Hello DK readers! As you may know, this is my second edition of Games We Love. Sorry, it’s been a while since my last post. Obviously I’ve been playing games instead of writing. Since my first iteration in December, both of my kids have had birthdays. So, my 1yo and 3yo are suddenly 2 and 4! Our third child is coming soon, so I will have no shortage of website material. It will be fun to document their evolving tastes in games.
Enough introductions, and onto the next edition of Games We Love. Let’s talk about which games my family has been enjoying recently…
Games My 2yo Loves
My son is finally showing a little interest in games! His journey has begun with a few light games. One of those games which he loves is Where’s Bear? Although, it’s more of a toy or activity rather than a formal board game (hence the lack of a BGG entry). In fact, Where’s Bear? is a glorified (and attractive) hide and seek game. There’s also a mini-game for finding objects within the box illustrations. It’s somewhat overpriced for a wooden bear and a set of six nesting boxes, but it’s well-designed with good quality, and it’s hard to deny my kids’ enjoyment – even my 4yo loves it!
Furthermore, games like this are a perfect way to establish an evening game routine at an early age and can even be used to incentivize good behavior.
Games My 4yo Loves
I can personally attest that Dream Home is enjoyable for players from ages 4 to 90.
QUICKPICK: ISLAND OF MONSTER MASKS
I talked about Quickpick: Island of Monster Masks as part of a big game comparison my daughter helped me with in 2017. It’s a simple game where silliness and face contortion win the day. My daughter requests Quickpick a lot and she’s surprisingly good at it! She’s shown a lot of improvement, and can hilariously match her mouth and eyes to the monsters on the cards. There’s no strategy involved, but there’s also no shortage of fun. One more thing: Its tiny box is perfect for family vacations! (BGG link)
Games Dad Loves
DECEPTION: MURDER IN HONG KONG
When I’m playing with at least 5 adults, I bring out Deception: Murder in Hong Kong every single time. It’s always a hit. Since buying it, I’ve never played it less than 3 or 4 times per session. Someone always asks for “just one more game.” Multiple rounds get played because it’s such a quick game, but also because the variety of roles keeps it fresh. The forensic scientist gives silent clues, while the other players (murder, investigators, witness, etc.) do their best to help their team – or help themselves. The creative potential murder scenarios people come up with always lead to a few hearty laughs. Deception – as well as the next game I love this month – certainly benefits from players that don’t take it too seriously. This will be part of Games We Love for quite some time.
The new expansion, Deception: Undercover Allies, offers more of everything: more clues, more weapons and more roles. While I don’t think it is an “essential” expansion, if you love Deception as much as I do, you’ll likely want to get the additional content. More is better! (BGG link)
My love for Dinosaur Island is hard to contain.
So, there you have it. A brief glimpse into the games we love and the ones which have been getting the most plays recently. If you liked reading Games We Love, share it, comment below and all that good stuff.