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    Mar 28, 2020

    23 Fun Board Games You Might Actually Be Bored Enough To Play

    Plus a few card games that might spark your fancy.

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    1. Beeropoly lets you crack open a cold one while you participate in fun, hilarious challenges (that may or may not get you completely buzzed).

    Uncommon Goods

    How to play: You'll receive a game board, die, and six colored bottle cap pieces. Each player takes turns rolling the die and moving their bottle cap piece around the board, completing all challenges they land on. The challenges range from answering fun questions to showing off their dance moves. You can have up to six players for this game, but if you choose to have more, they'll just need their own bottle caps to play!

    Promising review: "Warning: Drinking is crucial. My family approves big time. Bust this out at any party and it'll be a hit. Just roll, follow the instructions on the board, and DRINK!!!" —Alex

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    2. Pucket makes your adrenaline soar in a high-speed race to successfully launch all your wooden pucks to your opponent's side of the board. There's no way you'll play just one round.

    Uncommon Goods

    How to play: The game includes 16 wooden pucks, a cotton carrying bag, and the board with two tension adjusters. The idea actually comes from a traditional French game called table a l'elastique where the goal is to divide the pucks among two players and propel each piece through the small opening in the center of the board to their opponent's side. The first player to clear their side wins. Be careful, though, the game can get pretty fast-paced! This game is for two players.

    Promising review: "My son and I played and it was SSOOO much fun. Constant laughing and trying to get the next piece through. THEN we got my boyfriend and my son's girlfriend playing. So very competitive! Awesome game! I'm glad I found it." —Judith

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $50.

    3. Classic Monopoly grinds a few gears and may or may not destroy a few relationships as you and your family members compete against each other to rake in the cash. Fair warning: One round can literally last hours.


    How to play: You'll receive the game board plus all the pieces, cards, money, and of course instructions you need to play. Two to six players take turns rolling the dice and moving around the game board, buying and selling properties, building houses and hotels, and sometimes even landing themselves in jail. The object of the game is to wind up with the most money and own the most property.

    Get it from Kohl's for $17.99 (originally $19.99) or from Barnes & Noble (which, FYI, gives you free shipping on orders over $35) for $19.95.

    4. Pug-opoly follows a similar idea but with fewer friendships winding up as casualties by the end of the game — plus, who doesn't love a good, wholesome game filled with dogs?


    How to play: The set includes a game board, question cards and deeds, wooden tokens, and paper money. It's played similarly to Monopoly, except the goal of the game is to win Best in Show. And you can make the game all about your favorite bread — choose between beagle-opoly, bulldog-opoly, lab-opoly, Shih Tzu-opoly, or dachshund-opoly. The game is meant for two to six players.

    Promising review: "We got Dachshundopoly for Christmas and the game designers put together a terrific, fun game to play with the family. Love that the game sends the doggies to the Kennel instead of Go To Jail. This promises to provide our family with hours and hours of fun!" —SusanDu

    Get it from Kohl's for $21.99 (originally $24.99).

    5. Double Bananagrams lets you show off your ~vast~ word knowledge (finally, a reason to brag about the plethora of vocabulary quizzes you passed in middle school) as you race to finish in first. Turn your coffee table into your game board for rounds and rounds of fun.

    Barnes and Noble

    How to play: The game includes one banana-inspired pouch and 288 letter tiles. Place all the tiles face-down and have each player pick 21 tiles, leaving the remaining ones face-down on the table. Each person flips their tiles over and creates their own crossword grid out of the letters. You can "peel" and "dump" letters in exchange for new ones until the pile is nearly gone. The first person to use all their letters to complete their crossword grid wins the game. You only need two for a game, but this double-set means you can have up to 16 players.

    Promising review: "This game can be modified to play with kids as young as 8 and is challenging for adults as well. I like the concise packaging, making it very portable. The tile playing pieces add another dimension with their sound on the table and the imprint of each letter. The word options/positions are endless, and the game moves quickly. Enjoy!" —JudyArledge

    Get it from Barnes and Noble for $24.95.

    6. What Do You Meme? forces you to and other players to put your creativity to the test to come up with the most LOL-worthy captions for the selected meme. You'll be begging your roommates to play "one more round."

    Urban Outfitters

    How to play: The game consists of meme cards and caption cards. Each player gets seven caption cards and each round features a randomly pulled meme card. Everyone takes turns picking a caption to match and the best, funniest (or even most inappropriate) caption wins the round. It's best to play with at least three people.

    Promising review: "This game is one of the best to play with your friends. There is never a time where you can play and not laugh. Even though after playing a lot the memes could get old, you could buy an expansion pack. I printed out pictures of my family and played with the cards to keep the game updated." —tri702

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30 or from Barnes and Noble for $29.95.

    7. And New Phone, Who Dis? follows a similar setup, but with hilarious, wild, weird, and embarrassing "incoming" text messages you need respond to.

    Urban Outfitters

    My friends and I played this game and had so much fun!! As an added twist, once everyone picked a response card, we mixed them up and once the funniest card was picked, we tried to guess who threw it down. Mind you, I'm not really a fan of card games, but this game had me wanting to play again!

    How to play: Similar to the previous game, you'll receive incoming text cards and response cards. With a group of at least three people, everyone will receive seven response cards that they'll match to incoming text cards. The funniest response wins the round. The game is great for three to 20 players.

    Promising review: "This game is so entertaining and perfect to play with your friends. All the cards are hilarious!" —aabbcc123

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20 or from Barnes & Noble for $19.99.

    8. Scary Bingo provides a fun, not-so-terrifying twist on a classic game. The adorable illustrations make it the perfect game for killing some time with little ones at home because the only thing scarier than the made-up monsters are the tantrums of a bored 7-year-old.

    Uncommon Goods

    How to play: The game includes 48 bingo chips, cardboard monster heads perfect for storing the chips, bingo counters, a board game mat, and eight double-sided bingo cards. It's played similarly to regular bingo — block out five little monsters in a row or column and you've won scary bingo! It's best for three to seven players.

    Promising review: "Got this for my three kids and their two cousins to play during our holiday visit. They played it over and over all week. They loved the colorful monster cards and their silly names. It's a new family favorite! I left the game at my sister's house but now I want to get one for our house." —Col

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    9. Katamino stretches your brain as you obsessively play round after round of trying to fit all the wooden shapes perfectly into the game board without leaving a single empty space. Wow, would you look at that — it's almost bedtime!

    Uncommon Goods

    How to play: You'll receive the game board and 12 polygon pieces. The goal is to fill up the entire board using the pieces — but it gets harder and harder as you go along. There are actually 500 possible challenges that'll put your brain to the test. Play alone or let your whole family in on the fun!

    Promising review: "Such a great gift for anyone of any age! I got it for my 10-year-old niece but found myself wanting to play for hours. It's kind of like Tetris in a way, which is a game I always loved as a kid." —Olivia

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35 (currently backordered) or from Signals for $34.95.

    10. Yeti in my Spaghetti racks your nerves in a similar way to Jenga, except there's a cute little yeti you have to save from plunging into the bowl below him. Before you know it, you've eaten up about three hours in your day.


    How to play: You'll receive one bowl, one toy yeti, and 30 plastic spaghetti pieces. Arrange the noodles across the opening of the bowl so that the yeti sits comfortably on top of them. Each player takes turns carefully removing a noodle piece and the first person to remove a piece that makes the yeti fall loses. The game is best for two to four players.

    Promising review: "Every time my 6-year-old great-niece visits, we play this. It's fun and she loves it (except when she loses, lol)." —Debette

    Get it from Kohl's for $13.49 (originally $14.99).

    11. Colorku relies on a well-thought-out strategy to match the game board to one of the 104 the puzzle cards — sorry, there's only one way to solve each puzzle, so no shortcuts! Looks like you'll be preoccupied with this for a while.

    Uncommon Goods

    What you get: The game comes with a wooden board, differently colored marble pieces, 104 puzzle cards, and a solutions sheet. Pull a puzzle card and solve it by placing one marble of each color in each of the nine rows, columns, and squares.

    Promising review: "I bought three of these for my cousins and my sister-in-law's mom. I was looking for something that would appeal to a more mature crowd, that was both fun and good looking. The wood is sturdy and the colors are beautiful so I thought it could be something that they wouldn't mind having out on their coffee table. And who doesn't love Sudoku!" —Carly

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $38.

    12. Checkers, chess, and backgammon bring back some classic fun you might not have thought about in almost a decade. The board allows you to play all three games in one convenient little package. It's time to put those high school chess club skills to the ultimate test against your roommates!


    What you get: This set comes with one game board, two dice, 30 checker pieces, 32 chess pieces, and a set of instructions.

    Get it from Macy's for $9.99.

    13. Tabletop Cornhole tests your aim (and sometimes even your patience) as an indoor take on a fun backyard game (except, these bean bags are about one-tenth of the size of a normal one and wayyyy cuter). My, how time flies when you're having fun!

    Uncommon Goods

    How to play: You'll receive a game board, launchers, eight mini bean bags, four score pegs, a wrench to help adjust the launcher distance (if needed), and a set of instructions. The object of the game is to launch the bean bags across the board to the goal on your opponent's side.

    Promising review: "My nephew immediately set up the game as soon as he opened the gift, and he and his bride played a game at our family gathering. I couldn't ask for a better confirmation that they liked their gift!" —Anne

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48 (also available: replacement bean bags).

    14. Candyland: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory invites you on a sweet, sweet journey to the Wonkavator while dodging classic Candyland obstacles. While the game may seem docile, don't underestimate how far back one wrong move can take you.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    How to play: The object of the game is to make it to the ~rainbow hot air balloon~ at the end of the board while avoiding pitfalls along the way.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $24.99.

    15. Aristotle's Number Puzzle puts your math and logic skills to the test because you'll literally have to make sure your victory adds up with this frustratingly fun game. Sure, it may take you the entire day to solve it the first time, but you might honestly come back for more.


    How to play: The game comes with a board and numbered tiles and the goal is actually easier said than done — just try to arrange the tiles around the board in a way that gives you the same total in each row.

    Promising review: "First off, let me preface this review by letting you know that I am a puzzle nut! I do sodoku in the morning and a crossword in the evening. My wife bought this for me for a challenge and I must say, it definitely is! After about a week with the puzzle, I don't have it completely solved yet, but I am leaving on my coffee table and will occasionally move a piece here and there and check my progress. This puzzle is definitely a winner for those in need of a challenge!" —The R.

    Get it from Signals for $17.95.

    16. Risk! sends you on a mission of world domination as you work against (and at times, with) other players to form alliances and avoid attacks. You might wanna gather all the snacks because this could take some time.


    How to play: You'll receive a game board, six sets of wooden army pieces, plastic storage boxes, a deck of cards, dice, and instructions. The object of the game is to use the pieces to conquer territory all over the world. It's for two to six players.

    Get it from Kohl's for $35.99 (originally $39.99) or from Barnes & Noble for $27.95.

    17. Where in the World? helps you learn the names, locations, and fun facts about the 196 ~wonderful~ countries in the world — all through six different levels of play, which means six levels of endless fun!


    What you get: The game includes six region maps, 196 country cards, six wild cards, a spinner, a reference board for bodies of water, and 120 playing pieces. Take turns spinning and learning about new countries around the world.

    Get it from Kohl's for $26.99 (originally $29.99).

    18. Parcheesi takes you on a nostalgic trip back in time as you race to make it back "home" before the other players. Time starts flying when your adrenaline starts going.

    Barnes and Noble

    How to play: You'll receive a game board, 16 plastic pawns, four individual dice cups, and eight dice with instructions. Two to four players take turns rolling the dice to move their pieces around the board while avoiding blockades. The first person to get to the "Home" square in the middle wins.

    Promising review: "I have my game from when I was a kid and this one is like the original. I have looked for years to find this game. I got three of them today because you can not find these unless you can find the old game from way back when. Thanks a bunch, I got these for family and friends who have played my old game. What a great surprise to find today." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes and Noble for $14.95.

    19. Settlers of Catan encourages players to use their imagination and pretend they're settlers on the new island of Catan. You'll get the chance to explore mountains, hills, and forests and claim territory — just watch out for your cunning fellow settlers! Fans of Monopoly may find a few similarities between these two games.

    Barnes & Noble

    How to play: You'll receive 19 terrain tiles, six coastal frame pieces, nine extra harbor pieces, 20 settlements, 16 cities, 60 roads, 95 resource cards, 25 development cards, four building costs cards, and two special bonus cards, among other items. Reviewers say the game works similarly to Monopoly where the goal is to build cities and claim territories through rolling the dice and trading resources. The game is best played between three to four people.

    Promising review (for the sold-out fourth edition, which is basically the same): "Our family LOVES this game. Though we're all over 12 years old, we wish we had discovered it several years ago — our kids could have enjoyed it when they were at least seven. We love side-trading and creating alliances. We're much bigger fans of this than Monopoly, though there are some similar themes in the two games. It seems to demonstrate some basic levels of economics and the world economy, especially the importance of resource control and ports/trade. We're on the verge of buying an expansion pack so that we can play with more than four people — we are planning to have other families over to play (and don't want to turn it over to ONLY the kids). My husband and I just wish we had more time to play!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $69, Hot Topic for $49.90, or Target for $44.99.

    20. Ticket to Ride also induces a little imagination for the most adventurous players, except the object of the game is to use "train tickets" to ride the rails to as many cities around North America as possible.

    Barnes & Noble

    How to play: You'll receive a board game, two sets of cards, including game cards and help cards, and miniature trains, among other items. Players must collect train cards to build railway routes in order to earn points. The longest routes earn the most points. The game is ideal for two to five players

    Promising review: "This game has been a hit each time we've played. My nephews are 10 and 12 and get really into the game, but so do other adults we've played with. You never know who will win (something I don't usually like in a game, but it's fun here). Great game!" —Guest

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $49.95.

    21. The Golden Girls edition of Clue keeps players on their toes as they try to solve a mystery that's bound to *eat up* a good chunk of their day.

    Barnes & Noble

    How to play: The original game of Clue involves a murder mystery where players must figure out who killed the victim, in what room they were killed, and with what weapon. In this version, however, the name of the game is to figure out who ate the ~beloved~ cheesecake, what room they ate it in, and what they left behind at the scene of the *delicious* crime. The original version of the game is meant to accommodate six people.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $39.95.

    22. Heads Up! puts your guessing game skills to the test as you and your roommates take turns feeding each other clues about what the heck is written on your card — all with the pressure of beating the timer.

    Barnes & Noble

    How to play: You'll receive 200 action cards, a set of six headbands, 48 game chips, and an hourglass. Each player wears a headband with a randomly drawn card on it. When it's your turn, you must use the clues given to you by other players to guess what your card says — just try to do it before time runs out!

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

    23. And, Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter edition lets you find out once and for all which of your roommates is the biggest HP fan. Finally, all those hours of re-watching the movies will pay off!

    Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble

    How to play: The game includes 600 questions about the Harry Potter movies and comes with a carrying container and die. Roll the die and answer the question with the corresponding color on the card.

    Promising review: "I gave this to my 28-year-old daughter for Christmas. She is a huge Harry Potter fan and was thrilled! We have played it with her once and it was a wonderful family experience! Immediately wanted to watch the movies again." —ChrisB

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99 or from Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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