The number of new games has exploded in the last several years. There are now far too many brilliant board games coming out to keep up with them all.
To help you keep track of this ever-growing snowball of awesome, I have selected some of the best and hottest board games for 2017. Below you’ll find a selection of games the whole family will love, games ideal for pre-readers and even games for older kids to help you start a game night ritual even with your whole family.
1Candy Land Game: Disney Princess Edition (3+ years)
Will you be the first princess to dance at the Candy Land ball? Move along the sparkling Candy Land path with all of your favorite Disney Princesses – and have lots of sweet adventures along the way!
- Classic Candy Land game takes adventure to a whole new level with Disney Princesses and dancing fun
- Enjoy different levels of play for older and younger players
- For 2 to 4 players
- Gameboard comes with Card Deck, 4 Disney Princess Movers and Instructions
2HABA Orchard Game (Ages 3 to 6)
This game is a simplified variation of our classic “Orchard“ game has been adapted to suit very young players. The game material is specially designed for small children‘s hands. It will foster improved motor skills and is also totally suitable for free play. Talk with your child about the colors and shapes of the wooden pieces thus stimulating your child‘s language, auditory and creative skills as well as enhancing the joy of playing.
The four fruit-trees are full of fruit. The apples, pears, cherries, and plums are ripe and have to be picked quickly because the crafty raven is eager to pinch some tidbits.
If the players succeed in gathering all the fruit before the raven jigsaw in the middle is finished, they all win the game – together they have been quicker than the voracious raven. If the raven jigsaw is complete before all the fruit has been picked, the children lose together to the quick raven.
3Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
Race around town solving mysteries! How many objects can you find? Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a fun-filled race around Busytown to solve mysteries and find hidden objects. Drive through lively city streets, an activity-filled farm, an action-packed airport, and a bustling harbor full of silly boats. There’s much to discover on this gigantic, colorful game board that’s over six feet long! As players race through Busytown, they’ll team up every time someone lands on Goldbug—leaving no corner of the board unexplored as they discover hidden objects and race toward Picnic Island. With hundreds of objects to find this game provides hours of fun while building confidence each time a child says, “I found it!”
Pig Will and Pig Won’t are on a mission to eat all the food on Picnic Island! Using the illustrated, over six-foot long game board, you’ll work as a team to make it to Picnic Island before they eat the food! Work together with other players to find hidden objects like buckets, traffic lights, flags, or ladders! Everyone gets a chance to say, “I Found It!”—the faster you find the hidden objects the faster you’ll move!
4Soggy Doggy Board Game (Ages 4 to 6)
Who will get soaked first? Find out when you play Soggy Doggy, the showering, shaking, wet doggy game! Move your players around the board and take turns bathing this pup. But be careful! He loves to shake himself dry. If Soggy Doggy shakes all over you, wipe yourself off and head back to the start. The first one around the board wins! This anticipation-filled game of splishy splashy fun is great for kids and adults alike. So gather the family and get ready for a hilarious and exciting time with Soggy Doggy!
Soggy Doggy is the showering, shaking, doggy bathing game for kids and the whole family. Players roll the die and move their playing pieces around the game board, taking turns washing Soggy Doggy. But watch out! You never know when he will shake to dry off… and you’ll get a little wet! First one around the board and back to the doggy basket wins.
5Hasbro Games Toilet Trouble (5 years and up)
Which flush will cause the gush? Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water! The number that turns up on the paper roll spinner dictates how many times each player must flush. Players are safe if they hear the flushing sound, but no water is sprayed. Who knows which flush will be the one that sprays water, eliminating that player? Continue taking turns spinning the roll and flushing until one player has not been sprayed. That player wins the game!
The Toilet Trouble game is filled with suspense and excitement–and someone is going to get the spray! No special skills required, no keeping score; it’s a family-fun game that’s filled with suspense…and a spray of water. The unit is easy to set up and put away, and with every flush comes toilet flushing sound effects.
6Yeti in My Spaghetti (4 years and up)
Who knew yetis liked spaghetti?!? We did! In this wacky, fun game, the noodles are laid across the bowl and Yeti is just sitting there on the noodles. But as you remove the noodles one by one (be careful!), Yeti could fall into the bowl, and that would mean you lose! For 2 or more players.
The simple gameplay has an amusing theme that kids and families love! Whoever pictured a yeti in spaghetti? It’s just too fun! Put the noodles across the bowl, set Yeti on top, then start pulling noodles! Just don’t let Yeti fall all the way into the bowl!
7Egged On Game (5 years and up)
The Egged On is a twist on the popular egg roulette challenge in which players try to avoid getting wet by the cracked egg. It’s a hilarious and suspenseful game in which players spin the spinner, follow the commands, and press their luck. Players take turns picking plastic eggs and pressing them on their heads. Some of the eggs are filled with water and players never know which one they’ve got in their hand. If a player presses an egg against their head and it splashes water, they’re out. The last player left in the game wins.
Get family and friends together and break out the Egged On game! It’s a suspenseful, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud party game. Get ready for plenty of laughs as players compete to be the last one left without getting wet. Choose one egg at a time, not knowing whether it will be filled with water or not. Choose carefully! Once an egg is chosen, it has to be used. Who will be the last one left in this showdown?
8Hasbro Gaming-Pie Face! (3 years and up)
The hilarious Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get surprised! Players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge, then take turns sliding their heads through the mask and spinning the spinner. But, watch out! The game unit could go off at any time giving someone a face full of whipped cream! (Whipped cream not included.)
The simple Pie Face game brings friends and family together for lots of laugh-out-loud fun. First, players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge. Then, they take turns sliding their heads through the mask and spinning the spinner. Players turn the handle the number of times indicated on the spinner and the tension on the arm builds. Then, suddenly someone gets whipped cream in the face!
9HedBanz Game (Ages 7 to 9)
Spice up your family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy. In a group of two to six players, you’ll draw an identity card for an animal, food, or common object but with one catch–everyone but you will see the card, displayed by the headband on your forehead. The goal is to deduce who or what you are by asking the players questions before the clock runs out.
Hedbanz is not only fun, but inherently educational. Kids will flex their deductive reasoning skills with the game’s simple question-and-answer premise. By making connections and coming up with questions that will lead to answers, kids will also practice creative critical thinking skills.
10Googly Eyes Game (7 years and up)
Googly Eyes is the hilarious family game that challenges your vision and leaves you googling for more! Put on the zany, vision-altering google eyeglasses and start to draw while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress?
Players take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses. The glasses come with three sets of lenses that range from mild changes to mind-blowing fun, so no one can see (or draw) straight–your vision will bounce off of the lenses. Googly Eyes is a fun twist on classic drawing games that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete on equal terms since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone. Unlike any other drawing game you don’t need to be an artist, and the rules are simple. Just roll the die and move–the space you land on tells you which color lenses to use (easy, medium, or hard). Then pick a card, set the timer, and start drawing. If your team guesses correctly you get to roll and move again; if not, then you stay where you are on the board. The first team to reach Finish wins.
11Spot It (7 years and up)
The Smash Hit Party Game. Spot it! is the addictive, feverishly fun matching game for every generation. The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go tin. Including up to eight players, Spot it! is a cinch to learn, plays fast, and is irresistibly fun for all ages. Once you “spot”, the fun doesn’t stop. Simple to learn, a challenge to win.
With five games in one, the fun never has to stop! Players can challenge each other in a race for the most cards in The Tower or try to get rid of all their cards in The Well. Hot Potato has players handing their cards off to each other as quickly as possible.
12Qwirkle Board Game (6 years an up)
An addictive strategy game in the tradition of Sequence, Scrabble, and Othello, the Qwirkle Board Game from MindWare has a simple, straightforward premise: match tiles and win points. But the real joy of the game lies in plotting and scheming your way to victory.
Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six colors. Using the blocks, players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share the same shape or color. The simple setup makes this an instant winner for younger kids, while adults will enjoy strategizing to win.
13Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats (7 years and up)
In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.
14Mouse Trap Game (6 years and up)
Build a better mousetrap? We dare you. Naturally, the object is to trap mice in the mousetrap, while avoiding getting trapped. By rolling the die, you proceed around the game board, collecting cheese pieces and building a mousetrap bit by bit. Once complete, you set the wheels in motion, as it were, to try to capture the opposition’s mice. But this is no ordinary trap.
With this contraption you start by turning the crank, that rotates the gears, that push the lever, that moves the shoe, that kicks the bucket, that sends the ball down the stairs and into the gutter, that leads to the rod that releases a second ball, that falls through the bathtub and onto the springboard, that catapults the diver into the washtub, that causes the cage to fall and–whew!–hopefully, capture a mouse.
15Santorini (8 years and up)
Build like a mortal, win like a God in the game of Santorini, the strategic family board game by Gordon Hamilton. The objective is simple: Be the first player to build, block, and climb your way to the top of a building three stories high.
Sounds easy? Not so fast! Santorini requires tactical manoeuvring and increases in difficulty with the addition of extra powers via “god” cards. With thousands of possibilities and unlimited replay value, each round of Santorini is exciting and new!
Unfold the beautiful game board and challenge your friends and family to construct gorgeous buildings! Both kids and adults can play this game that tests the bounds of mortal intelligence. Join the pantheon of winners in the game of Santorini!
16Sleeping Queens Card Game (8 years and up)
Imagine a place where there´s a queen of all pancakes, a king of cookies and a pack of over-protective dragons? If this sounds like something out of a dream, it actually is!
Sleeping Queens was invented by 6-year-old Miranda Evarts, who thought up the game one night when she couldn´t fall asleep. She awoke the next morning and with help from her older sister, Madeleine and her parents, Denise and Max created this wonderfully whimsical world of napping nobles. As you immerse yourself in the Evarts? fantasyland, you will find a game that helps develop memory, strategy, and elementary arithmetic skills. Just be careful when playing potion cards or you could wind up putting all the players to sleep!
HOW TO PLAY: Rise and Shine! The Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell and it’s your job to wake them up. Use strategy, quick thinking and a little luck to rouse these napping nobles from their royal slumbers. Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out for wicked potions and dastardly dragons! The player who wakes the most queens wins.
17Dixit (8 years and up)
Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell? Dixit is the lovingly illustrated game of creative guesswork, where your imagination unlocks the tale. In this award-winning board game, players will use the beautiful imagery on their cards to bluff their opponents and guess which image matches the story. Guessing right is only half the battle – to really succeed, you’ll have to get your friends to decide that your card tells the story!
Every turn, the storyteller will call out a short phrase or word to match the image on his card. Then each player will choose the card that most closely matches that phrase, and then everyone must guess which card the storyteller saw when he invented his brief tale. Correctly guess the storyteller’s card, and you’ll move ahead. Convince everyone else that your card is best, and you’ll do even better.
Dixit is a wonderfully simple game, playable by nearly anyone with whom you share a common language. With a fantastic range of beautiful illustrations and rules that can be understood by children and adults alike, Dixit will appeal to anyone with an imagination.
18Ticket To Ride (8 years and up)
October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own.
The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.
The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.
19Sushi Go! (8 years and up)
We’re huge fans of eating sushi here at Gamewright HQ, so it came as little surprise that we instantly fell in love with this “delicious” sushi-themed card game. Inventor Phil Walker-Harding created a unique and immediately approachable take on card drafting that makes for a game that’s easy to learn, quick to play, and yet engaging for all ages. Just like a great meal at a sushi bar, this game will have you coming back for more time and time again!
Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!
20Greed Board Game (10 years and up)
Greed Board Game,
Greed: A game by Donald X. Vacation for 2-‐5 players. America. The late 60’s. Following the Beat generation, hippies and the counter culture dominate the street scene now. So peace, love and understanding rule the day? Yeah right.
Not everyone chooses to reject materialism. As post-‐war immigration and migration change the demographics of the US, gangs re-‐emerge as a form of identification, protection and ultimately. Wealth.
The gang conflicts aren’t just driven by territory. They are also driven by business opportunities. Gang bosses invest more and more into legal business affairs, but don’t hesitate to unleash their thugs on the competition to gain an advantage. You are not the good guy this time.
The stakes are high and your competitors are enemies – in the boardroom and on the street. It’s gangland war and only Greed that counts! Make sure that you get your share of the city’s wealth by any means legal or otherwise.