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Board Games For 12 Year Old

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maggiesoupmaggiesoup Forumite
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Any suggestions as to what's in at the mo. Most of the other ones advertised, Hungry Hippo, Buckaroo etc. are for younger children and I just haven't a clue. Tried to discreetly ask him but he says he doesn't like board games, but when I bring out the Monopoly he likes it, but done it to death (and of course every games lasts a fortnight). Ta.
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  • My DD is nearly 13 and her favourites are Payday and Cluedo at the mo. Playday is great fun. We spent a whole afternoon in the half term holiday playing it, just the two of us! She has the Simpsons version of Cluedo. That's quite good too!
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  • what about Trivial Pursuit, Scene it etc or are they a bit boring?

    pictionary, scrabble?
    I haven't got one!
  • Don't worry about "what's in at the mo" - I'd still go with the old classics like Scrabble (still my personal favourite after all these years), chess, Connect 4 and even monopoly if you have the patience for it! My own 12-year-old favours Monopoly and Doom (which can also go on a bit!) I'd probably wait another couple of years to buy Trivial Pursuit though, since some of the questions are a bit hard for youngsters, but he may still enjoy it anyway. I don't know if the Blockbusters board game is still available, but it's a good quiz-based game for that sort of age group.
    If he watches game shows on television, his preferred telly programmes could serve as a rough guide as to what type of game he might prefer, e.g. word game, quiz game, strategy-based or whatever. It may also be worthwhile buying a book of card games. You might be surprised at the variety of entertainment availbale from a simple pack of cards.
  • I've just bought Hedbandz for my daughter which looks like good fun. You put a card on your head and the other player has to describe what it is.
    I haven't got one!
  • Liz19Liz19 Forumite
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    What about Atmosphere, my kids (13 and 11) love it. It is a DVD board game and lasts for an hour - really good fun! They also really like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire DVD games.
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    For anybody that likes Scrabble - try Upwords.

    Same theory,however you can go upwards e.g Last - you could put an 'o' on the 'a' to make Lost. That is a very simplified example, however it does seem to add a different dimension to the game.

    My 14 yr old (son) was never that interested in Scrabble, but really enjoyed Upwords and won!

    Last month Woolies were selling it for £5.99.

    Both my 14 & 11 yr old also like Trivial Pursuit - so we could all play together we bought a version with both adult and child questions.

    Another favourite is Pass the Bomb (you are given a card with three letters (e.g. ING) and another card says where they have to be in the word, i.e.begining,middle or enD, you then have to hold the bomb (hoping it doesn't go off!) until you've thought of the word and then pass it on to the next person until the bomb goes off.

    Also Boggle - another word game. Lots of letters jumbled up - you have the length of the egg timer to write all the combination of words down, however you only score on the ones that nobody else has.
  • dora37dora37 Forumite
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    cheekymole wrote:
    I've just bought Hedbandz for my daughter which looks like good fun. You put a card on your head and the other player has to describe what it is.

    A cheaper version of that is 'The Post-it Note Game'. Everbody writes a person,object,tv programme etc on a Post-it, stick it on the persons head next to you (without them seeing whats on it!) and they then have to ask questions to try and guess who/what it is. You can only answer Yes or No, so the person would ask questions like.... Am I alive?....Am I a man?.....Am I on the TV? etc.
  • maggiesoupmaggiesoup Forumite
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, great ideas, now let me get on to Ebay!
  • dora37 wrote:
    A cheaper version of that is 'The Post-it Note Game'. Everbody writes a person,object,tv programme etc on a Post-it, stick it on the persons head next to you (without them seeing whats on it!) and they then have to ask questions to try and guess who/what it is. You can only answer Yes or No, so the person would ask questions like.... Am I alive?....Am I a man?.....Am I on the TV? etc.

    We were playing this at lunchtime at work the other day :rolleyes: it was a laugh! - and yes, we are all adults (so some say!) :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
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    Game of life, Downfall, cluedo, Monopoly, chess, draughts, the new connect four, yahtzee, battleships.
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