The Six Best Games to Give as Gifts

| November 21, 2012

green and red giftHow many words can you think of to describe the holiday season? Save ’em for one of the games expected to be hot this Christmas.

Whether playing video games or going old school with board games, there’s much to pick from as you shop this year. As you look, don’t forget DexKnows to help find retailers in your community.

Words With Friends board game

Zynga’s Words With Friends is already a hot game with iPhone users. Now it’s headed to board game land. “The hot social word game just got more social!” proclaims Hasbro’s website. “For the first time ever, you can play Words with Friends in person with your favorite wordies.”

The game, made for ages 13 and up, lets players make word combinations on the gameboard. For those who haven’t played it, it’s similar to Scrabble. The suggested retail price is about $20.

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition

Playing Monopoly is a tradition in many families. Tthe Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition brings the game into the age of the cashless society. Instead of the colorful old Monopoly bills, you play with what can best be described as plastic debit cards.

Pieces are also updated and now include a space shuttle, a Segway and a flat-screen TV. Suggested retail is about $25.

If you want to play a flashier version of Monopoly, Hasbro released Monopoly Millionaire this year. Players win by making a million dollars first. The suggested retail price is about $23.


Cranium’s been called the “whole brain” game because of its variety of activities. Like other board games, the goal is to move around a board and reach the end first, but it’s what you do to reach the end that’s different in this game.

Cranium has different categories including creative cat, data head, word worm and star performer. Like the names suggest, a creative cat deals with creative activities; data head cards deal with data and facts; word worm cards focus on words, spelling and anagrams; and star performer cards let people act out clues.

The suggested retail price for Cranium is about $30.

The Walking Dead

Yep, the award-winning TV show on AMC is now a video game. Available for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox, as well as computer versions for Microsoft Windows and Mac, The Walking Dead is an adventure role-playing game. The player can interact with other characters and examine items. Obstacles not only include zombies but also betrayal and starvation. Be fast and clever or be eaten on this video game.

The Walking Dead is listed on for $29.99.

Roll & Play

Want to get your toddlers involved in games? Now there’s Roll & Play, promoted as the “first game ever designed specifically for toddlers.” Players toss a big plush cube, identify the color and choose a matching color card telling them something to do. With actions like “make a happy face” and “moo like a cow,” it will get your child smiling.

Roll & Play is designed for children 18 months and up. Suggested retail price is about $20.

LEGO Games City Alarm

The popular LEGO kits are likely already a hit with your youngsters. Now they can play board games centered around LEGO with LEGO Games City Alarm. Players in this game chase robbers around a mini-LEGO city. Before they play, they have to build the mini-city.

“You knocked it out of the park with this one LEGO Games designers,” a parent commented on the LEGO website. “Thanks for an exceptional family experience.”

The list price for the game is about $20.

That’s just some of what’s offered this Christmas season. Talk to retailers about what else is hot, and remember, DexKnows will help you find the right stores for holiday shopping in your community.

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