Nothing says family together time quite like a good old fashioned throwdown over your favorite family game. It’s your year to win and we’re here to help. Here are some BrainCoach family favorites along with a tip or two to help you take down Uncle Frank.
BrainCoach Scott – Kwizniac
I’ve always been a sucker for trivia games and Kwizniac doesn’t disappoint. In most trivia games, you learn one piece of information about a subject and then you move on to the next question, but with Kwizniac, I love that you learn ten bits of interesting information. A good tip for beating Uncle Frank is to take each clue and look for individual hints within that clue. For example, the clue “From 1886 to 1902 it functioned as a lighthouse” tells you that the item existed in the 19th century, that it is big enough to function as a lighthouse and that it is near water – one clue but three hints within that clue. Combine the additional hints in your big brain and you’ll be able to correctly guess The Statue of Liberty before Uncle Frank has a chance to finish that bite of stuffing.
BrainCoach Lindsay – Bananagrams
Bananagrams is my favorite game to bring with me when I am traveling to see family and friends over the holidays. The compact, easy carrying case (aka banana) is perfect for the carry-on. I always like word games and this one is a crowd favorite for sure. Everyone is playing their own board individually which allows any level of complexity of word choice. Most importantly, since it is so fast paced Uncle Frank won’t have time to pay attention to any of my misspellings along the way (Someone will catch them at the end unfortunately so word choice is key). Even if you don’t like Scrabble—give this one a try.
BrainCoach Earl – Word on the Street
Scream and yell to keep your opponents from winning their side of the street. Their side of the street, you ask?…Yes, six letters on either side wins the game. Sound easy? Well, it’s not – 30 seconds to think of a word that has the most letters, in the midst of chaos with only one person moving the letters, is a Parietal Lobe-stretching challenge. One tip for taking down Uncle Frank is to think through a list of words that will be most distracting to him (Gravy! Stove Top Stuffing! Twinkies!) and shout them out as he tries to come up with winning words.
BrainCoach Elisabeth – Wits & Wagers
Wits and Wagers is the perfect family party game! Not only is it designed for everyone from the average Joe to the trivia buff, it is competitively enjoyable and incredibly engaging. Everyone has a chance in this gambling-infused trivia game. Always remember that you can fool Uncle Frank by showing a face of confidence and pretending to be a pro in a certain category but really tricking them into betting on your intentionally wrong answer. The possibilities for trickery and outwitting are endless, as are the hours of brain boosting entertainment Wits & Wagers will provide.
BrainCoach Ryan – Triviathon
Triviathon is definitely one of my favorite trivia games. Whenever I play, I learn something new and have a great time. It’s not an overly competitive game, and I actually like to give out hints if I know something that they don’t. Triviathon promotes long term memory along with occasional educated guesses which keeps it accessible for players of varying ability so no one will feel left out. The lighthearted approach to trivia and the hilarious roles of each player’s character throughout the game keeps Triviathon at the top of my game closet!