We love to play games. We love to make games. Basically, we love games. So from both a personal and professional standpoint, we wanted to share our list of the best games to give (or get) for the holidays, especially for that person that may not be quite so into the heavier games. So while games like Gloomhaven and Blood Rage are both awesome games, not everyone is going to commit to a huge instruction manual or a long game. And they’re more than $25.
10. Sushi Go Party!- $19.99 at Amazon. A light, card-drafting set collection game. Pick your favorite sushi and pass the leftovers. Build the best sushi platter to win the game.
9. Exploding Kittens– $19.99 at Target and other retailers. It’s Russian roulette with cards. And without actually dying. Don’t draw the Exploding Kitten to win the game. The only downside is once you lose the game, you lose interest while everyone else is still intensly interested. The artwork is funny to read the first few times and the game can feel intense as the stack gets smaller.
8. Bang!: The Dice Game- $15 at Amazon. Cowboys and Indians, sheriffs and outlaws. Everyone has a secret role. Roll the dice to shoot your neighbor. Just be careful not to shoot the wrong person or you’ll let the wrong side of the law win the game.
7. For Sale Card Game- $24.95 at Amazon - Bid on everything from an outhouse to a penthouse and then sell them off to win the most amount of money. Whether your strategy is to be the slumlord or a highroller the artwork is funny but sadly the money is fake.
6. Bottom of the 9th- $12.99 at Target. It’s the bottom of the ninth and it’s up to you to either pitch your way to a win or guess the pitch that’s coming at you. With a very nostalgic look and a mix of male and female players this is a beautiful but fast-playing game. For an additional $13 you can get the expansion pack which includes super cool wooden peanuts and golden trophies.
5. Machi Koro– $24.19 at Target. As one of the most successful, light, city building games, Machi Koro has ultra cool retro artwork ranging from sushi bars to amusement parks. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Machi Koro can be built in less than 30 minutes.
4. Weird Things Humans Search For– $19.99 at Target only. It’s goofy, it’s current and you know we’ve all seen the auto-fill pop up and thought to oursevles…WHAT?! This is a great party game that puts the digital world we live in, into a physical board game.
3. Camping with Sasquatch– $15 at Amazon (November 2018) A hybrid of Rummy and Slapjack, this cute Big Foot themed card game is a quick and easy game with fun artwork, a bit of strategy and a dose of take that. You can be nice when playing with your kids, or be calculatingly evil when playing with your friends…or frenemies. Sasquatch cards can be played as wild cards, or played against other players forcing them to quickly slap the Sasquatch. It’s fun, fast and furious.
2. Tournament at Camelot– $23.99 at Amazon. Use arrows, sorcery, deception and even alchemy to inflict wounds on your opponents. While these high quality cards feel like you’re playing with something lifted from an ancient Bible, you’ll ultimately be the victor by mainting your health while trying to kill thy neighbor.
1. What The Film?!– $24.99 at Target only. while we’re bias to this game, it’s at the top of our list for a good reason. It’s a party game, WITH ARTWORK! The game is beautiful, spawns creativity and as Twist Gaming said, “I was laughing like a hyena the entire time. I’d definitely play this before Cards Against Humanity.” Combine three cards, actor, plot and set to create your movie. Pitch, vote, backstab, win.