Games That Give Family Game Night a New Edge


I love games. I have always enjoyed sitting down with some close friends or my family and challenging each other to a round of Monopoly, or some other game that had been dusted off for the evening. Games offer a special opportunity for us to sit down, see one another, and actually enjoy the company of others around us. Sometimes you’re working together, sometimes you’re working against each other, but at least you’re together.

Here I have compiled a list of some modern games that can amplify your family game night so that you don’t have to play Sorry! again this week.

1.) Betrayal At House On The Hill – 2nd Edition by Avalon Hill

I learned of this game through a friend, and we played it for hours. Not because it’s a long game, but because it was fun. The premise of this game is that every person selects a character from the game (think Clue) and your characters are trapped in a derelict house. The characters explore the house, by placing room tiles where they explore. In the room, you could get extra boost points for fighting, or movement, you could find a special item that will help you defeat “the bad guy,” or you could trigger an event that could change up the game. Each game is different depending on the cards drawn, and the dice rolled. This game is on the darker side, so it is rated 12+. It can have 3-6 players.


2.) Pandemic Board Game by Z-Man Games

This game, like the above, is suggested for teenagers. It is designed for 2-4 Players, and it is similar to Betrayal of the House on the Hill in that you are assigned a character. This game, however, is intended to be slightly less…morbid. The premise is that each of you has set skills, and you must work cooperatively to destroy a dangerous and deadly disease before it causes a Pandemic. It has high ratings for a reason – it’s almost addicting. The game changes every time you play it, so it will keep you on the edge of your seat, too.


3.) Ticket To Ride by Days of Wonder

Ticket To Ride has a younger age range than the others above. It is recommended for ages 8+ and can have 2-5 players. The idea of this game is that you have to try and visit as many cities in America that you can, in seven ‘days’ by travelling by train. The challenge is to get trains from city to city, which is how you earn points. The longer the distance, the more points you earn.


The game also has an expansion package that you can buy:

Ticket To Ride 1910 Expansion

4.) Hasbro Speak Out Game

You may have  seen this one making the rounds on Facebook this holiday season.Why?  Because nothing is more fun than watching your friends and family look completely idiotic. This game is comprised of mouthpieces, and when it is your teams turn, one team member puts the mouthpiece in and pronounces a sentence from a game card. Your partner has to guess what you are saying before the timer runs out. If they get it right, they get a card. The team with the most cards at the end of the game, wins.

This game is designated for ages 16+ because the mouthpieces are for adult mouths.

Find kid’s mouth pieces: Airgoesin 12pcs Kid Children Dental Oral Cheek Retractor Lip Opener Watch Ya Mouth Game Speak Out Game Lipless Game



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