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Experts Tell Us the Best 5 Player Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 5 Player Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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Ghosted Game

This product was recommended by Anne-Marie Grill from Big G Creative

Ghosted is a classic whodunnit murder mystery game with a supernatural twist – players must solve their own demise from the great beyond! Identify which suspect had it in for you, what wacky weapon they used, and why they wanted you out of the picture. The first to solve the mystery of their passing wins! The 12 Suspects are relatable and range from Gabby Gains the gym rat to Mimi_Hax19 the videogame influencer. The Motives are everyone’s true pet peeves – blasting smooth jazz, giving one-star reviews, or hoarding toilet paper might have been your fatal flaw. The Weapons are imaginative including a tank of piranhas, a 3-hole puncher, a selfie stick and murder hornets. Perfect for family and adult game nights!

Bluffaneer Dice Game

This product was recommended by Anne-Marie Grill from Big G Creative

This game of chance will rob your riches and grab your gold! Roll the bone dice and bluff your way through each round to steal the most treasure from your mates. For 3-6 players and estimated 15 minutes playing time. Watch the game in action here.

7 Wonders

This product was recommended by Allison Sponic from Kang Haggerty

Because of the pandemic, I’ve played board games in much smaller groups, often with only one or two other people. 7 Wonders is most exciting (to me) when played in a larger group and is what I look forward to most for family vacations. Great for varying ages and ability levels.

Fantasy Flight Games CE01 Cosmic Encounter

This product was recommended by Lauren Baldwin from RelaxingDecor

This is a great game that involves a lot of negotiation and plenty of laughter, so it’s great for groups who want a more social game. I always love bringing this game to 5 or 6-person gatherings! That said, I wouldn’t recommend it for less than 5 people. It’s also one of the few games that plays differently every time, so you won’t get bored if you play it multiple times.

Wood Player Boards Compatible with Terraforming Mars Board Game

This product was recommended by Liam Johnson from Total Shape

If you’re a Martian fan, this is the game for you. The player boards feature a highly rich color palette with details that are clear and precise. It will undoubtedly make you feel as if you are on Mars and the first Martian! The catch is that the wooden boards have indentations in them that hold your tracking pieces in place. You know how difficult it is to maintain board game pieces like this. It’s a game-changer in the world of flat cardboard games!


This product was recommended by AJ Hansen from Bandpass Design

Few games are better for a group than a thematic murder mystery. Mysterium checks all of those boxes and more as you navigate clues to uncover the most recent crime of Warwick Manor. An added bonus, it’s a game the family can play too, as it’s rated for ages 10 and up.


This product was recommended by Juliet from Utterly Positive

Saboteur is an easy strategy game that is fun for both adults and kids and makes you laugh a lot. The goal is to find a hidden treasure by building tunnels together but there is secretly someone whose goal is to prevent it. For 5 players it’s either 1 or 2 saboteurs: you don’t know exactly how many and who is who. It’s very fun to play because no one knows whom to believe and everyone suspects everyone! It’s a card game that comes in a relatively small box and rarely takes more than half an hour to play, which makes it great for travel and literally any occasion.


This product was recommended by Juliet from Utterly Positive

Citadels can be played even for two but the more players there are, the more fun and unexpected the process gets. In every round, you play a different character which you can choose based on your current in-game situation. The goal is to build the biggest city first while also stopping others and preventing their moves aimed at you. This requires you to not only focus on building certain districts but also be aware of what everyone else is doing. Things don’t always go according to your plan so you need to be flexible and make the best of your circumstances.

Hasbro Gaming Mouse Trap Board Game

This product was recommended by Nikola Webster from Brit on the Move

A classic in any household, this interactive game is one where you collect cheese tokens to move around once you’ve build=t a literal obstacle course that leads to a mousetrap. Once you get the course assembled, it’s every man for himself. You move around collecting the cheese as you roll the dice. Land on the wheel, and you may get trapped. This game is loads of fun, and watching the ball make its way through the course to the trap never fails to entertain!

Fury of Dracula

This product was recommended by Jacob Hubbard from The Goody Pet

I love playing board games with my family. The ‘Fury of Dracula’ is one of our favourites for our game nights. It is 4 versus 1 game in which 4 players are trying to catch the Dracula. The overall tension between the hunters and the vampire keep on increasing throughout the game which keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. Regardless of your age, you are bound to enjoy this game with your family and friends.

Sheriff of Nottingham

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

The game’s context involves trying to smuggle goods into Nottingham, where each round, one player is the sheriff and the other players are merchants. The merchants load good cards in their bags, and the sheriff has the right to choose to open your bag. It is a clever bluffing game with many fun moments, and it plays much better with the full player count of 5.

Beat That! – The Bonkers Battle

This product was recommended by Andy Nguyen from OhWeCook

This game is so much fun and we were all willing to compete for the challenges that are so weird and wacky, everyone can join in! There were enough cards and we spent all evening playing. This makes for a great gift for kids and adults.

Escape from Iron Gate

This product was recommended by Marla Johnson from Goliath Games

You and your friends have been wrongfully accused of a crime and don’t belong behind bars. You’ve made your case first to the judge, then to the warden, but no one is buying it. Looks like there’s only one path to freedom: a good old-fashioned prison break! Escape Iron Gate Prison by moving through each of the four areas on the board, earning items on the way by completing puzzles, drawing, acting and trading. The player that passes through the final gate first wins! For 3-8 players, ages 13 and up.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10-Second Challenge

This product was recommended by Marla Johnson from Goliath Games

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10-Second Challenge brings all the fun from the best-selling, award-winning book series to life! This game comes with everything you need to outwimp your friends and family. Play as your favorite character from the book series and race to be the first to get around the board. There are three categories of challenges: single player, categories and two-player. Will you be the Wimpy Kid champion? Includes game board, 6 movers, 90 game cards, 3 blank dice, sand timer, bean bag ball, label sheet and complete instructions. For 2-6 players, ages 8 and up.

King of Tokyo

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

If you want a board game for the whole family to enjoy, King of Tokyo is a good choice. You get to play as monsters and aliens and you either launch an attack or improve your skills. It’s an enjoyably chaotic strategy game everyone can indulge in.

Five-Minute Dungeon

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

This is another fun cooperative game for both kids and kids at heart. But this time, you team up with one another to go through dungeon obstacles and defeat monsters along the way. And since it’s a card game, there won’t be any choking hazards for the youngsters.

The Grizzled

This product was recommended by Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of

If you want a more realistic cooperative game, the Grizzled is one you should try out. Here, you play as World War I soldiers trying to navigate the perils of the battlefield. There is no fighting here, but you will need to conquer certain elements like bad weather and bullets flying all around.

Shogun Strategy Board Game

This product was recommended by John Peterson from Safe Drive Gear

Historically, the Jananese Sengoku period is a fascinating period, Japan was divided by warlords attempting to unite the country under one rule. This has been captured in video games and books alike. Think Samurai Warriors and you’re on the right track. It’s not easy, it’s very challenging, a lot of fun with brilliant mechanics. Combat system is unique, but for experienced board gamers only! Players need to expand their influence and gain territory but they need to feed those territories, and then they need to pay for their military actions. It’s a lot of resources to juggle and there’s a bit of luck involved as well. There’s an interesting and unique concept with the tower that randomly resolves conflicts depending upon the number of resources put into it, so even the mightiest of armies have a chance of failure. It’s very challenging. You definitely have to pay attention and enjoy taking over each country!

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Sara Cemin from Realia Project

Online games can never beat the fun of board games, especially when played in big circles. Since I am an avid board player, recently, I explore Catan and have been in love with it ever since. If you are 5 people, you will need an extension of the original game to accommodate all of them. It is easily available on Amazon. *The reason I like this game so much is that you get to participate in each player’s turn, either by trading or by collecting resources. So, it’s not like you have to wait for your turn to participate in the game.

Ares Games Sword & Sorcery

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This is an exciting fantasy-based board game. Here the player can control their magical power, here players or heroes are made immortal by the will of God and they have to explore the whole magical world and fight with different enemies. There all the players have the same functionality and priority, no game master is needed. This is a very exciting and joyful board game to enjoy.

Game of Thrones Catan

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This is a board game of the famous game of thrones. Here players need to struggle to settle their own lands while keep defending the walls. This game offers players much activity, like, road building, purchase a development card, recruit royal guards for defending, and much more. This is a great board game to play with five or six players.

Tiny Towns

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This is a family board game that needs to play with proper plan and strategy. This game has a mayor of a tiny town and players need to civilize this town. This is a great game with many activities.

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