Growing up, you likely spent many hours playing board games. Monopoly, the Game of Life and Scrabble lined your basement or bedroom shelves, waiting for a cold winter evening when the cartoons were boring or the local football team wasn’t playing. Whether with your family or your friends, these games provided entertainment and education.
As the years passed, board games fell by the wayside. It’s true that in the early 2000s, board games lost popularity. But, thanks to the invention of board game cafes and the introduction of modern board games, these beloved games have come roaring back into our lives and for good reason.
Board games provide adults a number of benefits, including time away from our screens, a challenge for our brains and a way to make new friends. In addition, for families, board games are a great way to boost together time and provide building blocks for your child’s vocabulary and math skills. All in all, these games are an ideal addition to any household.
From modern games to the classics, these are the ten best board games available on Amazon. Pick up one you already know or check out a new game from the list below.
Sequence is one of the most popular games on Amazon, so it’s likely that you’ve heard of it prior to this article. The complicated-looking board may have put you off trying it until now, however, the game is actually quite simple. It’s a cross between tic tac toe and playing card games. The point of the game is to draw cards and match them to markers on the board while trying to get five in a row. This is a great board game for all ages seven and above and can even be used as a STEM learning tool.
Reignite family time with the childhood classic Sorry!. Get all three of your color pawns from start to home and bump your opponents’ pawns en route. In this updated version, some of the rules have changed, allowing a younger generation to fall in love with the game. In addition, Hasbro has also included interactive digital content for a fully immersive gaming experience.
BEST FOR 2 PLAYERS
If you love Words with Friends, you absolutely need to invest in a Scrabble board. This classic board game can open your eyes to new word possibilities. It’s also ideal for families ages eight and up as it can teach new vocabulary and reading skills in a fun way. This set includes four tile racks, 100 wooden letter tiles, one game board, a drawstring letter bag and a game guide.
4. The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis
BEST FOR MILLENIALS
The Game of Life entertained them for ages as children, now Millennials can enjoy an updated version made with special twists and turns just for them. In the Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis, you win the game when you pay off all your crippling debt. You will probably need to work two jobs, rent an unaffordable house and stay with a partner you don’t love, but, hey, that’s life in the 21st century. This is an amazing party game and will produce tons of laughs with every go around.
BEST WORD GAME
One of the best newer games on the block is the multi-award-winning Codenames. In this word game, two teams race to reveal the identities of 25 secret agents. One teammate knows the agents only by their code names. The other person on the team has to get the first player to guess the agents’ identities using one-word clues. This is a fun, themed game that can provide hours of entertainment.
6. Monopoly Classic
Love it or hate it, Monopoly is a board game classic that should be found in every household. The game that takes forever allows you to “buy, sell, dream and scheme your way to riches.” Although this is technically the classic version of the game, it does include the new line up of tokens. The rubber ducky, a tyrannosaurus rex and a penguin join the family. Of course, if classic Monopoly isn’t for you, you could always buy Avengers Monopoly, the Star Wars Monopoly or even Metallica Monopoly.
BEST TEAMWORK GAME
Instead of a game in which you are trying to beat the other players, Pandemic is a game of teamwork in which you work with the other players to beat the game and save the world. In Pandemic, each character is a member of an elite disease control team trying to keep four deadly diseases at bay. Together, you must move around the world and play to your characters strengths in order to cure the diseases. This thought-evoking game flips the competition of normal board games on its head and provides endless evenings of entertainment.
8. Secret Hitler
BEST FOR COLLEGE KIDS
Funded by a recent Kickstarter, Secret Hitler is like a cross between a board game and a murder mystery. At the beginning of the game, players are secretly assigned to either the fascist group or the liberal group. One player becomes Hitler. Through a series of government-like decisions, players must decide who is who and kill the “Secret Hitler” before it’s too late. Older children and college kids can glean an important understanding of politics from this particular board game.
9. Trivial Pursuit Master Edition
BEST FOR TRIVIA NIGHT FANS
If you love nothing more than heading out to the bar every week for trivia night or watching endless hours of game shows, you need to buy Trivial Pursuit. This is the ultimate trivia game. You won’t know all the answers, so it’s great for learning new trivia. But, it’s also great for showing off all the little facts you do know. We should also note that instead of relying on a hand-me-down version of Trivial Pursuit, it’s worth investing in a new game so that it includes all the up-to-date trivia questions.
BEST FOR 3-4 PLAYERS
Catan has recently been named the “Game of the Century.” If you haven’t tried it already, you should. In the game, players act as adventurous settlers taming the Isle of Catan. Through rolls of the dice, trades and cards, you work to develop the land and gain resources, but you’ll need to watch out for monopolies, robbers or other players blocking your roads. Thanks to the ability to change the board, the game is different virtually every time you play.