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Experts Tell Us the Best Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Games 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). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Mysterium Board Game

This product was recommended by Jim Peterson from My Speech Class

Scary one, you need to resolve horrible crime mystery, and there are also ghosts, haunted houses, and so on.

Beat That! – The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges

This product was recommended by Angela Evans from 7 wonders

If you want a fun games board game that is suitable for the whole family look no further than Beat That! – The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges. With 160 varied challenges that are both tricky and/or outrageous to test your skills, you will be hooked in seconds. It takes just seconds to figure out how to play, the rules are simple and uncomplicated. You simply place a bet on how you think your skill will be for each challenge, then complete the next solo challenge, battle royale, buddy up or duels. If you bet correctly on your skillfulness you are the winner. Expansion packs are available if you ever get bored (which is doubtful) of the challenges. It’s such a fun, interactive game for a group of people whether they know each other or not.

7 Wonders

This product was recommended by Ruhul Amin from SprayerMag

There are dozens and dozens of board games, but none like 7 Wonders. Creating your own society and city can be a massive and decade-spanning task in real life, but 7 Wonders makes it seem like an absolute breeze thanks to how easy it is to learn and how fast the game moves. Your job is to help a legendary city like Athens achieve greatness through scientific discovery, trade, military conquest, or by building one of the wonders of the ancient world. The theme is certainly presented in a grand way, with each player responsible for building one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but the game mechanics themselves are gloriously simple and yet a lot of fun to play.

Monopoly – Cheater’s Edition

This product was recommended by Shannon Bernadin from The African Garden

The Monopoly Cheaters Edition board game allows you to bend or break the rules of the game in order to win. Cheating is part of this game, which makes it absolutely hilarious to play with friends or family. It adds a whole new level of suspense and excitement to the already well-loved game of monopoly, making it so much more enjoyable to play as you cheat your way around the board.

Avalon Hill Betrayal at House on the Hill

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

I would give Betrayal at House on the Hill five stars out of five just on entertainment value and replayability, I find myself longing for more stars to give, in honor of the game’s perfect, sturdy, robust, proportional and dependable thickness. Truly the thickest game that ever thicked thicks.

Hasbro Risk Game

This product was recommended by Christina Russo from The Kitchen Community

The best way to learn to think strategically, an invaluable lesson for life, isn’t by playing chess, it’s by playing Risk. Why? Because Risk teaches its players to outwit and outthink several opponents at once while promoting the value of thinking outside of the box to find solutions to seemingly impossible problems. It’s more than just a game, it’s a lesson in life and how to live it.

Stonemaier Games Scythe Board Game

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

Keep friends and family entertained with the Stonemaier Games Scythe board game. It’s a time of unrest in 1920s Europa and the ashes from the first Great War still darken the snow. In this Europa board game, the capitalistic city-state known simply as the factory, which fueled the war with heavily armored Mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries. Scythe is a board game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It’s a time of farming and war as well as broken hearts. In this 1920s board game, each player represents a fallen leader attempting to restore their honor and lead their faction to power in Eastern Europa.

Pandemic Board game

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

I recommend this product because the odds are against you from the start in Pandemic, but that’s the beauty of it. This co-op epic is never less than thrilling, and good communication (not to mention the ability to think on your feet) is your only hope of winning. It never feels hopeless, though; despite players being tasked with holding back a clutch of super-diseases from spreading across the world, they’re armed with unique abilities that can help them turn the tide. This injection of strategy helps Pandemic reach the top spot as one of the best board games overall.

Czech Games Codenames

This product was recommended by Jeff Mains from Champion Leadership Group LLC

With associative vocabulary and espionage, it’s a match made in assassination heaven: Party word game Codenames has two teams competing to find all of their agents before the other team does. A five-by-five grid is filled with a random assortment of words. To keep track of which words belong to which side, each spymaster is given a card with a list of words that are either neutral or black assassin terms. The spymasters each pronounce a word and a number at the same time. To locate the words linked with the clue, their team has that many guesses (plus one). If they choose properly, the word is painted in their chosen color, and they proceed. Unless they choose the assassin word, in which case they lose instantly, they cannot guess incorrectly. The winning team is the one that locates all of its terms first. The granular variety of the phrases makes it an intriguing and hard problem, even though it is incredibly basic and quick to learn.

Everdell Collectors Edition 2nd Edition

This product was recommended by Dan Troha from Draftsim

I recommend Everdell Board Game or Everdell the Collectors Edition from Starling Games. It is a great fantasy board game for young and older people. It will appeal to people playing on their own or the family and groups of friends playing together. It features all kinds of forest critters and plants which come into the gameplay as characters, locations and tokens. The purpose is to build a fantasy forest city. It’s kinda quaint with wooden playing pieces and an 8-sided die. Everdell is great to play next to the fireplace in groups of two to four players, and even on your own. It has enough depth to keep you engaged but isn’t too demanding. It is really up to the players to decide how intensely they want to play and compete. There are current and forthcoming expansions for the game as well.

Dracula Cluedo Mystery Board Game

This product was recommended by David Bowen from Bordeaux Undiscovered

The dracula cluedo mystery board game is challenging, yet still fun for all of the family. This game provides a twist on the normal cluedo game, featuring special locations and a completely new look. You can become the detective as you find clues to solve the murder mustery that awaits.

Blockbuster Party Game

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

it’s an incredible board game for children above 12 years of age. You can play it with family and friends as well. It’s a movie game, and four players can play it at once. It’s great for spending quality time with your family.

Games PICTIONARY Card

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

it’s an excellent game for children and adults as well. It has 56 glue cards and 88 picture cards. So here you can play Pictionary without actually drawing the picture. It can be an excellent gift for kids and a great family game if you like to spend time with your family.

Scrabble Deluxe Edition

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

it is a word game, and 2 to 4 players can play it at once. In this game, you make different words using tiny letter tiles. It increases your understanding and thinking power. It is a relaxing, fun game to play with family and friends.

Wingspan Board Game

This product was recommended by Chloe Choe from Off Hour Hustle

Wingspan is a 1-5 player card-driven game based off of putting birds into various habitats to gain points and win. It is an engine-building game and has a variety of ways to gain points. The beautiful artwork and endless strategies involved to win make it a great game for adolescents and adults alike!

Ticket To Ride

This product was recommended by Beth Schubert from Own The Grill

As well as being a gamer, I’m a history buff, and being catapulted back to the Old West and trying to shape the United States by building the railroads that forged our nation is one of my favorite ways to spend ninety minutes. And who doesn’t love trains?

SEQUENCE- Original SEQUENCE Game

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

Sequence is my best recommendation for the best board game since you are allowed to play a card from your hand and place a chip on the corresponding space in the game board. A sequence is complete when you have five in a row. To win, you have to score the required number of five-card sequences before your opponent does. The game allows 2 – 12 players and is easy enough for children to enjoy and challenging for adults, ensuring lots of fun.

Pressman Checkers

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

My other best recommendation is the Pressman Checkers which is a two-player strategy game played on a checkerboard with 64 squares and an 8 by 8 grid arrangement. It is an easy-to-learn game and makes a great addition to your game collection. You get interlocking checkers and folding game board features, which enable you to store it easily with lots of years to play. This is a great set for teaching the next generation of players.

Floor Plan from Deep Water Games

This product was recommended by Michael Dean from Pool Research

This game is all about designing a house for your client, so if you are interested in anything home or interior design-related, you should definitely give this a try. It requires creativity and brain power, but only uses a pair of dice and a pencil, making it very user-friendly and easy to learn. You can play this with any number of people, and it could give you some fun ideas for your own home layout or design!

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

Catan is the embodiment of a gateway game as it is simple to pick up and exposes new players to hobby games in a pleasant, approachable way. The rules are simple to teach, and I’ve seen total non-gamers grasp the concept in just a few turns. Catan is a fantastically simple game to play, yet it is intricate and tough to master. Catan is a game that is best suited to being expanded and enhanced, as the base game is only the beginning of the Catan world.

Azul Board Game

This product was recommended by Tara Orcutt from Veggieslicious

Azul is a tile-placing game in which players take on the role of artists tasked with making the most beautiful tile mosaics possible. Claim tiles and arrange them on your board to collect points to compete for the highest score. Azul is a fantastic gateway game for anyone new to board gaming or wishing to extend their collections, as it is strategic but easy to learn and has slight depth. Recipe

Avalon Hill Betrayal at House on the Hill, Green

This product was recommended by Melanie Cohen from Brand lists

“Betrayal at House on the Hill” is a thrilling board game which is played by 3-6 people. There are traps, items, omens and dangers on all steps. The room tiles are chosen at random and then they are put on the board. The hunt begins afterwards and the game becomes interesting when one of the players takes the side of the ghost and betrays the other players while the other players are allies and play to defeat the monsters.

Hasbro Gaming Scrabble Game

This product was recommended by Rousseau Vestal from Find The Aisle

The traditional crossword game Scrabble is a lot of fun with friends and family. As soon as you rack up your letters, choose a terrific word, and hope to land on a triple-word score, the thrill begins to build. Play the classic Scrabble game against live opponents for a tough and enjoyable experience, whether you’re a novice or an expert.

Learning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Money Bags includes a wonderful game board with a gigantic dollar symbol as the spaces and a variety of mechanical-looking cartoon pictures. With this simple and entertaining game, players will quickly learn coin recognition. Money Bags involves a lot of counting and exchange of money. Children adore realistic money, which contains both coins and dollar notes. To find out which coin you must avoid, spin the wheel. It is intended for children aged 7 and above, however, children aged 5 and up might enjoy playing with a little assistance.

What Do You Meme? Core Game

This product was recommended by Paul Baterina from Sleep Advisor

Whenever my girlfriend and I host Game Nights, we love playing ‘What Do You Meme’ with our friends. What Do You Meme is a card game where you match a picture with the funniest caption you can think of. It’s best to play this game with adults because the captions can be raunchy and not suitable for anyone younger than 17 years old. I like this game because I love reading and sharing funny memes on my social media accounts. Plus, you never know what caption will get paired with a picture, so it always generates a lot of good laughs in my social group.

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Written by Zak Parker

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