Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or just a family get-together, you are probably going to be crowded into a small house, with a bunch of relatives and family members for a while. Although Monopoly has traditionally been the most popular game for family members to play during the holidays, it’s time to replace the old board games with some of the games on this list. They are perfect for not only killing the time, but actually bonding with each other as well.
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope
Any game developers who may have been looking for reasons to crowdfund on Patreon, need not look any further than the success of Shovel Knight for inspiration. A humble sum of $75,000 was requested to get the project started, but they ended up with $311,502 by the end of the campaign. The resulting project was an immensely popular game that could be enjoyed by players of any age. Thanks to the new co-op mode on Nintendo Switch and Wii U (co-op support coming soon to all consoles and PC, as well) you can go digging for gold with another fellow Shovel Knight in this 8-bit adventure, all the while “shoveling” in the skulls of your enemies together. It’s a whole lot of fun and easy to pick up for just about anybody.
Mario Kart 8
If you have played Mario Kart 8 even just a few times, then you know that this four-player co-op racer is going to be an instant hit with the family. The race courses are designed for fun and mayhem, while the powerups make sure that even the most ordinary player can make short work of the best F1 racer in the room. It’s not fair at times, but that’s exactly why it’s so much fun. Just like all the other games on this list, Mario Kart 8 has easy to learn controls for the first time racer.
Switch on the big TV, hook up your console and let the games begin. The thing about FIFA games is that while a novice player has no chance against someone who actually knows how to play the game, starting off is quite easy. Pit two of your relatives who have no idea about how to play the game against each other and get ready to see the likes of Ronaldo and Messi doing moves and missing goals that would get them to quit football forever in real life. If you have a few people in the crowd who know how to play, however, even watching the latest FIFA title in action can be very engrossing.
Apart from the three titles mentioned here, you can also check out Rayman Legends, Rocket League, Minecraft and the Wii Sports games for some awesome family fun. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a family gathering; you could use these games to simply bond with your children. After all, parents who play video games are cool parents.
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