Family board games gift guide

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There's no better way to spend quality time with your family than playing board games. And this year there's a slew of new games as well as newer versions of older, classic ones. So encourage your kids to put down the video game controller and TV remote, and plan an evening of taking turns around the board. Here, top picks of family board games.

MindTrap 20th Anniversary Edition Game

The MindTrap 20th Anniversary Edition Game from Outset
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The MindTrap 20th Anniversary Edition Game from Outset Media is filled with both classic content and new brain stumpers. This edition of MindTrap contains all the great puzzles, mysteries, conundrums and trick questions; ages 12 and older; $39.99 at kohls.com.

Toasted or Roasted

With Toasted or Roasted from Education Outdoors, players
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With Toasted or Roasted from Education Outdoors, players try to be the first to start their campfire and toast three marshmallows; ages 6 and older; $14; amazon.com.

Connect 4 & More

With Connect 4 & More from Winning Moves,
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With Connect 4 & More from Winning Moves, you can play a whole new way with Backwards Connect 4, Connect 4 any color and Connect 4 Teams. Contains 40 cardboard tiles and illustrated instructions; ages 6 and older; $7.99 at amazon.com.

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Jenga Throw-n-Go

With the Jenga Throw-n-Go from Winning Moves, players
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With the Jenga Throw-n-Go from Winning Moves, players roll the die to determine which block they need to remove, or they can reverse the action and force an opponent to remove one or two blocks; ages 8 and older; $24.95 at barnesandnoble.com.

City Maze: The GPS Puzzle

Players test their planning and directional skills by
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Players test their planning and directional skills by creating routes for different travelers to their destinations with the City Maze: The GPS Puzzle from Smart Toys and Games. Includes double-sided puzzles pieces, two booklets that offer a combined 120 challenges and a portable board; ages 7 and older; $14.99; toysrus.com.

Simon Swipe

Simon Swipe from Hasbro is a modern take
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Simon Swipe from Hasbro is a modern take on the classic game featuring colors, flashing lights and cool sounds. The game starts easy and then speeds up with patterns you'll have to move quickly to repeat; ages 8 and older; $16.99 at toysrus.com.

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