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The Best Family Board Games on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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While we’ve written about lots of games before — including the best adult board games, the best two-player board games, and the best four-player board games — here, we’ve rounded up the best family board games, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Since everyone is sheltering in place — and playing games with their family — at home during the pandemic, the demand for board games has increased, and stock has been constantly fluctuating at Amazon, so some of these, which we’ve noted below, are only available through third-party sellers.

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Best-rated family board game

Exploding Kittens Card Game
$20

“It’s safe to say you’ve never played a game like this before,” writes one of the over 9,500 five-star reviewers of Exploding Kittens. One customer describes it “like Russian roulette,” while another reviewer writes, “The cards are hilarious and the pictures are completely inappropriately awesome.” And lots of reviewers appreciate that the cards are as “random” as Cards Against Humanity but less crude and more family-friendly. A mother who regularly brings this game on family camping and hiking trips says, “Kids can play on the same level as adults, and they love that.” She also says that it’s the perfect antidote to holiday small talk with extended family: “Instead of listening to Uncle Fred’s latest MAGA rant, or worse, I can bring on the Exploding Kittens.” And another parent who bought it for their teenage daughter calls it “a quirky, funny, and flexible game that provides actual interaction in a light and funny way.”

Best-rated (less expensive) family board game

Hasbro Clue Game
From $6

The classic board game Clue remains a family favorite, according to reviewers. “Great family game. I don’t know how I never played this as a kid, but I play it now,” says one shopper. “Nice way to spend time together.” And lots of shoppers who did play as a kid described the fun of sharing the familiar game with their own children. “Bought this for our family game nights,” writes one. “I loved this game as a child and wanted to share it with my kids.” Another says, “This game takes me back to my youth, and I’m so glad I get to share it with my daughter. It is an awesome family game, and we really love it.”

[Editor’s note: This game is currently only available from third-party sellers.]

Best fast-paced family board game

Monopoly Ultimate Banking Board Game
$24

Almost nobody would describe regular, old Monopoly as fast, but reviewers say this ultimate version goes by way faster, where rounds can take as little as 30 minutes. “If you are tired of the never-ending original Monopoly, this is it for you,” one reviewer says. “Games can end quickly, sometimes way too soon and it makes you want to replay right away.” The differences don’t just stop at the speed of the game. Instead of cash, this version uses an electronic banking system, and some of the rules are modified from regular Monopoly. “For example, there are no hotels, and each purchased property gets 1 house,” one player explains. “The rent increases any time any player lands on the property. Instead of Chance and Community Chance Cards, there are Monopoly Cards (basically the same as the former) and Location spots that allow you to pay to move to any space on the board — you can go to a property you want to buy, a property you own to increase the rent, or move to a space near Go so you will collect on the next turn.” Even with the changes, lots reviewers say this game is just as fun as the classic. One even says, “It is one of the best purchases I have made for my family.”

Best portable family board game

Spot It!
From $13
From $13

The consensus among over 4,000 reviewers is that Spot It! is “great for all ages,” and many appreciate its portability and price as well. In fact, many adult reviewers describe this game as “fun” and “surprisingly challenging,” sharing that they keep the little tin of cards in their purse or carry-on bag to entertain impatient children on flights or in restaurants. “My son loves this game! The price was right and the tin comes in handy,” one mom writes. Another reviewer says, “It’s a very inexpensive game that’s really easy to learn. The cries of, ‘Again! Again!’ will keep you playing for hours.” And a parent of 4-year-old twins calls this matching-picture game “simple, cheap, versatile, and durable — definitely worth checking out.”

[Editor’s note: This game is currently only available from third-party sellers.]

Best board game for fine motor skills

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game (31 pcs)
$15

When you mention fine motor skills, small children come to mind. But nearly 400 satisfied reviewers confirm that this game is “seriously great fun for all ages.” Several reviewers also describe it as a “learning tool,” with one explaining, “It takes a steady hand and a careful eye for balance.” A parent of three boys says “my 14-year-old can enjoy with his friends, my 7-year-old is doing very well with it, and even my 5-year-old is happily focusing on his fine motor skills.” She continues, “The quality and durability of it make it last in a house full of boys.” And a teacher writes, “It encourages players to think about weight and balance, because they have to carefully place the pieces to make sure they don’t knock anything over.”

Classic Operation Game
From $13

Operation is another board game that focuses on fine motor skills, like Suspend, but instead of balancing items, you’re learning to steady your hand as you retrieve items from the divots in the board. One customer bought this for her 6-year-old and thinks “he gets better and better each time he plays,” and she expects him to enjoy this game for a long time. And adults think it even inspires healthy competition between siblings or friends. “Want some competition while improving your hand-eye coordination? This is the game for you,” writes one reviewer. He bought it for his 3-year-old (which is below the recommended age range for the game) and she has “total meltdowns” over it, but he thinks it’s never too early to start on fine motor skills. But those who did give it to their kids who are the appropriate age said it was good hours of fun, even for the adults, because “who doesn’t love to relive some childhood memories with your youngins?”

[Editor’s note: This game is currently only available from third-party sellers.]

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