25 Best Board Games For Adults 2022 — Fun Board Games For Adults

Who said there was an age limit for enjoying board games? The kids don’t have all the fun! Plus, there really is a special sacredness behind the ritual of Adult Game Night™. You can make the whole experience a totally ~grown-up affair~: between the plentiful wine, the A+ charcuterie platter, and the pizza to go, the vibes are still spotless and just what you need after a really long week of job. But in the midst of anticipating all the fun to be had, sometimes we, um, forget the most important part: the board game itself.

Now, while we love the classics we grew up with (IYKYK), the world of board games has seriously evolved in recent years. You are no longer limited to the same three games you have been playing since childhood. Today, there’s something for every type of personality and interest, whether you like trivia, guessing games, or a fancier version of Jenga. TBH, your biggest challenge will likely be figuring out which one to add to your collection first. And, as we all know, having the best assortment of games means you’re on your way to becoming the hostess with the most hostesses in your friend group 😉

To kick off your search for the best board games, scroll through our selections below. These games are guaranteed to get any party started and keep it going. Get ready to put your wits to the test and keep your cool because Adult Game Night™ is about to begin!!

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for game night purists

Deluxe Scrabble and Monopoly Set

We know that Scrabble and Monopoly are still there. But elevate your old dilapidated ensembles for those pieces that act as fancy decor. It’s academic chic, isn’t it?

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for budding artists

Azul board game

Let’s get those creative juices flowing! The main objective here is to compete to see who can create the most beautiful mosaic. Watch your friends turn into professional critics real quickly done.

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for those who want every day to be a game day

Drink a Palooza

This board game combines all the best old-school and new-school drinking games (pong, flip cup, quarters, etc.) for a night of wild college nostalgia. Pro tip: Have water nearby for hydration, because you’ll need it.

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for true crime obsessives

Class of ’98: Mystery Killer Box

When your crew is convinced they can solve a murder mystery, this game will put that theory to the test. The goal is to find out who killed a man during his 1998 high school class reunion. A thriller and Nostalgia for the 90s? Sign us up, please.

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for the talkative band

Game Tell me without telling me

Do you have a lot of chatter in your group of friends? This game will be enough difficult for them because it requires limiting how you speak *and* how much you speak. Prepare for some serious laughs along the way.

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for the forever young

wall pong

You’d be shocked at how much changing the angle of your pong game adds to the fun. Before the haters object, YES it still counts as a board game. Can’t see the board? !

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for the avant-garde

MoMA Colorplay Backgammon Set

I bet you didn’t know a board game could be so fahcy. It’s the classic backgammon game you always played with your grandma, but with a cute twist.

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for detectives

The chameleon board game

Here we have a classic game, “repeat the impostor”. It’s basically the perfect fodder for hilarious debates and utter mayhem.

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for the curious

Truly Curious Card Game: Curiosity Edition

Creator Michael Tennant worked with psychologists, journalists and game developers to create this fun, empathy-focused card game that brings you and your friends closer at every turn. Wow, fun and contributes to emotional growth? Everything for that.

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for the nostalgic

Acrylic Tic Tac Toe Set

When was the last time you played Tic Tac Toe without pen or paper? This acrylic set brings everything you already love about classic competition and turns it into a board game!

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for a fancy dinner

Marbled stone stacking game

It’s basically Jenga but for adults! Plus, you can leave it on your shelf and your guests won’t be the wiser.

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for when real life drama just isn’t enough

love fog

Think Game of Life but with more relationship drama. Here, you and your plus-one will become two different characters trying to fall in love amidst unforeseen twists and life-altering goals.

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for quick conversations

Off topic

If you have the type of group that gets together and can’t stop talking to each other, this might be the game for you. Especially if your group has a short attention span.

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to break the ice

Convo and Chill

Okay, there’s technically no “board” here, but if you’re having a meeting with people who may not know each other *too* well, you should pull this game out. It has a bunch of big uplifting Qs that will heal any awkward silence.

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for the crowd ~ironic~

Pandemic

Despite the obvious comparisons between the current hard times, this game is really fun. Basically, four diseases have broken out in the world and it’s up to a team of specialists (you!) to find cures for these diseases before humanity is wiped out.

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for your inner artist

pantone the game

Have you ever seen something you to know you don’t need it, but you’re super happy it exists? It’s that game here. Take Pantone colors and try to turn them into a design. It’s like Pictionary, but the soothing palettes mean no one will turn the table.

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for high energy friends

Throw Throw Burrito

The creators of Exploding Kittens invented the world’s first dodgeball card game (yes, you read that right). It’s your game if you’re in the mood to unleash a little more aggression – uh, energy. It’s also your game if you like burritos.

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for crowd lovers

Revoked black card

Revoked black card

This nostalgia-fueled game celebrates the best of black American pop culture. And it’s super easy…don’t get your card revoked by the crowd.

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for your wittiest crew

Nicknames

Monikers is kind of like the sleeker and more interactive version of Cards Against Humanity. Players take turns guessing the (sometimes inappropriate) name on the card, and the rules get stricter with each round.

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for homebodies

The hygge game

This game contains over 300 questions designed to spark “comfortable” discussions among players. Shit, pour me a cup of peppermint tea, and I’m in!

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for gamers from dusk till dawn

Settlers of Catan board game

Yes, this one can take 24 hours to play, perfect for a long weekend with your closest friends. So give in to your inner pioneer as you try to build new settlements and gather resources. There’s a reason he has a cult following.

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for budding influencers

Game verified

Social media experts, rejoice! If you or your friends have ever considered influencer stardom as a possible achievement, this game will put that to the test.

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for sushi lovers

Sushi go!

Pass around cards that feature different parts of your favorite sushi dinner. Your mission ? To create the best meal and earn all the points. Spicy Salmon Roll sold separately, but I totally recommend cooking something in the kitchen before you play.

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to spill the tea

For girls party game

This one is great for bachelorette parties when you only know half the group and need to get comfortable quickly. Shoot the “Never Have I Ever”, “Truth or Dare” or “Most Likely” cards to reveal all your dirty secrets.

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for horror movie fans

Betrayal at House on the Hill

In this tile game, players work together to design a haunted house. Unbeknownst to the others, however, a player is out to betray ‘the team’, so you need to knock them down before it’s too late!


Mekita Rivas is a multicultural freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C.


Editorial Editor
Jessica Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Counselors, They’ll Never Catch Us, and They Wish They Were Us.


Annabel Iwegbue is an editorial assistant who covers entertainment, beauty, fashion and astrology.

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