Family Game Night Top 10s (+1 Top 20)

Everyone gets an opinion, but some matter more than others*

Since everyone loves a TOP TEN list, we decided to give you 4.  I asked the first three people I met on a random day to give me their Top Ten favorite games.  Weirdly, the first three people happened to be my wife and two kids.

The only rule was that it had to be a game we owned.  We have a couple of other families that we play with that have a different batch of games, and thus, different Top Ten lists.  I’m certain that after we’ve played all the games amongst the various groups then our list will change.  But for now, this will suffice.

As it turned out, many games were on multiple lists, and three games made it into all four Top Ten lists: Clue, Ticket To Ride, and Atmosfear.  We’ve done reviews of the all three of these games. Feel free to check them out.

Without further ado, (too late), here are the Family Game Night TOP 10s.


  1. Top Ten RichWho? What? Where?
  2. Dixit
  3. Clue
  4. Apples to Apples
  5. Ticket to Ride
  6. Codenames
  7. Atmosfear
  8. Scrabble
  9. Suspicion
  10. Trivial Pursuit



  1. Top Ten DianeClue
  2. Atmosfear
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. Bob Ross – The Art of Chill
  5. Card Against Humanity
  6. Suspicion
  7. Sharp Shooters
  8. Codenames
  9. Azul
  10. Catan



  1. Top Ten AndrewQuelf
  2. Catan
  3. Apples to Apples
  4. Atmosfear
  5. Who? What? Where?
  6. Dixit
  7. Clue
  8. Ticket to Ride
  9. Risk
  10. Forbidden Island



  1. Top Ten JamesQuelf
  2. Apples to Apples
  3. Who? What? Where?
  4. Ticket to Ride
  5. Dixit
  6. Monopoly
  7. The Chameleon
  8. Forbidden Island
  9. Atmosfear
  10. Clue


Between the four of us, 20 games made it onto our different lists.  Now, if you were to have a collection of just these 20 games, you would have a damn fine collection.

Since we had exactly 20 games, that would make a great TOP 20, so here it is based on their combined rankings.

Top 20
There’s actually 21 games here. Can you spot which one almost made the Top 20?


  1. Ticket To Ride
  2. Who? What? Where?
  3. Clue
  4. Apples To Apples
  5. Atmosfear
  6. Dixit
  7. Quelf
  8. Catan
  9. Codenames
  10. Suspicion
  11. Bob Ross – The Art of Chill
  12. Cards Against Humanity
  13. Monopoly
  14. Forbidden Island
  15. The Chameleon
  16. Sharp Shooters
  17. Scrabble
  18. Risk
  19. Azul
  20. Trivial Pursuit

So, there it is.  The definitive list.  Carved in stone, forever immutable.  This list will easily last into the next century, or at least, next week.

We promise to do reviews of all these games as soon as possible.

As always, the * means that in case of a tie the kid’s game scored higher, and Game On!

We like lists because we don’t want to die. – Umberto Eco

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