Do you love board games? Do you like playing board games with your friends and family? If you do, then you’re in luck! There are tons of great board games out there that you can enjoy.
But with so many options, it can be tough to know which ones are the best. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best board games for you to check out. Whether you’re looking for something to play with your kids or something to play with your friends, we’ve got you covered.
Factors that make a board game great
The best board games are the ones that are not only fun to play, but also have a great impact on the people who play them. There are many different factors that make a board game great, but these are the five that we think are the most important.
The most important factor in any board game is that it is fun to play. If a game is not fun, then it is not worth playing. There are many different ways to make a game fun, but it ultimately comes down to the design of the game and the interactions between the players.
A great board game must have interesting interactions between the players. The best games are the ones where the players are constantly interacting with each other, whether it is through arguing, laughing, or simply playing the game.
A great board game should have a lasting impact on the people who play it. The best games are the ones that people remember long after they have played them.
A great board game should offer a unique and challenging strategic experience. The best games are the ones that make the players think about their decisions and the implications of those decisions.
A great board game should be replayable. The best games are the ones that can be played over and over again without becoming stale.
These are the five factors that we think are the most important in making a great board game. What do you think? What factors do you think are important in making a great board game?
Best classic board games for you to check out:
Monopoly is one of the most popular board games of all time. It’s a great game for family gatherings or for playing with friends. The object of the game is to make as much money as possible by buying and selling property.
Scrabble is another classic board game that’s perfect for family game night. The object of the game is to spell out words using letter tiles. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
- The Game of Life
The Game of Life is a classic board game that’s perfect for kids. It’s a great way to teach them about making choices and the consequences of those choices. The object of the game is to reach the end of the board with the most money.
Chess is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to test your strategic skills and have some fun at the same time. The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s king.
Checkers is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to capture all of your opponent’s pieces.
Othello is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to capture as many of your opponent’s pieces as possible.
Risk is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to capture as much of your opponent’s territory as possible.
Stratego is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s flag.
- Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to collect train cards and claim routes on a map.
Battleship is a classic board game that’s perfect for two players. It’s a great way to have some fun and test your strategic skills at the same time. The object of the game is to sink your opponent’s ships.
Best board games: TOP 15 (2022)
Between the new games, the great classics and the more complex board games and management games, it is sometimes complicated to find your way. In this article, you will find the 15 games that I think you absolutely must have played at least once in your life (without having to be an expert in games).
White Eat Coco, for adults
16+ 30-45 min 3-10
The original game that Blanc Manger Coco and Limite Limite are clearly inspired by is none other than “Cards against Humanity”. With this name, you can already get an idea of what you will find in these games: the best of the worst.
Indeed, these card games invite you to complete a situation with different proposals at your disposal. The goal is to create associations of ideas, sometimes very immoral, to please the master of the current round.
For example, you will be asked to complete “…, I think about it every morning when I shave” with proposals such as “Unplug Grandma”, “Botox” or “Fire single mothers”.
The whole point of this game is to make people laugh at everything and to set the mood among friends or family (among adults at least). And if you think you’ve had your fill of cards after a while, you should know that there are many versions and extensions.
Werewolves of Thiercelieux, for a first step into the world of role-playing
10+ 30 min 8-18
If you don’t know this game yet, you should know that it’s a big hit! Mixing role-playing, investigation and mystery, this atmospheric game is THE must have in any good game library for those who like to play in large groups.
At the beginning of each game you are given a role to play. You can be a simple villager, a werewolf or another character with one or more specific powers depending on the number of players present. The purpose of each character differs. Werewolves will only be satisfied when all the inhabitants of the village are dead. The villagers, on the other hand, want to eliminate the scourge that these monsters represent.
Personally, I have a lot of good memories of long evenings with this game. And for the atmosphere, the best is still to play by the light of some candles.
For people who already know this game and want to try another universe, I recommend the excellent Bang, in the world of the Far West, and Time Bomb, in the era of our dear Sherlock Holmes.
Stay Cool, to train your 2 cerebral hemispheres
12+ 25 min 3-7
I won’t lie to you, this game will burn your brain! The player on your left asks you questions and you have to answer them verbally while the player on your right also asks you questions that you have to answer in writing with the dice.
I reassure you, the questions are relatively simple. The most complex thing is to concentrate enough to answer both at the same time
Indeed, the points gained by answering correctly to the oral and written questions are multiplied between them. This means that if you answer everything perfectly on the oral, but only one question on the written, you will get fewer points than if you answer several questions of each type.
I like Stay Cool, because it sets the mood while being cerebral, which is quite rare for a game of this type and which changes us from the endless Trivial Pursuit.
Imagine, a Pictionary for bad drawers
12+ 30 min 3-8
Much better than the classic Pictionary, Imagine is within the reach of everyone, even those less comfortable with drawing.
Here, you also have to make guesses about ideas, objects, movie titles, famous people and more. But this time you have to do it with the help of the 60 transparent cards of the game representing pictograms and shapes
You can move them around, animate them, or put them on top of each other. The only things you can’t do are talk, mime with your body and recreate numbers or letters with the cards
If you guess correctly what was asked of you, you and the person who guessed win one point each. The game is played in 2 rounds and the winner is the one with the most points.
Apart from being fun, this game is very creative, as you are totally free to make your word/phrase guess as you wish. Moreover, there is no timer, which allows you to play without the stress of timing that is sometimes too present in creative games.
Moreover, a family version has been created to allow parents to play with their children from 8 years old.
Unlock, the great escape game
10+ 60 min 2-6
Who says cooperation game says Unlock! Whatever the version, the key words of the game are cooperation and investigation. It is one of the pillar games of the escape game and it has clearly launched this genre in board game (itself taken from the escapes rooms).
In Unlock! you have cards, an app and 1 hour to solve puzzles and escape from somewhere.
The Unlock! series spans 8 boxes, each containing 3 different stories. One of them is entirely dedicated to the Star Wars universe
In each box, you will also find an explanatory tutorial to save you a long and tedious reading of the rules. So, you can decide to start with the box n°5 rather than playing it in order.
However, there is a small downside: you can only play each game once. Once you have solved the story you know it. Nevertheless, many people manage to exchange their box. This allows you to limit your expenses while enjoying different scenarios.
For the creative types, you can also create paintings or murals with the beautifully designed cards.
Dungeon Fighter, an original adventure and skill game
10+ 45-60 min 1-6
It seemed unthinkable not to include this game, as I have spent countless hours laughing at it with my family and friends.
This fake hero game takes you to the gates of a dungeon. You play as a fantasy character ready to fight against trolls, goblins and other monsters.
To do this, you team up with other people and attack the monsters until you die. However, I can’t guarantee that the monsters will let you do it and death may be there for you rather than for them..
In addition to being cooperative, Dungeon Fighter is a game of skill and atmosphere. Skill, because you have to aim at a target with a die to hope to kill your opponents. Atmosphere, because between the ridiculous poses of the “throw the dice under your leg with your bad hand” to the sometimes completely grotesque “King of the Teddy Bears” monsters and their illustrations, you won’t know if you are really in a dungeon
As the game is being re-released, it may be difficult to find it at the moment. This reissue should be available in the fall of 2021.
Code Names, to know your friends better
12+ 15 min 2-8
This strategy and puzzle game is played in teams and pushes you to create connections between words
You have to make your partner(s) guess words before the opposing team makes them discover theirs. To do this, you are allowed to say a single word that is linked to one or more words to be guessed
For example, with the word “rain” in 3, you hope your team says the words “water”, “cloud” and “sky”. However, if they get it wrong, it’s your opponents’ turn to play
So the trick is to get the word associations right. You will see that depending on who you play with, some games will be more difficult than others. This is because we all have different ways of analyzing things. As a result, maybe one of your allies would have said “fire” for “rain” rather than “sky”, ruining your plans.
What I like about Code Names is its replayability and accessibility. Once the rules are explained and illustrated with an example, it’s within everyone’s reach. In fact, you might be surprised to see which people understand your associations best.
UNO Flip! for constant turnarounds
7+ 10-30 min 2-10
With this version of UNO, change the course of the game in an instant! That’s right! Thanks to the Flip card, flip the whole game to the other side
The white side is played in the classic way. However, the Flip card flips the entire deck to the black side to find some not so nice cards. Thus, the +5 card arrives and you will also be able to flip everyone’s turn.
In short, enough to turn the tables in an instant, but don’t forget to shout “UNO”!
This edition is, in my opinion, the best version of the famous UNO game. However, if you want to discover other versions, please check out my article on the best variants
On the other hand, if you dream of the same principle, but in a cooperative version, I recommend the 50 missions game. Played from 1 to 4 from 8 years old, you follow the basic rule of UNO while trying to complete different missions all together.
Mito, to cheat with impunity
7+ 25 min 3-5
Notice to cheaters: this game is for you! The goal is to get rid of all your cards by any means
Indeed, in each game, the players have to get rid of their cards little by little by putting them on the table (a bit like in UNO), but also by dropping them on the floor, on their knees, by slipping them into a pocket or behind them, by stretching… In short, by cheating.
The guarantor of the good progress of the game is the queen of the pins. This person must catch a cheater red-handed. When she succeeds, the cheater becomes the new queen of thumbtacks.
This atmospheric game has a lot to cheer about. Whether it is by the unorthodox methods of the players or by their feigned innocence. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a little game to relax the atmosphere
Time’s UP! is a fun way to practice oral language
8+ 30 min 4-12
Do we still need to introduce Times Up? In this version, the cards feature simple words to allow younger children to participate. The words are animals, objects or occupations. They are therefore words known by children of 8 years old in theory.
This game is played in 3 rounds. First, define the words to be guessed without naming them. Secondly, you have to guess the same words by saying only one word. Finally, you have to mime them.
In addition to having fun as a family, this will work on your children’s oral expression, help them associate ideas and develop their creativity.
A Kids version is also available with drawings for children from 4 years old. I would like to congratulate the author’s effort for the choice of words. Indeed, you will find here animals, unusual objects and means of transport. These subjects are generally better known by young children
Many other variations exist, allowing you to play with older children (12+).
Cockroach salad, funny and quick
6+ 10-20 min 2-6
Here you have different vegetables to mix to make a mixed salad, but you have to watch out for the cockroaches. You find cards representing a bell pepper, cauliflower, salad or tomato as well as cockroaches
All the cards are dealt and the goal is to get rid of them. You place them face down in a pile in front of you. Take turns placing one card in the center of the table on top of the other. You must always say the name of the vegetable when you turn it over
EXCEPT if you turn over a cockroach (then say cockroach) and it is the same vegetable that was said just before. In the second case, you have to say the name of another vegetable in the game. In short, it creates some pretty funny situations.
This card game is one of the travel essentials. Widely playable up to 8 or 9 people, with Cockroach Salad, you’re not done laughing and mistaking salads for cauliflower!
8+ 30-60min 2-4
In Azul, you must create mosaics for King Manuel I of Portugal. Grab the colored tiles and place them on your board
The goal is to make as many points as possible. Each tile placed earns you points and you earn extra points at the end of the game for each column, row and complete color set.
What I like about this game is that it is equally good with 2, 3 or 4 players. I love the very neat material as well
Very clearly, the “16ᵉ century tile set” theme may not seem very glamorous. However, I am convinced by its easy mechanics and the atmosphere set by pulling each other’s legs (“You need the yellows? Well I’ll take them!”). However, I must admit that I lose much more often than I win..
Schotten Totten, a game for two
8+ 20 min 2
In Schotten Totten, you are in charge of your Scottish village as it wakes up from winter. Your goal is to expand your borders by controlling them. Of course, this is also the goal of your opponent.
This game is one of the best cheap games for 2 players in my opinion. Mixing tactics, originality and poker, be smarter than your opponent and take over the menhirs that border the village.
To win, you just need to control 3 side by side or 5 scattered over the 9.
The game consists of 6 different colored cards, each with a number from 1 to 9. Each of you takes a turn to play one of your cards in your hand by placing it in front of a menhir. As soon as you and your opponent have each dealt 3 cards on each side of the menhir, you compare the combinations and the highest of the two wins the menhir (like in poker).
Fast and fun, it’s all about predicting in advance what your opponent can or cannot do and catching him off guard.
These are just a few of the best board games for you to check out. So, what are you waiting for?
For more best games, Check out our top5 best board games by BUYER’s GUIDE. Get out there and start playing!