Summary of “The 40 Greatest Family Games”

No matter where you are on this continuum, Slate’s list of the 40 best family games is for you.
The past two decades have seen a renaissance in family-friendly tabletop gaming, with new games taking the best elements of the classics, then reimagining and improving them.
“Educational” games are often boring, but some of the most entertaining games offer either implicit or explicit lessons about reasoning, sportsmanship, math, ethics, and teamwork.
We’ve arranged our 40 games by the ideal age for a kid to play them, from 4 to 16.
We’re also celebrating the fun of family games by publishing Slate writers’ odes to the games they love the most-and their defenses of the truly bad ones.
The timer adds excitement too, eliminating the tedious deliberation that can sap the fun out of some family games and replacing it with panicked glances back and forth between the tray of letters and the rapidly slipping sand.
Give credit to the ’60s game show Password for popularizing a whole genre of party games in which players try to get teammates to guess a word by rattling off other words-like Charades, with speech instead of gestures.
What makes Pictionary one of the greatest of all party games is that winning doesn’t demand any polished artistic skill.

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