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 similar 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. Though 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 an 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 fair 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 awesome 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 careful 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! 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