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Tracy Frank, Published December 26 2013

5 family games to help ring in the New Year

FARGO – Some of my favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations have involved getting together with friends and family, and playing board, card and video games.

No matter the activity, we always end up laughing and having a good time.

Family game night can be a great way to ring in the New Year with people of all ages.

Here are five games I’ve found to be fun for elementary-aged kids through adults.

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1. Bubble Talk

My sister recently introduced us to the game Bubble Talk. It’s a hilarious family card game in which players match pictures with captions.

It sells for about $20 and is recommended for ages 8 and up.

2. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is another funny card game. In this game, players try to match a description to the judge’s word resulting in some pretty funny comparisons.

It sells for about $15 and is recommended for ages 12 and up, though I’ve found younger kids enjoy playing it too.

3. Catch Phrase

We have quite a few funny family stories as a result of the game Catch Phrase.

Players have to get their teammates to guess a word or phrase and pass the game before the buzzer sounds.

There’s a boxed and electronic version of the game. It’s recommended for adults, but older kids can have fun with it too if you let them skip the words or phrases they might not know.

Catch Phrase sells for about $25 and Electronic Catch Phrase sells for about $25 to $30.

4. Spoons

I started playing the card game Spoons in high school. It’s simple and has the potential to be very funny.

To play, you need a deck of cards and several spoons – one fewer than the number of people playing.

Set the spoons out on the table and deal each player four cards.

The dealer then starts passing out the remaining cards one at a time, starting with the person to his/her left. That person then passes a card to his/her left and the process continues with everyone around the table.

Players can pass the new card they receive or one of the cards in their hand. They should only keep 4 cards. (The person to the right of the dealer starts the discard pile.)

The first player to collect four of a kind must grab a spoon from the table. Once a spoon is taken, the other players can take a spoon. The player left without a spoon is out of the game.

5. Mario Party

If your family prefers video games, there are plenty that can involve multiple players.

Some are even set up like board games.

One of our family’s favorites is MarioParty 8 for Nintendo Wii.

Players navigate various party boards as they try to collect stars. Along the way, they compete at carnival-like mini games that require a variety of skills so even people who are not avid gamers have a chance to win.

It sells for about $85 to $90 and is rated E for everyone.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526