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The Best Board Games for Adults

It's time to shake up game night! These days, there are plenty more board games out there than Monopoly. Check out these fun tabletop games that are perfect for adults.
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Are you ready for some fun?!

We’ve already talked about fun outdoor games, but today we’re going to check out fun board games for adults.

I’m not talking about Monopoly and Clue. Games like these are timeless (hey, they’ve remained popular for a reason), but it’s time to switch things up. There are so many new games out there to try!

Whether you’re looking for a fun game for two players or something that can accommodate more, we’ve got you covered.


Pandemic board game

2 to 4 players

If you’re looking for something eerily relevant, the aptly named Pandemic has you moonlighting as an expert fighting a deadly disease. You collaborate with other players to stop the spread… before it’s too late. If you save the world in the nick of time, it’ll have you feeling like the hero of an apocalyptic movie.

As an added bonus, there are multiple versions of this co-op game. So, once you get hooked on the original, you can pick up several other versions, like Pandemic – Fall of Rome and Pandemic – Legacy Season 0 (which is Cold War-era themed). There’s also a shorter portable version, too.

The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

2 to 5 players

This one is another exciting co-op game, where you have to work with other players to complete your missions. The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine has you on a space exploration mission, locating an unknown planet on the edge of the solar system.

There are over 50 missions, including some you can customize — and the game becomes more difficult after each mission is completed. The mission options also vary in length and difficulty. And because it’s a co-op strategy game, you can’t complete a mission until every player has successfully fulfilled their tasks.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens card game

2 to 5 players

Described as “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,” you can probably already guess that Exploding Kittens is fun and ridiculous! It’s a strategic card game that’s relatively simple (it only takes five minutes to get the hang of it), so it’s an ideal choice for gatherings. Your guests will pick it up in no time. Plus, there aren’t tons of pieces to set up or lose.

For more Exploding Kittens-esque fun, we also included the company’s Throw Throw Burrito: Extreme Outdoor Edition on our outdoor games list.


Catan board game

3 to 4 players (or up to 6 with extension packs)

For something more involved, check out Catan. This strategy game has been picking up recommendations and awards for a while now. Essentially, you’re trying to grow your settlement, and expand your civilization across the board. You’ll acquire resources through the game or through trades with other players, and those are what help you expand, eventually upgrade to cities, and so on. Of course, other players can block you, cut off roads, or play a monopoly card as they are also trying to expand their settlements and win the game.

This game is unique because the variable board means that no two games will ever play out the same. Plus, there are plenty of expansion packs that introduce new adventures, such as Explorers and Pirates, and Cities and Knights. There’s even a Game of Thrones edition of Catan.


Scrabble game board

2 to 4 players

I know I said no classics, but I’m making an exception for Scrabble. It’s been a favorite of mine for years. It’s a crossword game that puts your vocabulary to the test, but it’s more than that. It’s also a test of how well you think on your feet, and no two games are ever the same.

This game’s difficulty is directly related to the players. You don’t have to be a vocab genius to play, but it will still be challenging and fun.