Apps You Need for Your Next Family Game Night

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People complain that technology isolates people, but it certainly doesn't have to. Yes, there's potential for isolation, but we can combat that by teaching our kids healthy tech habits.

As the first generation of digital moms, we need to figure out ways to guide our kids towards healthy habits and attitudes about electronics usage. One way to do this is offering screen time that brings families together, such as for family game time or a special family game night.

Why not try giving a techie edge to your family game night once in a while by playing apps instead of board games or cards?

You can even involve family members who live far away, or encourage your kids to connect with friends when they can't be together.

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Every family is different, and I honestly would much rather play a board game over an app…not going to lie!  But, my kids have a blast playing multi-player apps, and I think it's important to play with them every once in a while. Not only does it help me stay in tune with what they are playing, but it shows them I value them and care about the things they enjoy.

And while I don't think they should completely replace board games, there are some benefits to the multi-player apps!  They…

  • take up less space
  • are more portable
  • don't have crucial pieces to lose
  • are less expensive than board games.

My kids have discovered a few game multi-player apps they like. And, wanting to learn more about how we could incorporate these into our family game time, I went on a quest to find more games that we could all play together.  Feel free to use my list to find games for your family's techie game time as well!

Now, we have not yet tried all of the apps on the list, but it's a place to start. Take a look and decide which ones you want to try by reading reviews or watching a gameplay on YouTube.

You could even get the whole family involved in the research, helping your kiddos discern what would be good games to try. Then plan a family game night when you will play the games together.

25 Apps for Family Game Time.

As I researched, I discovered four different multi-player modes, and they vary by game.

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  • Play on the same mobile device, all at the same time (you'll get really cozy)
  • Pass-and-play on the same device (one player takes a turn, then passes the devices)
  • Play on multiple devices locally (all on the same WiFi network or through Bluetooth).
  • Play online with multiple devices (set up an account for each family member and invite to play)

Apps You Can Use for Family Game Night

Here are 25 game apps that would work great for a family game night. I'm familiar with the physical version of some of lots of them, so I'm confident my kids will like them.
I'm including links for you to find these on Google Play, the iOS App Store and Kindle Store. That way, no matter what device you use, you should be able to find the app.
  1. Heads up (Android, iOS, Kindle)
  2. Words With Friends (Android, iOS, Kindle)
  3. Mad Libs (Android, iOS)
  4. Bounden (Android, iOS)
  5. Scrabble (Android, iOS)
  6. Reverse Charades Jr (Android)
  7. Ticket to Ride (Android, iOS)
  8. Teledoodle (Android, iOS)
  9. Psych! (Android, iOS)
  10. Catan (Android, iOS)
  11. Shakepop (iOS)
  12. Space Team (Android, iOS)
  13. Uno & Friends (Android, iOS)
  14. Battleships – Fleet Battle (Android, iOS)
  15. Carcassonne (Android, iOS)
  16. King of Opera (Android, iOS)
  17. The Game of Life (Android, iOS)
  18. Glow Hockey (Android, iOS)
  19. Connect Four (Android, iOS)
  20. Jenga (Android, iOS)
  21. Yahtzee with Buddies (Android, iOS)
  22. Roll the Pigs (Android, iOS)
  23. Finger Twister (Android)
  24. Battle Slimes (Android, iOS)
  25. 6 Takes! (Android, iOS)

If the links don't pull up, try searching for the game title in your chosen app store.

Tell me, what multi-player apps do you use for your family game night? Leave a comment to let me know.

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9 Comments

  1. Great list. Those apps are definitely fun. But I still think that kids should not be allowed to use smart phones until they are 10 years old or above.

  2. Heads Up has kept my teen daughter and friends occupied when we have traveled and had long waits in airports etc.

  3. Only my 16 year old has a cell phone. Would love to see a list of Kindle apps for family game night! Then he could play with his younger brothers as they all have Kindles.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. Have you tried loading any of the suggested Android apps on your Kindle?

  4. All the fun apps which you have shared for a family game night seems really interesting. Perfect way to share some amazing moments with all family members while enjoying these apps. As we all know technology has deeply penetrated in our day to day activity. I think we all should be leveraging this massive growth of technology to our benefits. With the help of apps & games we can definitely teach coding for kids at early stage. When kids learn to code they are indirectly transforming their skills like problem solving abilities & critical thinking. Thanks for sharing such an amazing list of apps to make family game nights a lot more enjoyable for everyone.

  5. I really like the idea of playing games during family time as they help us spend some quality time with each other. Will try these games with my family and the best part is that we simply need a phone to play them.

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