You are Sitting around the living room with friends or family, dinner and dessert are done, there are no new movies to watch, now what do you do for fun?
We have you covered with our list of the best board games for adults!
Finding that perfect type of entertainment with friends can sometimes be a challenge, but tabletop gaming has been around for ages!
The concept of board games, card games, or tabletop games, were found to have provided enjoyment during the Predynastic and First Dynasty period dating as far back as 3500 BCE. In modern-day, there are thousands of different options for different games to try.
Some games will only last half an hour, and others could go one for days. Whatever you may be looking to try, this list of the best board games for adults will help you get started on your journey to find the perfect group entertainment during your time at home.
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Table of Contents
- 1 The Thirteen Best Board Games for Adults
- 1.1 1. Munchkin
- 1.2 2. Exploding Kittens
- 1.3 3. The Resistance: Avalon
- 1.4 4. Betrayal at House on The Hill
- 1.5 5. Dungeons & Dragons
- 1.6 6. Catan
- 1.7 7. Monopoly
- 1.8 8. Risk
- 1.9 9. Battleship
- 1.10 10. Telestrations
- 1.11 11. Cards Against Humanity
- 1.12 12. What Do You Meme?
- 1.13 13. Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People
- 1.14 Get Your Game On!
The Thirteen Best Board Games for Adults
In the card game of Munchkin, all players start at level 1, intending to reach level 10 (or level 20 in epic level games). You progress through this unique cartoon-artwork style of game by leveling up when killing monsters.
However, players can freely use cards against monsters and other players during play, allowing them to either assist or to sabotage others during their turn. Your turn begins with “kicking down the door,” where you would then draw a door card. A door card can be a monster battle, curse, item, race, or class card.
What you choose to do from here is entirely up to you! Due to the competitive nature of the game, players are encouraged to use unfair tactics and play “mercenary” along with using cheat cards to gain the upper hand to win.
With multiple expansions and variations available, Munchkin will provide tons of entertainment in this card-based game.
2. Exploding Kittens
In this game, each player is dealt seven cards that have a mix of different options including Diffuse, Nope, Attack, Alter the Future, Feral Kitten, Imploding Kitten, See the Future, Combo cat cards, and of course Exploding Kitten. Each player can play as many cards as they like on each turn, but if you draw an exploding kitten from the pile, you are out of the game unless you have a defuse card.
If you play a defuse card, you will stop the kitten from exploding using things such as laser pointers, kitten yoga, and catnip sandwiches. The artwork, as well as the game concept of Exploding Kittens, is both hysterical and wildly entertaining.
This is a definite must play if you would like to experience hours of laughs.
3. The Resistance: Avalon
The storyline for this tabletop game centers around a new government that is run for profit by a new “royal class” or multinational CEOs and the Resistance that rises out of an underground band of partisan fighters focused on overthrowing these powerful rulers.
Arthur represents the future of Britain, a promise of prosperity and honor, yet hidden among his brave warriors are Mordred's unscrupulous minions. These forces of evil are few but have knowledge of each other and remain hidden from all but one of Arthur's servants.
Merlin alone knows the agents of evil, but he must speak of this only in riddles. If his true identity is discovered, all will be lost. The gameplay is often played with five to ten players, with one-third of those players being randomly selected as secret spies.
This is a game full of intrigue and suspense. The Resistance: Avalon will keep you on the edge of your seat through every layer of gameplay.
4. Betrayal at House on The Hill
House on the Hill is a tile-based game where players create their own custom mansion, room by room, which creates a new game every time you play. The game is designed for three to six people, each of whom plays one of six possible characters.
Secretly, one of the characters betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late!
Betrayal at House on the Hill includes detailed game pieces, including character cards, pre-painted plastic figures, and special tokens that will all be used as you develop your spooky custom house.
This is a game that will drum up great conversation and strategy throughout multiple variations of gameplay.
5. Dungeons & Dragons
This epic game can be played using anything from traditional paper and pen to laptops or tablets using excel and google spreadsheets. Every scenario that you imagine, from the middle ages to high fantasy and future tech, can be the base of your story and gameplay.
In addition to endless storylines, D&D has 5.5 different editions of the game, which expanded the options exponentially. As described by the creators, the core of D&D is storytelling.
You and your friends tell a story together full of sword and sorcery, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more.
The game itself has critical roles an rules that must be established before gameplay to proceed. Each game requires the role of the Dungeon Master as well as the role of the Players. The Dungeon Master leads the story and plays a referee throughout the gameplay.
The Players are responsible for imagining and creating their character. By following some basic rules, you and your group will set out on an ongoing fantasy adventure under the lead of your trusty Dungeon Master. Dungeons and Dragons have so many options to explore; I highly recommend checking out a gaming guide to get started on your epic quest.
Take the time to create your character to set out on your magical journey with your friends!
The Settlers of Catan is a strategy-based game for three to six players, where you collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements, and cities on the way to obtaining victory over the island.
The actual game begins with the discovery of a new island, Catan, where you will then obtain the necessary resources. The game board, which represents the island, is composed of hexagonal tiles of different land types, which are laid out randomly at the beginning of each game. On each turn, two six-sided dice are rolled to determine which hexes produce resources.
These resources (sheep, wheat, wood, brick, and ore) are then used to build up your new city. Keep in mind you are not the only new settler on the island! You must race against the other players to take over the island first and claim it as your own. Catan has many different variations and spinoffs for you to choose from to fit your board game preferences.
So sit back, relax, and let your conquest begin!
This board game has been described as the world’s favorite family board game. Monopoly is a fast-paced trading game dealing in houses, hotels, and properties where the tables can turn at the roll of your dice. Each game is suitable for two to eight players at a time. The game aims to obtain as much property as you can and bankrupt your opponents.
Not doing so well in the game? Change your fortune with Chance and Community Chest cards. Monopoly has an abundant amount of variations as well as custom editions of the game, such as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Marvel Avengers, to name a few.
Pick up your favorite variation of Monopoly and see if your friendships are strong enough to survive this epic real estate battle.
The gameplay can range from two to five players, and the primary purpose is to conquer the world. Each player turns consists of militaristic tactics such as attacking enemy troops, making tactical moves with your troops, and gaining reinforcements through territories being held.
The standard version is played on a board depicting a political map of Earth, divided into forty-two territories, which are grouped into six continents. Turn rotates among players who control armies of playing pieces with which they attempt to capture territories from other players, with results determined by dice rolls.
Players can even form, as well as break alliances during the game. The goal is to occupy every territory to defeat the other players and achieve global domination.
Risk is an excellent game to play if you have a few hours to dedicate as the strategic gameplay will take some time, but it ill be well worth it when you vanquish the world right from your living room table!
Battleship is a known classic that is designed to be played with only two people. The game is played on four grids, two for each player. The grids are typically square – usually 10×10 – and the individual squares in the grid are identified by letter and number.
On one grid the player arranges ships and records the shots by the opponent. On the other grid, the player records their shots. The game proceeds where each player attempts to target and sink each other’s ships.
Much like Monopoly, Battleship comes in many different game variations for you to pick and choose from. Battleship is an easy to learn, vintage strategy guessing game that will keep you entertained with its old school charm while at home.
At the start of each round, every player is given a card with a list of secret words, each with a number between one and six. One player rolls a dice to determine which word each player will draw. The players then have sixty seconds to draw their word or phrase on page one of their drawing book.
Once the sixty seconds have passed, the players pass their books to the player on their left. On page two, the players guess what has been drawn on page one of the book that was given to them. Once all players have written their guesses, they turn their books to page three and again pass their books to the left.
Players continue to draw and guess until they have their original books back. The time is up! Each player checks their original book to see if the drawings match the original sketch. The results of the pictures are often not what they may seem.
A pre-warning to you and your party, hilarity will ensue, and it will be well worth attempting to be an artist for the laughs!
11. Cards Against Humanity
Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The whole purpose of cards against humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive, risqué, or politically incorrect printed on playing cards.
The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. What makes this game so unique is the blatantly crude content on the cards, deeming it an adult-only game.
With multiple expansions and different card packs, this game could go one for hours yielding hysterical and offensive results. Cards Against Humanity even has a free play option now to help with those that are staying home.
12. What Do You Meme?
We all have a never-ending addiction to seeing the hilariously captioned pictures that pop up on the internet. This adult based card game is based upon the infamous internet meme’s that we all know and love.
Find out who will be crowned Meme Queen/King by competing with friends to match photo cards with caption cards, creating your own outrageously funny meme combinations.
The format is similar to that of Cards Against Humanity in that you have to match up your cards to the meme for the funniest combination-the digital age and modern culture heavily inspired What Do You Meme.
Multiple expansion packs are also available to provide you with a plethora of current meme amusement.
13. Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People
This game takes the concept of the Big Bad Wolf and brings it right to the comfort of your village. Each day you, the villagers, will hold a town meeting to vote for a suspected werewolf to lynch.
Get it right, and you might survive. Get it wrong, and you're in danger because every night, the werewolves come out to feed on another sleeping villager.
This card game is best played with a larger group of people due to the nature of the mystery of it. However, they do offer an online free play mystery game for those at home. The simple nature of this game causes suspense as you are assigned the role of a werewolf, villager, druid, doctor, village drunk, witch, or moderator.
The question now will be, who is it that will win? The village or the werewolf?
Get Your Game On!
With everyone finding new ways to provide home entertainment with friends and family, this list should give you quite a few games to choose from.
Whether you are looking for something thoroughly engaging for the long term like Dungeons and Dragons, or something quick and fun like Telestrations, there is something on this list for everyone to enjoy.