This game overview is split into multiplayer games for players under 8 yrs and over 8 yrs.
Multiplayer Games for Players Under 8 yrs
<< Peaceable Kingdom Monkey Around, a wiggle & giggle game for 2+ yrs. A game for parent and child to play and bond over.
Monkey Around contains 40 cards that prompt players to do movements together - from hugs to high fives, to simple skills like balancing, hopping, and marching.
Included in the game is a bean bag banana that adds to the fun and learning.
>> Peaceable Kingdom Duck Duck Dance game (2+ yrs), a game for parent and child. This is a simple and sweet game, consisting of 4 large dice featuring 8 different easy dance moves. From spinning to wiggling. Players imitate the adorable ducks to uncover the four audience members to complete the game.
<< Peaceable Kingdom Snug as a Bug in a Rug - cooperative and matching game, 3 to 6 yrs, 2-4 players. The goal of the game is for the players to work together to find matches before all 3 stink bugs are on the board.
Players spin the spinner and find a matching bug. Then slips it under the rug. Each player take turns spinning and matching and try to get all the bugs under the rug before 3 stink bugs are sitting on top. Each level adds more challenge.
>>HABA's The Little Orchard game is a memory and cooperative game designed for 3 to 8 year-olds. The game can be played by 1 to 4 players.
The object of the game is for players to work together to pick all the cherries before the crow works its way up the path to steal them from the tree. The symbol on the die determines the action to take, and players can only take a cherry off the tree when they find a cherry card (the memory part of the game). Included in the game is a lovely basket to put the cherries in.
The game also helps players recognise and name colours & symbols, along with developing fine motor coordination. For a game review and further explanation on how the game is played, check out this YouTube clip.
<< Peaceable Kingdom Friends and Neighbours game - cooperative game (3+ yrs, 1-4 players) that focuses on emotions.
In playing the game and reading about the feelings and needs of the characters, parents can help their children recognize feelings in others - the first step to building empathy.
>> Peaceable Kingdom Bandits Memory Mix Up (3+ yrs, 2-4 players) is a game that tests memory - the first player to correctly identify which object is missing from the garden wins!
Easy to learn, with variations that allow for solo and larger group play.
<< YOGi FUN Yoga Kit (3+ yrs, 1+ players) introduces kids to yoga. The kit contains a pack of 40 cards with beautifully illustrated yoga poses on one card and complementing rhyming instructions on the other card.
Done inside or out, this kit is designed to encourage kids and adults to have body self-confidence, focus and flexibility. The kit also includes a leaflet with four game suggestions which are great for birthday parties or group activities.
>> Popular Playthings Monkey Bingo (4+ yrs, 2-8 players) - a bingo game that comes with a cute monkey card dispenser.
The designated caller pushes the little monkey towards the crate and out pops one animal tile with two colorful animals pictured on it. If you have the name of the animal on your playing card then cover it with a monkey chip.
The first player to get three animals in a row or fill their card is the winner!
<< Blue Orange Pengoloo is a memory and matching game for 4+ yrs and 2 to 4 players. All pieces are made from wood.
Roll the two dice and players look for the right colour eggs hidden under the penguins. If a player finds the right eggs, they get to take an additional turn. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win.
There is a variation for 6+ yrs, where a player can re-find eggs that have already been found by other players. The advanced rule option allows players to steal eggs from each other.
>> ThinkFun Robot Turtles game (4+ yrs, 2+ players) is the first board game for little programmers. It sneakily teaches pre-schoolers the fundamentals of programming while making silly turtle noises.
Preschoolers can learn programming one turtle move at a time. Robot Turtles takes seconds to learn, minutes to play and provides endless learning opportunities.
Through fun play and Code Cards, players move their Robot Turtles around the game board to reach a prized jewel. With every move, preschoolers learn to program - from coding to functions, a jumpstart on 21st century thinking skills.
The entire family can join in and play too!
<< If you are looking for a great family game that is fun for all and quick to play, look no further ...HABA Rhino Hero(5+ yrs, 2-5 players) to the rescue!
A cross between Jenga and Uno - players build a 'house of cards' while trying to get rid of all their action cards, which serve as floor and roof. Most of the time, no one manages to place all their cards onto the 'house of cards' as it generally comes tumbling down, which is the fun bit
Great game for children to learn about cause and effect, and develop fine motor skills along the way. If you like balancing games, you might like to try Rhino Hero Super Battle card game (5+ yrs), HABA Animal Upon Animal (4+ yrs), or Buildzi (6+ yrs).
>> Ant Colony - cooperative board game, 5+ yrs, 2-6 Players In this game, all players are teammates and have the same goal. That is, a game where either everyone wins, or everyone is defeated.
The objective of this cooperative game is for the players to build a new ant colony for the Queen Ant. The colony has to include at least two unblocked entrances and all four of the Room tiles.
<<Ravenburger's Bugs In The Kitchen (6+ yrs, 2-4 players) game comes with a non-person player, which comes in the form of a HEXBUG! For those that haven't come across a Hexbug before, it is a micro robotic bug that scuttles around.
In this game, players are the exterminators and have to get the Hexbug into their trap, located at one corner of the board. The 'board' is a three-dimensional maze with 24 rotating utensils (knives, forks, and spoons).
At each turn, players have to turn one of the 24 utensils, to redirect the bug toward their trap. Players throw the die to discover which utensils they can turn. Catch the bug in your trap and earn a token. The first player to earn five tokens is the winner.
Drop the Hexbug into the center of the board game and let the battle begin!
Multiplayer Games for Players Over 8 yrs
<< ThinkFun Rush Hour Shift logic game (8+ yrs, 2 players) is based on the best-selling Rush Hour sliding block single player logic game, but in a two player strategy form. The goal is to escape rush hour before your opponent.
Players draw cards to determine available moves. With a little luck and a clever strategy, will you win? Should you use your turn to advance your own Hero Car or block your opponent?
The potential moves are endless, and the shifting Traffic Grid adds a whole new dimension to play. Just when you think you've cleared a path to the finish, a shift of the grid can change the game!
>> Blue Orange Planet (8+ yrs, 2-4 players) is a game where players get to build their own planets to make them more hospitable.
Each Player receives a planet core without anything on it, at each turn players will choose a tile with mountain/ice/forest/desert on it and place it on the planet.
Throughout the 12 turns that make up the game, players strategically position the continent tiles on their Planet's core to form hospitable environments for animal life to flourish. Players win points by completing "Natural Habitat" objectives and by populating their Planet with the most animals possible. The winner is the player with the highest points total at the end of the game.
<< Ravensburger Scotland Yard Board Game - 8+ yrs, 3-6 Players This is one of my favourite all-time favourite board game. It is almost like a traditional cooperative game, except in this game one player is the criminal Mr. X, who is being chased across 'London' (the board) by all the other players who are the detectives.
The aim of the game is for the detectives to capture Mr. X within 24 turns, while Mr. X tries to evade everyone. With strategy and teamwork, the detectives can trap Mr. X. However, if he escapes, he wins the game.
The game has two difficulty level, which helps cater for the age and ability of the players. If this game piques your interest, now may be a good time to try it out as Ravensburger range is 10% off in May.
>>Ravensburger's Amazing Labyrinth(8+ years, 2-4 players) is an interesting game in that it is a board game where you hunt for treasures while navigating through a moving maze.
In this game, there are 24 treasures represented by 24 treasure cards to get to, from where a player is in the maze. In simplistic term, the object of the game is to get as many treasures as possible. The tricky bit comes in the form of the playing board.
The playing board is never the same in every game, and it does not stay the same within one game. The game comes with 'maze cards', which you shuffle and randomly place on the playing board to start. During play, the player whose turn it is, gets to decide what to do with the extra maze card. With this extra card, a player gets to shuffle other maze cards within a column up or down. Making the path through the maze easier for the player to get to a treasure or, to make it harder for another player.
For me, I found that my brain had to shift gears a bit, to wrap my head around the two main aspects of the game - working through the maze (visual, right-brain) and the strategy of what to do with the extra maze card (logic, left-brain). This was particularly so when you know it would take a few turns to get to your treasure.
The game is not a particularly hard one to come to grips with. Serious board game players might not find this game particularly challenging. It is a great board game to play in a group of mixed skills, and great for light-hearted fun.
>> Gamewright Dragonwood (8+ yrs, 2-4 players) - a game of dice and daring.
Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which players use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword.
Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing.
Orchard Toys is a British company that is considered as a leading manufacturer of educational games around the world.
In today's world of outsourcing, it is becoming rare to find a company that hasn't moved their manufacturing offshore. Orchard Toys is an exception to this trend. They still design, produce and pack all their products from a small market town in Norfolk, England.
Orchard Toys designs are bright, colourful, and innovative. Combined with their educational value, durability, quality, and that all the boards used are 100% recycled, Orchard Toy is an outstanding choice for preschool and early primary school-age kids.
We fell in love with Orchard Toys via their Bus Stop game, a classic that is still one of our favourites. Miss Em somehow wins more than she loses playing this game, without us trying to influence the game
Bus Stop teaches little ones about addition and subtraction - what happens when the bus lands on a '+' or '-' sign. I love the versatility of the game, you could easily amend the game to get kids counting.