Top Ten Family Board Games – 2013 Update posted by Play Board Games

Play Board Games updated their “Top 10 Family Board Games” list. I’ve played a lot of those games (and several of the honorable mention ones) and I … mostly agree with the choices. Do you agree? Which do you feel were left off the list that should be there?


From the post:

My list of the Top Ten Family Board Games was last updated in 2011. I have been introduced to many new family games. I define a family board game as one that is easy to learn, fairly quick to play and accessible to a variety of ages. I only put games on the list that I have played.

  • I don’t agree with King of Tokyo getting all of the talk and high rankings.

    Even though it’s easily accessible to kids, the game just doesn’t play well because it is so boring and games can end in two or three turns.

    I own it, played it once with my 7 and 12 year old, and haven’t looked back.

    There is no replayability and there really isn’t any strategy involved.


    • Soulfinger

      Thanks for the warning about King of Tokyo. You are my personal GI Joe service announcement. The top 10 got me intrigued, but looking at the components still had me perched on the fence. Now, I know.

  • To be honest, Varagon, you’re the first dissenting view I’ve heard on King of Tokyo. It’s a game I’ve not yet played, but have been intrigued by, mostly because of all the good I’ve heard about it from others.

    And for the list, I’m surprised Blokus only got an honorable mention. I think it’s a fantastic game for just about everyone.

    • Definitely, and I don’t understand why, except for the enjoyment of playing with your kids and family, maybe.

      If you roll your dice in round 1, take all the points (stars), take your re-roll of the dice that aren’t stars, keep those dice on the re-roll that end up stars, then you can potentially win by the end of your second turn, and definitely in your 3rd turn after your reroll. I’ll have to dig the game out to verify that 2nd round win, but if I remember correctly, it’s possible.

      The power cards take so long to buy and use that the game is over before you have a chance to buy them. Especially if you just take the points each roll instead of trying to get energy to buy the powers.

      I do agree with a lot of people that it’s easily accessible to younger players, which is fine. It gets them gaming and at the table with friends and family.

      It just didn’t sit well with me and mine. But, as PB says, I’m about the only one that has anything dissenting to say, so maybe I”m just abnormal?

      • I wouldn’t say “abnormal.” At least, you’re not any more abnormal than anyone else that comments to these threads.

        And “what games do you like” is a 100% subjective question and nobody is going to have the exact same answer.

        It’s honestly that subjectivity that keeps me from putting ratings and rankings in the reviews that I do (which is a subjective decision, in and of itself) because I know some gamers are going to like certain things about games that I don’t like and vice-versa.

        That being said, I do always find it interesting to hear what people do and don’t like about a game and how they rank their favorites. Getting other people’s perspective on a game helps me with my own perspective. They may point out something that I’d not really thought about before and I’ve changed my mind on several games after having conversations about them with others.

      • jason

        Sorry but I am confused. What stars? My dice show a claw, lightning bolt, heart and the numbers 1, 2, or 3. To score VPs you need at least a set of three of the same number. For each extra number you add to the set it adds 1 VP. So rolling three 3s is 3VPs, rolling five 2s is 4VPs. Even with six 3s (which is highly unlikely to be rolled) you can only score 18VPs in 3 rounds. Maybe you have some of the scoring rules wrong. We rarely see someone win via VPs usually it is a beat down.

  • jason

    I can understand the knock on King of Tokyo for its lack of strategy. But I still think it is really accessible and my young kids can play it with me and be competitive and enjoy it. If your kids are older you might want to think of something with more meat on it.

    Again Blokus is not great for young ones as adults can usually beat them. Still a very good game though.

    I do think the list skews a bit more toward young kids since that is what I have. Maybe I’ll have to make a couple of these with age ranges…

    • I can see that about Blokus, I guess. Plus, depending on age, you might have to worry about losing the smallest pieces.