Strategy Game: Indigo
Rich colors, shiny gems, and beautiful design are the hallmarks of this game. Using tiles, players build paths to move the gems across the board and collect points. Occasionally, two can work together to build a route that will benefit them both, but there can be only one winner -- the player with the most gems, naturally. 2 to 4 players.
Ages 10 and up, Ravensburger, $34.99
Cooperative Game: What's It?
Does your family think alike? This fast-paced game pits a team of players against the game itself. Roll the category die, flip a doodle card, turn the timer, and start guessing what the doodle looks like -- and what your teammates will say. The more answers you share, the more points you earn for your team, while unique responses score points for the game. 2 to 6 players.
Ages 8 and up, Peaceable Kingdom, $24.99
Balancing Game: Topsy Towers
Players roll a colored or numbered die to determine which chunky blocks to use as they build a lofty high-rise. Testers often created Leaning-Tower-of-Pisa-like structures seemingly kept upright only by the power of crossed fingers. 2 to 4 players.
Ages 4 and up, HaPe/Beleduc, $19.99
Math Game: Robbin' Eggs
This colorful game combines math skills, memory, and a bit of luck in egg-zactly the right proportions. Players roll the die, then turn over a predetermined number of eggs (blue are positive, green negative), trying to equal the number set by the die. Keep your eagle eye on the eggs as other players take their turns. You'll need to remember the location of those numbers as you solve your own problem! 2 to 6 players.
Ages 7 and up, The Haywire Group, $19.99
Cooperative Game: Race to the Treasure!
Players take turns drawing cards and then work together to determine the best spots to place them on the board. The goal? To create a path from start to finish and gather special keys along the way. But if too many Ogre cards turn up before the path is finished, the grinning monster wins. 2 to 4 players.
Ages 5 and up, Peaceable Kingdom, $15.99
Originally published in the May 2013 of FamilyFun