Go Away Monster! – Introduction to Gaming for Your Little Monsters

Go Away Monster! The game where little kids get rid of the monsters for good!

Friends ask me on a regular basis about good games for very young children or children who have learning impairments. How can you have a game that’s fun without counting or even color matching? Go Away Monster from Gamewright shows us how to have a game that’s engaging for little ones, without being too lengthy or difficult. Learning how to

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Untold: The Best Stories are in your Mind

Untold: Adventures Await - all components

At The Family Gamers, we’re always looking for a game we can tuck into a pocket or a purse, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice while waiting for food at a restaurant or stuck waiting for someone unexpectedly. Rory’s Story Cubes is the perfect example of this kind of game. However, as much as our family enjoys

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The Mansky Caper – An Offer You Can’t Defuse!

Ken Franklin's The Mansky Caper

It was a big night for our family – the night we finally showed the world we were deserving of respect. We were tired of Al Mansky (the richest mobster in the country) getting all the glory – and hogging all the loot. Al was out of town, and had left all his loot stashed in his mansion. No guards,

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SNAP Review – Chupacabra: Survive the Night

Chupacabra: Survive the Night

In Chupacabra: Survive the Night, you use your chupacabra dice to steal other players’ animals. Listen to our snap review in less than 5 minutes, or read on below. This review is of the second edition of Chupacabra: Survive the Night, published by Steve Jackson Games. The game was designed by David Blanchard, Brian Frodema, and John Jacobsen.

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Mutants The Card Game: Survival of the Fightest

Mutants The Card Game

Bring your band of the biggest baddest mutants to the brouhaha and see whose arsenal of freaks can crush the competition in the arena.  Whose mutants are fittest to fight the best together? Breed and fight your way to victory in Mutants: The Card Game, from Sen-Foong Lim and Jessey Wright, published by Lucky Duck Games.        

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Viral: Sick Fun

Viral by MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders

Ever thought about the viruses and bacteria that get you sick? They’re fighting back against your body’s immune system to grow and reproduce. In Viral, you play as a species of virus, spreading out to infect as many organs as you can. This unique area control game from MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders is a Dice Tower Essentials pick, and it’s

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Chronicles of Crime: Investigating Game Changing Brilliance

Chronicles of Crime Box

It isn’t often that a board game is released that changes game mechanics in a dramatic, noticeable way. These games are exciting, remarkable, and iconic. They often capture the essence of their predecessors but with unique twists that leave players wanting more. Chronicles of Crime is one of these games.

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Dinosaur Tea Party – Delightful Dino Deduction

Dinosaur Tea Party: dinosaurs, teacup, board game

You’ve been invited to Dinoton Abbey for high tea; one of the most exclusive invites in all of Britain. Adorned in your finest attire, you stroll into the party and survey the room. Everyone is catching up on all the latest gossip and worldly affairs, while sipping tea and eating glorious cakes. Suddenly panic strikes you, you forgot everyone’s name!

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Evolution: The Beginning – Stunted Growth

Evolution: The Beginning

There aren’t very many kids who don’t spend some section of their childhood absolutely fascinated by ancient creatures. As they’ll tell you, it’s nearly impossible to talk about these beasts without considering the reality of their extinction. It’s also nearly impossible to talk about them without talking about evolution. The evolution of species is at the core of a family

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SNAP Review: Fanzy – Quick Dice for Sports Fans

MLB Fanzy

Fanzy is a sports-based speed dice-rolling game from Andy Geremia. Published by MasterPieces, it’s available in MLB, NFL, and NHL editions. Listen to our SNAP review of Fanzy in just 6 minutes, or read on below. Fanzy is similar to Brew Dice, another dice game by Andy Geremia. Pick a card, all players simultaneously race to roll their dice to

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Mmm! – Cooperative Family Fun

Mmm! game by Reiner Knizia

When your youngest gamers are still struggling with the basics of taking turns and matching pictures, it’s hard to find games that work for the whole family. Cooperative games can help, but there are few that balance ease of play with satisfying strategy. In Mmm!, you and your fellow players play the roles of mice stealing food from the pantry.

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Sumer: Mesopotamia in Real Time

Sumer

My last review mentioned video game styling on a board game – how about the reverse: a board game that you play on a video game system? Sumer is a real-time worker placement game for up to 4 players, played on PC (Steam Early Access) or Nintendo Switch. Because it is technically a video game, players do not have to

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SNAP Review: Shaky Manor

Shaky Manor: The Tilted Treasure Hunt

Shaky Manor is a unique dexterity game from Blue Orange Games. Also known as Panic Mansion outside the United States, Shaky Manor is a race for 2-4 players to shake and shimmy their box “house” to get items into the right room. There are two modes to play, and both are controlled by a deck of double-sided cards. One side

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