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These are games I think that 8 year olds would like -- I should know because I am an 8 year old! Some of these games have language barriers, but if your parent is a Geek, she will be able to find a translation. It's really cool to choose games from all over the world. My favorite game designer is Reiner Knizia -- I think he does a lot of good work.

Enjoy these games -- if possible, with a kid!
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1. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:609]
Julia
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I like Blue Moon because you have to plan ahead. My mom and I didn't understand some cards, so we had to look them up. My Dad doesn't like Blue Moon and neither does my Mom that much. This is a game I want to play a lot more, but with a wide range of games, it's hard to get to this one, especially when my parents don't favor it that much. But sometimes they humor me and play it and those times I'm grateful. I like that there are so many decks, even though I've only played Vulca and Hoax. I think Vulca is the easier deck to play because it has more powerful numbers on the cards.
 
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2. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:982]
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I think most 8 year olds would like this game, although it does take a very long attention span. I like how cards are auctioned off rather than just drawn. My favorite cards are the dangerous mines -- there's always a risk of losing them, but they've earned me a lot of money!
 
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3. Board Game: Break the Safe [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3136]
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I like Break the Safe because you're all working as a team. But sometimes my friends' little brothers want to play more than I do.
 
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4. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1183]
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aka CAMELOT

What I like about Camelot is that there's a lot of strategy and in one draw you can turn the game around.
 
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5. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1164]
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Can you tell I love Knizia games?
 
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6. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1015]
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For most 8 year-olds, this game would be pretty challenging -- maybe even too challenging. But it's a game that can be as challenging for grown-ups as it is for kids, so maybe age isn't the issue.

I like Code 777 because I like deduction games. This game is different from Mystery of the Abbey because you don't get to move around or ask your own questions. In Code 777, the cards are your only source of information and which questions you hear the answers to depends on luck of the draw. Mystery of the Abbey is a much longer game, but a bit easier. And Code 777 lets you play with 2-4 people. Mystery of the Abbey is 3-6 and Mastermind is 2 players only.
 
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7. Board Game: Ka-Ching! [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2281]
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AKA Combit

This game is all about buying and selling in ways that make you a profit. Often it is good multiplication practice, too! My advice for people who want to play this game is get big numbers -- they're more expensive to buy, but they really pay off when you multiply them together.
 
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8. Board Game: A Dog's Life [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:8654]
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I like living the life of a dog, but sometimes you'd get fleas and I don't think I'd enjoy that. Still, I think that the maker of Dogville should have included fleas.
 
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9. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:221]
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I had it before it came out in English, so I know it as Einfach Genial -- not "Ingenious."

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10. Board Game: Emerald [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1634]
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Emerald is a game my parents don't know, but they bought it for me because I had a lot of fun playing it at my friend Noah's house. The reason I like it so much is that you can blame your punishment on someone else if they are on the same spot as you are with the dragon. I think my parents will enjoy this game once I get them to play it.
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11. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:521]
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Fairy Tale has really good illustrations. I like how you make your deck. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate this game an 8.
 
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12. Board Game: Fettnapf [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4141]
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When I play this game with my grandmother, she wins even when I memorize all of her cards. Sometimes you just can't help stepping in the stewpot. I think that the maker of this game should make memory more important and include a wider range of stewpot cards.
 
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13. Board Game: Flix Mix [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3122]
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When I play Flix Mix, I talk a lot because my mixer gets flixed. Also, it distracts my opponents and slows them down.
 
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14. Board Game: Frog Juice [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:8068]
Julia
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I like this game because you can always draw a witch by surprise. And I like Witch Wash because it works like a witch and it takes the witch as well as the cards which the witch would have taken.
 
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15. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:812]
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When I play Guillotine, I do not think of cutting heads off. I think of getting more points and of the French Revolution. I wonder about Marie Antoinette -- whether she deserved to get her head cut off or not. Still, I want to get that card because it's worth so many points.
 
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16. Board Game: Kupferkessel Co. [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:950]
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Copper Kettle is a game where you have got to be sure that you have collected enough cards of each ingredient so that they don't count against you. My advice for this game would be to get all of one ingredient, if you can manage, before you start collecting too many others.
 
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17. Board Game: Lauras Sternenspiel [Average Rating:6.19 Unranked]
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This is another "little brother" game, because little brothers like it a lot. So do I. And I'd rather play this with a little brother than Break the Safe because there's less argument -- and more time! But it's also a game where you work together on the same team.
 
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18. Board Game: My Word! [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5579]
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My Word! is a game where you need a big vocabulary. Since I'm a kid, it's always hard for me. My Mom creams me and my Dad at My Word! We've come up with a good handicap which is that children can make three-letter but two-card words and if a grownup says one of those words, the child gets the cards.
 
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19. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1053]
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This is one me and my Dad cream my Mom at! My Dad and I are basically tied, so we have to use the advanced rules so that the first player doesn't get an advantage.
 
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20. Board Game: Phoenix [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2011]
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My Mom gets this game for like $5, so she gives copies away to lots of friends. I like the game because it has a lot of strategy. Sometimes I team up with a relative or friend against my Dad. Usually because they need help -- not me!
 
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21. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:577] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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This is one of those games were me and my Dad team up. Instead of teammates, we call ourselves "scheme-mates!" This game has a lot in common with Guillotine because which cards you have determine what you can do.
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22. Board Game: Shazamm! [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2505]
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Shazamm! is a game where you need to push your opponent off a bridge. Because this game is in French, you have to print out a cheat sheet from the Geek if you only know how to read English. Many people might think that kids can't play games in a foreign language, but it really isn't that hard.
 
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23. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1702]
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My friend Samantha and I like this game a lot because you're trying to wake up Queens and some Queens have special powers. The pictures are very nice and one of my favorite Queens is the Rose Queen.
 
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24. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:594]
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Ubongo is a fast game. If you concentrate too much on stopping the player who is in the lead, the player who is behind will probably win. I know this from experience, because my parents often make this mistake. You have to keep track of everybody's score.
 
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25. Board Game: Warumono 2 [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:5401]
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Warumono is a game where you are gangsters trying to get the loot. One person might secretly be the police. You want to get the real money (instead of the fake money). I started out with the real money, but I couldn't keep a straight face, so my Dad took the real money for me and then my Mom took the real money from him and I didn't know which of them had it. I think my Dad should have waited for my Mom to choose how to get out of the country before he chose the airplane. Mom chose the boat after we both headed toward the airport, so she got away.
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