The 5 Best Classic Family Games

We’ve taken a look at the classic games of old and chosen a few of the best family games still available. You’re sure to have heard of these, but lets take a closer look at UNO, Connect 4, Yahtzee, Sorry! and Jenga.

UNO Card Game

UNO Card Game

Most people know or have at least heard of UNO. It’s the classic family card game. It’s great for adults and kids from 7 years and older. The aim of the game is to deplete your hands of cards first. But doing this will require some skill and luck.

How to play

On your turn match one of your cards with the current card shown on top of the deck by either color or number. If you can’t then you need to draw a card from the pile. This enables you to guide the flow of the game to a certain color or hopefully get people to play cards close to the numbers you’re holding.

There’s also a number of special action cards,  Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos and color-changing Wild cards to help you swing the game in your favour. When you’re down to one card, you need to shout “UNO!” to avoid being penalized. This also tells the other players that you’re close to finishing.

Connect 4 Game

connect4

In this two player game all you have to do is line up four of your discs to win. It’s very simple but with alternating player turns it’s all about out smarting your opponent. You can choose to start in the middle or the side. Line them up side by side, diagonally or vertically. As long as you connect four you win! But you’ll have to keep an eye on your opponent and stop them from doing the same.

Yahtzee

yahtzee

Yahtzee is all about rolling dice. On your turn you need to try and make combinations of the dice numbers to score points. You’re allowed to roll up to three times on each turn – so making sure when to go for the big roll is important. The game lasts for 13 turns and you’ll score points for your combinations at then end of each turn. When the turns are over the player with the most points win. So push your luck and try and get the most our of each round.

Sorry! Game

sorry game

This classic game of luck, strategy, and determination is easy to learn, and can be enjoyed by players from six years and older. The aim of the game is to get all your game pieces to their final destination – home sweet home.

By drawing cards, players will be able to move their pieces on  the board, but other players are able to send your pieces back to the starting line making you lose your progress. This mechanic coined the game’s name Sorry, as players tend to yell that out quite often 😉

This game has a lot of “take that” where a player can get back at one another. It’s best to supervise this game  for younger children until they get that it’s just a game and that the best part is planning your next step to ensure you make it home. There’s a lot of fun to be had though.

Jenga

Jenga versions

Everyone knows Jenga – it’s all about stacking blocks. On your turn you get to pull a block from the tower and then place in on top. All you need to do is survive till someone makes the tower fall. If it does happen then the player who last successfully placed a block on top of the tower wins. This game is great for young and old. There’s also a few versions to choose from, with the Giant version being great for younger kids. You can also check out our Jenga Review for more information.

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