We've come a long way from Candyland and The Game of Life. Now, there are tons of super clever board games that are actually fun to play over the age of six. And the most popular board games for adults will have you hooked in no time.
Now, just because these games are aimed at adults, doesn't mean they are "adult." There's no saucy dice or naked Twister. These games are just a little more complicated or over-the-top than your average family fare. Like Settlers of Catan. There's nothing "adult" featured in the questing, adventure game, but it's a little too complex for a kid to interest him.
Or, maybe you want an easy-to-play party game? There are tons of great board games that require almost no set up, rules that make sense in under five minutes, and have room for lots of players. Whether you want to bust out the classic Cards Against Humanity or learn some new facts about your friends with the revealing The Voting Game, there's something that'll entertain every group of friends.
Just because you're not a kid anymore doesn't mean you have to leave board games behind. With these amazing board games for adults, you'll want to find any excuse to play.
1. A Game That Teaches You A Lot About Your Friends
The Voting Game
Really get to know your friends with The Voting Game. Each round starts with a question like "Who would survive the longest in a zombie apocalypse?" Then, you vote on which friend best fits the bill and after the results are given, you try to guess who voted for you. Basically, you learn what people really think about you in a hilarious way.
2. A Board Game That Takes Telephone To The Next Level
Telestrations After Dark Board Game
A little like the game telephone but with drawing, this game can get a little weird but is super fun. You get a word or phrase to draw, then everyone has to guess what it was. It's harder than it sounds and gets shockingly hilarious.
3. A Game That Brings Out The Worst In Everyone
Disturbed Friends-This Game Should Be Banned
Touted as "The Worst Game Ever Made" this card game makes you decide what you and your friends would do in horrible situations. When you have to answer questions like "In order to destroy my arch-nemesis, I will..." you learn a lot about how terrible you and your friends really are.
4. A Party Games That Lets You Be A Spy
Live out your James Bond fantasies with this board game. All the players (or agents) know each other only by code names and they race to see who can identify an agent first. If you like games like Werewolf and Mafia, this one really takes that to the next level.
5. A Board Game That Sends You On An Epic Adventure
Settlers of Catan 5th Edition
Kind of like an IRL Oregon Trail and a less fantastical Dungeons & Dragons, Settlers of Catan gives you a totally different playing experience every time. Players discover the isle of Catan and go on a quest to settle its wild lands. Over 1,500 people on Amazon love it, with one reviewer saying "Beware! Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play. Watching youtube videos to improve your game, bribing your children."
6. A Favorite Card Game With Over 36,000 Reviews
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity has pretty much taken over the board game world. With over 36,000 reviews, this is one of the most popular products on all of Amazon and far and away the most liked board game. With 150 new cards since the last edition, this game is great if you've played it once or 1,000 times.
7. A Game That Lets You Make All The Best Memes IRL
What Do You Meme? Game
Over 1,000 people on Amazon love this game! You compete to see who can make the funniest meme. It can get pretty raunchy, so this is definitely not a game for the family reunion.
8. The Game Kickstarter Was Crazy About
Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition, $20, Amazon
Kickstarter went nuts for Exploding Kittens and people on Amazon are keeping the love going. The most-backed project in Kickstarter history, Exploding Kittens is a hilarious party game described as a "kitty-powered version of Russian roulette." With over 3,800 reviews on Amazon, this game is extremely popular and growing more and more loved every day.
9. A Board Game That Let's You Make Hilarious Comics
Joking Hazard, $25, Amazon
Stick figures have never been funnier. This game lets you and your team create comic strips that are always hilarious and definitely NSFW. With super easy set up, this game is great for a party of pretty much any size and will definitely get everyone laughing.
10. A Game That Lets You Call Out Your Friends
Drunk Stoned Or Stupid
Get real with your friends with this hilarious party game. Each card gives a prompt and you have to decide which of your friends is most likely to do it. Between figuring out which friend "Is going straight to hell" or calling out who's most likely to "Get a popcorn bucket from the trash for free refills," you and your friends will have a fun time calling each other out for all their weird behaviors.
11. A Family Board Game With A Dark Twist
Hasbro Cranium Dark Game, $10, Amazon
The family game Cranium gets an adults-only makeover in this board game. A little like Pictionary, Charades, and Name That Tune rolled into one, Cranium Dark makes you act, draw, sing, or sculpt out a huge array of clues that your teammates have to guess. It's active, fun, and just a little bit risque.
12. A Board Game That Takes You Through A Haunted House
Betrayal At Hill House, $32, Amazon
Deal with all the scares and mysteries of a spooky haunted house in this board game. Navigate through the haunted hallways over and over since every time you play you get a new scary scenario. Plus, the game only lasts an hour, so you won't get caught up in this spooky house all night.
13. A Classic Board Game With A Grown-Up Twist
University Games Anti-Monopoly
A classic with an intelligent twist, Anti-Monopoly lets you play the real estate game as a monopolist or a free market contributer. Though that sounds a little like an economics lesson, this version of Monopoly is way more fun than the original and you might even learn a thing or two while you play.
14. A Game That Let's You Be Your Favorite 'Game Of Thrones' Character
Clue: Game of Throne Edition
All the fun of Clue with your favorite characters from Game of Thrones, this game has it all. Play as Daenerys and accuse Cersei of murder. Or go crazy and take on Tyrion and accuse Greyworm of murder. A great way to play a classic game and live out some of your favorite Game of Thrones fan fiction fantasies.
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