Game companies are ditching traditional boards for more interactive gameplay experiences. With an endless amount of board games out there, and board game clubs popping up in schools across the country, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. New family, party, and strategy games bring more fun and laughs than ever before thanks to unique concepts and play styles. These games take it to the next level with wearable headpieces and tiny hands, flying sushi to pluck from the air, a meatball-kicking Yeti, and more!


Tumball (University Games)

Tumball is the bead-stacking strategy game that will test your nerves and keep you on edge! Players take turns placing the white beads one by one onto the cluster of colored balls using the included wand. Stacking gets difficult as the cluster of balls becomes unsteady. With every bead added to the stack, the space between the colored balls will open a little bit more, but players must try to avoid making the stack tumble. One false move and TUMBALL!—the white balls will fall and the player who did it must add the fallen beads to his or her collection. The first to get rid of all of his or her beads wins! Tumball is $24.99, and recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Buy it now!


Spin Off (Buffalo Games)

Spin Off is a battle for gravity between two players. Both players compete to tilt the board and steer the balls into the center goal. Since players are tilting the board at the same time, they can strategically watch their opponent’s moves to try to mess them up. The first to sink all five balls into the goal wins! Spin Off is $39.99, and suggested for kids ages 8 and up. Buy it now!


Chow Crow (Hasbro)

Do you consider yourself a snack-eating champ? Prove yourself with Chow Crown, the game that puts a fun twist on viral food eating challenges! To play, kids can load the six hanging forks with various food items of their choosing. The player will wear the spinning crown on his or her head, and eat as many snacks as possible before the music stops! The Chow Crown game can be played solo or in a head-to-head tournament. Food not included. The game is $19.99, and suggested for kids ages 8 and up. Buy it now!


Yeti Set Go! (Playmonster)

Yeti, Set, Go! is a follow-up to PlayMonster’s Yeti in My Spaghetti game. This new game features four different Yetis that kick meatballs onto a snowy mountain. Players make their Yeti kick the balls by bopping them on the head over and over. Skill comes into play, too, because players can aim their Yetis by swiveling them back and forth. Meatballs are flying all over as players try to get them to land on all of the ledges on their side of the mountain! This game is $24.99, and is recommended for kids ages 4 and up. Buy it now!


Handimonium the Tiny Hands Game (Mattel)

Handimonium is a hilarious party game in which players challenge their friends to do simple tasks that become extremely difficult when they have to perform them wearing a pair of tiny hands! Teams compete to be the first to complete five tasks before the other team can complete the same tasks, or two players can compete head-to-head. Most tasks involve simple actions that may require some household items (Can you fill a cup with water? Can you stack bowls in a dishwasher?). Another way to play is act out charade clues with the tiny fingers and earn points by both giving and guessing clues. Handimonium includes two sets of tiny hands and 56 challenge cards. The game is $19.99, recommended for players ages 13 and up. Buy it now!


 


Cut the Wire (YULU)

Cut the Wire will put your spy skills to the test. A device is ticking and it’s about to go off! Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game. It’s the ultimate race to see who can defuse or lose, before it’s too late! This game is $24.99, and is recommended for kids ages 6 and up. Buy it now!


Flying Sushi Kitchen (RedwoodVentures)

Sushi, anyone? Whether you love sushi or not, Flying Sushi Kitchen is ready to cause a ruckus at kitchen tables everywhere. In this competitive game, players pluck pieces of floating sushi rolls from mid-air, which stream from the bamboo shoots, in a mad dash scramble to fill their sushi orders and rack up enough tickets to beat the competition. Flying Sushi Kitchen retails for $24.99 and includes bamboo shoots, sushi rolls, and kid-friendly chopsticks for five players ages 5 and up. Buy it now!