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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Games for the Family

Here at GameHead, we know that buying the right gift for the right person can be tricky, and that's especially true when you're buying for a Gamer. The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is here to help. We've put together a total of 40 games that bring you a huge variety of gaming experiences. Please read our introduction for more details.

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Hopefully you made it out of Black Friday relatively unscathed. It can be fearsome out there! Or perhaps you wisely chose to stay in for Cyber Monday, with a preference for shopping in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you're a weathered warrior of the department stores or a cyber sleuth of online deals, if you're reading this, then you may very well have a person or two on your shopping list that enjoys games a little more than the average person. The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is here to help you with your game shopping needs.

Today, we're going to go over our picks for the Top 5 Games for the Family. These picks include games that are simple to play, easy to understand, and are a lost of fun for kids and adults alike. So with that, let's jump in!

Tell Tale by Blue Orange Games

Tell Tale by Blue Orange Games is a storytelling game that encourages players young and old to come up with a story based on the pictures they are dealt. Each player gets a selection of images and must incorporate them into a short story that is made up on the spot. Once each player tells their story, players vote on which story captured them the most.

With cute images and full-color artwork and gameplay that inspires fast creative thinking, Tell Tale is an excellent fit for encouraging the creativity of kids, and is simple and fun enough for adults to enjoy the game with their children as well.

Spot It! by Blue Orange Games

Spot It! from Blue Orange Games is a symbol matching game with a couple of variations to play. Each game piece has only one thing in common with any other game piece: only one of their symbols will match. The object of the game is to find which matching symbol your piece has with the piece in the center.

As a symbol matching game, Spot It! is simple enough for kids and adults to play, and the variations give the game a little added fun and challenge as a party game.

Kaijudo – Rise of the Duel Masters by Wizards of the Coast

Next up is a pick that the more magically aligned parents may enjoy with their kids. Kaijudo from Wizards of the Coast is a game of monsters, strategy, and fast play. Each player starts with five shield cards (that come from the top of their deck), and a basic starting hand. The goal is to break the opponent's shields with their own cards, and to score a direct attack to win the game.

Kaijudo offers a Magic-lite experience, with gameplay that is reminiscent of the TCG juggernaut, but is also easier for a kid to understand. It's got just enough unique gameplay to make it stand out, and can help a kid learn some basic fundamentals of math and strategy while also being really fun.

Count Me In! by Playroom Entertainment

Count Me In! by Playroom Entertainment comes in two forms. The first game is cooperative, with two players working together to line up items in ascending order, with only one item of each number featured in that order. The second version is a memory game, where players take turns flipping over cards. Each card has a symbol, and the object is to flip over all seven of a symbol without flipping over an incorrect match to win the game.

Count Me In! Encourages either cooperative gameplay or memory improvement, and its simple design makes this a great game for the kids.

Hedbanz by Spin Master

Hedbanz by Spin Master asks a simple question: "Who am I?". Each player wears a headband that holds a card. Then, a player asks each other player a question that can help them figure out the identity of what is on their card. If they figure it out, they get to remove a chip from their points. The first player to remove all chips from in front of them wins.

Hedbanz is an easy to play, nicely packaged version of a classic party game, and this kid-friendly version offers a tip card to help kids figure out what kind of questions to ask. It's also fun for parents, and offers them a new spin on an old goodie for the family.

And that's it for today's edition of the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Check back on Wednesday for the final installment for the year, where we go over our picks for the Top 5 Games for Tech Gamers. Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

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"Spot It" is an insanely fun game. High energy, great with kids. Also works with inebriated adults.
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