Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup

Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup

Have you seen all the games we’ve previewed in the last six months?  I thought not. Shame on you. Luckily I’ve put the best of the best (best of the mediocre?) here in one post so you don’t have to wade through all of them! And yes, they are in a particular order – we’ve saved the best for last!

How did we decide which were the best? Of course it is all subjective, but when the kids ask for a game over-and-over-and-over, you know it is good. Cost, replayability, quality of construction and timelessness all played into our decisions. We picked from all the games we featured whether brand new or a Thrift Treasure. We have board games, card game, dice games and much more to choose from. So, without further adieu…

#5 – Sequence Dice
Sequence Dice - SahmReviews.com

#4 – Canasta Caliente
Do you remember Canasta? Look at this "hot" Caliente version! - SahmReviews.com

#3 – Squashed
Squashed is a new game from PlaSmart that combines strategy with good old smashing! - SahmReviews.com

#2 – Sharp Shooters
Sharp Shooters introduction and play - SahmReviews.com

#1 – Boxcars
Boxcars by Rio Grande Games. Become a railroad tycoon in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

And there you have it. Our favorite games from the last six months. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss a single game! We usually feature one or two PER WEEK! Alternately you can get your fix by liking SahmReviews.com on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

What games (or type of games) would you like to see next?

Take a look at our Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup for the first half of 2014! - SahmReviews.com

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

52 comments on «Semi-Annual Top 5 Games Roundup»

  1. Ashley Alvin says:

    CrossWays: The Path to Victory is Not Always a Straight Line

    1. Scott says:

      That does look like a fun one! We’ve been in contact with USAopoly in the past, but haven’t worked with them (yet). Hopefully that will change soon!

  2. My kiddos are still a little to young for these games. I will save this post for when they are we are ready to trade in Chutes and Ladders & Candy Land for something a bit more substantial!

  3. Great list and very helpful! Just in time for a birthday gift I need to purchase! I will also save this for Xmas gifts.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love that you guys play so many games. This is an awesome roundup – they all sound fun!

  5. I never learned to play canasta – I know what we’re going on the next rainy day.

  6. Jenn says:

    Thanks for the round up. We LOVE games. Crazy Eights, Go Fish and Candyland are about all that Sweet T can play right now, but looks like she is going to love playing games as much as we do. Yay!

  7. Melissa says:

    We need to try some of these! I think my son would love Squashed!

  8. These sound like great games. Should make for a fantastic family game night.

  9. I recently found a game at a garage sale and I —am not kidding– thought of your blog! This was a game I never heard of and my girls and I actually loved it! Who Knew.. I think wo looking is the name of it… it’s by Cranium.

    1. Scott says:

      We’ve seen a lot of different games by Cranium at yard sales and thrift stores, but every time we find one the clay inside is all dried up. Someday we’ll try one out that is in good shape!

      And good for you for picking it up – for a buck or two you can take the chance at some great entertainment and much cheaper than a movie!

  10. Christie says:

    I’m so glad you do this post. You review so many awesome games, it’s great to see the faves!

  11. Henrietta says:

    I adore board games and have a problem with buying too many at yard sales — especially old ones that I’ve never heard of! I love your round up, we’ve not tried any of them but now I’ll be on the lookout!

  12. Jaime says:

    I’m impressed you’ve managed to try so many games! My husband is a huge fan of board games and we’re often looking for new ones to try out.

  13. Liz Mays says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t played any of these yet. If they’re in your top five, I need to get with it!

  14. Sharp Shooters looks like a great game. I bet a few of these will end up on our Christmas wish list!

  15. Karen says:

    These all look like really fun games! I love a good game night!

  16. MommaDJane says:

    We love having family game nights. We recently just agreed to have a family game night with my brother-in-law and his wife. So two families under one roof competing in board games. Should be a lot of fun! We will have to try some of these.

  17. Chelsea says:

    I’ve never heard of any of these! I do like board games, but don’t own any myself except Monopoly!

  18. Laura says:

    We love sequence so I am sure we would also like the Sequence dice game. Family game time is always a hit in our house. Thanks for some new to us suggestions!

  19. Veronica says:

    I love that these boards games are as much fun as video games. Board games are so much better for family game nights and of course family bonding

  20. I can’t believe I haven’t played any of those. We love board games.

  21. Felicia says:

    My kids are too young for these, but I love family game nights! We really need to bring that back.

  22. Those are a lot of very cool games. We need to stock up some more on games.

  23. So, I am almost embarrassed to say that I have never heard of any of these games. I want to check them out, though. These would be super fun for a couple’s game night.

  24. Theresa says:

    We haven’t played any of these games yet, though they sound interesting. My girls are all about Apples to Apples lately.

  25. Shell says:

    We love game nights here! Thanks for the suggestions.

  26. Brett says:

    we LOVE sequence games. have to find the dice one soon!

  27. Chrysa says:

    WOW! What a great collection of games. I’m always looking for new ones for at home and for gifts! Thanks for the through review of some new games to add to our collection,

  28. There are definitely some great and creative games out there these days! I don’t get to play games much because my family and friends aren’t really big board game people, but every now and again I like to try a new one out 🙂

  29. I really love “portable” games like card games and dice games. I’d enjoy more of those.

  30. You do a great job finding the biggest variety of games! Keep up the good work!

  31. I am looking forward to playing games this summer with my boys. Thank you for the great suggestions.

  32. Debbie L. says:

    We are such a gaming family! All of the games look like so much fun!

  33. Super fun roundup. We love playing games here. One of my favorite games is Canasta! I played that for years and years with my own family growing up.

  34. Rosey says:

    I like to see unique games I haven’t heard of before. We’re a big game family.

  35. LaVonne says:

    I love finding games at the Thrift Store! We have a closest full of family games. I haven’t heard of a few of these, I need to keep my eye out for them!

  36. amanda says:

    These games look really awesome. My son would love to play them!

  37. Dina says:

    I love the games you chose. The ones that look like I played when I was growing up and not attached to an electronics device. lol

  38. Cara says:

    Now that my youngest is getting old enough to play games, we are starting family game night again! These games look great!

  39. We love to play games as a family. Thanks for the ideas!

  40. Great games! I definitely would like to try these out with my son!

  41. We are a huge board game family and while we do play games with the kids appropriate for their ages my husband and I also game in our couples time but we play a lot of hardcore WWII and Civil War strategy games, we even brought games on our honeymoon. Yes, we are nerds.

  42. Friday is family game night at our house so this look at 5 great games was good for me.

  43. stacy says:

    Bananas, its somewhat like scrabble yet without a board. its so much easier to take with you and a lot of fun!

    1. Scott says:

      Are you referring to Bananagrams? I think we actually have it – I’ll have to make a point of featuring it. Thanks for the reminder!

  44. Clearly I need to play more games. These sound like fun.

  45. Can I just say, I have never heard of any of these games?! I’m feeling a bit deprived and will be checking them out. Thank you!

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