Welcome! Game Like A Mother provides reviews and information on games for ages 2 - adult. All of the games on this site can be played in 20 min or less.
Philosophy of this Website
A good game provides the gift of time together, the gift of connection. A game you enjoy to play will allow you to unplug, be present, and appreciate the company of the people you are with. Getting a game isn't just getting another "thing," it's a way to spend quality time with others. And it doesn’t have to take long! There have never been so many excellent options for quick games that are easy to fit into a busy life.
Overall Rating System
The overall rating is determined by a number of factors. How fun it is to play, a unique game concept, how likely it is you'll want to play the game on repeat, the physical durability of the game, and how well the game functions as designed. Here's the gist of what each number means:
10/10 - A true gem of a game. Unique game concept that is fun to play over and over again. These are the ones that you'll play for years.
9/10 - A great game, a blast to play on repeat.
8/10 - Solid game, a lot of fun to play upon occasion.
7/10 - Decent game, may have some replay value depending upon the audience.
6/10 - An acceptable option depending on the situation but lacking in a few significant categories.
5/10 - Some merits but in general a pretty mediocre choice.
4/10 - It hurts to play.
3/10 - Why does this even exist?
2/10 - Seriously, who thought someone would want to play this?
1/10 - Burn it.
My name is Anne and I'm a mom of four small children. I was raised on the West Coast and moved to the Midwest about 7 years ago. I grew up playing games with my family, and it used to be one of my favorite things to do with my husband ... until children. I just didn't have the time or energy anymore to play a long game like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan.
And then my kids got to game-playing ages and I was so excited. What games would we play together? I was surprised to discover that besides word of mouth and looking through online retail reviews, there really wasn't a convenient and definitive resource for information on children's games. And there are so many out there! Great ones! Plus, there have never been so many options for short and fun games for adults, I just hadn't heard of any of them until I went looking for them. Spending time playing games together has been fantastic for my marriage, although my husband makes disparaging remarks about my victory dances.
The purpose of this site is to provide information about games that can be played in twenty minutes or less, for ages two through adult. I am excited to share reviews of games new and old, and I love when people tell me about their own favorite games. Please email me and let me know if you have a favorite game I need to try, I would love to hear about it.