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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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Rather than building out your family's collection of classic board and card games one title at a time, you might consider this handy compilation. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is bursting with games most players know. From Chinese checkers and Klondike solitaire to dominoes and the Indian classic Ludo (which inspired Sorry!), there should be plenty of games to satisfy the play preferences of just about everyone in your family. The collection also serves as a good introduction to new games. Kids who love chess might find a new passion in Shogi, a similar game of strategy that's been around for hundreds of years, while folks familiar with mahjong solitaire can take their interest in Japanese tile games to the next level by playing competitive Riichi mahjong. All of the games have been slickly designed, both visually and mechanically, to make them instantly appealing and easy to get into. And with little rewards -- unlockable "guide" characters, new card decks, bits of trivia, and achievement medals -- doled out after each game, there should be plenty of incentive to give all of the games a whirl at least once.

Where the collection stumbles a bit is in the inclusion of games unlikely to played more than once or twice. Games like Sevens are so simplistic that it's hard to see many people enjoying them for more than a few minutes. The same goes for some of the tabletop toy-style sports games -- especially the chaotic Toy Soccer and incredibly basic Toy Boxing. One or two plays of these will be enough to convince most to move on. Still, with so many games included, there were bound to be a few stinkers. And rest assured, the winners outnumber the losers by a fair margin. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics won't get the sort of play time kids are likely to invest in something like Minecraft or Fortnite, but it's a nice way to get the whole family involved with games that just about everyone will recognize and enjoy.

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