It’s the time of year when family gathers under one roof and our lovely Michigan weather snows us in together. Rather than go stir crazy, make sure to be prepared and check out a Go Pack at the library for family fun that (might) not have you pulling your hair out!
If you are unfamiliar with GoPacks, they are board games and activities that you can check out with your library card. There are a variety of target audiences for the packs based on activity or age.
I recently had the opportunity to check out some games and bring them home to test out with my family.
First we played Pandemic.
45 minute gameplay
Four deadly diseases are spreading throughout the world and it’s up to you and your team to stop it. Each of you have a specialty (researcher, dispatcher, etc.) that will help you race against the clock. It’s a quick paced, high intensity game that can be lost without seeing it coming. This game was unique because you are working together instead of against each other. The game makers say this is for 8+ years old but the squirrely 9 year old had a hard time understanding the complex rules and sitting still long enough to play. The adults even had to watch a youtube video about the rules to be able to understand it. However, after you get a handle on the rules, it quickly becomes an addictive game with high replay-ability value.
Next the adults tried out Splendor.
30 minute gameplay
Splendor is a chip-collecting and card development game. You have to buy gem mines, means of transportation and shops in order to acquire prestige points and the favor of the nobles. Fans of Settlers of Cataan will especially love it.
We loved this one! We also had to watch a YouTube video to get the gist of this games rules, but we’ve now played it 4 times in two nights! It would be equally entertaining as a family night staple or a stay-at-home couple’s night.