Put your phones and tablets away and play a good old-fashioned board game with your friends and family. It doesn’t matter what game you like to play. You’ll enjoy the break! We’ve put together a list of 50 of the best board games we’ve ever played. They come from all different types of games. The best board games for kids and families are on this list, as well as adult board games that are good for older people in the family.
Some of these fun board games are best for one person, while others are best for two people, and still more are best for a big group. Even if you just want to have fun and laugh a lot, this list has something for you.
There’s a good reason these classic board games have been around for so long: They’re fun to play and will add a lot of fun to any setting.
1. The Game of Life
We couldn’t leave Life out of this list. We remember playing this game as kids and dreaming about what it would be like to be a grown-up. We thought about college, marriage, kids, and insurance. Players each get a plastic car to drive around a game board that shows how they move through different stages of life, from choosing a college to having a good time in retirement. The goal of this game is to live a smart life and retire with the most money. A great game for kids to learn about important life lessons in a way that’s easy for them to understand. When you play it together as a family, you’re sure to have some good talks.
If you want to play a fun game where you have to figure out who killed someone, then Clue is for you! People have died in the Boddy Mansion. It’s your job to find out who did it. There are only six people who could be the killer, and you are one of them. You can move your game pieces through the rooms and secret passageways of the mansion on the game board to look for clues about the case. Mr. Boddy was killed by someone. Use what weapon? And where did the accident happen? To narrow down the many possible answers to a question with more clues, look for more of them. Race against your friends to be the first to put together all of the parts of this mystery. Every time you solve a crime, it’s always exciting.
3. Candy Land
Candy Land is a sweet game that brings back memories of our childhood. It makes us think of happy times. The board game is full of fun things, like a candy cane forest and gumdrop mountains, as well as colourful characters like Mr. Mint and Princess Frostine. In Candy Land, even the youngest members of your family can play. The rules are simple, so even the youngest members of your family can play. It’s a race to find King Kandy. In this game, each player picks a card from a stack that tells them where to go on the board. Next, cards show which colour to move to the next square or a picture of an important place. It doesn’t matter who finds King Kandy first.
The first official Monopoly game came out in 1935. Since then, this game of buying property has been making real estate moguls all over the world. People play the board game with a lot of risk and a lot of luck. They buy and sell properties and try to stay out of jail as they do. If you have the money, you can buy the properties that are available. There, you can charge the other players rent if they land on any of the spaces that you own. You can then make money during the game. People who play the game have to be broke, which can take a long time. The goal is to buy so much property on the same part of the board that you become a monopoly and other players won’t be able to pay your rent any more.
Scrabble is a game that people love to play with words. It’s like a huge word jumble with a million different possibilities. Wooden letter tiles are given to each player at the start of the game. Each letter has a different value. You will start looking at your letter tiles right away to see what possible word combinations you can make to play the most points-rich words. When you’re writing down your scores, you’ll need to have a pen or paper nearby. You’ll also need a dictionary, because you’re going to need it when a word is going to be debated. If a player has used all of his or her tiles, the game is over and the points are added up. But who has the most points is the real winner.
It’s a two-player game of strategy where each player hides their ships on a 10×10 grid with letters and numbers. Then, they try to find and destroy their opponent’s ships. Each player has two grids. When you place your own vessels and track attacks against you, one grid is used. The second grid is used to track attacks against the person you are playing against. Take turns firing shots by calling out a plot point on the grid. As soon as a hit doesn’t hit a ship, it’s marked with white pieces. Strikes that hit ships are marked with red. The number of hits each type of vessel can take before it sinks is different. After a little bit of testing, you’ll likely be able to figure out where your opponent’s ships are and start killing them. Battle on the high seas!
Risk is a game that lets you rule the world. When you play this game, you spread out a map of the world on the game board. Each continent is broken up into territories. If one player wins, the goal is for him or her to take over all 42 territories and kill the other players as they go. As soon as we get there, we’ll need some diplomacy to get there. In time, you’ll make and break alliances as you slowly take over more land. But be careful: If you break an alliance, you know your opponents will do the same. We should add a time warning to this one, because a full game of Risk can last for hours. Nobody said that taking over the world would happen quickly.
8. Guess Who?
Almost 40 years after it was first made, this two-player game has new character art that fits the 21st century better. People who were not white were not in the original version. There were only five women out of a total of 24 people in the original version. This version has 11 women and 14 people of colour. Kids love flipping the characters and coming up with creative questions to try to figure out who the other person is. It’s a favourite for a reason.
One of the best board games for families is called Rummikub, and it’s called “rummy-cube.” Players put down numbered tiles in runs and groups of the same in turn. Adding jokers makes the game more interesting, and the first person to use all of their tiles wins. Children can play the game, but adults will enjoy it, too. Because it’s worth having in your game chest if you don’t already have it.
For years, Sorry! looked and played the same. Then, in 2013, some rules were changed and other changes were made, too. In the past, each player started with four pawns. Now, each player gets three pawns at the start. Fire and Ice cards were also added. There are some special editions of this game for families, like ones with Disney villains and SpongeBob SquarePants on the board.