Stuck at Home Games - March 2020

Ugh. Coronavirus. Our spring break plans are ruined. So forget travel games, you need games you can play with your bored kids who are stuck at home or a good two player game to play with your significant other in the evening. If there ever was a time to expand your game collection it's now!

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Silly Street

Adorable game for preschool children. Try to be the first to get to the end of Silly Street as you draw cards that get kids singing songs, practicing gross motor skills, and earning moves for spelling their name or listing animals that hatch from an egg. It counts as preschool, even if you're stuck at home.

Age: 3-5

Players: 2-4

Rating: 7/10

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Outfoxed!

It's a whoddunnit game, like Clue, but it's cooperative and I've yet to meet a child who isn't a big fan. You uncover suspects and clues and use a decoder to discover which naughty fox was the thief!

Age: 4-10

Players: 2-4

Rating: 10/10

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Yamslam

It's a slightly more strategic version of Yahtzee where you play against your opponent in order to win the most of the poker style chips. So easy to learn the rules and play. This is one of my top family games.

 

Age: 6-Adult

Players: 1-4

Rating: 10/10

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Pandemic Rapid Response

This is not a relaxing game. The first time you play will be stressful. It's 20 minutes of rapid decision making while you roll dice in order to create cures and fly your plane to destinations in need. But it's actually quite therapeutic to play and you feel like you're actually fighting the pandemic. 

Age: 8-Adult

Players: 2-4

Rating: 8/10

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Codnames Duet

We love this two player, cooperative version of Codenames. Use the grid to guess the secret words. I have yet to meet someone who didn't like Codenames.

Age: 11-Adult

Players: 2+

Rating: 9/10

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Gigamons

Memory game where you collect little creatures with special abilities. It takes the familiarity of a basic memory game and moves it up a notch when it comes to using a little strategy. This is one of the games I happily play with my children anytime they ask.

Age: 4-8

Players: 2-4

Rating: 10/10

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Patchwork Express

Quilting theme, but it's like Tetris meets The Game of Life. Buy quilt pieces as you move around the game board and fill in your quilt board. This is one of my favorite two player games.

Age: 6-Adult

Players: 2

Rating: 9/10

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Cat Crimes

Kids are home from school and you need them to do something on their own while you try to work remotely? This is your game! Figure out which kitty did the naughty deed through a series of clues on the prompt cards. Bonus: they are logic problems. This is an educational game with a great theme so your child should love it. 

Age: 7-Adult

Players: 2

Rating: 10/10

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Monopoly Deal

Make memories not enemies with this version of Monopoly that maintains the fun of the original with more strategic decision making and can be played in 20 minutes. 

Age: 8-Adult

Players: 2-5

Rating: 10/10

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Eight-Minute Empire

It's more like 18 minute empire but it's basically Risk with a little more strategy in a lot less time. You're probably not getting to travel right now, conquer the world by proxy in this great little game.

 

Age: 13-Adult

Players: 2-5

Rating: 10/10

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