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Shopper's Guide
Picking the perfect game can be hard! With so many games to choose from it can be next to impossible to figure out if a game is good, or if you'll like it. That's why Funagain provides this short guide to help you pick a great game, every time! You can browse the various categories by clicking on a link to the right, or you can simply browse the list to read about each game. And if you're buying a gift and just can't decide (or it's the last minute), you can always get a digital Funagain Gift Certificate.

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Family Games

Looking for a game that the entire family can play? Need to entertain children, teenagers, and adults at the same time? Look no further than some of our favorite family games. These games are easy enough for an eight year old to understand, but interesting enough to keep older kids and adults engaged in the game.

Players: 2-4 / Ages: 9+ / Play Time: 30 minutes

The classic push-your-luck game is back -- in its stop-sign format! Designed by the legendary Sid Sackson (I'm the Boss, BuyWord, and many more), Can't Stop is one of those games you'll want to play again and again. On your turn, 1) roll the four dice and form two pairs of numbers, 2) place or advance the three "runners" on those numbers, 3) be the first to run to the top of three number columns on the stop sign and you win! HOWEVER, you can only keep rolling the dice if you can advance a runner, and if you can't advance you lose all of the progress made on that turn! Everyone likes to keep rolling one more time... and then maybe just once more... Quick and easy fun for the whole family, Can't Stop works with nearly all ages and is sure to be a hit with whomever you play it with.

Players: 2-5 / Ages: 8+ / Play Time: 30-60 minutes

Ticket to Ride took the gaming world by storm in 2004 and hasn't looked back since. A 30-60 minute game about building connections between cities the game has become so popular it spawned several expansions and other stand alone games. The perfect game for people just getting introduced to the world of board games, Ticket to Ride is fun and easy to learn. The simple game play of connecting cities across a map with a train route is easily taught but still strategic and a lot of fun. Besides the original edition, there are many expansions available that take you all around the world!

2-5 Players / Ages: 8+ / Play Time: 30 minutes

A game about placing tiles to form cities, roads and farmlands, Carcassonne won the coveted German Game of the Year award in 2001 and has been going strong ever since. Like all popular forms of entertainment, Carcassonne has spawned several expansions and spin-off games. The game plays great with any of the suggested number of players, including a fantastic game for two. Because the gameboard is made up of tiles which are laid as the game is played, the board changes every game and creates a new and interesting game everytime. What kind of person likes this game? Since it's Funagain's all time best seller, the answer is almost everyone!

2-4 Players / Ages: 5+ / Play Time: 20-30 minutes

Not only is Blokus one of the most beautiful games to be found, it is also a tremendous two to four player abstract strategy game. There are literally only two rules, allowing the game to be accessible to even the most casual of players; and games can end in ten minutes! Players take turns laying down twenty-one pieces of different shapes on a grid, attempting to block their opponents and make more room for themselves. The player who places the most translucent plastic pieces is the winner, as players seek to expand their own territory in this clever little game.

Party Games

Party games are games which have a very high degree of player interaction and can accommodate a large number of players. For years the party game genre was dominated by Trivial Pursuit and the other trivia game spin-offs. However this is no longer true, and party games have evolved into an entirely new breed.

6+ Players / Ages: 6+ / Play Time: 30 minutes

Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic stand-by game you know — where one person acts out words for the team to guess. With Reverse Charades, your entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as ONE person can guess. Because there are multiple people acting out the words instead of just a single person, it's really easy for everyone to get into the action, even people that might otherwise be a little shy. The winner of over 9 awards, Reverse Charades is a fast-paced, fiercely fun team competition that's an absolute riot with families, work teams, school groups, party-goers or among a few close friends.

3-8 Players / Ages: 8+ / Play Time: 20 minutes

A hybrid game which can accommodate a larger number of players but works more like a traditional game, this is a reprint of a game called Diamant, which was quite successful in Germany, but never had North American distribution. Incan Gold is a "push your luck" game and simulates explorers delving deep into an abandoned Incan pyramid on the hunt for gold an treasures. Each turn a single card is flipped up and it contains either gold for the players to split amongst themselves, or a hazard. When players see the second hazard card of the same kind all players left in the mine must give up their gold, as gold is only safe if players extricate themselves and return to camp. But if players leave they cannot share in any of the further gold discovered. Incan Gold is great for a larger group and will really appeal to those people who enjoy are natural "gamblers."

4-20 Players / Ages: 10+ / Play Time: 25 minutes

A top seller at Funagain in the party game category for the past few years, Wits & Wagers is the perfect trivia game for people who hate trivia games. While trivia games have been popular for years they have one flaw, the person who reads encyclopedias for fun always dominates the game. Not with Wits & Wagers. All answers in the game are in the form of numbers, and each player writes his or her answer on a card. Those answers are then ranked from smallest to largest and all players bet on which answer they think is correct. The correct player gets a small amount of points, but the real payoff happens when the players who bet on that answer are paid off according to the space on the board the answer was placed. Don't know the answer to "how long is a blue whale?" That doesn't matter, because you can simply bet on the marine biologist's answer who is playing with you.

4-10 Players / Ages: 12+ / Play Time: 20-30 minutes

The wild, award-winning card and party game that provides instant fun for four to ten players! It's as easy as "comparing apples to apples"... just open the box, deal the cards, and you're ready to play! Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. And everyone gets a chance to be the judge! Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events. Fast moving and refreshing, Apples to Apples is perfect for any get together with family and friends! The Party Box comes complete with over 1,000 cards.

Kids Games

When you're looking for a game for those 8 years old and under, Funagain's kids games are the place to look. While Funagain carries hundreds of great kids games, those listed below are among the best.

2-6 Players / Ages: 6+ / Play Time: 20 minutes

Rat-a-Tat Cat (Funagain's best-selling kids game) is a great way to introduce math concepts to kids. Rat cards are high, cat cards are low. Put on your poker face, then draw, swap, and sneak a peek to get rid of rats and make way for the cats. The player with the lowest score wins! Rat-a-Tat Cat encourages quick counting skills, keen timing, and teaches math concepts like greater than and less than. As they learn the strategy for the game, kids will also begin to develop an intuitive sense of probability.

1 or more Players / Ages: 8+ / Play Time: 15 minutes
Rory's Story Cubes

The very popular Rory's Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory's Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination! There's also an expansion, Rory's Story Cubes: Actions that adds a whole new dimension to the game with cubes that depict verbs.

1-8 Players / Ages: 4+

Family Pastimes is well-known for their wide variety of cooperative kids games, and Max is the most popular. Children help get all the little creatures safely home before Max, the Tomcat, catches them. Max teaches children learn logic, consultation, and decision making, all in an exciting way.

Strategy Games

Strategy Games are a step up from Family Games. They're still easy to learn, but you'll find more opportunities to develop cunning plans and outwit your opponents. Strategy Games are also a little longer, but many only take 60-90 minutes.

3-4 Players / Ages: 12+ / Play Time: 60-120 minutes

One of the most successful games of all time, Catan is a trading and building game set in the mythical world of Catan. Players roll dice to determine which resources are generated each round and then must strategically trade those resources with other players to get what they need to build their settlements, cities, and roads. With multiple ways to gain victory points and a board that changes in every play, Catan is a game that can be played hundreds of different ways. The base of a hugely successful franchise, with multiple engaging expansions, Catan is the core game of many collections, and is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends!

2-6 Players / Ages: 12+ / Play Time: 120 minutes

Think you can keep the power flowing and meet demand? Prove it with Power Grid! Players compete to build the best network of power lines and stations, choosing which cities to supply and what sources of power to use. Will you choose cheap but reliable oil or coal power plants? Nuclear? Or will you hold out for clean and renewable wind power? Power Grid is an excellent balance of strategy with just enough randomness to keep each game interesting. Additionally, the game board has a different map on each side, and there are several expansion maps

available, too!

2-4 Players / Ages: 10+ / Play Time: 45-60 minutes

A groundbreaking cooperative game, Pandemic has been having players save the world since 2008. Four diseases have broken out and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together, playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose. The On The Brink expansion adds support for a fifth player, as well as new scenarios to challenge players even more. And the In the Lab expansion features a whole new way to research cures, as well as new roles and events.

2-4 Players / Ages: 10+ / Play Time: 30 minutes

The winner of the 2009 Game of the Year (and many other awards), the hugely-popular Dominion has a lot of the same feel as a CCG (collectible card game, like Magic: The Gathering), without the need to keep collecting new decks. In Dominion, you are a monarch that rules over a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. However, you aren't satisfied -- you want a bigger kingdom! But so do the other monarchs (the other players). You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible by hiring minions, constructing buildings, sprucing up your castle, and filling the coffers of your treasury. And while the base game has everything you need for many gaming sessions, there are also many expansions available.

2 Players / Ages: 8+ / Play Time: 30-60 minutes

From the cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc to the hedgerow battles in the Corentin Peninsula and beyond -- Memoir '44 airdrops you into the key battles that turned the tide in Western Europe during the summer of 1944. Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Operation Cobra... Step in and command your troops on the battlefields that defined History in the 20th century! Memoir '44 is a unique historical game where players command a horde of little plastic Army men facing-off in dozens of WWII battles on an oversize hex game board. Easy to learn and fast-paced, Memoir '44 requires strategic card play, timely dice rolling and an aggressive, yet flexible battle plan to achieve victory!

Other Shoppers/Gift Guide Categories

Want a wider selection than the games listed above? Our gift guide categories contain hundreds of great games.

Award Winning Games

You can also find great game ideas by checking our lists of award-winning games.

Spiel Des Jahres, possibly the world's most prestigious gaming award. [more]


GAMES Magazine's annual list of the 100 best games. [more]

Deutscher Spiele Preis, often considered an award for the gamer's game. [more]


Mensa Mind Games gives an award to their favorite American game. [more]

International Gamers Awards are chosen by a worldwide panel of respected hobbyists. [more]


Major FUN focuses on simple to learn games that are still interesting. [more]

The Dice Tower Awards are chosen by a panel looking for games that are simply fun! [more]


BoardGameGeek Awards are based on community vote from [more]

Kennerspiel des Jahres is for games meant for a more experienced audience. [more]


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