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Best Board Games For Teenagers

Updated on December 14, 2016

What are the best board games for teenagers?

You may think that teenagers and board games don't normally mix but you'd be wrong. The younger teens that I know love board games for sleepovers, to enjoy with their friends and still love playing with the family. Board games have even had a resurgence with college students with new classics such as Apples to Apples. Board games can be hilarious but some can be addictive too. Teens will find it hard to drag themselves away from some of the strategic games such as Carcasonne.

Board games can be really therapeutic. They can help build relationships between groups of friends and rebuild relationships between family members. Games that make you laugh and socially interact can be great to help get rid of any tension with teens and can be bonding too. Board games can also be educational too.

So teens - drag yourselves away from the Xbox and start checking out these best board games for teenagers below.

Tips for Choosing the Best Board Game

Before choosing your board game here are a few tips to help you choose the right one.

How many people will be playing? - Make sure your board games will accommodate enough people especially if you plan to be playing in a group. You could consider a game that will allow you to play in teams if you have an especially large group.

Length of the game? - Some games do last for a while (think classics such as Monopoly), so it's worth checking how long the game should go on for so you know if it's suitable. Consider the time frame you want to play for (20 minutes, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours) and this may help you choose the right game.

Purpose of the game - Consider what you hope to achieve when playing the game. For example are you after laughter and fun or competition? Or a bit of both?

Games for teenagers which are fun!

Look out for the following features for a high fun factor in a board game:

Easy to learn - there's nothing less fun that having to spend an hour working out how the board games is played and learning 100 000 different rules.

Laughter - board games which are the most fun tend to have an element of humor and will get people laughing.

Relaxed - the most fun board games are those which give participants the opportunity to let go a little, shout out what they want to and fill a room full of noise and discussion. A roomful of silent people waiting for their turn isn't the most fun time you could probably expect.

If the top priority for your board games is for it to be fun, you will love the games below.

PlayMonster 5 Second Rule
PlayMonster 5 Second Rule

This is quick, fun, easy to learn and simple to play.

Name three things that fit in a specific category in five seconds.

It sounds quite easy, but is more challenging than you think.

When the others are watching you and the timer is ticking the pressure is on. This is when hilarious answers come out of your mouth or you might get tongue tied.

Great for players of all ages from 10 to adult.

Worldwise Imports The Party Game of Curses
Worldwise Imports The Party Game of Curses

Players receive curses such as speak like an old grizzled pirate or you cannot bend your elbows, which they must maintain throughout the game. Act out any number and combination of wacky commands without breaking the curse. The player with the last remaining curse wins.

Balderdash Board Game
Balderdash Board Game

This is a great bluffing game and interesting too. Teenagers read out whats on the cards and the players have to decide if its are true of false. However, whats on the card can seem so far fetched its hard to decide one way or the other.


Top Fun Choice 2016

Spontuneous - The Song Game - Sing It or Shout It - Talent NOT Required (Family / Party Board Game)
Spontuneous - The Song Game - Sing It or Shout It - Talent NOT Required (Family / Party Board Game)

Really simple to play but super fun.

A word is given and it's a race to blurt out any song containing that word. No singing skill is necessary! Although it's fun to blurt it out.

This game is fun and it's not just great for teens. All the family will love it.


Party Games for Teenagers

The best party board games will be measured by how much you laugh and have fun, It won't really matter who wins! They aren't meant to be quiet but are meant to get people shouting out, and socializing.

It may be worth considering the theme of the board game you choose. Try not to choose a game with topics that might offend!

The board games below are great for fun with families and friends!

Mattel: Apples to Apples: Party Box - Deluxe Metal Case
Mattel: Apples to Apples: Party Box - Deluxe Metal Case

Apples to Apples has won numerous awards including "Party Game of the Year" by Games magazine. It involves quick thinking, humor, and strategy. For teens, the game teaches them to think about how different things can be compared to one another and how analogies are formed.

LIKEWISE! The laughable, lively like-minded party game!
LIKEWISE! The laughable, lively like-minded party game!

Likewise, players try to match answers from random combinations of description and subject cards. Players write their answers on the paddies in secret. When all are done, all players flip paddles over to reveal their answers. The most matched answers win the round and score.

Imaginiff Game
Imaginiff Game

How well do you really know your family and friends? Imaginiff's questions ask what players think they know about each other, such as where a certain player would most like to go on a first date. The most popular answer becomes the winning one!


Avoid Board Game Arguments!

Although board games are meant to be fun, anybody who's played a few knows that often they can lead to heated debates and arguments. It can even begin with "what board games should we play?", proceed to arguments over the rules and lead to cheating! If your aim is to promote family harmony and friendship while playing board game you will want to avoid those board game arguments. So, here are a few tips.

Avoid games that are most likely to lead to arguments.

There are some games that just always lead to an argument. My top games which lead to arguments include:

Trivial Pursuits : Never play an outdated version of trivial pursuits. I know this from experience! You'll spend half your time arguing over whether or not the answer is still correct.

Scrabble : The argument about whether or not your opponent has spelled a word correctly or if it is even a word at all?

Monopoly: Great when you have all the "best properties". But not so great if you spend all your time stuck in jail when everybody else is whizzing around the board.

Pick a game to play out of a hat

If you always argue about which game to play, put all the names of the board games in a hat. Pick out one and that's the game to play.

Establish the rules before you begin

Make sure everybody is clear on how the game is played before you begin.

Word games!!

It's well known that playing word games such as the ones below help improve your brain power. Regular playtime will help form new neural patterns and networks. They also are great for helping learn new vocabulary, improve communication skills and become more creative.

Playing games that give your brain a workout can also have lots of other positive side effects such as improved memory skills, increased logic and linguistic proficiency. As a sidenote, there's evidence to show that playing games which challenge your brain throughout your life make it less likely you will suffer from illnesses such as Alzheimer's later on.

So not only are the games below fun, they will help give teenagers a boost of brain power!

Scattergories Game
Scattergories Game

There are 12 different categories and a letter such as B. They then have to write down a word for each category in 3 minutes beginning with the chosen letter. Categories range from ice cream flavor, something in a pet shop or a sport.

Taboo Board Game
Taboo Board Game

In this game teenagers have to get their partner to say the word on their card without saying the word or five other words listed. It encourages quick thinking and improves communication skills.

Quiddler Card Game
Quiddler Card Game

Quiddler is a game that takes about an hour. It has similarities to scrabble but is more face paced - perfect for energetic teenagers and you can use a wider range of everday words. The challenge of Quiddler is to arrange your entire hand into words. Draw and discard in turn. Try to use those high point letters, but don't get caught with them uncombined! A bonus is given for the most words in each round (so little words can help you win), as well as for the longest word.


Let's say the Buzzword is 'ball.' You and your teammates have 45 seconds to solve 10 clues, and all the answers contain the word ball. Try these clues: Inflatable sand toy - Beach Ball! On top of spaghetti - Meatball! A psychic stares into one - Crystal ball!


Strategy Games

Strategy games are great for learning to plan ahead, think about the next move and how this will affect the move after that.. Be warned they can become addictive!


The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes.

Carcassonne Board Game Standard
Carcassonne Board Game Standard

A clever tile laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne..

Points are awarded for building long roads, multiple farms or building large cities. It combines elements of building jigsaw puzzles with the strategic element of competing for territory.

Rio Grande Games Dominion: 2nd Edition
Rio Grande Games Dominion: 2nd Edition

A tactical card game which takes about 30 minutes to play.

You are a monarch and want to claim as much land as possible. But wait some other monarchs have exactly the same idea. Race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending the other monarchs off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury!


Very educational games

If you'd like some very educational games for teenagers some ideas include:

Scrabble - the classic word game

Equate - this is the number equivalent to scrabble. If your teenager is mathematically minded they will love it and it's also great to help teenager improve their number skills.

Check out another option below.

Gravity Maze

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - Toy of the Year Award winner
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - Toy of the Year Award winner

This is a puzzle game for a single player or for a small group. The aim of the puzzle is to arrange the marble runs to carry the marble to it's target. There are 60 cards with 60 different challenges to complete. There are four levels of play beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert.


Bestselling Games for 2016

Gravity Maze featured above is one of the bestselling board games for 2016. Some others to look out for include:

Cards of Humanity - this is an adult games so it would be for older teens aged 18 and up. Plus you need to have a good sense of humour and not be easily offended. If you meet those criteria, it's an excellent and hilarious, fun game.

Ticket To Ride - is a cross country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their destination tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens Card Game
Exploding Kittens Card Game

This has been released this year as a kickstarter project that has really took off.

It is a simple card game similar to Uno but it features goats, magical enchiladas and of course exploding kittens.

This game is very family friendly and probably best for younger teens.


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      5 years ago

      Board games are a great way to get kids off the video games or social media and interact with real friends and family. Great lens

    • Nithya Venkat profile image

      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great selection of board games, great lens.

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      5 years ago from Italy

      I love board games!

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      5 years ago

      I have always enjoyed board games. They are great fun for the entire family!

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      5 years ago

      My family loves games! We have game nights usually on friday's. Great suggestions!!

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      Melody Lassalle 

      5 years ago from California

      My family (grown ups and children) play games at all our family gatherings. You've got some great suggestions here. Many games I've never heard of. Thanks!

    • MelRootsNWrites profile image

      Melody Lassalle 

      5 years ago from California

      My family (grown ups and children) play games at all our family gatherings. You've got some great suggestions here. Many games I've never heard of. Thanks!

    • Michael Oksa profile image

      Michael Oksa 

      6 years ago

      What a great bunch of games! Several of them made my list as well. :)

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      6 years ago

      The best game of all is Rummikub. My family has been playing it for years and my mom and aunt never get tired of playing. They are in the above 80 year old range and they play with the same drive to win as the 40 somethings and the teens. It's a great game of strategy and a bit of luck!

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      6 years ago

      Have none of these but thanks anyway

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      7 years ago

      I love Carcassonne. You have some good game choices in your lens!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Theofilos Theodor 

      7 years ago

      carcassonne is an awesome game:)

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      8 years ago

      Nice list of games. One game I would recommend would be Twister - or any party game, for that matter!

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    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the interesting choices for teens! =D

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting. Nice lens. I just want to share something that you might be interested, Bridge, is a card game fun to play, but the better you play, the more fun it is. As you improve, you will be fascinated at discovering how much there is to the game. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, bridge is not difficult to learn. Learn how to play bridge contract card game and improve your bridge game in less than five minutes a day. Keep on posting interesting stuff, more power to your lens.


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