The best family board games you’ll all enjoy

Check out our guide to the best classic and new releases that are sure to liven up family games night.

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by William Lobley |

Gather the family around the coffee table, clear away the newspapers and glossy mags and grab a flat, inadequate cushion to sit on – it’s time to play a board game.

The humble board game is not only one of the most honest forms of family entertainment, but one of the most fun and most rewarding. Yes, sure you get to spend time creating memories with your nearest and dearest, but more importantly, you get to claim triumph over them in a very socially acceptable way.

For the win to be extra sweet, you'll need to get the best game possible – but you don’t have to roll the dice on this one, because we’ve gathered together the best family-appropriate board games that money can buy. There’s something on this list for everyone.

About our picks

No one will be surprised to find some very recognisable names in this list, such as the never-failing classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, or the child-friendly games like Operation and Uno. But to mix things up, we’ve also included a selection of new fantastic and innovative board games such as Codenames or Sequence, which will have players rhyming, yelling, and racing to victory.

Looking for more of a challenge?

If you’re on the lookout for something a little more challenging, we’ve also collected together the best tactical, strategic, and cooperative board games, including the likes of Risk, Pandemic, and Catan.

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William Lobley is a Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in gaming, technology, and the outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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