June 8, 2021News
There’s only so many shows you can watch on Netflix and a certain amount of time you can spend looking at your phone before it all becomes a blur. Since the start of lockdown, adult board games have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Whether your country is still in lockdown or if you’re having a digital cleanse, adult board games are something you want to have on hand.
As life starts to go back to normal and we can meet up again with our friends and family, it’s the perfect time to invest in some adult board games. When your friends are over for catch-up drinks, you can swap your smartphones for fun, interactive board games. Invite everyone around, ask them to bring some drinks and snacks, and have a chance to reconnect with each other.
Our list of adult board games includes some firm favourites that we all know and love, along with some new additions that you might not know about. You’ll want to pick up at least a few games for you and your friends to play. These adult board games will take you through the pandemic and beyond.
Considered to be the oldest board game in history, backgammon can be traced back over 5,000 years to Mesopotamia. This two-player game involves each player having 15 pieces that can move between 24 points, depending on the roll of the dice. The goal of the game is to be the first one to move all fifteen checkers of the board – known as ‘bearing off’.
This game requires both luck and strategy. When you roll the dice, you have a number of options for moving the checkers and have to consider your opponent’s countermoves before making your move. You can give the game of backgammon an update with this fun, pastel colour palette and sorbet hues. This is the perfect game to play with your other-half or best friend.
Another age-old board game that is having a comeback is Chinese Checkers. This game uses minaudieres with a glossy finish that come in six different colours. As a multi-player game, you can involve almost anyone of any age. With its six-pointed star base, each point has ten holes to hold the acrylic balls.
When six players are involved, you can use all six points – otherwise you can play with a smaller team of two or more. Each player choosing a colour and are given the ten pegs to be placed on their chosen triangle. If there isn’t six players, unused pegs need to be placed in those triangles to prevent them being used.
The aim of this game is to be the first play to move your ten pegs across the board and into the opposite triangle.
Chinese checkers is the renaming of a Greek game called ‘Halma’, which was inspired by the English game ‘Hoppity’, invented in 1883.
Linkee is a trivia game that anyone came play. It takes only two minutes to learn the game, with each game lasting around 30 minutes. No need to sit around waiting for your turn. With Linkee, you have four little questions and one big link. You can play with game with anywhere from 2 to 30 players. With this game, the more players you have, the better!
You start with four questions that reflect the super-simple, shout-outy quiz style of this came. With this game, you don’t win by answering the question on the card. Instead, you have to work out what links the answers. Once you’ve figured it out, it’s time to shout ‘LINKEE’ and take your guess. If you get it right, you can go on and keep the card. The winner of the game is the person who collects enough cards to spell out ‘LINKEE’.
Logo is an adult board game that doesn’t involve questions. It instead focuses on describing, drawing, and guessing brands and products that are provided on the card. The game uses the same format as ‘what am I?’. You can test your knowledge about the leading brands and see if you can out-perform your competitors.
You can play Logo with groups of up to 20+ players. The more players you involve, the more competition you’ll have. If you have younger kids or family members, you can get them involved in this board game as well.
This card game includes 250 disturbing questions and 100 offensive cartoon winning cards. It’s described as the “party card game you will wish you never played”. You get to vote on what you think your friends would no in horrible situations. It can involve up to ten players.
‘Disturbed Friends’ involves one player being chosen as the judge. They draw a horrible question card and read it aloud. Each play votes with an A, B, or C card on what they think the judge would do. When everyone has voted, the cards are revealed one by one. Whoever guesses the same as the judge gets a winning card, which mocks society. The first player who collects 10 winning cards wins the game.
If you’re an adult with a love for Disney, the Drawsome game is a must-have. This interactive game involves drawing your favourite Disney and Pixar characters, along with other game players.
With this game, your creativity takes centre stage. Have you ever imagined what Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse would look like together? With this game, you can mix up characters, see how many you can draw in a minute, and draw each other as Disney characters.
You don’t need to be an artist to play this game. Whoever has the most points at the end of the fifth-round wins!
Thanks to the popularity of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, we’ve all become familiar with the Chinese game ‘Mah Jong’. While this game has variants throughout Asia, it’s played by people of all ages. It involves memory and strategy to defeat your competition. You’ll typically need four players for this game, although you can play it with four players if need be.
Mah Jong was developed in the 19th century and is similar to ‘rummy’, a Western card game. The 144 tiles are based on Chinese characters and symbols. Each player receives 13 tiles, taking it in turn to draw and discard tiles. Once they’re apply to form a legal hand with the 14th tile – to either form a pair or set – to win the game. This tile game is fairly easy to understand after your first game or two of playing it. Set up time takes around a minute, making it a great choice for a last-minute game.
Articulate is a fast-talking description game that can involve 4 to 20+ players. The aim of the game is to describe as many cards as possible within the course of 30 seconds. You’re not allowed to use any phrases like “rhymes with” or “sounds like”. You want to describe a word without saying it. While this might sound simple, it isn’t as simple when you’re under time pressure.
This game is sure to bring up some healthy competition between your players. It’s a perfect choice for an after-dinner game and even more fun when you have a few drinks involved.
Shot in the Dark is a fun party trivia quiz with hundred of bizarre and hilarious questions. All bets are off as this is the ultimate quiz leveller – nobody knows the answers. Any answer is a shot in the dark. It’s one game with hundreds of eccentric questions that your friends and family will love.
There’s questions like “how long did Britney Spears’ shortest marriage last?” . This game was created by two newlyweds who loved quizzes but thought they weren’t fun enough or varied enough to the general knowledge of groups.
Shot in the Dark is an inclusive quiz and a crowd pleaser with genuinely interesting questions that will teach you something new.
This frightfully funny game involves working out whether the implausible and amusing demise of the person is true or false. It’s a race against death to be the first player home. You can play it in groups of 2-6 with players aged 12 or over.
The first player takes the first stupid deaths card, reads it aloud, and the other players decide if the scenario is real or made up. Each player turns their card to either true or false. Anyone who votes correctly moves their player piece up on space. If they vote incorrectly, the Grim Reaper moves one step forward towards them.
Which of these adult board games is your faovurite? Did you spend lockdown playing board games? Let us know in the comments below!
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