2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Games for Kids & Teens

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For Kids & Teens

Castellan

Designer: Beau Beckett
Publisher: Steve Jackson Games

Castellan

Think dots with lego pieces. Castellan has you building a castle with a combination of cards and small plastic castle pieces. The player with the most towers controlled will win the game, making it a fantastic and very quick game for young players.

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Forbidden Desert

Designer: Matt Leacock
Publisher: Gamewright

Forbidden Desert

This game offers just enough challenge alongside its co-op nature to be a perfect fit for children and parents alike. As you fight to stay alive and get out of the desert in one piece, you’ll move your ship, collect water, and more with your team in tow.

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Spot It

Designer: Denis Blanchot, Guillaume Gille-Naves, & Igor Polouchine
Publisher: Blue Orange Games

Spot It

This is a hot game right now and comes in numerous different types. The idea is simple. Play a card with a matching element from the card on the table. Kids can pick it up fast and parents will have fun as well.

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Toc Toc Woodman

Designer: Justin Oh
Publisher: Mayday Games

TocTocWoodman

Swing your plastic axe and take down a tree to get the most points from bark and grubs inside. If that doesn’t sound like an instant winner with the younger members of your family, what does? Everyone will have a blast with this more explosive variant of Jenga.

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Cardline & Timeline

Designer: Frederic Henry
Publisher: Asmodee

Cardline

There are numerous variants of the Cardline and Timeline game suite, and each of them offers educational fun for the whole family. The best part? Your children won’t realize they are learning as they compete to guess which animal is bigger, which invention came first, and more.

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Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.