Reinhard Staupe Sherlock Card Game Review

Sherlock Memory Card Game Review
Sherlock Memory Card Game Review

Basic Information

Number of Players: 2-5

Age: 5+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Introduction to Reinhard Staupe’s Sherlock Card Game

Reinhard Staupe’s Sherlock Card Game is a great game to help improve reading, object identification, and memory in young children. It’s a great memory game for young players as the rules are fairly simple and the game play is still challenging enough to keep them invested. The idea of the game is that you are Sherlock and you are following the clues around the board.

How to Play Reinhard Staupe’s Sherlock Card Game

Reinhard Staupe Sherlock Card Game
Visual of Game Play

To set up Sherlock the card game you must shuffle the cards and place them in a stack in the middle of the playing area. Then you place 8 cards face up in a circle around the stack. Players take some time to memorize these 8 cards and when they are ready they flip the cards back over so they are face down.

The first player takes the Sherlock token and places it on one of the face down cards and announces what they believe that card is. That player then flips that card face up to reveal if they were correct or incorrect. Should they be correct, they then move in the direction that the card instructs them two (with an arrow pointing in a direction left or right and a number dictating how many cards). They move to this new card and must again guess what that card is and if they are correct they move on to the next card and so on until they land on a card that is face up which they then take as their point. That card is then replaced by a new card from the deck which is revealed to all players before being also placed face down in the empty space. Should a Player guess a card wrong at any time they lose their turn and the next player becomes Sherlock and tries to remember their way around the cards.

The player who is the first to gather 6 clue cards is the winner!

Notes on Reinhard Staupe’s Sherlock Card Game

This Sherlock card game is a great gift idea for kids around the ages of 5 or 6. The game play is simple enough to understand and start playing within minutes which is great for younger kids with shorter attention spans. The more they play the better kids will become at memorizing cards which can flow into other aspects of the education. This is a great simple game which has always been a favorite of mine when playing with younger kids.

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Takenoko Review

takenoko review

Basic Information

takenoko review

Number of Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 45 minutes

Price: High

Introduction to Takenoko

Takenoko is a great game to play with kids and adults alike with its colorful art style and fun game mechanics. The story for the game of Takenoko is that the Japanese emperor was gifted a Panda by the emperor of China. The gardener is trying to maintain and grow the garden with plots and irrigation so that bamboo will grow to feed the hungry Panda. There is plenty of strategy to keep the more hardcore gamers happy and the rules are easy enough to understand that any child over the age of 8 should be able to pick this game up and play in no time.

How to Play Takenoko

To start the panda and gardener are on the positioned on the starting pond tile. On each of the player’s turns they roll the dice and take two actions plus whatever bonus action that get from the dice. Players can chose to either; take an objective card from the objective decks, place a plot tile, pick up an irrigation stick (which can be placed later for free), Move the gardener to grow the bamboo, or move the Panda to eat the Bamboo.

The players take actions based off their objective cards as the first to finish 7 objective cards wins bonus points with the emperor’s favor and at the end of that round the player with the most points is the winner. You complete objective cards on your turn only so as soon as your turn starts and one of your cards is competed you can place that card face down in front of you on the table. If there completed on other players turns but then suddenly disrupted before getting back to you, you must then re-create the completion condition on your objective cad before placing it down.

Notes on Takenoko

Takenoko is a surprisingly strategic game. There are multiple strategies you can try to use to win the game, each as valid as each other. Depending on events around you there may be a need to adapt these strategies as well which keeps the game play always fresh. Takenoko is also a great game for couples as it plays just a well with 2 players as it does with 4. So for any birthday board game, Valentine ’s Day board game or just one to play with the family, I highly recommend getting Takenoko.

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Best Board Games for 10 year old Girls

Best Board Games for 10 year old Girls

10 year old girls are absolute spoiled for choice when it comes to board games. They can play both kids games and adult games and are able to read and interpret the rules more easily than younger kids. For this reason the list for 10 year old girls is larger hold a more diverse list of games to play. Girls who like more of a challenge I highly recommend trying Ticket to ride or Settlers of Catan. For those who want to play a more casual game I would go for exploding kittens or love letter.

Takenoko

takenoko review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 45 minutes

Pricing: High

Takenoko is a fun Japanese inspired game where players are trying to be the first to complete 7 objective cards. Takenoko is a great game for 10 year old girls as the game play is intuitive and great for building upon strategy skills and resource management, all with a really fun art style. Despite its admittedly more ‘feminine’ appearance Takenoko is actually a personal favorite of mine as the art style reminds me of stylized anime from the 2000s. I highly recommend this game for girls and adult men alike.

Read the full review of Takenoko

Sequence

sequence board game review

Number of Players: 2-12

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Sequence is a strategy based board game where you want to place your marker 5 in a row, similar to connect 4 but more complex. When you play with more than two players you form 2 or 3 teams with the end goal being to create sequences before the others. This is a great game to play as a family as the parents and kids can team up and makes the game play feel fairer. The strategies can get a little advanced but is also a great way to push 8 year olds to be more strategic in games.

Read the full review for Sequence

Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 45 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Clue (Cluedo outside America) is a classic board game about solving the murder of Mr. Black in his mansion. You play as one of 6 characters who collect clues by visiting rooms and making accusations. This was one of my favourite board games as a child and I believe that the game still holds up to this day. There has been many editions and additions to the base game but the core concept and rules remain the same. Would highly recommend this game for any 10 year old girls.

Read the full review for Clue (Cluedo)

Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 30-60 minutes

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride is a great euro-style board game where the objective is to finish as many destination tickets as you can before you or someone else runs out of trains. This is a great game for the whole family to play as its more mature art style and rules make it just as fun for adults to play with the older kids. This game is great for 10 year old girsl who love board games especially as it requires more strategic thinking from its players than other games on this list.

Read the full review for Ticket to Ride

Love Letter

love letter review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15-20 minutes

Pricing: Low

Love letter is a beautifully crafted card game where players are tasked with trying to get their love letter to the princess. Each round is pretty fast and a whole game can take only 15-20 minutes. This is the perfect game for 10 year olg girls with its mature art style and fun game play. It’s also a great game to travel with due to its small size and travel friendly packaging.

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Settlers of Catan

settlers of catan review

Number of Players: 3-4

Time: 60 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Settlers of Catan is the classic board game that almost everyone who plays board games has played at one point or another. It is for this reason that I feel it is a great game to play with 10 year old girls as it’s a classic that holds up incredibly well to this day. It’s a chance calculating, resource management, negotiation game where the aim is to be the first player to get to 10 points. Catan is a great staple of all board games collections and is sure to be a hit with any 10 year old.

Read the full review for Settlers of Catan

Jungle Speed

jungle speed review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Jungle speed is a speed based party game where the aim of the game is to swipe the totem when your card matches an opponent’s. Jungle Speed is a great party game as its easy rules make it easy to learn and play. The real challenge comes from being able to spot the matching symbol before your opponent which can be hard to do especially with larger player counts. Definitely a great present idea for a 10 year old who likes speed based games.

[Coming Soon] Read the full review for Jungle Speed

Kingdomino

kingdomino review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Kingdomino is a fun domino tile placing game where the aim is to complete the areas around your kingdom with the biggest groups of colours as you can. Its both a game of strategy and a little luck as you try to compete with the other players kingdoms for land that can add value to your current kingdom. Kingdomino is a great game for kids aged 9 and up and is also a great game to play with two players. Read the Full Review of Kingdomino

Read the full review of King Domino

Exploding Kittens

exploding kittens review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Exploding kittens is a fun card game where you are trying to be the last person left in the round. You accomplish this feat by stealing defuse cards off other players and trying to make then draw the exploding kitten card when they have no way to defuse it. Exploding kittens is a great game to play with both kids and adults of all ages and is sure to get a laugh out of even the most stoic of people.

Read the full review for Exploding Kittens

Anomia

anomia review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Anomia is a fast paced word association game that is great for family gatherings. The box advises it’s for kids aged 10 and up but any 9 year old who is good at thinking fast on their feet will do well in this game. Speed is really the name of the game here when two players have matching symbols on their cards they have a duel to try and name something from the subject of each other’s card. Great game for older kids to play with friends and families.

Read the Full review of Anomia

Finding the Best Gift for 10 year old Girls

And those were my top picks of board games for 10 year old girls. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child.

Be sure to also check out my other lists of board games for 8 year old girls and board games for 9 year old girls for further game inspiration.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 9 year old Girls

Best Board Games for 9 year old Girls

9 year old girls are usually at a stage where they can start to really handle the more adult games. They are better at forming complex strategies and trying to out think their opponents. The games lists below really tap into these fundamental skills as well as being a lot of fun. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite in this list as I love to play them all with my partner and her niece.

Exploding Kittens

exploding kittens review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Exploding kittens is a fun card game where you are trying to be the last person left in the round. You accomplish this feat by stealing defuse cards off other players and trying to make then draw the exploding kitten card when they have no way to defuse it. Exploding kittens is a great game to play with both kids and adults of all ages and is sure to get a laugh out of even the most stoic of people.

Read the Full Review for Exploding Kittens

Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 9 year old girls. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

Read the Full Review of Uno

Kingdomino

kingdomino review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Kingdomino is a fun domino tile placing game where the aim is to complete the areas around your kingdom with the biggest groups of colours as you can. Its both a game of strategy and a little luck as you try to compete with the other players kingdoms for land that can add value to your current kingdom. Kingdomino is a great game for kids aged 9 and up and is also a great game to play with two players.

Read the Full Review of Kingdomino

Anomia

anomia review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Anomia is a fast paced word association game that is great for family gatherings. The box advises it’s for kids aged 10 and up but any 9 year old who is good at thinking fast on their feet will do well in this game. Speed is really the name of the game here when two players have matching symbols on their cards they have a duel to try and name something from the subject of each other’s card. Great game for older kids to play with friends and families.

Read the Full review of Anomia

Takenoko

takenoko review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 45 minutes

Pricing: High

Takenoko is a fun Japanese inspired game where players are trying to be the first to complete 7 objective cards. Takenoko is a great game for 9 year old girls as the game play is intuitive and great for building upon strategy skills and resource management, all with a really fun art style. Despite its admittedly more ‘feminine’ appearance Takenoko is actually a personal favorite of mine as the art style reminds me of stylized anime from the 2000s. I highly recommend this game for girls and adult men alike.

Read the full review for Takenoko

Finding the Best Gift for 9 year old girls

And those were my top picks of board games for 9 year old girls. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child or as a gift.

Be sure to also check out my other lists of board games for 8 year old girls and board games for 10 year old girls for further inspiration.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 8 year old Girls

Best Board Games for 8 Year old Girls

8 Year olds are the perfect age to start playing the games that most adults play. This list starts with the classics that I know 8 year old girls can pick up fairly quickly and are great games to build skills in strategy and arithmetic’s in preparation for harder games that they can play when they get older. This list sticks to the main classic board games that I feel most kids should play at least once since they are very likely to play them more often as they get older.

Sushi Go

sushi go review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time:

Pricing: Low

Sushi go is a fun strategy card game where players are trying to collect certain types of sushi to maximize their sushi points. It encourages formulating different strategies and risk assessment in its gameplay and can be used as a learning tool for these skills. The art is a fun Japanese anime style and while it may appear more on the feminine side, I feel this is too good a game to discredit it for boys on the basis of aesthetics. Highly recommend.

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Sequence

sequence board game review

Number of Players: 2-12

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: $15-20 USD

Sequence is a strategy based board game where you want to place your marker 5 in a row, similar to connect 4 but more complex. When you play with more than two players you form 2 or 3 teams with the end goal being to create sequences before the others. This is a great game to play as a family as the parents and kids can team up and makes the game play feel fairer. The strategies can get a little advanced but is also a great way to push 8 year olds to be more strategic in games.

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Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Number of Players: 3-6 (better with 4-5)

Time: 45min-1hour

Pricing: Medium

Clue (Cluedo outside America) is a classic board game about solving the murder of Mr. Black in his mansion. You play as one of 6 characters who collect clues by visiting rooms and making accusations. This was one of my favourite board games as a child and I believe that the game still holds up to this day. There has been many editions and additions to the base game but the core concept and rules remain the same. Would highly recommend this game for any 8 year old girl.

Read the Full Review of Clue (Cluedo)

Monopoly

monopoly review

Number of Players: 2-6

Time: 120 min

Price: Medium-High

Monopoly is a great classic board game for any 8 year old girl. The game play has remained fairly consistent throughout the years and is fairly easy for new players to pick up. There are also many versions of Monopoly with their own unique twists that you are sure to find a version that is the perfect gift. 

Read the Full Review of Monopoly

Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 8 year old girls. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

Read the Full Review of Uno

Board Games for 8 Year Old girls

And those were my top picks of board games for 8 year old girls. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child.

I also have other lists ranging from 5 years old to teens so make sure to check those lists out too.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 7 year old girls

Best Board Games for 7 year old Girls

Buying a board game for a 7 year old can be more difficult that other ages on this list. A good majority of board games have a minimum age of 8+ and kids aged 7 are just below that suggested age threshold. In saying that, there are still plenty of board games that are age appropriate for girls of this age. Below I have complied this list of my top board games for 7 year old girls and I hope it will be helpful.

Ticket to Ride First Journey

ticket to ride first journey review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15-30 min

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride: First Journey is the kid adaption of a popular European style board game called Ticket to Ride. This game differs from the original with a smaller map and a faster game time. This is a great game for 7 year old girls who loves trains and is a great way to start teaching them about geography. I personally love the ticket to ride series and see this as a great Segway to kids into the more serious board games when they are older.

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Spot It

spot it review

Number of Players: 2-8

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Spot it (previously known as Dobble) is a face paces card game where players are trying to match the pictures of the card in their hands to the ones in the stack before the other players. Kids aged 7 and up will be able to get quite fast with the matching of the images (even faster than some adults!) It also comes in a handy travel sized tin so if perfect for a game on the go or even on long plane trips.

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Guess Who

Guess Who board Game review

Number of Players: 2

Time: 20-30 minutes

Pricing: Low to Medium

Guess Who? is a game where two players try to guess each other’s chosen character based of asking simple yes or no questions. This is a fairly simple game, great for young kids, and is fairly quick to play. Guess Who? It’s great for teaching kids colours, facial recognition, and basic deductive reasoning. Guess Who is a stable of children’s board games and still holds up to this day.

Read the full Review of Guess Who

Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 minutes

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 7 year old boys. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

Read the Full Review of Uno

Carassonne

carcassonne review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 35 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Carcassonne is a tile placing game where players are trying to complete structures and surrounding landscapes to place meeples and score points. Carcassonne is a great game for 7 year old girls due to its fairly easy rules but game play that will challenge them in the best ways. Carcassonne is probably the most complicated game to play on this list but should be a great starting point for getting kids this age into more serious board games.

Read the full review of Carcassonne

Best board games for 7 year old girls

And those were my top picks of board games for 7 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child. Most of these games are really versatile in terms of age so many of them also feature on my lists for board games for 6 year old boys and board games for 8 years old boys. Be sure to also check out those lists for further inspiration.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 10 year old Boys

Best Board Games for 10 year old boys

10 year old boys are absolute spoiled for choice when it comes to board games. They can play both kids games and adult games and are able to read and interpret the rules more easily than younger kids. For this reason the list for 10 year old boys is larger hold a more diverse list of games to play. Boys who like more of a challenge I highly recommend trying Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan. For those who want to play a more casual game I would go for Exploding Kittens or Jungle Speed.

Castle Panic

castle panic review

Number of Players: 1-6

Time: 45 minutes

Pricing: High

Castle Panic is a tower defense game where you and the other players are working together to fend off the hordes of monsters. This is a perfect game for 10 year old boys to play with friends and siblings as the cooperative nature of the game will help to avoid any unnecessary fights and also be a load of fun. The art style for me is also a great setting point as it reminds me of old school fantasy games from the 90s and gives me that healthy hit of nostalgia while playing.

Read the full review for Castle Panic

Sequence

sequence board game review

Number of Players: 2-12

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Sequence is a strategy based board game where you want to place your marker 5 in a row, similar to connect 4 but more complex. When you play with more than two players you form 2 or 3 teams with the end goal being to create sequences before the others. This is a great game to play as a family as the parents and kids can team up and makes the game play feel fairer. The strategies can get a little advanced but is also a great way to push 8 year olds to be more strategic in games.

Read the full review for Sequence

Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 45 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Clue (Cluedo outside America) is a classic board game about solving the murder of Mr. Black in his mansion. You play as one of 6 characters who collect clues by visiting rooms and making accusations. This was one of my favourite board games as a child and I believe that the game still holds up to this day. There has been many editions and additions to the base game but the core concept and rules remain the same. Would highly recommend this game for any 10 year old boy.

Read the full review for Clue (Cluedo)

Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 30-60 minutes

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride is a great euro-style board game where the objective is to finish as many destination tickets as you can before you or someone else runs out of trains. This is a great game for the whole family to play as its more mature art style and rules make it just as fun for adults to play with the older kids. This game is great for 10 year old boys who love board games especially as it requires more strategic thinking from its players than other games on this list.

Read the full review for Ticket to Ride

King of Tokyo

king of tokyo review

Number of Players: 2-6

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: High

Have you ever wanted to be a giant monster rampaging through the city and fighting other monsters? Well King of Tokyo is a great way to fulfill all your kaiju monster fantasies and is a great game for all ages to play. Its great for boys ages 10 and up as the box art is strongly influenced by comic and manga art and the game play is nothing short of fun. I highly recommend this game for parents who would like to play a game with their kids and have the playing field being fairly even dispute a large age gap.

Read the full review for King of Tokyo [Coming Soon]

Settlers of Catan

settlers of catan review

Number of Players: 3-4

Time: 60 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Settlers of Catan is the classic board game that almost everyone who plays board games has played at one point or another. It is for this reason that I feel it is a great game to play with 10 year old boys as it’s a classic that holds up incredibly well to this day. It’s a chance calculating, resource management, negotiation game where the aim is to be the first player to get to 10 points. Catan is a great staple of all board games collections and is sure to be a hit with any 10 year old.

Read the full review for Settlers of Catan

Jungle Speed

jungle speed review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Jungle speed is a speed based party game where the aim of the game is to swipe the totem when your card matches an opponent’s. Jungle Speed is a great party game as its easy rules make it easy to learn and play. The real challenge comes from being able to spot the matching symbol before your opponent which can be hard to do especially with larger player counts. Definitely a great present idea for a 10 year old who likes speed based games.

[Coming Soon] Read the full review for Jungle Speed

Exploding Kittens

exploding kittens review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Exploding kittens is a fun card game where you are trying to be the last person left in the round. You accomplish this feat by stealing defuse cards off other players and trying to make then draw the exploding kitten card when they have no way to defuse it. Exploding kittens is a great game to play with both kids and adults of all ages and is sure to get a laugh out of even the most stoic of people.

Read the full review for Exploding Kittens

Anomia

anomia review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 15-30 minutes

Pricing: Low

Anomia is a fast paced word association game that is great for family gatherings. This game is perfect for kids aged 10 and up as it requires players to be able to think fast on their feet. Speed is really the name of the game here when two players have matching symbols on their cards they have a duel to try and name something from the subject of each other’s card. Great game for older kids to play with friends and families.

Read the full review for Anomia

Finding the Best Gift for 10 year old Boys

And those were my top picks of board games for 10 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child.

Be sure to also check out my other lists of board games for 8 year old boys and board games for 9 year old boys for further game inspiration.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Top 5 Board Games for 9 year old boys

Best Board Games for 9 year old boys

9 year old boys can start really building on their strategy skills that they learnt from earlier years. The games lists below include a combination of strategy type games as well as some fun card games that every 9 year old will love. This is a great list for anyone looking for a fun gift to give for birthdays or Christmas.

Exploding Kittens

exploding kittens review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Exploding kittens is a fun card game where you are trying to be the last person left in the round. You accomplish this feat by stealing defuse cards off other players and trying to make then draw the exploding kitten card when they have no way to defuse it. Exploding kittens is a great game to play with both kids and adults of all ages and is sure to get a laugh out of even the most stoic of people.

Read the Full Review for Exploding Kittens

Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 9 year old boys. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

Read the Full Review of Uno

Kingdomino

kingdomino review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Kingdomino is a fun domino tile placing game where the aim is to complete the areas around your kingdom with the biggest groups of colours as you can. Its both a game of strategy and a little luck as you try to compete with the other players kingdoms for land that can add value to your current kingdom. Kingdomino is a great game for kids aged 9 and up and is also a great game to play with two players.

Read the Full Review of Kingdomino

Anomia

anomia review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Anomia is a fast paced word association game that is great for family gatherings. The box advises it’s for kids aged 10 and up but any 9 year old who is good at thinking fast on their feet will do well in this game. Speed is really the name of the game here when two players have matching symbols on their cards they have a duel to try and name something from the subject of each other’s card. Great game for older kids to play with friends and families.

Read the Full review of Anomia

King of Tokyo

king of tokyo review

Number of Players: 2-6

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Medium-High

Have you ever wanted to be a giant monster rampaging through the city and fighting other monsters? Well King of Tokyo is a great way to fulfill all your kaiju monster fantasies and is a great game for all ages to play. Its great for boys ages 9 and up as the box art is strongly influenced by comic and manga art and the game play is nothing short of fun. I highly recommend this game for parents who would like to play a game with their kids and have the playing field being fairly even dispute a large age gap.

Read the Full Review of King Toyko [Coming Soon]

Finding the Best Gift for 9 year old Boys

And those were my top picks of board games for 9 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child. Be sure to also check out my other lists of board games for 8 year old boys and board games for 10 year old boys for further inspiration.

If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 8 Year Old Boys

best board games for 8 Year old boys

There are heaps of great games for 8 year old boys as this is the age where a lot of games start their age recommendations. The list below comprises of games that I feel are most suitable for boys who are 8 years old and is a healthy mix if classic favorites and new games. I hope this list gives some good inspiration for anyone looking to give board games as a gift.

Sushi Go

sushi go review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Sushi go is a fun strategy card game where players are trying to collect certain types of sushi to maximize their sushi points. It encourages formulating different strategies and risk assessment in its gameplay and can be used as a learning tool for these skills. The art is a fun Japanese anime style and while it may appear more on the feminine side, I feel this is too good a game to discredit it for boys on the basis of aesthetics. Highly recommend.

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Sequence

sequence board game review

Number of Players: 2-12

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Sequence is a strategy based board game where you want to place your marker 5 in a row, similar to connect 4 but more complex. When you play with more than two players you form 2 or 3 teams with the end goal being to create sequences before the others. This is a great game to play as a family as the parents and kids can team up and makes the game play feel fairer. The strategies can get a little advanced but is also a great way to push 8 year olds to be more strategic in games.

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Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Clue (Cluedo outside America) is a classic board game about solving the murder of Mr. Black in his mansion. You play as one of 6 characters who collect clues by visiting rooms and making accusations. This was one of my favourite board games as a child and I believe that the game still holds up to this day. There has been many editions and additions to the base game but the core concept and rules remain the same. Would highly recommend this game for any 8 year old boy.

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Monopoly

monopoly review

Number of Players: 2-6

Time: 120 min

Price: Medium-High

Monopoly is a great classic board game for any 8 year old boy. The game play has remained fairly consistent throughout the years and is fairly easy for new players to pick up.

There are also many versions of Monopoly with their own unique twists that you are sure to find a version that is the perfect gift. 

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Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 7 year old boys. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

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Finding the Best Gift for 9 year old Boys

And those were my top picks of board games for 8 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child.

I also have other lists ranging from 5 years old to teens so make sure to check those lists out too.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Sushi Go! Review

sushi go review

Basic Information for Sushi Go!

sushi go review

Number of Players: 2-5

Age: 8+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Introduction to Sushi Go!

Sushi Go is a fun family card game where players are trying to collect certain types of sushi to get the maximum amount of points. It’s a great game to play with anyone aged from 8 to adults. Its fluid play style makes it easy to learn and teach to new players which makes it a great game to pull out at small parties or family dinners. I own both the base version and Sushi Go party which has additional sushi types and goes up to 8 players which I play often at family dinners.

How to Play Sushi Go!

First take out all the puddings and set them aside and shuffle the remaining sushi together. Then take a number of puddings as listed in the rules and add them to the deck and shuffle again. Deal out the sushi cards and then place the rest to the side (including the unused puddings). Each player then choses one sushi from their hand and places it face down in front of them and hands the rest of their cards to the player to their left. Before people pick up their new hand of cards they reveal their chosen sushi that is face down in front of them. Players then pick up the new hand of cards they just received and play continues until there are no more sushi left to pass on. Players then count up their score and keep note of it on a piece of paper. Whoever had the highest score at the end of 3 rounds is the winner.

sushi go party review

Common Sushi Go! Mistakes:

Puddings are added in the deck at the start of each round. They do not count towards individual rounds but to the final score at the end of the three games. Players keep their puddings that they play throughout the game next to them until the game is over. The player with the most puddings gets an extra 6 point on their final score and the player with the least gets negative 6 points.

Chopsticks are a way to take two cards from a single hand, when a player places the chopsticks down in front of them instead of a regular sushi, they are creating a placeholder for a sushi when they see two that they want to get in a single hand. Please note that they do not necessarily need to use it in the next hand of cards they receive. Once a player has taken two sushi from a hand of cards, they place the chopsticks back in the hand of sushi and pass that hand to the next player who may also chose to play the chopsticks.

Maki Rolls are another slightly tricky one. You want to collect the most of them so that you get the most points (6). The individual Maki rolls on the cards have not point value themselves.

Notes on Sushi Go

The first time I played sushi go the owner had not read the rules properly at all so even though it’s a relatively simple game to play we initially played a hugely broken variant. From this experience I always insist on reading the rules as I feel that it’s important to try and play the game as intended and to avoid any misinterpretations of the rules which can lead to some severely broken mechanics. With Sushi go just make sure you read the rules and keep an eye out for the puddings, chopsticks, and Maki rolls.