Top 10 (12 really) Board Games to Play with your Family when Stuck In


While we're all at home more these days, one way to get the whole family away from their screens and away from each other's throats is to sit around the table and engage in a battle of wits. There are dozens of great family board games that can help do just that. Here are our favorites.

Last Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

1) King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo
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It's a fight to the death when giant monsters battle over Tokyo in this dice-roller. ...

2) Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
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Sharks, whales, and sea monsters, oh my! Hurry and escape before Atlantis disappears! ...

3) Werewords
Werewords
In Werewords, players guess a secret word by asking "yes" or "no" questions. Figure out the magic word before time is up, and you win! However, one of the players is secretly a werewolf who is not only working against you, but also knows the word. If you don't guess the word in time, you can still win by identifying the werewolf! To help you out, one player is the Seer, who knows the word but must not to be too obvious when helping you figure it out; if the word is guessed, the werewolf can pull out a win by ...

4) Small World
Small World
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In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a fantasy follow-up to his award-winning Vinci, Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, and even humans, who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires - often at the ...

5) Chronicles of Crime
Chronicles of Crime
Lay out the case, interrogate suspects, and investigate crime scenes with your phone. ...

6) Lords of Vegas
Lords of Vegas
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Build, expand, and take over casinos to get big profits and big points. ...

7) Balderdash
Balderdash
Can you sort the real definition from your opponents' bluffs and fool them too? ...

8) The Quacks of Quedlinburg
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Pull ingredients from your stock to make your pot bubble, but hopefully not explode! ...

9) Horrified
Horrified
The stakes have been raised. Imagine living in a place so wretched that it's not plagued by one, two, or even three monsters — but seven of the most horrifying fiends! In this game, you'll come face to face with them all as you work together to rid the town of the maniacal or misunderstood creatures…before it's too late. Horrified includes high-quality sculpted miniatures (Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon). Its innovative, easy-to-learn, cooperative gameplay has players working together against the monsters with varying levels of difficulty. Just as ...

10) 5-Minute Marvel
5-Minute Marvel
The Marvel version of the chaotically fast-paced cooperative card game 5-Minute Dungeon that lets a group of Marvel heroes battle past Marvel bosses all in less than 5 minutes! Fast and frenetic gameplay gets everyone involved and engaged. Cooperative gameplay encourages communication, interpersonal interaction, and teamwork. 10 Marvel heroes to choose from and 6 progressively difficult Marvel bosses delivers strong re-playability. In more detail, players assume the role of one of ten superheroes, each with special cards and abilities. Once the Jarvis-hosted five-minute timer starts, the race is on to defeat all the villains in the mission. In order to defeat ...

11) Jamaica
Jamaica
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Race around Jamaica to claim its spoils. Beware! The fastest doesn't always win! ...

12) Machi Koro Legacy
Machi Koro Legacy
Machi Koro Legacy features the same gameplay as Machi Koro. You are still rolling dice, you are still collecting income, and you are still racing to build landmarks — but then you unlock the [censored] and you start earning a little extra income by [censored], and then you start to explore the [censored] and you have to make a choice between [censored] and [censored]. Even if you aren't in contention to win a given game, you still have [censored] to set up exciting [censored] for the next one. And then the [paragraph deleted]... Machi Koro Legacy features a ten-game series that ...



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