Board game recommendations

Here’s a few board games that I love, and think are great for kids:

  • Settlers of Catan (3-4, or 5-6 with the extension box): reasonably straight-forward, very replayable (randomised board), minimal language dependency (just numbers & icons), lots of player interaction (negotiation and trade). [info, buy, iOS, Android]
  • Ticket to Ride (2-5): as long as they can figure out where cities are on the map, it’s just colours. Strategic thinking helps, but it’s not required. Player interaction is mostly in figuring out where other people might go, and going there first. [info, buy]
  • Carcassonne (2-5): tile- and pawn-placement game. Try to build the best landscape and score points. Fairly strategic, but a lot of it comes down to what tile you draw. The rules are very simple. [info, buy, iOS, Android]
  • King of Tokyo (2-6): like Yahtzee, but you’re playing as giant monsters trying to destroy Tokyo city. Very fun, plays fairly fast, but does involve player elimination. [info, buy]
  • Kingdom Builder (2-4): a favourite of mine. Randomised board and goals each game. Try to place settlements on the board to get the most points. [info, buy, iOS, Android]
  • Love Letter (2-4): fast-playing bluffing/guessing game, with all the rules on the cards. [info, buy]
  • Sushi Go! (2-5): pick a card, pass your hand on, and repeat, then score. Adorable art, with reminders on the cards. It was designed with kid-friendliness in mind. [info, buy]
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