Board games have long served as a reliable way to entertain guests and break the ice among strangers. Their ability to elicit competitiveness, humor, strategy, and fun make them a smart choice for any party. The best party board games accommodate at least 4 people. In addition, fun party board games should come with solid reviews that testify to their ability to entertain, clear rules, and engaging game play. The following board games possess all of these qualities, making them smart choices for your next party.
Top 10 Party Board Games
|Party Game||Number of Players||Rating|
|Pandemic Board Game||2 to 4||4.7 Stars|
|Sorry! 2013 Edition Game||2 to 4||4.2 Stars|
|Catan 5th Edition||3 to 4||4.7 Stars|
|Ticket To Ride||2 to 4||4.8 Stars|
|Monopoly Board Game||2 to 8||4.7 Stars|
|Qwirkle Board Game||2 to 4||4.8 Stars|
|The Game of Life||2 to 4||3.9 Stars|
|Clue Board Game||3 to 6||4.6 Stars|
|Risk Game||2 to 5||4.4 Stars|
|Hasbro Scrabble Crossword Game||2 to 4||4.5 Stars|
1. Pandemic Board Game
Pandemic is a cooperative board game that pits up to four people against four diseases threatening the world. Each player takes a particular role (such as Quarantine Specialist) that dictates their abilities and responsibilities in the game. The players then work together to find cures for each of the four diseases before the illnesses take over the world. The game is designed to be challenging but simple to play. It typically finishes in about an hour. Because it is a cooperative game,the players are competing against the game itself, and either win or lose as a team.
Pandemic is an appealing party board game because it requires players to work together in order to succeed. This means that your game night is not hijacked by an overly competitive guest, and it means that even people who do not generally like competitions can enjoy the game. Because the game requires conversation about the best strategies to take to defeat the pandemics, it allows guests to break the ice and get to know each other.
Reviewers enjoy this game because of it cooperative nature. In addition, they find that the game, once it has been played a couple of times, is easy to understand, even for children as young as ten. They also repoprt that the game is visually appealing and is a satisfying update to the earlier versions. The result is a fun party board game that should appeal to all of your guests.
2. Sorry! 2013 Edition Game
The 2013 edition of Sorry! adds creative twists on the classic Sorry! game. The game still involves getting your pawns to the end of the board while knocking into other pawns and following instructions on the included cards. However, unlike the original game, players only need to get three pawns to the end to win instead of four, do not need to wait for certain numbers in order to leave home, and encounter other additions to the game. For instance, fire and ice circles and Safe Zones all impact game play.
This version of Sorry! adds interest to the simpler classic version. As a result, it provides a more challenging and interesting game play that will entertain older and younger kids alike. In addition, the ability to gain extra powers with power-up tokens and to use fire and ice rings to impact game play add an element of unpredictably to the game. The result is a more challenging, and entertaining, version of the classic game.
Reviewers generally find that the quality of the game is good. In addition, many of them enjoy the changes to the game, even though they sometimes find that the rules are not as comprehensive as they should be. The result is a game that is sure to please, making it a party board game that would be a smart addition to your collection.
3. Catan 5th Edition
The 5th edition of Catan is another strong production of what has become a beloved and classic game worldwide. Having won awards for its excellence from numerous countries, it has proven its worth as a party board game the world over. The game consists of tiles that are set up to represent the island of Catan; resource cards that provide you with wool, ore, brick, wood, or grain; houses and cities and roads with which to build, and a robber who can turn the tide of the game quickly. The goal of the game is to be the first player to reach 10 points, as gathered through building cities and towns and by a few other means. This particular version of the game sports a fresh new look, a clearer description of the rules, and a slimmed down name: Catan instead of Settlers of Catan.
Catan enthralls players as a party board game because of its indisputably fun and challenging game play. In addition, the game’s beautiful images make playing more rewarding, while the fact that the board can be constructed differently every time keeps you from getting bored.
Reviewers note that although this game does not vary much from previous versions, it does have beautiful images on the cards. It is this beauty, along with prompt customer service, that earns Catan high praise from customers. This truly entertaining party board game for 3 or 4 players serves as a smart choice for your next party.
4. Ticket To Ride
Ticket to Ride takes you back in your imagination to 1900 and makes you part of a group of people celebrating Phileas Fogg’s accomplishment 28 years ago of traveling around the world in 80 days. As a player in the game, you need to create a train route across North America. In order to win, your route needs to cover the most cities. There are many ways to build your route, including the use of train car cards and wooden tokens. Because of the number of ways the goal of the game can be accomplished, it tends to provide a boisterous and flexible environment. For those who do not like competition, the game also gives the option of building without interference.
Ticket to Ride is a popular game for 2-5 players. Because it plays out in about an hour (or less), it is a smart choice for parties where you may not want people playing the same game all night. It offers challenging game play that requires strategizing fun. It is suitable for children older than 8, thanks to the complexity of the game. However, younger children can also play as part of a team. Because Ticket to Ride is so versatile and fun, it is the ideal party board game for a group.
Reviewers enjoy in particular both the beautiful artwork and the high quality construction. Of course, the game also offers more than satisfactory fun. Reviewers find that they or their children can enjoy the game equally well, making this a great party board game for diverse groups.
5. Monopoly Board Game
There are few party board games more beloved and more classic than Monopoly. This board game involves 2-8 players using whimsical tokens to move around a board dotted with properties. Players purchase these properties, build on them, and pay rent for the ones they land on that belong to their competitors. They can land in jail, make deals with each other, and earn Monopoly money. The last person to go bankrupt wins the game. The game is generally long to play, but has won over the hearts of countless players over the years.
This version of Monopoly has added a cat token thanks to voting from fans. In addition, it contains a speed die that makes playing the game faster. There are also a few relatively minor rule changes from the original game. However, these changes do not compromise the classic game play. Because the game can be played with up to 8 people, it is also ideal for parties where you have multiple people who want play Monopoly at the same time.
Reviewers in general enjoy this game, despite some complaints about the board being of poor quality. They also tend to enjoy the quicker game play and the speed die. The result is a slight remake of an old classic party board game that succeeds at retaining the appeal of the old.
6. Qwirkle Board Game
Strategy and careful thinking dominate the Qwirkle board game. This deceptively simple-looking game challenges children and adults alike to think logically and strategize effectively in order to win. The game is most similar to games such as Scrabble. It consists of 108 tiles, each possessing a certain colored shape. In total, there are 3 tiles each of 36 possible color and shape combinations. Each person begins with six tiles. On the first turn, the player lays down the tiles in their hand that match. Each player after that then adds the tiles from their pile that match the tiles that have already been placed. The goal is to create lines of matching tiles. Players earn points for the number of tiles they put down, as well as for certain accomplishments within the game. The person with the most points after all the tiles have been played wins the game.
Qwirkle stands out as a fun party board game because it can be played by many different ages. From about age 6 and up, anyone can understand and enjoy this game. In addition, because the game can be explained and understood quickly, it is perfect for settings where introducing new people to the game should happen quickly. Its ability to appeal to many different ages also makes it ideal for get togethers where there is a diverse group of guests.
Qwirkle receives praise for the level of strategy it requires, which they find makes the game more enjoyable. Although the game quality is not always considered the best, the game play wins accolades for its simplicity, strategic demands, and outright fun. Some reviewers also find the instructions easy to understand, and nearly all report having plenty of fun by playing the game. The result is a fun and easy to learn game of strategy.
7. The Game of Life
The Game of Life is a classic party board game that has recently been somewhat revised and modernized. The basic game consists of a bright board depicting a road through the hills with a multi-colored spinner. Up to four players can use cars and the spinner to navigate the road. The road is dotted with real life scenarios that take players from college through to retirement. Players have the chance to go to college, get a job, earn money, get married, have children, and encounter many other real-life scenarios, both good and bad. In addition, Life cards add to the fun and unpredictability of the game. The person with the most money at the end of the game wins.
This game has been a beloved game for a very long time. Now, the board looks fresher, and the game includes jobs specifically chosen by children. The game also contains slightly different rules than the original. While some reviewers find that the game is less like real life in its updated version, many reviewers report that the game still provides the fun they remember from playing Life as children themselves.
8. Clue Board Game
The updated version of Clue by Hasbro offers two options for game play. The two-sided board represents a mansion on one side and a boardwalk on the other, and players can choose to solve mysteries on either side. In addition, modernized rooms, characters, and locations make this game fit into the modern day world. While game play has been sped up with a smaller board and two dice, the rules are the same. Players must move from room to room in order to solve the mystery and declare their theories as to who committed the murder. The first person to solve the murder wins the game.
This game succeeds at updating the original version by adding in modern elements (e.g. a TV in the billiard room, a car in the garage, updated room types, etc.). In addition, the use of celebrities as characters adds a level of fun to the entire game. Faster game play can be a benefit to families with younger children who want their children to be able to enjoy and complete the game without losing interest.
Reviewers find that this game is a fun version of the original. While some note that the construction is not as durable as the original, they do typically consider it adequate to the needs of the game. Some of them especially appreciate having the double-sided board and updated features. They also note that the game play is almost the same as the original, except for the faster pace. The result is a new edition of an old classic that still serves as a fun party board game.
9. Risk Game
Risk, which calls itself the “Game of Global Domination,” is a complex and thrilling party board game that depicts a battle to take over the world. Players (up to 5) each use an army, as well as included cards, to out strategize and out maneuver their opponents in order to take over the board. The newest version of Risk makes many changes to the original while retaining the basic premise, and the thrilling feel, of the original game. The game is appropriate for anyone 12 and up who can strategize and who can understand the rules of the game. The game also comes with three different ways to play in order to accommodate diverse groups of players. The play options include the introductory version, the classic version, and the two player version.
Risk has been a beloved board game since the 1980s. In the most recent version, the rules and look get a refresh in an attempt to make the game more modern and more appealing to modern day players. For instance, the three different ways to play provide a versatility that makes it easier to play regardless of your skill level or the number of people at your party. In addition, the game incorporates the same strategy and premise that drove the original Risk to success. This means that the game has the potential to be just as entertaining as the original.
Many reviewers note that the newest Risk game is not as high quality as previous versions. However, some of them find that this updated version of Risk still possesses an exceptional entertainment value and has proven to be a smart purchase. As a result, Risk offers you an exciting way to enjoy an in-depth board game.
10. Hasbro Scrabble Crossword Game
Scrabble from Hasbro is a new version of the classic Scrabble game that has been challenging and fascinating players for many years. This version is made of lighter weight, thinner material, but possesses the same rules and game play that generations of players have come to know and love. The game still requires players to use the sets of tiles they choose from the pile build words that fit into the words and letters already on the board. Points are tallied based on the letters used in the word and based one the special squares on the board as well.
Scrabble is suitable for ages 8 and up and provides a mind-stimulating way to enjoy time with the kids in your life. Reviewers note that the game still works like the classic, making it easy to enjoy the newest version because it does not take away the elements that made the classic so popular. The result is an update that retains the appeal of the classic game, making it an ideal party board game for your next get together.