We all know that we are living in a digital world, but as parents, it is in our best interest that we find other ways to keep our digital kids occupied. Board games are a fantastic way through which you can help kids have a great time while at the same time educating them. Also, board games are ideal when it comes to having some good old-fashioned family time. We are already six months into 2016, and a lot has happened since the beginning of the year. Below are our picks for the best board games for families in 2016.
Best Board Games For Families
1. King of New York
The King of New York is a fast-paced yet a simple game. Unlike its harbinger, King of Tokyo, this game is quite in-depth, with a lot of decisions to be made. This game can be played by up to six players, and each game takes approximately one hour. It features a super cool artwork; it is just fun. The game also comes with six new monsters to play, buildings to stomp, and military units to supplicate. The main aim of this game is to overcome other monsters and rule the King of New York.
- For 2-6 players
- 60 minute playing time
- Incredible Artwork By Regis Torres
While Sapiens is undeniably among the shorter games (has approximately forty minutes playtime), this does not make it any less awesome. This game is fun, and the best part? It can be played by up to four players! Generally, the players will guide their people while hunting, gathering, and interacting with other nomads. After the game, the players make a comparison of their domains, and the one having the most points in the weaker domain takes the lead.
- For 2-4 Players
- 40 minute playing time
- Match tiles like dominos to create a safe path across the valley
This game has a high replay value and direct interactions of players, and this explains why it has quickly risen in the ranks and why we added it to our list of the best board games for families in 2016. In this game, players assume the role of an overly ambitious demigod attempting to get a spot on Mount Olympus. To achieve this, the players will need to recruit heroes, undertake quests and acquire artifacts so as to earn the favor of the gods. This game is well-designed with great graphics, and it’s worth every penny.
- Great replay value
- Card drafting mechanics that allows for different powers and combinations
- Fast paced direct player interactions
4. Sheriff of Nottingham
This game is fun to play, engaging and social. Players need to bluff, bribe and negotiate on deals, hence it is a good game for laughs. In this game, players take turns playing the Sheriff while the others act as merchants and attempt to sneak in goods into the city. The player who acts as a Sheriff has the responsibility to keep the city clean since there is always the possibility that contraband may be snuck in.
- 1st game in the new, exclusive, Dice Tower Essentials line of games
- A Social game of bluffing, bribery and negotiation
- A fun and engaging game that is sure to keep everyone guessing, bluffing, and laughing out loud
5. Catan 5th Edition
The Catan 5th Edition is an updated version of Settlers of Catan. This game has simplified and clarified the rules in the Settlers of Catan. It is best when played by four players, and it will for sure make and break friendships. This game features updated graphics, and it has a lot of replay value. Literally, it is one of the best games ever made. It is a great choice when you need something cool for your kids.
- The incredibly popular, multi award winning civilization building board game of harvesting and trading resources
- Players control their own civilization and look to spread across a modular hex board in a competition for victory points
- Beware the robber’s nefarious plans as he steals resources and plunders the wealthy
What did you think of our list of the best board games for families? Awesome? Boring? Other ideas to add? Whatever it is, we’d love to get your feedback! If you are looking more for a one on one game to play with the kids, have a look at the Klask Board Game.