Life is more fun when you play games – especially with your family!

Be it online games, video games or plan ol’ board games, having a game night is a great chance to get together with your family. In these crucial times where most families are staying in for the whole day, there are plenty of games to help release stress, refresh your mind and regain your sanity.

After all, families that play together, stay together!

Benefits of Playing Games as a Family

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Games are great conversation starters. They allow juniors to speak their mind and incite seniors to champion the game with their witty tricks. Playing games together encourage face-to-face contact and allows the family to develop deeper personal relationships. Plus, video gaming is proven to promote neural connections in the brain, build dexterity and even improve social skills.

It will also be a great opportunity to learn how to work in a team and develop collaborative problem solving skills, and spur the competitive spirit in them!

Without further ado, here are 10 best games you can play with your family!

 

For Players to Find their Happy Place

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Go fishing. Enjoy fruit-picking. Discover bug-catching. Explore fossil hunting. Make animal friends. Cross over to a fantasy world on an island paradise with Animal Crossing! Developed and published by Nintendo, this game is loved by over 30 million fans worldwide. With this new edition of Animal Crossing, players explore new horizons in an open-ended social simulation game. What’s not to love when cute raccoons who run the fantasy island welcome the animal version of you to the village.

Then, players meet a host of other animal residents and build up their living space. Together, they clean up the town, buy new merchandise and have interesting conversations. Further, it’s definitely a welcome move away from narrative story games and aggressive first-person shooter games.

  • Pros: Simulated fantasy life has a soothing, calming effect as players connect on an emotional level.
  • Cons: So, active players may get bored as there are no trophies to be won or champions to be crowned in this game.
  • Platform:  Nintendo DS, Wii U
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2. Overcooked

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Chef wannabes and foodies unite! Overcooked cooks up a storm in a cooking simulation game developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team 17. Easy enough for even kids to understand, this game is great for one to four players. They have to work as a team to run a kitchen of chefs amidst accidental fires, collapsing floors and crazy waiters. What’s exciting is the need to speedily prepare, cook and serve a menu of pastas, burgers, pizzas, cakes, sushi and more.

  • Pros: Suitable for any age. Has improved multiplayer functionality.
  • Cons: High-pressure situations may lead to a little conflict between players.
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam

3. Super Mario Odyssey

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An iconic hero in the gaming world, Super Mario and cast of lovable characters lead players through a masterpiece of mayhem to rescue Princess Peach from arch enemy Bowser. Developed and published by Nintendo for Nintendo Switch, this game promises action-packed adventures. Enter a collection of mini worlds where obstacles, enemies and disasters challenge your gaming skills to the max. It’s great for family fun as players run, hop, hike and sprint their way through levels.

  • Pros: Well-loved game that has evolved over the years with a huge fan following.
  • Cons: Addictive game that may make you lose track of time and place.
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

4. Kinetic Rush

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Who doesn’t love Disney-Pixar animation? Their much-loved characters have inspired kids the world over. Developed by Microsoft Studios and Disney/Pixar, Kinetic Rush transports players to the wonderful world of Cars, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up and Ratatouille. Targeted at little kiddos, parents can play along too as the game requires cooperation and strategic thinking skills.

  • Pros: Awesome Pixar characters and beautifully designed landscapes.
  • Cons: Repetitive lines of dialogue.
  • Platform: Xbox 360

5. Just Dance

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Not getting enough exercise at home? Need the kids to get off the sofa? Put on your dancing shoes and move to the fantastic beats of Just Dance! After all, it was voted as the best video game at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2019. Developed and published by Ubisoft, Just Dance is easy to play as it transforms any room into a delightful dance floor. In fact, the neon lights, funky dancers, crazy beats and impossible dance choreography will unleash your inner dance!

  • Pros: Helps players burn calories and improve flexibility.
  • Cons: Tech limitations on tracking dance intensity of players.
  • Platform: Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

For Players Who Think Weird is Wonderful

6. Crash Bandicoot

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Having been around for over 20 years, Crash Bandicoot has crashed into the hearts and homes of gamers all over the world. The game is developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Further, its latest offering, Crash Team Racing Fuelled was featured in the Worlds Games Award 2019 as the best sports and racing game. So, join the excitement as the mutant barred bandicoot races on a motorbike, jet ski, cart and ride a polar bear!

  • Pros: Tremendously therapeutic as Crash smashes crates, grabs fruit as he races to the finish.
  • Cons: Tough terrains that cause players to lose all their lives and restart from the beginning.
  • Platform: PlayStation

7. Minecraft

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Minecraft is an immersive video game developed and published by Mojang. Players craft tools, explore earth works, extract raw materials and compete with other players to protect the block-generated world they’ve built. Touted to be one the greatest games of all time, Minecraft has won several awards. In fact, this game has been used extensively in educational environments. So, parents have no guilt in letting the youngsters get hooked to Minecraft.

  • Pros: Increases creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Cons: Can be addictive as kids get over-involved.
  • Platform: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Wii U

8. Rayman Legends

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Developed and published by Ubisoft, Rayman Legends shines bright as a winning game that has won multiple artistic and musical awards. Hence, rock to the party as Rayman and gang enter an enchanted forest and get swept away into other magical worlds! Equally enchanting are the musical beats as they run, jump and battle to save this fantastical world from various villains.

  • Pros: Plenty of content and constant challenges.
  • Cons: Initially confusing interface.
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch, GameCube, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii U

9. Plants vs. Zombies

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Sleepless nights turning you into a zombie? Then, stay up and play Plants vs. Zombies where a variety of weapon-wielding plants battle with crazed zombies across various landscapes. Simple amazing are the peashooters, cherry bombs and sunflowers. So, players need to think fast to defeat zombies that range from pole-vaulters, snorkellers to bucket-heads. Developed by PopCap Games, this game is endless fun!

  • Pros: Hilarious zombies and experimental plants.
  • Cons: Creepy on all levels, making every day like Halloween.
  • Platform: Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360

For Families Who Want To Reduce Screen Time

10. Best-selling Board Games

Play Tetris Jenga! Unlike your ordinary Jenga, this game uses different shaped blocks designed after the famous Tetris pentominoes to build your Jenga tower. Moreover, it’s quite challenging to pull out these colourful Tetris-shaped blocks and stack them atop your tower. So, one wrong move and everything comes tumbling down.

Try Monopoly‘s new edition games which range from Super Mario to War Craft to Game of Thrones and plenty more. Further, Monopoly is known to build critical thinking skills with simulated property and financial dealings using Monopoly money.

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Bring back word games with Scrabble where players use quick thinking and strategic play. In addition, players earn the most points from double or triple letter or word score spaces. Moreover, seniors love to get involved in Scrabble as the game has been around for generations.

Where to Find These Fabulous Games?

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Share with us what are your favourite games for a stay home game night with your family in the comments below!