Thursday, November 18, 2010

Games Games Games

Well here it is, the start of my gift ideas. Check back every few days for some new ones.
And definitely, most definitely, if you have a favorite
game share it along with why in the comments!
(some of my favorite games)
I've arranged them by ages-ish (take that with a grain of salt)
and I've included where you can purchase said games!
Enjoy and let the games begin!!!

Young-uns and family:
  • Apples to Apples - A classic game that lets each person decide what's the silliest, slimiest, scariest, grossest, stupidest, prettiest, happiest, well you get the idea. Can be purchased at: Target, WalMart, Amazon.com.
  • Guess Who? - This is a great one for little ones who are learning how to notice categories and groups, as well as older ones who want to ask the question that will let them put down the most people. Can be purchased at: Target, WalMart, Amazon.com.
Medium-size and Family:
  • Mastermind - Love playing this with kids. A two person game where one player creates a pattern of four with 6 different colored pegs. The other person has to guess the pattern by making the pattern herself. Very much a thinking game - I've played it with 9 year olds quite successfully. It's fun! Can be purchased at: Target, WalMart, Amazon.com.
  • Scotland Yard - A fantastic game that pits players against the elusive Mr. X. Players roam around London using, taxi's, trains, and walking to capture Mr. X. A fantastic gamily game. Can be purchased at: Target, Amazon.com
Full-Grown and Family:
  • Othello - A really clever take on Tic-Tac-Toe but infinitely more fun and tricky to play. Can be purchased at: Amazon.com
  • Settlers of Catan - One of my favorites - a strategy building game. Your goal is to create the longest road and link towns together. I salute Celeste and Matt who first introduced me to this game. Whenever I play it I picture them!! Can be purchased at: Target, Amazon.com
  • The Big Idea - It's a hilarious game - you'll have to read the website description to get the full effect (please pardon the company name, but I do laugh every time I think of how their executives introduce themselves at trade shows). They also have a "where to find a place that sells this game in your area" button - use it and enjoy! There are even free downloadable games. Have a browse through their website!
  • Dominoes - You can't go wrong with Dominoes - so many ways to play them. Click here to learn how to play.
Two fantastic puzzle and game manufacturers are Pressman Toys and Ravensburger (click on either name and it will take you to their site where you can find oodles and gobs of new and wonderful games) look for them in your local puzzles and games store. If you don't have a local shop well, Target and the Internet are the next best thing!!

6 comments:

trentathon said...

I love Othello

emily snyder said...

have you heard of sedarach?? it is the opposite of charades - an entire group acts out a word/phrase and one person from the team guesses - it is hilarious!!!

Sara said...

I can't wait for more of your gift ideas, sis! The best game I have ever played, which I just discovered over the summer, is called Telestrations. It's a mix between Telephone and Pictionary, and is absolutely hilarious. You can play with as few as 4 people and as many as 16 if you play two per team. You can find it at Barnes and Noble or specialty game stores. I would so love to play it with you some time. Come to Utah!

Jennifer said...

I love playing Guess Who!! (yes, my age has two digits...)

EmiG said...

Let's see...We like strategy games like Carcassone, San Juan and Puerto Rico, Alhambra, and Ticket to Ride (the US and Europe versions).

I don't care much for Settlers, though Gene really likes it, but there's a "pre-settlers" game called Candamir that we enjoy.

Love the negotiation and trade-offs required by Bohnanza.

Munchkin, Quelf and Loaded Questions are just hilarious - and great as get-to-know-you games, too.

Anything that has the German award for "Spiel des Jahres" (Game of the Year) is a good bet, as is just about anything by Rio Grande Games or Alan R. Moon (Days of Wonder).

Liv said...

Get one of the expansions for Settlers of Catan, like Cities and Knights. You will never go back to regular Settlers. I second Puerto Rico, and Ticket to Ride - and the whole German game award thing. Power Grid is pretty fun. There's another game I absolutely loved and cannot for the life of me remember the name.