Box of Rocks & Parent Quiz: Trivia Games the Whole Family Can Play

Box of Rocks, The Parent Quiz

Summer is here, and with it comes car trips, family gatherings, and other situations where a typical board game isn’t a great choice. What about a simple trivia game, or two?

Box of Rocks and Parent Quiz are both simple trivia games published by Haywire Group. Both can be played in just a few minutes, and encourage discussion among the players. Which one is right for your family?

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Hoyle Play games: Catch’n Fish, Sharks are Wild, Piggy Bank

Hoyle

Hoyle, the familiar name in playing cards, is introducing its own line of original card games for kids, under the brand name Hoyle Play. Their motto is “fun with room for a lesson”. The Family Gamers were given three of these games to try. All three reinforce early math skills, but are they fun enough to keep playing?

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Cardventures: Stowaway 52 and Jump Ship!

Cardventures

Stowaway 52 and Jump Ship! inaugurate the new Cardventures series from GameWright. Do these solitaire, choose-your-own-adventure story games live up to their promise?

In Stowaway 52, you have stowed away on an alien spaceship. You’re trying to escape, but first will you spy on the aliens to discover their plans for earth, or sabotage their spaceship on your way out?

In Jump Ship! you are a pirate captain. Do you defend your own ship from rivals, or raid their ships for booty? If your nemesis confronts you, will you face them head-on, or jump overboard into shark-infested waters? » Read more

Santa’s Little Helpers and the Ice Cube Jam

Despite the name, Santa’s Little Helpers and the Ice Cube Jam is not a rap group that only does Christmas songs. No! It’s a cute, holiday-themed game, appropriate for all ages. You are an elf, one of “Santa’s Little Helpers”. You are collecting sets of blue, green, and clear “ice cubes” that Santa uses to make jam. The first player to deliver 3 complete sets (2 sets for 5-6 players), wins!

Ice Cube Jam is billed as a short, quick-to-learn game that is fun and engaging for everyone. The point may be to deliver supplies for jam, but does Ice Cube Jam deliver on fun? Let’s take a look! » Read more