the 1930s and sold until the late 1970s.
So, you try to throw all of your tiles by forming numbers into runs of 3 tiles or more. The colors of the numbers on the tiles are like card suits and this game may start rather uneventfully, but when the players put more and more tiles in the game, the variations for the upcoming turns can be more complex and different!
8. Smart Ass
2-12 Players • Ages 14+ • 30 minutes to play
Smart Ass is the unique party game for 2 to 12 players where everybody plays every turn. This game doesn’t take hours to play and even if you are a “Dumb Ass” you have a lot of chances to win!
There are four categories of questions: Who am I? Where am I? What am I? and Hard Ass! 500 questions are formulated into lots of clues. These clues get easy as the question is being read out but don’t wait too long to answer as the first person to give the right answer owns the round and moves closer to the Smart Ass. If you give the wrong answer you are out for this round and you have to wait ’till the next question is asked!
7. Game for Fame
4-16 Players • Ages 13+ • 30-90 minutes to play
Game For Fame is a wonderful party board game that has Amazon reviewers Laughed Out Loud! How you gonna play? It’s easy! There are no complicated rules or boring instructions. You need to get into teams, take the Money Maker card and start your struggle for fame and fortune!
Just like the real world of showbiz, YOU DON’T NEED ANY TALENT TO REACH SUCCESS!
2-8 Players • Ages 8+ • 180 minutes to play
This game was actually one of a number of variants of the 1904 game by Elizabeth J. Magie called The Landlord’s Game. Magie was a proponent of the Single Tax put forth by famous author Henry George. This game was designed to show the bad sides of earning money from renting land and the virtues of the proposed Single Tax – players could choose to play under regular rules or alternate “Single Tax” rules.
2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 25 minutes to play
Hanabi is a cooperative game in which players are trying to make the perfect fireworks show. The card deck has five different colors of cards which are numbered from 1 to 5. For each color players try to place a row in the correct order from 1 to 5. In this game you hold your cards so that they can be visible only to other players. To assist other players in playing a card you must give them hints according to the numbers or the colors of their cards.
2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 15 minutes to play
Players draw cards until someone takes an exploding kitten card and loses the game! The deck is made of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw which forces your opponent to draw multiple cards or shuffle the deck. The game gets more and more interesting with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck show a bigger chance of drawing the kitten!
3. Flick ‘Em Up
2-10 Players • Ages 7+ • 30 minutes to play
The cities in the West are not the safe places to be. In the disc-flicking game Flick ’em Up! you can become a bandit and rob banks, free prisoners, attack innocent bystanders… or you could become the Sheriff and try to save the people of your city from these hoodlums! You can follow the scenarios or create them. It’s for you to choose, cowboy!
4-16 Players • Ages 10+ • 60 minutes to play
Cranium is a game for your mind. Players have to complete the activities in each of four sections to win. They are:
- Creative Cat: A player must clue a word to his or her teammates by drawing it, sculpting it in clay, or drawing it with his or her eyes closed.
- Data Head: A variety of trivia questions.
- Word Worm: Players unscramble words, spell challenging words, guess definitions, identify words with letters left out, or spell words backwords.
- Star Performer: players must whistle a song, impersonate a celebrity, or act out a clue.
1. Trivial Pursuit
2-24 Players • Ages 12+ • 90 minutes to play
The board consists of a circular track with spaces of seven different colors. Six of them correspond to the question categories while the last color gives a new dice roll. Players roll a die and move on the track in any direction they want. When a player stops on a color he gets a question of the according category. If the player’s answer is correct he gets a pie of the appropriate color. The correct answer on another square allows the player to roll one more time.
The BoardGameKing team wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Which game from this list will make your holidays more funny and happy? Please, leave a comment!