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    #88502 - 11/01/10 05:53 PM The Ultimate Game Thread :O)
    Iucounu Offline

    Registered: 06/02/10
    Posts: 1457
    The point of this thread is to gather some games that are fun and not too dumbed-down. Here's a list so far, of games recommended by users here. I have bolded the names of games that seem especially loved, generally going by how many people here recommend it.

    Multiplayer board/card/dice games:

    Apples to Apples / Apples to Apples Jr.
    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
    Axis and Allies
    Bandu / Bausack
    Blokus / Blokus Duo / Blokus Trigon
    Chicken Cha-Cha-Cha
    Chinese Checkers
    Clue, inc. Harry Potter version
    Connect Four
    Depot Diner
    Go Fish
    Granny's House
    Growlies in the Garden
    Harvest Time
    Labyrinth, by Ravensburger
    Made for Trade
    No Stress Chess
    Pass the Pigs
    Professor Noggin
    Rat a Tat Cat
    Rhyme Time
    Scrambled States of America
    Scotland Yard
    Secret Door
    Settlers of Catan
    Shut the Box
    Skeletons in the Closet
    Sum Swamp
    Texas Hold 'Em
    Ticket to Ride
    Toss Up
    Trivial Pursuit
    The Way Things Work
    Washington's War
    Yahtzee / Yahtzee Turbo
    Zeus on the Loose

    Single-player board/card/dice games:

    Block by Block
    Brick by Brick
    Chocolate Fix
    Clever Castle
    Cover Your Tracks
    Hedgehog Escape
    Hot Spot
    River Crossing / River Crossing Jr.
    Rush Hour / Rush Hour Jr.
    Shape by Shape
    Solitaire Chess

    Computer games:

    Age of Empires
    Age of Mythology
    Apples to Apples
    Bloons Tower Defense: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4+
    Boom Blox (Wii)
    Bubble Blast (Android OS)
    Chess (Android OS, by Aart J.C. Bik)
    Cogs (PC, iPad, iPhone)
    Crazy Machines (PC, Mac, iPad)
    Flood-It (Android OS)
    Fritz and Chesster Learn Chess
    GalCon (iPad)
    Glow Puzzle (Android OS)
    Isaac Newton's Gravity (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone)
    Jumpstart World Online
    Lego Chess
    Lego Universe
    Lure of the Labyrinth
    Master of Orion 2
    Meeblings, Meeblings 2
    Phit (Android OS)
    Rome Total War
    Rush Hour (Android OS)
    Warcraft 3
    World of Goo
    Wrath of the Gods
    Yahtzee, YahtC (Android OS)
    Zoo Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon 2
    Zoombinis Logical Journey, Zoombinis Mountain Rescue

    Unknown quantities-- please post if you have direct experience with these:

    Air Traffic Control Tower
    Architecto - Equilibrio - Tangramino - Cliko (link is to the easiest / first one, Architecto)
    Camelot Legends EMERGENCY REQUEST smile
    Crazy Campers
    Fire Escape
    HooDoo Loop
    Maze Ways Cat and Mouse
    North Pole Camouflage
    Pirates Undercover
    Police Blockade
    Sink or Swim
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    #88505 - 11/01/10 06:10 PM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    bh14 Offline

    Registered: 06/08/09
    Posts: 367
    My kids like this game alot... The Way things work.

    My 6 year old plays too (when he was 5 even). He still finds it fun even though the questions are kind of hard for him. The questions are all multiple choice, so he takes his best guess but it's a great, fun, educational game about... well... the way things work!

    #88531 - 11/02/10 03:45 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
    Posts: 1743
    I am appreciating the more simple games that still challenge.

    Blink is a favorite. It's a card game where you match as quickly as you can to get rid of all your cards.

    Flux is another card game that DS10 loves but I don't. It has ever changing rules which is too much for me.

    #88535 - 11/02/10 04:20 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    Iucounu Offline

    Registered: 06/02/10
    Posts: 1457
    Carcassonne is a game that I can't recommend enough for young kids, and adults love to play it too. On each turn you draw a tile and add it to the growing map, getting points for features you build and claim such as roads, farms, cities, churches, etc. Kids can typically learn to play it well quite early, and it has a good dose of strategy to keep them thinking. Out of the many expansion packs available, our favorite is the smallest: "Cult, Siege and Creativity".
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    #88541 - 11/02/10 05:37 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    La Texican Offline

    Registered: 07/10/10
    Posts: 1777
    Loc: South Texas
    We're so mainstream. We currently like go fish, connect four, operation without batteries, and partial monopoly (his favorite, but we've yet to finish a game), two player clue modified that I let him lay down his room cards in the rooms so he can see which one's are guessable, the weapons and people he puts the figurines from his cards to one side so he knows which one's he can't accuse. To keep myself from cheating I make my accusations systematically since I know which cards he has. He has enough attention span to finish a clue game, but not monopoly.
    I want to start him on assisted battleship and no stress chess after Christmas. Ds likes jumpstart world online, a 3-d subscription virtual world for kids. I'm looking for more video games like jumpstart that are more advanced than point and click. I'm considering mega man or donkey kong for the pc.

    Glad you started this thread. I wanted to ask about Zoombinis logical journey pc video game. Anyone played it? (even though it's point an click)
    Youth lives by personality, age lives by calculation. -- Aristotle on a calendar

    #88545 - 11/02/10 06:54 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    Iucounu Offline

    Registered: 06/02/10
    Posts: 1457
    Ooh, Clue! That and "The Way Things Work" are added to my list to buy. DS5 likes Connect Four too. I have changed my mind about No Stress Chess and may get it for the little(r) one, but DS5's playing chess all right already.

    We did play the new Solitaire Chess by ThinkFun last night, and DS loves it to death-- you might want to check that out too. It's a bit like peg solitaire, in that you remove one piece every turn until you have one left, but it uses the chess pieces and moves. I think it's a great little logic puzzle game, and could be used to learn or reinforce the chess moves too.

    For computer games, DS's recent favorites include:

    Zoo Tycoon. More of a simulation than a game. Well worth the money, especially for the first version. Fun expansion packs include marine exhibits and animals, and dinosaur exhibits and animals. He likes this better than Zoo Tycoon 2, since he didn't like the interface of that one as much.

    Master of Orion 2. A turn-based galaxy conquest game. You take over star systems, terraform planets, develop tech, build ships, battle, conduct diplomacy, etc. Sort of like Civilization, but in space.

    Warcraft 3. He loves this, but we haven't played in a while (just too busy, and games take a while). Plenty of opportunities for strategic play. The characters are like little army people, but animated and more fun.

    The Bloons Tower Defense series, which can be found at and some other places. Balloons advance along one or more paths, and you have to pop them, by placing dart-throwing monkeys, Jedi monkeys, bomb and missile towers, mortars, pirate ships, glue-splattering monkeys, etc. A lot of fun, although once we killed it through infinite levels on the hardest difficulty level together, he lost interest.

    Meeblings and Meeblings 2. Another game, hosted at other sites as well. It's sort of like Lemmings, except you have to save bouncing, floating jellybeans (sorta). It's good fun, and takes good problem-solving skills to solve the tougher levels.

    ... plus some old, small stuff I take from machine to machine (Hex, Lemmings etc.).
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    #88548 - 11/02/10 07:17 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: bh14]
    NCPMom Offline

    Registered: 10/10/09
    Posts: 247
    Originally Posted By: bh14
    My kids like this game alot

    Ooh - added to my Amazon order - thanks smile Love this thread - when I asked ds7 what he wanted for Christmas - he said GAMES !! His faves right now are Blokus, Sequence, No Stress Chess, Stratego and Monopoly. I am eagerly looking forward to hearing about more recommendations !!

    #88551 - 11/02/10 07:23 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    CAMom Offline

    Registered: 08/13/08
    Posts: 748
    My DS who is 7 1/2, loved Zoombinis! He played two different games, the logical journey and the mountain rescue. He never finished them all the way because they are a bit repetitive. However, the logic puzzles in both games are very advanced by the 2nd or 3rd level through. It was awesome to watch him reason it out.

    Other games we play all the time:

    Clue (Harry Potter Version)
    No Stress Chess
    Zeus on the Loose

    Computer games- it's all about Lego Universe right now. DH is playing Civilizations IV while DS plays Lego Universe. I read a good book quietly in the other room :-)

    #88555 - 11/02/10 08:22 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    Kate Offline

    Registered: 02/24/10
    Posts: 462
    Loc: Florida
    DS7s favorites are the strategy computer games Warcraft 3 and Starcraft. He and my husband play and argue. My husband has been playing for years and my little guy comes up with unique strategies to win...I love it!

    As a family, we sometimes play World of Warcraft roleplaying online....but not so much since it is time consuming.

    We also have board or card based roleplaying games (sort of like dungeons and dragons lite) where you can do some roleplaying/character acting, but according to what your card says your abilities are.

    My husband is a game fanatic, and I am just along for the ride. It seems like my son has caught the bug smile Nan

    #88568 - 11/02/10 09:24 AM Re: The Ultimate Game Thread :O) [Re: Iucounu]
    bh14 Offline

    Registered: 06/08/09
    Posts: 367
    Oh, here's a second vote for Blokus. We love that one too!

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