Board Games For Adults
Board Games can appeal to all sorts of age ranges and there is a specific niche of board games for adults that have gotten popular over time. Adult board games tend to have a few defining characteristics that make them stand out from "fun family games" and typically have a more challenging intellectual edge to them.
Adults Love Board Games Too!
Board games have been around since ancient times, with many historical sites having revealed many different artifact that were once used as board games. Popular strategy games such as Backgammon originated over 5,000 years ago and as we move into the 2020s, board game popularity is still a very popular choice of entertainment.
Even more so, amongst Adults who are tired of playing on their phones/tablets, board games are a great distraction to get away from the noise of social media and instead interact physically with their friends/family. Board Games can have a negative connotation attached to them, due to them not being as interactive as regular video games or smart phone applications, and they also are usually something you only play when you have a group of friends who have been taken away from their daily lives, such as at Christmas or on vacation.
But one thing I always hear from people is that they generally enjoy playing board games. And I especially get this message from Adults, who enjoy thought-provoking games that require strategic moves that allow them to show off their intellect among their peers.
Board Games have come a long way and are attempting to become more and more interactive to challenge the rise of smart phones and mobile app games. They are getting more compact so you can take them on the go, the rulesets are becoming more simplified so it doesn't take an hour to setup and they are designed to be played with any number of participants.
What Makes An Adult Board Game
An adult board game is generally targeted at a generation of those who enjoy challenging games. The rules of these games are generally a bit more complicated and the content of the game usually has a higher skill level than typically children's board games. Of course, there are some games which can be enjoyed by all age ranges: a classic example would be Monopoly. This game has stood the test of time, and with its infinite versions and distributed to almost any part of the world, Monopoly can be played for hours and hours between both adults and children.
The board game market has seen a rise in "adult" themed board games. These board games tend to have adult themes, such as more obscenities, crude jokes and often incorporate sex into the game. One of the most popular games of the last decade has to Cards against humanity; if you've been to a University party at anytime of the last ten years this game usually gets dragged out for everyone to play (it requires coming up with the most crudest combination of cards you can think of from your hand).
Other adult board games can also include higher skilled/intellectual games. Games such as Trivia Pursuit, which is a quiz game, often have questions in them that no one under the age of thirteen would be able to answer. And you'll often find these quiz games have other "meta games" that go along with them to reward answering questions (such as moving a piece on a board).
Anyways, I've rambled enough about board games for adults, let's take a look at some of the most popular board games for adults that you can get your hands on.
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Best Board Games For Adults
Cards Against Humanity is a game in which you take it in terms to come up with the most crude, obscene and generally "against humanity" type statement you can think of from the selection of cards you're dealt. There are a few different ways to play the game, but generally a card with a statement is read out and you must come up with an answer that is funnier/cruder than everyone else's to win.
There are many different packs for Cards Against Humanity, some which are themed for certain types of events or jokes. The game is very lightweight and can be taken with you anywhere. There aren't many rules for the game usually the rule sheet can be read from single sheet. It's probably a game more for young adults than actualy adults, but hey, if you're into farting, burping and phrases that could possibly be considered a "crime against humanity", this might just be the game for you and your friends. You can play the game with 4-20 people, perfect for parties for horrible people!
I would class Articulate more as a family board game but I also would recommend it for adults- hear me out! Articulate is a game which requires a player to describe an object/item/thing on their card to other players without actually using the word. For example, my word to describe to you might be "Shark" and I would have to say: Giant Fish, Eats People In Australia, We're Gonna Need a Bigger boat! etc. Your team must them try to guess what the word I'm trying to describe is and I get a point for each one you correctly guess.
Anyone can play this game and it is generally a great family fun game. But I would also recommend it for adults who want to play a game that isn't too embarrassing but also can get people out of their shells and into a fun mode. The game can be highly competitive and splitting into teams really makes the game fun. It's very easy to get setup and doesn't require a 5 page rule reading session before starting. Try it out!
Most people who think of Scrabble associate it with people in old-people's homes or being played by OAPs on a Tuesday afternoon whilst we're all at work. You would be right to some degree with that assumption because the game has been around since the 1930s and has matured into the board game market without much of an upgrade or improvements to it's appeal.
Yet, it is still a very intelligent and articulate game. It can be played with just 2 players, and is very simple to get setup. It's great for learning new words and even helps improve your mental maths. It isn't the most exciting game, but for two adults who want to put their intellect to the test, I recommend giving Scrabble a go. If you're crap at maths, bring a calculator.
If you've ever watched any of the ITV game shows that have been shown over the last ten years, Catch Phrase might have been one of them. The game requires you to complete a catch phrase, usually from a pop-culture show that most adults would have heard of by the time they're 21 or older. Some of the catch phrases you're going to have never heard of and others you're going to be kicking yourself to bed every night wondering how you didn't figure it out. It's a great game for the older generation as the catch phrases dive deep into the past.
This game has got Cards for Humanity shook and is likely to be the most popular party game for the next few years (until it gets stale). What do you Meme lets players assign various phrases and captions to a host of meme images provided by the game. The winner is decided by a rotating judge on the best caption that fits the meme for that round. The meme images contain pictures of political figures, popular memes from the past and a few random ones thrown in. What do you meme is one of the most popular party games to own, so it also makes for a perfect gift for a birthday or holiday season.
At the beginning of this article I did mention that Adult board games tend to have a higher learning curve and allow you to demonstrate your intellect better. Well, forget all that rubbish and feast your eyes on Drink-A-Palooza Board Game, the drinking game for adults. What could go wrong? Well as it turns out, everything. The game revolves around classic American drinking games, like Beer Pong, Flip Cup and a host of other mini-games. Players have a board piece and navigate the board squares which tell you what game you need to play. The game comes with everything you need, a part from the alcohol that makes this game work. If you're looking to let loose, this game is perfect for reliving college days, hen/bachelorette parties and turning 21-birthdays.
Similarly to Articulate, this game forbids you from saying any of the "Taboo" words on a card that describe the object/thing. Therefor, you need to get creative with this game and use your cunning to explain to your team what the word is. The game comes with a buzzer and timer so help you keep track of rounds and there are hundreds of cards in each pack- you can even buy special edition packs for certain topics like food and drink. This game is great for 4 or more players aged 13 and up!
This board game requires you to use different "tile" cards with paths on to navigate the board. You must move your marker along the path tiles until the path takes you off the board and you're eliminated. The aim of the game is to place your tile cards strategic to try and eliminate your opponents as they must follow the paths put down before them. This game is relatively simple and there are no embarrassing or flamboyant moves you need to make to play this game. The game can be played with up to 2-8 players and is great for both adults and younger players.
Based on the segment on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, Box Of Lies requires you to try and lie about the mystery item inside the box. Your opponent must guess whether you're lying or telling the truth about the mystery item. There are over 150 different mystery cards that you can use and the game can be played with up to 4 players.