14 Of The Best Party Board Games For Adults

Parties don’t have to be all about dancing and hooking up.

What do you do when you want to do something else?

You crack open the board games!

Board games have become a part of the life of families and cliques around the world. They are really the best brain teasers and makers of fond memories.

These games require a lot of skill, smarts, but the most important part is luck. If you aren’t that skilled or smart, then luck is your only weapon for these types of games.

Now without further ado, let’s begin!

Scrabble

Scrabble is one of the best games out there! It mixes strategy with word power! Basically, the rule of scrabble is to pick seven letter tiles from a sack and place them first at the tile with a star found on the board.

From then on, your opponent’s place tiles connected to the letters that you used! If you get lucky, you might even get a full-point word (a word that uses all the letters in your rack). This scores you an additional 50 points!

Hasbro Scrabble Crossword Game

Each tile has a number ranging from 1-10 that indicate how many points you make in total when you combine the tiles that you picked to form a word.

Remember, all the words you place must be words from the Dictionary! The player with the highest score wins! May the best player win!

Scrabble is developed by Hasbro and is sold in any toy store or board game store near you.

How about making it a drinking Scrabble party? The lowest scorer each round has to take a shot. Or, the highest scorer should take a shot, and then you can see whose vocabulary gets better with each drink.

Perfect for: Writers or groups of friends who love to read and think they know more words than each other.

Monopoly

Monopoly is another game that requires skill and not a small amount of ruthlessness.

However, this time luck plays a more prominent role when playing this game.

Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition

Basically, this requires the luck in playing rolling the dice as this dictates whether you pay or gain additional money(you obtain game money at the start of the game), gain a land or house, got to jail, and other stuff. To sum it up, this game requires luck in whether you gain or lose.

But beware, some games can get ruthless, especially if there’s drink involved and a complete lack of compunction.

Another game sold by Hasbro, Monopoly can be bought at any toy store.

Perfect for: Nights you want to ruin friendships.

Loaded Questions

Another hilarious game. This game will make you laugh as you play with your friends.

This game may be similar to Snakes and Ladders in a sense that it has a start and finish tile and that every player has figures they move. Each end of the turn, you pick a card that has a question and asks the question out loud for the other players to answer.

LOADED QUESTIONS (The family and friends version of the classic game of 'who said what'!)

Once the players answer the question, the game goes on. Truly a hilarious board game! It provides hours of fun and enjoyment to every player! If you want a game that is entertaining, then Loaded Questions must be what you need.

Loaded Questions is sold by Toys R’ Us. It was developed by Eric Poses and can be bought in every toy store or can be bought online.

Perfect for: Getting people to spill secrets

Balderdash

Balderdash is a game of knowledge. It tests your vocabulary knowledge on whether you know something or not.

Basically, the game requires that a “dasher” roll the dice to land on a word and pick a “definition” card. The other players guess the definition of the word and if nobody gets the correct answer, the dasher gets three points.

Balderdash Game Styles May Vary

If more than one players guess the right answer, then the players get two points and the rest of the players that wrote the incorrect definition gets one point. Then the dasher role is passed to another player. A player wins if he gets to the end square first.

Balderdash is sold by Mattel. It can be bought in almost every major toy store or online through Amazon.

Perfect for: Know-it-alls

Curses!

Curses! Is a game that is both challenging and funny. It provides a very memorable game for all the players. Basically, in this game, when your turn comes, you pick a challenge card and a curse card.

The challenge is combined with a curse card for a very challenging task. It can be something like “Crawl on the floor” while the curse is “Using no hands, only elbows.”

The party game of curses

It is a very fun game and it can make you laugh with various commands. A great game indeed.

It’s basically a commercialized version of truth or dare without the truth option--only you get two dares.

Perfect for: Sadistic groups of friends

Rollick

Want a charades-like game? Rollick is for you! Rollick is a game full of entertainment. It provides nothing but fun all the way. To play the game, a team of players must act out clues for the rest to figure out. It is fun, exciting, and very amusing to play!

Rollick! The Hysterical Team Charades Party Board Game 

It’s basically a team-effort charades game. Just imagine the horrid tableaus that you and your friends get into making when they all come together to help you guess a word. What if they’re not on the same page?

Then much laughter ensues!

Rollick can be bought online and is sold by Blue Rock Games.

Perfect for: Parties with lots of drinking from the start of the night

Cards against Humanity

Ho ho ho! Mirror mirror on the wall, what is the funniest board game of them all? Cards against humanity of course! Cards against humanity is a very hilarious board game for adults to play!

You will feel embarrassed, and blush and it still won’t save you!

Cards Against Humanity: Sixth Expansion

Basically, the rules are simple: A player picks a question black card and each player picks ten white cards. The questioner says the question in the black card out loud and each player must give an answer. The player with the funniest or most horrible answer wins. Then the role of the questioner is passed to another player.

Keep in mind that this game is not for the faint-hearted or anyone easily offended. Also, the more you win, the more horrible a person you are. This just means that you need to play this game with a group you’re comfortable with.

Anyone religious, too political or into vegetarianism should stay away from this game.

Cards against Humanity can be bought at Amazon.

Perfect for: People who have no qualms throwing shade and being mean while drinking.

Apples to Apples

Another fun game, Apples to Apples is very entertaining. Basically, all you have to do is to pick a Red apple card that describes the word from the Green apple card. If your card is chosen, you win the round. Then another player gets to be the judge and the game goes on.

Mattel Apples to Apples Party Box The Game of Crazy Combinations

It’s basically a game that’s a one-word version of Cards against Humanity. Things can get really crazy with a bit of booze, when anything hairy could start being unmentionable parts of the body.

While this can still be a family game, it’s better played with friends who don’t mind a few shots. Make a game out of it with the chosen player or winner for that round taking a shot for having the best answer!

Apples to apples is a game that is published by Mattel. You can buy it online.

Perfect for: People who haven’t played CAH yet

SmartAss!

Another game of smarts, SmartAss proves that everyone has some smarts in them, even the least person you expect can turn out to be quite smart.

Smart Ass

Basically, all you have to do is quickly answer the question that is being asked by the questioner.

Answer the wrong word and you’re out until the next question. SmartAss is a very entertaining game, much enjoyment can be found when playing this game. Even the dumbest person can answer a question.

SmartAss can be bought online.

Perfect for: People who think they’re witty

Say Anything

If you have nothing good to say then be quiet, however, if you really want to say something, play this game!

Say Anything is a game that challenges your critical thinking ability. Basically, a judge asks a question and the players write their answers. The judge chooses his favourite and the players bet on the answer that they think the judge favoured. The correct bet wins.

Say Anything

Just like SmartAss, this game relies on questions and the sensibilities of players to get the game moving. You may not have the right answer--but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the best answer!

Say Anything is developed by Dominic Crapuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri. It can be bought at any major toy store or ordered online through Amazon.

Perfect for: People who know too much pop culture

Snakes and Ladders (with drinks of course)

The classics can prove to be a good way to pass time and even have fun! That is what Snakes and Ladders is all about.

Snakes And Ladders

Basically, a player tosses a dice and moves his figure. If he lands on a snake, he goes down a couple of tiles. If the figure lands on a ladder, he ascends further.

You can add a drinking mechanic to it--a shot for going up and two shots for sliding down a snake.

Perfect for: People who didn’t invest in board games

Munchkin Adventure Time

Mathematical! This game truly makes you say “Oh my Glob”.

Help Finn and the other characters navigate through the Land of Oo and encounter dangers and treasures along the way.

Munchkin Adventure Time Game

The game is simple: Reach level ten to win using characters items and other cards to beat your opponents! Basically this is a strategic RPG tabletop game and you must level up by battling monsters. Winning will give you loot.

With this loot, you can take out your opponents. But what fun is winning or playing the game when people aren’t getting drunk? Make sure the winner drinks--a lot.

Perfect for: Players who like to change their voices to Jake and Lumpy Space Princess.

Checkers

We know that new and trending board games are on the rage, but going back to playing a simple board game in the past will surely bring on the fun. Fun for the past, present, and future of course.

Continuum Games Checkers, One Size

The rules of this game are simple: capture all the opponent’s pieces by going above them. The piece can only move one tile and capture one or multiple pieces simultaneously. If your piece reaches the back of the opponent’s board, it becomes a king.

A king can move a few squares and capture pieces from far away. Capture all pieces of the opponent to win the game.

Make it an adult party by equating one piece per shot. Once your piece gets removed from the board, take a shot.

Perfect for: People who don’t like Chess, Scrabble or any other board game

Pictionary

A game like charades but instead of actions, the answer is guessed through drawings. Basically, a team chooses one of its teammates to begin drawing. There are some rules that prohibit using letters and other clues--so you’re basically at the mercy of your team mate’s artistic skills.

Pictionary Game

The team has to guess that word that the drawing represents. After a round, the opposite team does the same. The team who guessed right wins a point.

The winning team may opt to take a shot to even the playing field with the other team.

Pictionary was invented by Robert Angel and is published by Hasbro.

Perfect for: People who can draw wonderfully or terribly, depending on the crowd

Get your boards and booze ready

Truly, nothing beats a stressful night more than playing a boardgame with family (the grown-ups, mind you) and friends. It releases stress, induces fun to all members, and even improves certain skills!

That being said, board games have truly taken on the hobby world by storm!

The list above are one of the few that experts can recommend for endless fun and excitement! If you want to enjoy while taking a day off or two, then playing the boardgames above will surely hit the spot.

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