The Best Board Games for Adults
These thought-provoking and hilarious activities will become your new favorite nightly activities.
Whether you're looking for new, creative ways to pass the time during quarantine, or you're trying to find a fresh idea for your next COVID-friendly intimate gathering, consider breaking out a board game. Not just child's play, board games are guaranteed to put everyone in a great mood. While the classics you played as kid are always fun to revisit (and are therefore included in this list), we're also sharing some of our favorite board games designed specifically for adults. Whether you want to play a traditional favorite like Clue and Scrabble, or try a new option like What Do You Meme? and Who in the Room?, adult-friendly selections can make any game night a little more exciting.
Looking for a timeless game that will also get all of the adults in the room ready to play? Make your very own checkers board that everyone will be eager to try out. The iteration seen here was made using bottle caps, and it's a do-it-yourself project you can customize to suit your space. If you're looking to pick up a new game from the store, an all-around favorite like Scrabble always wins. You and your loved ones will soon be scratching your heads trying to figure out what five letter words you can form with the letters you've been given. Just remember to be a good sport when the game heats up, and fight the appeal of making a quick dictionary search on your phone!
If you're looking for a game that's less about thinking and more about fun, plan to Pictionary. Everyone gets to try their hand at drawing and guessing during this charades-like activity, and it'll have everyone in the room thinking fast and working with their team to figure out what the player is trying to convey. Incohearant offers a similar experience, except this time you need to decode gibberish faster than the other players to win.
Whatever type of game you're looking to play, it's safe to say that there are plenty of grown-up board games that'll result in a lively evening. Ahead, check out all of our game night-worthy picks.
If it's just you and your spouse looking for a way to pass the time, a logic-based game like chess can't be beat. While any set will result in a challenging match, we love this custom option, which features hidden drawers to seamlessly store the pieces once you're done.
Shop Now: Bey-Berk Chess Set, $96, macys.com.
This ever-popular board game is a wordy showdown waiting to happen. You and your loved ones will each have an opportunity to put your vocabulary skills to the test. Whoever racks up the most points wins.
Shop Now: Hasbro Gaming "Scrabble" Board Game, $18, amazon.com.
Havana Dice Game
Everyone will want to show off their best poker face to master this traditional bluffing adult board game. Known as a "push-your-luck game," this party staple is equal parts fast-paced and easy to learn.
Shop Now: Chronicle Books "Havana" Dice Game, $24.95, nordstrom.com.
Monopoly Shinola Detroit Edition
Everyone loves Monopoly, but this Shinola Detroit edition brings the cool factor of the classic game up a notch. With the same basic rules you've come to know and love, this special edition honors the city of Detroit with icons and landmarks.
Shop Now: Monopoly Shinola Detroit Edition, $395, shinola.com.
Who in the Room?
This game begs the question: What do your friends think of you? With over 300 questions ranging from "Who in the room would survive the least amount of time on a desert island?" to "Who in the room has the highest tolerance for spicy food?" the game is a guaranteed way to get everyone thinking about talking about their friends and family.
Shop Now: Uncommon Goods "Who in the Room?" Board Game, $20, uncommongoods.com.
You only have short amount of time to answer a series of questions with responses that all start with the same letter, such as a boy's name, an object in the room, and an animal that begin with L. The more creative your responses, the better—you'll out-score your opponents by getting a correct answer that no one else has.
Shop Now: Hasbro Gaming "Scattergories" Game, $15.99, walmart.com.
This adult board game has a little bit of everything: prompts that test your addition and multiplication skills, your knowledge of United States geography, and your understanding of the Electoral College. The thought-provoking activity will have you mapping out your own way to win a ticket to the White House.
Shop Now: Semper Smart "Election Night!" Board Game, $39.95, amazon.com.
Reminiscent of a classic game of charades, Pictionary makes everyone guess what it is you are trying to draw. The best part about this board game? Even if you wouldn't consider yourself an artist, it makes for even more fun as your loved ones try to decode your makeshift masterpiece. It's suitable for all ages, but we think you'll find it's most fun when playing with your peers.
Shop Now: Mattel GamesShinol "Pictionary" Game, $20, amazon.com.
Are there any movie buffs in your inner circle? If so, this game is for you. Test your film knowledge by naming actors in popular films and calling out which ones starred together in specific movies.
Shop Now: Uncommon Goods "Cinephile" Game, $20, uncommongoods.com.
What Do You Meme?
Complete with 360 caption cards and 75 photo cards, this game will make any small get-together come alive as you compete to create the best meme-worthy content.
Shop Now: "What Do You Meme?" Game, $30, bedbathbeyond.com.
How's this for fun? This vintage-style game looks like a book, but it's actually Boggle. The goal is simple: Find as many words as possible in sequences of adjacent letters.
Shop Now: Winning Solutions "Boggle" Game, $34.95, barnesandnoble.com.
Do You Know Me?
This adult board game takes personal to a whole new level. Each player takes turns getting asked five "yes" or "no" questions about themselves, and the group decides the answers.
Shop Now: "Do You Know Me?" Game, $20, target.com.
Sequence may be a challenge, but it's also loads of fun when playing with competitive teams. To master this game that's more enjoyable for adults than kids, you'll need to connect five of the same color chips on the board game.
Shop Now: Sequence, $20, kohls.com.
This traditional board game may have gotten a new look, but the rules are essentially standard: try to roll all five die on the same number to reach the highest score.
Shop Now: Printworks Yatzy Game Set, $22, urbanoutfitters.com.
Backgammon and Domino Games
You can take these sets of backgammon and domino games on the road thanks to their travel-friendly style. The classic games are sure to get anyone engaged at a small get-together.
Shop Now: Wolfum Backgammon and Domino Games, from $68, food52.com.
Interpreting gibberish is the party game that you didn't realize you were missing. As the rotating judge holds up the card in the Incohearant game, the players will all read the nearly incomprehensible phrase out loud. Whoever can guess the phrase first wins the card!
Shop Now:"Incohearant" Game, $20, nordstromrack.com.
Tic-tac-toe gets a sleek upgrade with this chic marble board's design. You can easily leave this out before your intimate party gets going to double as décor on your coffee table.
Shop Now: Crate & Barrel Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Set, $39.95, crateandbarrel.com.
The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis
The Game of Life gets an interesting twist in this parody version. In order to win, you will need to be the first to pay off your $500,000 debt—while also handling whatever life throws your way.
Shop Now: Hasbro Gaming "The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis" Board Game, $20, target.com.
Just as fun as it is tactical, this spy-inspired game will have you on your toes. Uncovering teams based purely on codenames will make for a great game night in.
Shop Now: Czech Games "Codenames" Game, $19.95, thecompleatstrategist.com.
Linen Book Board Games
Instead of choosing just one game to please a small crowd, try out a few that people will love. This set includes Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue—plus, the stylish design will make you want to leave out the games simply for the style they bring to your home.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Linen Book Board Games, $149, potterybarn.com.