Board games have come a long way since Monopoly and Chutes & Ladders (not that we don’t love those games), but today it’s all about completing a task, pretending you’re basically on a game show trying to compete for a prize, and trying to gross out everyone in the family with poop props and general potty humor.
Times they are-a-changing, because now when your kids sit down with the rest of the family for quality game time, the games on the table have significantly changed. Oh, and did we mention that it’s almost impossible to get your kiddos away from their tablets and smartphones…even for two seconds? Well, you knew that already. Anything we can do to try and gain some extra time with them, well, all the better. Even if we have to wear a hat that spins while we try to eat snacks from it while a clock counts down to zero. Or don’t even get us started on the floor board game where you’re, literally, trying to not step in poop. Eh, at least it’s just a prop (for a change). The point is that these kind of games are actually on an uptick lately as people (specifically millennials) have wanted to go back to simpler times (away from electronics) to the tune of over $9.6 billion in game sales! Check out some of the most fun (and gross), new, and family-minded board games for kids (and even some of us adults with maturity issues) so far in 2019.
Let’s start with the more traditional and work our way down…
The Catan Game – Buy It Here
While this is a newbie, it’s been on Amazon’s best-seller list for over 6 months already! You basically have to build a land (think almost like Sim City) but board-game-style. The game, overall, can last for about 60 minutes, is great for 3 or 4 players, and appropriate for ages 10+. If you have kiddos a bit younger than that you just may need to help them out a bit.
The Classic Monopoly Game with New Tokens – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t love Monopoly! It’s one of the most popular games of all time. The goal, as you know, is to build as many houses and hotels as you can, collecting the most money and, well, maintaining a true monopoly. Collect $200 each time you pass ‘go’ and be careful to not wind up in jail! We love the token update to this version which includes things like a rubber ducky, a t-rex, a penguin, and more!
Codenames – Buy It Here
This one is another best-seller! The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team!
The Game of LIFE – Buy It Here
Could their be a more traditional and fun game we all grew up on than LIFE? Spin the wheel and move your piece to find out who you’ll marry, how many kids you’ll have, if you’ll have any pets, and more!
Ticket to Ride Board Game – Buy It Here
This is now one of the best-selling games of all time on Amazon. Everyone is obsessed! You have to see who can travel by rail to the most cities in North America in just seven days. It’s perfect for 2-5 players and ages 8+. The winner takes the $1M dollar grand prize (not real money, of course).
The New Dungeons & Dragons ‘Stranger Things’ Edition – Buy It Here
The Hysterical ‘Chow Crown’ Game – Buy It Here
This game is seriously a riot! You gotta see it, for real. All you have to do is add your favorite foods (think fruit, marshmallows, etc) to each fork and then place the hat on your head, turn it on, and when the music starts the snacks spin and you have to eat as many and as much as you can before the music stops. This is the game this year that will make almost any family famous on Instagram!
“Don’t Step In It” the Poop Dodging Game for Kids – Buy It Here
Because kids love poop jokes. Even though you may ban potty humor in your house, this is still slated to be the “must-play” game of 2018. Simply set up the poop matt, place the various clay poops in different place, blindfold the kiddos and have them see how far they can make it without “stepping in it.” You may want to get in on the fun yourself. #PoopFTW! There’s also a new unicorn edition of the game here!
The ‘Hearing Things’ Game – Buy It Here
This one is super fun and like something we’d see on Fallon! Each person will take their turn wearing the speech-cancelling headphone and try to guess the clue the other person is reading aloud! It’s so funny to hear what they think you’re saying! This one comes with 150 cards that’ll give you 600 different phrases so the laughs will keep on coming.
The ‘Not Parent Approved Game – Buy It Here
Everyone is obsessed over this one! It’s like ‘Cards Against Humanity’ but for children and 100% family friendly.
The “Pimple Pete” Game by Dr. Pimple Popper – Buy It Here
Who’s ready to get totally grossed out!? One of the most anticipated toy/games of the year is Pimple Pete by Dr. Pimple Popper. Yes, that Dr. Pimple Popper. Carefully try to pull out the gross pimples but, be careful, because if you pull too hard Pete’s nose will squirt you with water. Gain points from a variety of difficult tasks and whoever gets the most (without getting squirted) wins! Gross and fun all at the same time.
The ‘Unstable Unicorns’ Game – Buy It Here
This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018. In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time. Pretty impressive. This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids. They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine. Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends). Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!
New Pie Face Cannon – Buy It Here
Who didn’t love all things Pie Face over the last few years? Well here’s the latest! This time around there’s a Pie Face cannon that you fill with whip cream! This is seriously too much fun!
The ‘Escape the Room in a Box’ Game: Werewolf Experiment – Buy It Here
Everyone seems to be obsessed with going to Escape the Room parties. Well now you can bring the party home with Escape the Room in a Box: Werewolf Experiment. You’ll have one hour to crack some codes, solve some puzzles, and find some hidden clues. Plus, even better, you can connect this game to your Alexa (if you have it) to keep track of time, ask questions, and even play a special soundtrack that just adds to the intensity of the game. And your one hour begins….now!
The Connect 4 ‘Shots’ Game – Buy It Here
How cool is this new game! Connect 4 Shots is similar to the one that we all grew up with, but with a twist! This time you have to bounce the balls into the right slots to try and get four of the same color in a row (or diagonal) to win! This is one that you’ll not only want to play with your kids, but will probably end up taking over and playing with your own friends. And, well, drinks may be involved.
The ‘What’s That Smell’ Game for Families & Friends – Buy It Here
This is the new game that’ll keep everyone in the family on the edge of their seat…and holding their nose! There are over 50 smells you have to guess. Some are decent and some are pretty much nasty! So many options, so little time! Who will be able to guess the best and who will have to just quit!
The ‘You’ve Got Crabs’ Family Party Game – Buy It Here
Yes, it’s totally family friendly even though the name of the game threw us for a loop! This one is new and super fun! You basically split up into two teams (anywhere up to 10 players) and come up with a ‘secret sign’ with your teammate (it could be pulling your ear, winking, blinking a lot or whatever!), draw cards, try to get four-of-a-kind, and collect those points. When you have four-of-a-kind, you have crabs. Sure!
The “Flickin’ Chicken” – Buy It Here
Because who doesn’t want to toss little rubber chickens onto a target in order to score points?! It’s basically like darts but, you know, with rubber chickens. Love it!
Exploding Kittens Hysterical Card Game for Kids – Buy It Here
So much fun for the whole fam. The players draw cards until someone draws an “Exploding Kitten” (which is when they explode) and they are out of the game, unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. It’s really so funny and perfect for ages 7+.
The “Soggy Doggy” Family Board Game – Buy It Here
Everyone can take turns racing across the board and washing the dog but, be careful, because you never know when it’ll be time for him to shake to dry off and end up getting everyone playing a little wet!
The ‘Egged On’ Family Fun Game – Buy It Here
What’s slated to be the new “Pie Face” for 2018, Egged On is basically like a family-friendly Russian Roulette game where some eggs are filled with water and others are empty. Spin the wheel to see what you have to do (crack and egg over someone else, over yourself, and more) and then crack-that-egg! Do you get wet? Are you safe? Only time will tell!
Hasbro Games ‘Toilet Trouble’ – Buy It Here
Pretty hilarious, fun-filled game where the players find out which flush will cause the toilet to spray! Everyone takes turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water. And, of course, awesome toilet sound effects. Come on, kids love toilet humor!
Googly Eyes Wacky Family Drawing Game – Buy It Here
So much fun! Place on the googles and good luck drawing what’s on the game card all while your family and friends try to guess what it is you’re actually drawing!
Greedy Granny “The Teeth Pop Out” Game – Buy It Here
Kids love their Granny and they’ll certainly love “Greedy Granny” where each kid will take turns trying to remove some of the cookies, treats, and whatnot from a very sleepy Granny. But be careful because you never know when she’s going to wake up and see her teeth flying out of her mouth. No joke. It happens. #Technology
The ‘Dunk Hat’ Game for Kids – Buy It Here
Another fun toy for the kiddos this year. You’ll definitely want to have the camera on your smartphone rolling for this one! The first player places the hat filled with water on their head all while the other players take turns throwing the foam ball at one of the targets. If they hit it, the tank tips and the player wearing the hat gets wet!
The ‘Speak Out’ Game by Hasbro – Buy It Here
This is the funniest game of the year! Simply put the mouth pieces in your mouth, grab a card, and try to “speak out” what phrase is on the card while your team tries to guess exactly what you’re ‘trying’ to say. So, so funny.
DropMix Music Gaming System – Buy It Here
Perfect for those who are obsessed with all things music or, you know, want to be the next Pauly D. This is a super fast-paced music mixing game that helps you discover and mix your fave music tracks. Play against your friends and choose from either freestyle, party, or clash!
The Large Colorful Jenga-Like Blocks – Buy It Here
The kiddos will have a blast trying to carefully take out each of these colorful blocks without toppling the entire thing over! It includes 48-pieces, the dice, and tons of fun!
The Giant (2-Feet Tall) GoSports Connect Four-Like Game – Buy It Here
Now this isn’t the official Connect Four game we used to play when we were little, but similar concept. And, even better, it’s huge! This one is actually 2-feet tall by 2-feet wide. Plus, it comes with a handy carrying case so you can bring it with you on the go whether you’re heading to a friends house, the beach, camping or wherever. It’s perfect for indoors too!