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The best board games you didn’t know about

Everything you need to know about the best board games, where to buy them and what ages will enjoy them

Board and card games have been enjoyed by families and friends for centuries. Though typically associated with children, there are board games out there that are specifically designed for adult players too. And they’re a great way to while away the time.

Everyone deserves to have fun with friends. So whether you’re searching for a gift, or something to add a little spice or a sense of nostalgia to your next dinner party, a board game is the perfect choice.


How to choose a board game

With so many board games on offer, it can be extremely difficult to even know where to start in making a decision, so we’ve compiled some helpful info to make that choice easier. Before you begin your search, you’ll need to consider the following:

  • What aged audience should your board game cater for?
  • What type of game are you looking for?
  • How many players will you need to accommodate?

We’ll take you through the best board games, from trivia to action, for all ages and abilities, to help you decide which one is best for you.


Best board games for...

With such a wide variety of board games to choose from, we’ll need to narrow down recommendations by genre, age and interest.

Best board games for adults

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Adults enjoy board games as much as children. The varieties on offer range from classics like Scrabble to boundary-pushing games like Cards Against Humanity.

WhatDoYouMeme.Amazon

If you’re looking for adult fun with family and friends, why not try What Do You Meme? This game enables friendly competition with friends and family as you compete to create the funniest memes. This is the perfect game for larger groups and gatherings.

DeadofWinterCrossroadsGame.Amazon

Dead of Winter Crossroads Game is an excellent choice for adults who’d love nothing more than to experience dystopia. It’s a game in which you and your fellow players have to work together in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Each player has their own secret objective which may lead to a united win, or end up being the downfall of all players. This game is suitable for 2–5 players.


Best board games for families

If your perfect idea of family fun is your brood huddled around a table in healthy competition, then we’ve got some highly rated board games that you’ll all enjoy.

Karuba.ebay

Karuba is a great choice if your family fits the 8+ category. It’s a tile-laying race game in which all players start with identical boards. The race is on to get your explorers to the temple first and earn points along the way. Additional points can be collected by weaving your path to collect items. This is a great game that will bring out everyone’s competitive side and is suitable for 2–4 players.

CharadesforKids.ToysRUs

Charades for Kids is another great choice and is suitable for ages 4 and up. As long as there are three or more players, this game promises an entertaining evening. Paul Lamond’s game encourages children to express themselves by acting out the phrase or object listed on the cards provided. This is easy to play and the cards include image suggestions for younger children as well as more challenging words for older ones.


Best board games for preschoolers

Preschool age is the best age to introduce children to board games, but it can be tricky to know where to start. There’s an abundance of classics that we enjoyed as children, and new releases all the time, so what’s rated top at the moment?

SoggyDoggyGame.fishpond

John Adams Soggy Doggy Game is a highly popular board game that introduces children to the concept of moving a piece around the board, and encourages counting as play. It’s a brushing, bathing and dog-shaking game that will have your preschooler giggling with excitement. Players have to watch out because, if he shakes, you will get wet and end up back at the start. This game is suitable for 2–4 players, which means you can practise one-on-one with your little one.

elefun.ebay

HasbroElefun game is another popular choice for preschoolers as it helps develop hand-eye coordination. It’s an active game in which the motorised Elefun elephant trumpet-calls and plays music to start the game. He blows butterflies from his trunk, and whoever catches the most in their net is the winner. It’s suitable for ages 3 and up and up to 4 players.


What board games should everyone own?

From family game nights to trivia with friends, everyone enjoys a good board game. So what are the top-of-the-list must-haves in your board game collection?

Monopoly.eBay

#1 Monopoly

There aren’t many people who haven’t enjoyed a long and competitive game of Monopoly. And now, there are so many different variations on offer, you can find one that suits you, from Junior classic to Junior Frozen, and from Game Of Thrones to Star Wars.

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#2 Scrabble

Scrabble has been the go-to board game since the 1950s. It’s a game of skill that tests your brain’s dictionary and promises hours of healthy competition between friends and family. This is also available in a variety of editions including classic, junior and even Harry Potter

Trouble.ToyRUs

#3 Trouble

Trouble is a classic that has remained a must-have family board game since it launched in the 1960s. This fun pop-o-matic board game definitely belongs in every game cupboard!


Where can you buy board games?

Board games are readily available to buy from most reputable toy shops. You can buy online or in-store from eBay - Toys R Us. Other stores include Fishpond, Games Paradise, Gameology and Board Game Shopper. You can also buy board games from Amazon UK and Amazon US, and once Amazon Australia fully launches we’ll be able to buy them through Amazon without paying the high international shipping charges.


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