Summer time means it’s peak camping season! Whether you’re avid campers or you’re setting out on your very first family camping adventure, board games should be on your packing list! Even if you won’t be bringing the kids on this trip, tabletop games are a great way to bring everyone together. There is nothing better than gathering around camp with friends and family, the fire crackling in the background, a frothy beverage in your hand, and an engaging board game on the table. No matter the ages, skills or abilities of the players, HABA has got you covered with this list of our 10 favorite games to bring camping.
These best-sellers check all the boxes when it comes to choosing a game for a fun night under the stars!
✅Easy to set-up & learn
✅Fun for ALL ages - not just for kids!
Animal Upon Animal (ages 5-99) - It's no surprise this classic HABA dexterity game has been a best-seller for more than a decade. It's easy to learn and set up and appeals to a huge range of ages, skills and abilities. Play is quick, but can get quite tense depending on how competitive your group wants to get! In Animal Upon Animal, players race each other to be the first to stack all of their wooden animals. A roll of the die tells the players how many animals can be placed or whether they can add to the alligator base. This game fosters hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Rhino Hero (ages 5-99) - Don’t let the age range fool you - this game is a must-have for every family game collection! All ages enjoy the excitement of strategically stacking cards, moving the rhino, and keeping a steady hand. Many describe this game as “uno” with a stacking mechanism. First player to get rid of all of their cards without knocking down the growing tower is the winner!
Go Cuckoo (ages 4-99) "Beyond the obvious positioning as a family game, Go Cuckoo proves a solid contender for a group of more entrenched hobbyists. It’s a skill based game and quick enough to properly bookend a night of more grueling activity. It also performs admirably under the fog of intoxication, heightening the humor element ingrained in the genre." - Geek & Sundry
For the Quick Thinkers
Rox (ages 6-99) - This is unlike any other card or matching game out there! Kids will love the racing challenge it incorporates mixed with the mystery decoder element. Give it a try, it takes less than 15 min to play and it’s a game both kids and adults are sure to enjoy!
Logic Labyrinth (ages 6-99) - In order to charm the treasures away from the mighty genie, the players have to find the correct path through the mysterious cavern. But here’s the problem, the treasure map has been torn into many pieces. Whoever has a quick eye for combinations and can puzzle together the map will find the most treasure. An intriguing, quick thinking brain teaser game for 2-4 players.
For the Older Crowd
Karuba the Card Game (ages 8-99) - In this one, the players carefully select two path cards from their hand and try to outwit the other players. The person with the lowest sum loses a card. They then use the cards to create a network of pathways to connect their adventurers with the temples. Who will best guide their adventurers through the jungle? At the end the winner is the player who collects the most points with valuable treasure and temples. Just like the original Spiel des Jahres nominee, except there's more player interaction and room for up to 6 players as opposed to 4.
King of the Dice (ages 8-99) - This game hits the mark! Not only is it is a simple, quick game to learn, but it also has broad appeal to gamers and non gamers alike! On their turn, players are rolling dice yahtzee-style, while trying to collect citizen & village cards in order to build up their kingdom and score the most points! Features eye catching artwork and a compact sized box for easy transport.
For the Littles
Mini Orchard Tin Game (ages 3-6) Just like the extremely popular Orchard Game, but much smaller, this mini version plays the same, yet is small enough to fit in a purse or small backpack! Game idea: Red cherries, yellow pears, blue plums and green apples hang from the trees in the orchard. The bold raven wants the delicious fruit too. The players must harvest the fruit quickly before the raven can grab it. This is a simple beginning game for children. Each player rolls the die to see which fruit they may harvest with the baskets. Watch out! If the raven is rolled, one more piece of the raven puzzle is built in the center! A great family cooperative game as everyone works together to collect the fruit before the raven puzzle is complete!
Catch Me Tin Game (ages 4-99) - With danger in sight, who can move as quick as lightning and save their mouse from the cat's clutches? This game encourages quick reactions and is a great mini/travel sized version of our classic Catch Me Game. It's perfect for a rainy day or at night while sitting around the picnic table.
Snail Sprint (ages 5-99) - Racing snails may not be something one would ever expect to see, but in this one, players are doing just that! Lucky dice rolls and skillful moves will get your snails to the podium to receive the most points and win! Snail Sprint uses color matching and dice, and even utilizes the magnetic tin as part of the game! Designed to be easy to learn for young kids, but introduces a small amount of choice to get kids thinking about strategy. It can also be silly fun for adults who enjoy lighter games, making this the perfect choice to bring camping with you!