Clue
Platforms:
Board Game
Number of Players: 7

This Parker Brothers classic has recently been given a modern-day makeover for the contemporary sleuth. With new rooms, new weapons, and new background stories for the game’s dubious cast, players will start rumors and hunt for clues with in the infamous mansion to uncover who killed Mr. Body. If deduction is your sport of choice, then Clue will have your family on the case for hours. 

 

Mario Kart
Platforms:
Wii, N64, SNES
Number of Players: 4+

Ever since its debut on the Super Nintendo, Mario Kart has solidified its place as one of the best racing games in history. A fun, friendly way to race your family, Mario Kart for the Wii offers a huge cast of playable race tracks, characters, and even the ability to race as your Mii avatar. If you’re feeling up to a real challenge you can even link up with racers around the globe for a more challenging game. Over all, Mario Kart is the perfect way for kids and adults to finish off a holiday evening.

 

Dixit
Platforms:
Board Game
Number of Players: 3-6

For those who enjoy games a little more flavor, we recommend Dixit. In this colorful art game, creativity is just as important as strategy. You’ll be spending most of your time trying to find a picture to fit a specific description and then persuading your friends to vote for it. The twist, of course, is that no one knows which picture belongs which player. Points all depend on which painting you choose and how persuasive your argument, so choose wisely.      

 

            

Trivial Pursuit
Platforms:
Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
Number of Players: 4+

Trivial Pursuithas always been the game of choice for individuals looking for a mental workout, but the counsel versions add a little flare that will make the competition all the more dynamic. Play the original version or, if your family is feeling adventurous, select one of the games special modes and compete for bragging rights. This Thanksgiving, if parents are looking for an educational game to enjoy with the family, Trivial Pursuit will fit the bill.                  

 

The Settlers of Catan
Platforms:
Boardgame
Number of Players: 5+

The Settlers of Catan is an award-winning game where you and your opponents try to gain control over the rugged island of Catan. But how will you do it? Will you raise an army to challenge the other players, or will you focus your efforts on building new roadways? Perhaps you’ll build settlements and try to control the lands economy, the possibilities are endless. If you come from a more competitive family, it won’t take long for The Settlers of Catan to become a familiar sight.

*This Article First Published 11/14/2012