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7 Great Gift Games for the Whole Family

7 Great Gift Games for the Whole Family!

1. Evolution – Evolution is a game about making and evolving animals species into the best they can be! This is a resource management game for 2-6 players. The game is appropriate for ages 12+ due to lots of small tokens and other pieces to keep track of, and takes about an hour to play. The objective is to collect as many food tokens as possible by populating your species and giving them traits that allow them to forage for more food and protect them from carnivorous predators! The game is simevolution-layoutilar to the popular Catan, where players need as many resources as possible to flourish, and also similar to poker or other card games, where it involves players contributing food resources to the watering hole “pot” and bluffing what trait cards they may have to evolve their species with. The game is especially great for any animal or science lover you may know, as it brings in many topics and tropes they may enjoy. This is a nice, more casual game, that really feels like you are creating and evolving your very own animal species. One of the best parts is playing it for the first time or with new friends and figuring out what helps your species survive best and seeing how you can creatively mix and match abilities to give your animals an edge! This game is available in our European board game section, along with its expansions “Evolution: Flight” and “Evolution: Climate” that bring in flying abilities and weather related conditions to the game! – Greg Peck, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

2. Ticket to Ride – Ticket to Ride is a game for people aged 8 and up where you attempt to build and link rail lines across a map of the US (other maps are available). It suits 2-5 players and takes between half-an-hour to an hour to play. Thouticket to ridegh it might be more challenging for small children, it is easy to pick up and is a simple and addictive game that replays moderately well over time. Different versions of the game offer alternative maps, giving the game newfound freshness with expanded purchasing. I enjoyed the nuanced strategy of linking different railways to meet ultimate objectives while simultaneously trying to figure out and prohibit my opponents from meeting theirs. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

3. Dastardly Dirigibles – Professor Phineas Edmund Hornswoggle, famed airship builder, is retiring and you are anDastardly Dirgibles engineer competing to inherit the Hornswoggle factory! Build your airship from different parts of nine beautiful suits, while also using special cards to your advantage or to thwart your opponents. The round ends when the first airship is complete — but you score only the suit used most in your airship. The player with the highest score after three rounds wins! For ages 8+ and 2-5 Players! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Marketing Manager

4. World’s Fair 1893 – The World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago was a spectacular international exhibition that showcased many great achievements in science, technology, culture, and entertainment. Acting as organizers of the fair, players work diligently to increase their influence throughout the faWorld's Fairir and obtain the grand exhibits that will be put on display. The organizer who has earned the best reputation when the fair begins will emerge the victor! On each turn of World’s Fair 1893, the active player sends a supporter to one of the five areas and gather all of the cards by it. New cards are then added to some of the areas, and the next player takes a turn. The five areas represent sections of exhibits, like Fine Arts and Electricity. Some cards represent exhibit proposals in one of those five areas, others represent influential people who give you bonus supporters, and other cards represent tickets for attractions and concessions along the Midway. 2-4 Players, Ages 10+ – Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Manager

5. Betrayal at House on the Hill – My pick for a family fun game would be Betrayal at the House on the Hill. The game is slightly complicated but can be learned easily. What is awesomBetrayal at House on the Hille about the game is that it it is a tile laying game, and it is different every time. Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, Betrayal at House on the Hill is ideal for parties, family gatherings or casual fun with friends. Secretly, one of the characters betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late! Betrayal at House on the Hill will appeal to any game player who enjoys a fun, suspenseful, and strategic game. Betrayal at House on the Hill includes detailed game pieces, including character cards, pre-painted plastic figures, and special tokens, all of which help create a spooky atmosphere and streamline game play. The game is a blast! Ages 12+, 3-6 Players. – Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

6. Sushi Go! – In the super-fast sushi card game Sushi Go!, you are eating at a sushi restaurant and trying to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for collecting the most sushi rolls or making a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! And once you’ve eaten it all, finish your meal with all the pudding you’ve got! But be cGAMEWRIGHT-249areful which sushi you allow your friends to take; it might be just what they need to beat you!

Sushi Go! takes the card-drafting mechanism of Fairy Tale and 7 Wonders and distills it into a twenty-minute game that anyone can play. The dynamics of “draft and pass” are brought to the fore, while keeping the rules to a minimum. As you see the first few hands of cards, you must quickly assess the make-up of the round and decide which type of sushi you’ll go for. Then, each turn you’ll need to weigh which cards to keep and which to pass on. The different scoring combinations allow for some clever plays and nasty blocks. Round to round, you must also keep your eye on the goal of having the most pudding cards at the end of the game! Ages 8+, 2-5 Players, – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Manager

7. Suspend –  A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece!Suspend Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands. Ages 8+, but you can play with younger ones with modifications for their abilities.  – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Marketing Manager

 

7 Great Gift Games for Teens!

7 Great Gift Games for your Teenager!

1. Dominion –While there are many games which introduce similar mechanics and more intricate designs since its original release, Dominion is still the forerundominionner for the modern CCG (collectible card game) in the same vein as older, more established TCG (trading card games) such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Yugioh (to name a few). Dominion offers a twist, however, in its “deck builder” design wherein players would not come with a pre-constructed deck to play against each other, but begin with the same access to the same resources and build their decks as play went on from an all-inclusive boxed set of cards. Coupled with its randomizer mechanic for setting up each game, along with its multitudinous expansion sets, Dominion offers literally thousands of unique play experiences, becoming the perfect choice for any card game enthusiast to enjoy for years to come. – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

2. King of Toyko – King of Tokyo is a wonderful game for teens, especially those who like Godzilla movies. Players pick a giant monster, and the goal is to take control of Tokyo and destroy it. GiaKOT2-3D_Boxnt monster noises are optional. Combine your dice to gather energy, heal your monster or just slap the other monsters down! Spend your energy to trigger permanent or one-shot special powers: a second head, body armor, nova death ray…Stop at nothing to become the King of Tokyo… but that’s when the real trouble begins for you! 2-6 Players. Ages 8+ – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

3. Ascension – My favorite game for teens would have to be Ascension. It is personally one of my favorite games. It is a bit more challenging but it is easily learned. It is a deck building game in which you use hero’s to gain power and defeat monsters to win. Once you get the hang of 5tribesit is so much fun and you can move up to the more challenging expansions. The game revolves around the Center Deck that contains Heroes, Constructs, and Monsters. Players take turn recruiting Heroes or Constructs for their decks, or defeating Monsters for the Honor and other bonuses. It’s a game that is different each time you play. There are so many cards to build your deck with that it changes every time! – Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

4.  Word on the Street – Players, either individually or in teams, try to claim letter tiles from the game board. To set up the game, seventeen letter tiles (all the consonants in English other than j, q, x, and z) are placed in a strip dowwodn the center of the game board – the median strip of the street, which has two “traffic lanes” on either side of it. On a turn, one team is presented with a category such as “types of fruit” or “something a player is wearing”, and that team has thirty seconds to com
e up with an answer in that category, then move the letters in that word toward their side of the game board. Any letters in the word that are not on the game board are skipped. The first team to claim eight letter tiles wins! This game is great for teens as it challenges their spelling skills, but also encourages team work in a fun, fast paced way. – Katrina, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

 

5. Five Tribes – Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs! The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state. Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours! Designed bascensiony Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes builds on a long tradition of German-style games that feature wooden meeples. Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard “worker placement” genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.  I love this game, it involves thought, bidding and skill, though I tend to over think things! Challenge me to a game, I’ll say “yes”, but will most likely lose! – Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and  Manager

 

6. Just Desserts – Just Desserts is a relatively simple game for teens to pick up. Players are waiters attempting to get guests their favorite dessert, or at least some combination of desserts that matches all the things they like,
without giving them something they don’t like. Who can satisfy the most guests? JustDesserts_3D-Contents_smThis is a great game for playing again and again. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

7.Loonacy –  Loonacy is great game for almost anyone, because it has almost no learning curve. The goal is to match pictures on cards. There are no turns, and the first person to play all of their cards wins. Loonacy is a really quick game, so it’s great for when players don’t have a lot of time, but it caLoonacy.contents-S It’s easy enough to teach in a single sentence, and so addictive you can’t play just one game.  Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all! – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

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5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

  1.  Spot It! – Spot It is a card game for 2-4 Players and is played by matching images on cards using a 55 card deck. Each player is dealt an equivalent number of cards until they are all dealt out, and one remaining card is placed in the center of the table. Every card in the game
    matches every other card in some capacity, and players must call out “Spot It!” and place Spot It!their card i
    n the center of the table. First one to empty their hand wins. Each Spot it! comes with several game variant directions.I like this game a lot because it’s easily accessible to my three-year old daughter who can’t read AND still fun for my five-year old son who’s just figuring the whole reading thing out. The game also comes with several popular children’s licenses as alternate versions — Doc McStuffins, Frozen, and various Sports teams logos can cater to any household. It is a terrific family game. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager

 

 2.  Fluxx – My personal pick for a game for children in elementary school would be Fluxx. Fluxx has many different theme decks for all things that kids could like. There are choices from th

Fluxx 5.0emes such as of Adventure Time, The Regular Show and Wizard of Oz.  The game is for ages 8 and up, but younger ones can team up with an adult to play.Game Play is simple, there’s one rule to start: Draw one card, Play one card. You start with a hand of three cards… add the card you drew to your hand, and then choose one card to play, following the directions written on your chosen card. As cards are drawn and played from the deck, the rules of the game change from how many cards are drawn, played or even how many cards you can hold at the end of your turn. Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another.Can you achieve World Peace before someone changes the goal to Bread and Chocolate? Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

3.  Catan Junior Settlers of Catan (known these days simply as Catan) is a semi-cooperative, resource management European style board game, and arguably one of thCatan Juniore most well known in the world since its first publication in the mid 90’s. As a common staple of any game group, it’s no surprise that Catan Junior would be a great jumping on point for you
nger players just starting in their foray into board gaming. Bearing the same core mechanics as its predecessor, Junior offers a simplified ruleset and quicker gameplay to allow your youths to enjoy the same feel as Catan before diving into its more complex and engaging experience of the full version.  Catan Junior takes families with children (ages 6 and up) to a place quite different from Catan as we know it. There are no “settlers”. Instead, the players slip into the role of pirates who build their hideouts – called pirates’ lairs – all over the islands and set sail to find new places and build more pirates’ lairs there.  – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

4. Happy Salmon – Happy Salmon was released in the Spring of 2016 and is quickly becoming hugely popular. It has been highlighted i

Happy Salmon Card Gamen some major Family Magazines. It’s the “High-Fivin’, Fin-Flappin’” Card Game for ages 6 and up. Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!  This game is great for all ages.  It gets players up out of their chairs and moving around.  It makes you think on your feet (literally and figuratively) and is a great gift because the “FINtastically” unique and cute fish pouch makes Happy Salmon perfect to take to camp, on vacation, or if you are simply traveling upstream. –  Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner & Marketing Manager

 

5.  Simon’s Cat – This fast-paced card game for 3 to 6 players ages 6 and up features adorable art taken directly from animator and illustrator Simon Tofield’s YouTube series, Simon’s Cat, which has hundreds of millions of views.In this silly, fast paced game which is similar to Uno, you are a cat! You do cat things, but don’t get caught! Blame everyone else. MatSimon's Cat Card Game

ch the cards to make mischief and pass the blame, but don’t let Simon catch you.This game involves color and number matching, so the ability to read is not necessary, yet it requires skill to know when to play the correct cards to not end up getting caught. It’s fun for the whole family and with it’s compact size makes a great stocking stuffer. -Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner& Manager

 

 

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