Game night is a perfect opportunity for busy families to sit down and spend quality time together. Whether you’re looking for a new game to play on vacation or need to spruce up your normal game night routine, these apps will do the trick. From bookworms to music aficionados, there’s an app for every family. Consider playing one of these games with your family this week.
If you’ve ever played Settlers of Catan, then Catan HD is the perfect choice for your next game night, especially if you are playing with tweens and teens. This multiplayer game will challenge your thinking as your work to expand your village into a booming metropolis. Catan HD sneaks in some educational aspects too, like learning about the economy, systems of trade, and material resources. This family favorite app is great for players 12 and above, but younger children might find it confusing.
Adapted from the original board game, Ticket to Ride is for all of your geography buffs and train enthusiasts. Players collect trains to build railway systems which connect various cities in the U.S. using the provided maps. The winner is determined by the length and accomplishments of each railroad they’ve built. This app can be played in a multiuser setting, or be connected to other players around the world, but is best for children 13 and older.
A personal favorite of talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up! will be a big hit at your next family game night. Players try to guess the word on the app, which is held above the head, from clues given by team members. Topics are wide and random such as naming celebrities, singing, or talking in accents. Players can add to the wide variety of categories by creating their own. Perfect for families with children seven and above.
Originally called Word Streak, Boggle with Friends is a word game that can be played with multiple players. Players race against the clock to spell the most words before time is up. The game can be made more difficult by taking on daily challenges and competing in live tournaments. Boggle with Friends is available in nine different languages which makes it a great learning tool for multilingual or bilingual families. Since the difficulty level can be adjusted, this game is perfect for anyone who can read!
If you want to get moving to your next family game night, then this is the app for you. Just Dance Now can be streamed from your phone, which is used as a controller, to your Internet accessible TV. Loaded with hundreds of songs organized into different categories, you’ll be sure to find something to get you dancing! If you monitor your children’s music, make sure to pay attention to the song selections.
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