Ah, board games. They unite us, make us giggle and - if played right - ruin at least two friendships per game. Truly iconic.
Breaking out a board game at a party will either score you some serious eye-rolls or thumbs-ups, depending on your audience, but they're truly the perfect way to break the ice and get any party started. If you're bringing people together who don't know each other well, board games are a sure way to ease tension and break down all walls in the blink of an eye.
Some board games are designed to help you learn more about one another and bring out a cheeky side, while others are purely based on strategy and knowledge. Whichever way you want to go, there's a board game for every type of person, party and mood.
We've listed our top favourite board games that'll help keep your guests entertained and guarantee a fun night.
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The best party board games
1. Exploding Kittens
Anyone who's played Exploding Kittens knows how entertaining this clever little game is. The rules are simple; if you draw an exploding kitten, you're out, but there are loads of cards on deck that can help you outsmart your opponents and help you survive for longer. There are multiple versions of the game available, including a NSFW deck, if you're looking to keep things a little more interesting.Review: "I wasn't sure what to expect from this game, but it's a really fun family-friendly card game, with a lot of bluffing, tactics, and indeed luck to win. It only takes 10 minutes to play a game, and the rules are simple to learn so it's a great one to take with you on trips when you have some downtime."
2. Drumond ParkArticulate Family Board
A lively, fast-paced game that will keep you on your toes, Articulate is a classic for a reason. Players will compete to describe as many card entries as possible in 30 seconds, testing their vocabulary, communication and general knowledge all at the same time.Review: "I love this game, I bought this when my family came around we played it until the early hours of the morning. It got everyone involved and we are not a family of board game players. Definitely recommend."
3. Codenames Card Game
Embody 007 in this special word association game where you and your teammates compete to uncover the secret identities of 25 agents. Your nominated spy-master will give you clues that you can work with to start identifying the right agents. Gameplay is only about 15 minutes and you'll have heaps of fun playing, win or lose. **Review: "**This is by far one of my favourite board games. It's easy to learn and super fun to play. It even has a 2 player mode, so I can always play with my partner, although I think it's even better to play in a 5-6 people group."
4. Telestrations - Board Game
Sketch, guess and have some fun with this outrageously funny board game. The name of the game is simple; sketch what you see and then pass your work of art along for your neighbour to guess what it is. Then, their guess will be sketched by the person after, resulting in a hilarious set of drawings and unpredictable outcomes. **Review: "**Fantastic and hilarious game for all the family. We had this for Christmas on the recommendation of a friend and played it on Christmas Day with 8 of us ranging from 10 to 75 and we literally had tears of laughter rolling down our faces at times. The same friend recommended it to at least another 3 families and they all had the same reaction with it too. I would wholeheartedly recommend this game."
5. What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game
Simple, entertaining and absolutely hilarious, What Do You Meme take some of the internet's funniest memes and turns them into a fun competition with your friends. All you have to do is combine one photo caption card with one of your photo cards, and the judge of the round will decide which combination is the funniest. The mature content makes will make this a party hit, and some booze is bound to make this all the more hilarious. Review: "We have had hours of family fun with this game. During lockdown, I ordered a few games to help us as a family, and bring us together. We really enjoyed playing this, and even after lockdown have regular game evenings. Recommend this game!"
6. Repos Production -Just One - Board Game
This fun, family-friendly game includes 550 words that you need to guess or help the round's guesser guess. It's easy to play, lots of fun and only takes 20 mins per round.Review: "I absolutely love this game and I haven't met anyone who hasn't had a blast playing it! It is very easy to play, quick to set up and supports a large number of players. It still plays well with more than the recommended max number of players (just grab another whiteboard or a notebook). Played this almost every day when I went on holiday for two weeks with a large group."
7. Mega Monopoly Board Game
I mean, does it get more classic than Monopoly? We will never get tired of the world's favourite family board game. Plan tactically, keep cool and there's no doubt you'll succeed. The mega edition brings an extra twist to the classic gameplay by giving you more property and cash to play with, as well as more variety overall. Review: "Very fun board game, very similar to the standard Monopoly except the board is actually larger and you get more bits inside the box. You also get to build skyscrapers and depots to earn you more game monies. The quality of the game is pretty good as you would expect from Hasbro. I am very happy with my purchase and my friends also love this set as it is larger than the standard version so you don't need to get as close to each other to see what is going on. I would recommend this to anyone, hope this helps!"
8. Cards Against Humanity: UK Edition
Dubbed, 'a party game for horrible people', Cards Against Humanity is a comedic, risky and often politically charged game that gets everyone going. The rules couldn't be simpler; one player asks a question from a black card, and the rest of the players need to respond with their funniest white card. Pro tip? The more inappropriate, the better.**Review: "**Good card set, definitely recommend if you're having a adult's only games night!"
9. Trivial Pursuit Game
Think you can outsmart your friends? Trivial Pursuit will be the judge of that. 2,400 questions from traditional, well-loved categories for you to wrap your head around and get competitive with your friends. We also love this classic, retro edition that simply screams the 80s.Review: "Took us straight back to the 1980s! Brilliant up-to-date questions with the classic board. A new twist on the rules which means the game doesn't go on forever (as it used to) Absolute classic - thrilled to have it back in our lives!"
The game of forbidden words that's sure to cause laughs, rifts and a lot of fun. Get your team to guess as many words as possible against the clock, but beware; say any of the forbidden words and you'll lose. This game is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, and on your toes!Review: "Bought this for a family holiday (all adults); it was great fun! Some words were harder than others and we got very creative at describing them. Thought provoking and at times hilarious."
Spend the night in the hot seat as your friends quiz you on why you're right for a role as a nanny, flight attendant, professional cuddler and dozens of other hilarious job roles. Convince your friends to employ you and use the funny oddball qualification cards to earn yourself a spot. This game can take unpredictable turns and is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.Review: "Played this game in a board game cafe, loved it so much I ordered it there and then! If you like games such as Cards Against Humanity you will love this one. Not for the easily embarrassed."
12. Hasbro Gaming Scattergories Game
In this game of categories, you'll be awarded for coming up with the most unique answer for the categories on your card. Sound easy? Well, your answer also has to start with the letter rolled on the die. Come up with as many answers as you can before the time runs out and get creative as possible.Review: "Think fast, hilarious game for all the family! 16 different cards with a dice of letters the combinations are hilarious competitive but most of all FUN!"