If you’re on the hunt for some fun board games for the family during those cold winter nights, rainy spring and summer days, or to play on your next camping or ski trip, here are a couple suggestions from Spin Master Games.
Family game nights have been a regular occurrence in our home for as long as I can remember. Granted, some of those nights have been more memorable than others, and not necessarily in a good way, due to over-zealous, not-so-friendly competition. I’ve learned for the enjoyment, and dare I say, safety of others, our games need to be carefully selected to foster family fun. So I seek out games that don’t necessarily require a lot of skill or strategy in favor of those that create conversation and laughs.
Spin Master games meet that criteria. I played Hedbanz for the first time at a church gathering, it was my first introduction to the company and I thought it was hilarious. It’s kind of like charades. Each player wears a headband with a card inserted and tries to determine what the image on the card is by asking the other players questions. The first person to guess what they are wins.
Hedbanz was so much fun that I couldn’t wait to check out other games offered by Spin Master. Then I heard about Would You Rather, explained as a “zany game of deranged dilemmas and difficult choices”. I thought it would be perfect for my big kids. I found Would You Rather at Wal-mart, but you’ll also find it at Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Amazon.
Originally, I planned to play on Thanksgiving with extended family, but we were so caught up in conversation that we forgot to play! Instead, I played with my kids and my husband the day after when we needed a rest after Black Friday shopping (even if personally, I only briefly visited one store). From this day forward, I think the day after Thanksgiving should be a game day, but I’ve gotten off track.
Would You Rather asks a series of off-the-wall questions. Would you rather speak French or Klingon? Would you rather have your eulogy read by Yoda or Dr. Seuss? Would you rather wear a tuxedo made of taxidermied squirrels or a swimsuit of live starfish? Players discuss, debate and laugh to the finish line. This is a fun game for families- especially if you have older kids. Rated for ages 12+, this would be a great ice-breaking party game.
Would You Rather is a pretty quick game and only takes a minute to set up. With busy kids who are often running in and out, this is ideal. I’m not looking for games that last for hours at a time- those are much harder to fit into our dwindling family time. We chuckled over a couple of the cards, disagreed on one or two and thought one was pretty disgusting. We all agreed that this would be a great game to play with more than four players- the more the merrier, though the more players you add, the longer the game will take to play.
Now that I’ve played both Hedbanz and Would You Rather, I think I need to check out Quelf. I’m not even sure how to describe this, but the description from Spin Master does a pretty good job of intriguing me so I’ll share it with you.
“Quelf is the multi-award winning game that gives random a new name! Use your creativity and imagination to answer crazy questions and perform ridiculous stunts. There’s only one rule – OBEY THE CARD! If a player obeys their card they get to move ahead! You’ll laugh until you cry with this outrageous, unpredictable, and fun filled party game. Be the first person to cross the finish line and you win! Enjoy a non-stop hilarious adventure with Quelf!”
So if you’re looking for some new family game night board games, or games to get you through the snow days that are bound to happen, check one or all three of these games by Spin Master.
Tell me, which game would you like to play with your family on your next game night? And answer this- Would You Rather use Super Glue as toothpaste OR duct tape as toilet paper?
You can purchase Would you Rather and the other games mentioned in this post on Amazon.
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