Popular Games to Play as a Family - The Solihull Observer

Popular Games to Play as a Family

With everyone juggling busy schedules, families need to carve out moments that bring joy and togetherness.

One of the best ways you can achieve this is through games.

There is a growing global interest in board games, perhaps driven as families look for screen-free ways to bond. The global board game market is worth over £15 billion – and that figure is expected to rise.

Here, we explore some of the most beloved games that promise hours of fun for everyone.


Cluedo, the classic mystery game, has been a staple in family game nights for decades. This game of detective work requires players to solve the mystery of who was murdered in the mansion. The thrill of piecing together clues to identify the culprit, the weapon, and the location keeps everyone on their toes.

Players choose from six suspects: Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Reverend Green, Mrs. White, and Professor Plum. As the game progresses, they move around the board to different rooms, making suggestions and accusations. The combination of strategy, deduction, and a bit of luck makes Cluedo a captivating choice for families looking to engage in a battle of wits. Plus, with various editions available, including themed versions like Harry Potter Cluedo, there’s always a fresh twist to enjoy.

Deal or No Deal

Inspired by the hit TV show, Deal or No Deal brings the excitement of the studio right into your living room. The game involves choosing briefcases and hoping to find the one with the highest amount of money, while a mysterious banker tempts you with offers to quit the game early. The suspense builds as you decide whether to take the deal or hold out for potentially more money.

A fun variation to try is Deal or No Deal bingo. This version combines the thrill of the original game with the classic elements of bingo, creating an engaging and dynamic experience. It’s perfect for families who enjoy a mix of chance and strategy. The simplicity of the game makes it accessible to all ages, ensuring that everyone from kids to grandparents can join in the fun.


For those who love a good laugh and a bit of creative competition, Pictionary is a fantastic choice. This drawing and guessing game is perfect for all ages and skill levels. Players take turns drawing a word or phrase from a card while their teammates try to guess what it is within a time limit. The challenge lies in conveying the meaning through drawings alone, without using words or letters.

Pictionary is great for family gatherings as it encourages teamwork and creativity. Even those who claim they “can’t draw” will find themselves getting into the spirit of the game, often with hilarious results. With multiple editions available, including Pictionary Air, which uses augmented reality, this game continues to innovate and entertain.

Dungeons and Dragons

For families looking to embark on epic adventures, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) offers a unique and immersive experience. This role-playing game allows players to create characters and tackle quests in a fantastical world. The game is driven by storytelling, imagination, and collaboration, making it a deeply engaging activity for families.

One player takes on the role of Dungeon Master (DM), guiding the narrative and controlling the game’s world and inhabitants. The other players create characters with distinct abilities and personalities, working together to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. D&D boosts creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork, making it a wonderful way for families to connect on a deeper level.

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