10 Games for Happy Holidays!

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10 Games for Happy Holidays!

Why not keep the goodwill going, the holidays happy and the family feeling festive with some screen free time and tabletop gaming! Here's a selection of games just perfect for whiling away some cold and wintery afternoons.

1. Forbidden Desert

Image of Forbidden Desert

Forbidden Desert is a co-operative game for up to 5 players. Players must work together to find the parts of the flying machine they need to escape the shifting sands. Each player has a role which brings a unique skill to the team.

  • No. of Players: 2-5
  • Age Suitability: Age 8 & up
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 45 – 60 minutes
  • Price: ~£20-25. Available in local game shops or online.

2. Codenames Pictures

Codenames Pictures

Players split into teams. One player from each team takes on the role of Spymaster. The game is then on, for each spymaster to give clues to their team-mates to identify secret agents, but beware! Incorrect guesses can lead to aiding an enemy agent on an opposing team, or encountering the assassin!

 

  • No. of Players: 4-8+
  • Age Suitability: Age 10+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Price: ~£20  Available in local game shops or online

3. NMBR9

Family fun with NMBR9

NMBR9 is a clever game of shapes, tessellation and planning. Players must take number tiles as determined by a set of cards, and arrange them to score points. Tiles directly on the table score no points, and more points are scored the higher numbers are placed. This is quick to learn, and great for pattern spotting!

  • No. of Players: 1-4
  • Age Suitability: Age 8+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Price: ~£25  Available in local game shops or online

4. Yogi

Yogi being played

Yogi is a quick, fun game. I’ve never played this without ending up in fits of giggles. Players take a card each turn which will instruct the player e.g. “left hand always above right”, or “one hand on knee” in a kind of card-based table top twister! 

  • No. of Players: 3+
  • Age Suitability: 
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Price: ~£2  Available in local game shops or online http://yogi-thegame.com/en/home/

5. The Chameleon

The Chameleon

Bluffing and deduction fun! Can you, as the chameleon, work out the secret word without revealing your identity? Or, can you work out who the chameleon is without giving away the secret word?

  • No. of Players: 3 – 8
  • Age Suitability: 14+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 10-15 minutes
  • Price: ~£25  Available in local game shops, some major retailers or online

6. Sushi Go! / Sushi Go Party

Can you collect the best combination of sushi as it passes you on the belt? Score points for maxing out the maki or selecting sets of sashim. Really make your nigiri zing by adding a dash of wasabi! Cards are passed around the table, select one from each set as they pass. Choose to improve your sets, or block other people from higher scores … the choice is yours! Puddings are a bonus at the end!

  • No. of Players: 2-5 (note: this can be up to 8 with Sushi Go Party!) 
  • Age Suitability: 8+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Price: ~£15  Available in local game shops or online

7. Rhino Hero

Tower building in Rhino Hero

Fun, dexterity based building game. Build walls, build a roof, balance the rhino … see who can use all their roof cards first without toppling the tower! Force other players to take extra roof tiles, or change the direction of play to keep people on their toes! 

  • No. of Players: 2-5 
  • Age Suitability: 4+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 5-10 minutes
  • Price: ~£15  Available in local game shops or online

8. Colour Brain

Colour Brain

Super fun quiz, where all the answers are colours. Each player has their own set of coloured cards. 

Can you be the only person to answer correctly for a point?  

Answers can be a single colour or a combination, just to keep you thinking!

  • No. of Players: 3-8
  • Age Suitability: 8+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: ~30 minutes
  • Price: ~£25  Available in local game shops, some major retailers or online

9. Happy Salmon

Happy Salmon

Crazy, noisy, fast-paced fun! High Five, Pound It, Switcheroo, or “Happy Salmon” your way to victory by finding another player who need the same action as you.

  • No. of Players: 3-6
  • Age Suitability: 6+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: <5 minutes
  • Price: ~£10-15  Available in local game shops or online

10. Bananagrams

Bananagrams

Great for fans of word games. Bananagrams allows you to create your own “scrabble” style grid of words. The objective is to be the first to complete words when the “bunch” of letters has been depleted. As each player is making their own grid, words can be at each players individual level.

  • No. of Players: 1-8
  • Age Suitability: 7+
  • Complexity: Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Price: ~£12  Available in local game shops or online

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