This list of the best board games of 2016 has a bunch of recognizable favorites, such as Monopoly and Risk, as well as some less well-known games, too. Whether you’re after something to entertain the guys, a student party, or a family Sunday gathering, you’ll find it here.
Hasbro have created a whole host of different Monopoly editions, and one of the most popular variations is Monopoly Empire. Forget becoming a property magnate; the aim of the game here is to monopolize on the world’s biggest brands, using one of the 6 highly-detailed game pieces as your pawn.
In Speak Out, the aim of the game is to draw a card from the included deck, reading out the phrase for your team to guess. Sound easy? It would be, if it wasn’t for the mouthpiece that you’ll need to wear whilst speaking. There’s such to be laughs, frustration, and a whole lot of spit.
This game has one simple concept, but is heaps of fun. Think Connect 4 meets Hungry Hippos; the aim of the game is to roll your colored chips down the ramp and attempt to get 3 in a row. It may sound easy, but without aiming, those chips have a mind of their own.
How good are you at guessing phrases? You’ve got 60 seconds to guess your partner’s phrase, using only 3-9 other words. It sounds a whole lot easier than it is. In Kahoots is a simple game to pick up, so the whole family can quickly come on board and take part.
The Harry Potter saga may be mostly over, but fans can still relive the wizarding world through this game. Take control of the gang, including Harry, Ron and Hermione, and battle through seven complex games that scale in difficulty and represent each of the Harry Potter books.
When family games night rolls around, there’s one game that everybody knows. In case you’ve been living in a dark corner, Pictionary has you drawing a phrase or object, whilst your team tries to guess what it is, before time runs out.
Game of Thrones captured an audience of millions before reaching its conclusion, but fans needn’t be sad; they can still enjoy the show through this Game of Thrones Clue board game. With 12 suspects comprised of cast members, and 6 potential weapons, fans will have a blast figuring out this mystery.
Midnight Outburst is a not-safe-for-work Top 10 lists game, in which players show off their knowledge of the most inappropriate topics, including drinking games, drugs, genital slang and bodily functions. This game makes the cornerstone of any inappropriate adults-only party.
Scrabble meets Uno in this challenging game of strategy. To win, you’ll have to place colored tiles and symbols down on the game board, matching together similar patterns to create winning lines. Once you’ve dropped all of your tiles onto the board, you win.
Guessing your teammates drawing has been done time and time again with board games, but not like this. There will be no long pauses while you wait for the budding artist to perfect their image; with a timed pen nib, you can only draw so much before the pen disappears.
Risk is the classic strategy game that has been going for years. In the most recent edition, the world map is looking more vibrant than ever, as you take control over military strategy and conquer your enemies’ territories using your army of troops.
‘Escape The Room’ events have snowballed in popularity, with groups of friends solving puzzles to escape a locked room. Now, you can take the experience home on a budget. With scope for 3 to 8 players, this box is packed with puzzles and mysteries to be solved.
This game packs all of the excitement of the classic Star Wars trilogy into one box. Controlling either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance, players will control starships, direct troop armies and bring entire systems on-side to ensure success in the final battle.
When it comes to developing the kids’ minds, this board game can actually be instrumental in helping to do just that. Focusing on memorization, recall and logical reasoning, they’ll be having fun without even realizing that they’re learning important skills and developing their brains, too.
This is a game for 2 to 6 people, so the whole family can get involved. Take on the role of a mutant monster, rampaging robot or alien, battling your way through an unpredictable environment. You’ll have to make choices each turn, such as whether to attack your enemies, heal your monster, or improve your abilities.
For those long family car journeys, disconnect the kids from their gadgets and give them this Magnetic Board Game Set instead. This set includes the classics like Checkers, Chess, Snakes & Ladders, and a whole host of other games all packed into an easy to carry case.
Draw your own phrase card and encourage your team to guess what it is using a range of methods. Whether it’s characters, descriptions or drawings, you’ll need your team to guess the card before time runs out, though beware: these cards aren’t suitable for young minds.
In a world dominated by mobile devices, this game will encourage the family to put down their gadgets and reboot their imagination. Draw story elements at random from a range of over 50 pieces and play through one of 5 game modes, creating your own story.
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