Have A Family Night In With The 15 Best Board Games Of 2022

By  montylian
Published on   Jul 19, 2022

Put away the electronics and gather 'round for a good old-fashioned board game. No matter which game you love to play, you'll enjoy the break.

 

We've rounded up 15 of the hottest board games right now, across all popular categories.

 

As you click through this list, you'll find the best board games for kids and families and adult board games that are fitting for older members of the family.

 

Whether it's critical thinking and competition you seek or simple fun and loads of laughter, there's something on this list for everyone.

 

 

Carcassonne Board Game Big Box (Number of Players: 2 to 5)

 

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About This Game

 

Strategy game - plan your way to victory: Develop the landscape of a medieval fortress city one tile at a time. Whether blocking a city's growth or connecting with your opponent’s road to share the points, Carcassonne provides plenty of ways to use your cunning and outsmart your opponents.

 

Elegant game mechanics: Players fill in the countryside around the medieval fortified city and choose from tiles that depict cities, roads, monasteries, and fields; each new tile creates an ever-expanding board on which players can then add their followers.

 

Many gameplay options to explore: Select from over 150 tiles and 7 meeple types to develop your own medieval countryside. As the map grows, so does the opportunity for players to disrupt each other’s plans. Clever placement of tiles and meeples is key to victory!

 

Includes carcassonne base game and 11 expansions: "Inns & Cathedrals", "Traders & Builders", "The Abbot", "The River", "The Flying Machines", "The Ferries", "The Messengers", "The Gold Mines", "Mage & Witch", "The Robbers", and "The Crop Circles"

 

Limitless variety and replayability: All included expansions can be played in any combination with the base game, ensuring a unique experience every time you sit down to play. Each expansion adds exciting new twists that take the game in new directions. No matter which expansions you choose to play with, there are always new strategies to explore and new secrets to uncover.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"I’m always looking for games that my mother and I can play (ages 40+,70+). I came across this game when the expansions were becoming hard to find. But mom loved it, so I paid a little more to get a few expansions.
When I saw that they had made a box with many of the expansions, I was really excited. Now we can spice the game up even more!


It’s a tile laying game that requires strategy and a bit of luck of the draw to earn the most points by the end of the game. Truly a game that should be a staple for all gamers." — Amazon customer

 

Get it from Amazon for $64.99.

 

 

Juegoal Wooden Shut The Box Dice Game (Number of Players: 2 to 5)

 

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About This Game

 

Popular Board Game: This 4 way board game is played by 2 to 4 people. Players from five years old and up can enjoy the luck of the deal as well as exercising skills in math and reflection.

 

Well Made: Handcrafted, made of premium pine wood, soft brown felt on the surface. Package Include: 4-Way 10 number boards, 8 Dices, and 1 Instruction. It is great gift for children and teens. Measures: 11.8 x 11.8 x 1.4 inches.

 

Fun & Easy: Include a simply game rules paper to provide some additional help. Also you can make your own rules! Perfect for family gathering, picnics, birthdays, parties.

 

Excellent Teach Tool: Everyone can use the shut box game either for fun or for a professor's excellent tool for teaching addition and probability in the classroom.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"I LOVE this game - if you like sudoku, you’ll love this one, too - very mathy, but easy to learn - I originally played it/found out about it while drinking with friends - so if drunks can figure it out, anyone can! The instructions are on a single page and pretty easily adjusted to “house rules” like with Uno :) I got one for me and I’ll play by myself on occasion - I also got one for my sister for Christmas (she’s a sudoku fan like myself)" —— A. Haag

 

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

 

 

Poetry for Neanderthals  (Number of Players: 2+)

 

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About This Game

 

A Competitive Word-Guessing Card Game From Exploding Kittens Where You Must Speak Good Or Get Hit With A No! Stick

 

Using Only Single Syllable Words, Give Clues To Your Team Trying To Guess Your Secret Phrase. If You Mess Up And Use A Big Word, You Get Bopped On The Head With A 2-Foot Long Inflatable Club.

 

So, Instead Of Saying "Broccoli," You'D Say Something Like "Green Thing You Eat For Live Long And Have Good Health".

 

It'S A Board Game That Forces You To Explain Complicated Ideas Using Simple Vocabulary. It'S A Game That Forces You To Sound A Little Bit Dumb.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"This game give Gork and kin lot of fun! We play and look like big fool. We laugh big and long. We love to play and will play soon next time! Fun for whole Gork clan: Mom, Dad, Gork boy kin, Gork girl kin, young child boy kin, Gork wife, young child girl kin, boy kin’s love match... Love to play, talk good (and clear) and smash Gork’s Dad head with big club." ——— Colitis Ninja

 

Get it from Amazon for $19.82.

 

 

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens (Number of Players: 2 to 6)

 

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The World’s First Dodgeball Card Game - Collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging and throwing squishy airborne burritos.

 

Creators of award-winning, hilarious and entertaining games that adults, teens and kids will all enjoy!

 

Collect Cards. Play Your Hand. Throw Things at Your Friends - Look no further for picnic games, camping games or travel games that will get you launching burritos at your friends and family.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"I may or may not have cussed a few times playing this game with my kids. My older son had perfect aim at my face and has won every single time we have palyed. If your family has a secret revenge they are trying to find an outlet for, dont buy. This game could possibly break your family apart.

 

We had a lot of fun, apparently I play too slow, and my kids enjoy throwing things at me when given the opportunity. Now I only play when I'm ready to be smashed in the face with a burrito. Good thing the burrito is super soft, so at least it doesn't hurt (only my feeling and ego)." —— B.Gladstone

 

Get it from Amazon for $39.33.

 

 

Dominion Big Box II (Number of Players: 6)

 

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About This Game

 

Contains Dominion: 2nd Edition and Dominion: Intrigue 2nd Edition

Contains additional base cards to allow 2-6 players

30 minute playing time

Compatible with all Dominion expansions

 

High-end Player Review

 

"Brother got the Version 1 base game for Christmas and my family fell in love with it so I bought this for after he headed back home. We now have an extra expansion and will not stop playing the game. We keep talking about having an intervention but nobody in the family will quit playing it. I haven't slept in over 3 weeks."—— Cody Jacobs

 

Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

 

 

Wonder Forge Marvel I Can Do That! (Number of Players: 4)

 

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About This Game

 

What you get - Marvel I can do that! Comes with 45 activity cards, 1 foam portal, 1 cosmic cube, 1 green Goblin, 1 Spider-Man's web, 1 Captain America's shield, 1 Thor's hammer, 1 Captain Marvel energy ball, and instructions.

 

You can play a game in 15 minutes, and it's perfect for 4 players ages 3 and up, Which makes this a perfect gift for families who love to play games together.

 

Designed with a variety of different random challenges, which makes each game unique so this toy can be played over and over.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"Great gift for a marvel lover. Kids as young as 2 love it. It is easy to play and my active kids like that they don't have to sit and play a game. This game helps focus their energy and they love the superhero weapons. Some weapons (specifically Spiderman's web) do require you to be a little more careful so they don't break. Overall, it is a great buy and kids and marvel lovers of all ages, love it!" ——— AS

 

Get it from Amazon for $20.79.

 

 

Exploding Kittens Party - A Russian Roulette Card Game (Number of Players: 2-10)

 

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About This Game

 

A Kitten-Powered Russian Roulette Card Game, For Up to 10 - Purr-fect party game for family and friends who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Now for double the players!

 

Beginner-Friendly, Just 2 Minutes to Learn - If you draw an Exploding Kitten, you lose and you are full of loser sad-sauce. All the other cards in the deck help you avoid or mitigate your risk of drawing an Exploding Kitten. If you don’t explode, YOU WIN!

 

120 Cards, with Box and Instructions - Perfect for all occasions, including a family game night, beach trip, road trip or drinking with friends!

 

High-end Player Review

 

"My 6year old picked it right up and love this game. I saw several reviews complaining about the card quality and how easily they get damaged. I have worked in the casino industry for years and have seen all different qualities of cards. I was a pleasantly surprised to find the card quality was not bad at all. Not top of the line by any means but plastic coated. I found the cards to be about the same size as Pokemon and Magic cards. Being a bit of a nerd I had lots of extra sleeves for my daughter and I's card collections. I sleeved the exploding kittens deck. It should last much longer that way. I highly recommend this game it's fun. I will be buying expansions soon.
ps:
You can pick up Penny sleeves at any hobby shop that sells magic or Pokemon cards. They are very inexpensive and we'll make your game last much longer." —— joel

 

Get it from Amazon for $30.94.

 

 

Sorry! Game (Number of Players: 2-4)

 

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About This Game

 

Ditch the TV, and re ignite family night with the get together amusement of a Hasbro game.

 

Party it up, and surprise guests at your next event with laugh out loud game from Hasbro gaming.

 

Nostalgic tabletop gameplay meets interactive digital content for an immersive gaming experience.

 

Hasbro gaming imagines and produces games that are perfect for every age, taste, and event.

 

Includes game board, 12 Sorry Pawns, 44 cards, and instructions.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"My in-laws were visiting for the week and we wanted to have an easy game to play in the evening after dinner. Remembering "Sorry!" from my youth, I ordered a copy... It did not disappoint! We all had way more fun than I expected. It's certainly easy enough for kids, but we were 4 adults playing it, and it was a huge success. My mother-in-law remarked that they needed to get a copy because they enjoyed it so much, so I sent it home with them, and now I need to get another for ourselves." —— 

C Jo

 

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

 

 

Hasbro Gaming: Jenga Classic Game (Number of Players: 1+ )

 

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About This Game

 

Pull out a block without crashing the stack to win at Jenga.

 

Includes 54 Jenga hardwood blocks, stacking sleeve with instructions.

 

Simple, solid, and timeless.

 

It takes skill, strategy, and luck. Challenge yourself or play with friends.

 

Win by being the last player to remove a block without causing the stack to crash.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"This is a really good game. It actually improves the focus of kids, because if you will lose the focus you may lose the game. The best part about it is, you can plaiit alone or with more players so you are not bound by number of players. I buyed it for my 8 years old son because he liked it so much. We have to actually remove each block at a time on your turn and make sure the tower should not loose the balance. Overall I like this game because you can spend hours playing this without getting bored as well you can finish it early if you have limited time. Overall worth it's price and good game." —— TEST

 

Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

 

 

Catan Board Game (Number of Players: 3 to 4 )

 

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About This Game

 

Trade, build and settle the Island of CATAN in this addictively fun strategy game previously called Settlers of CATAN. Players control their own civilization and look to spread across a modular hex board in a competition for victory points.

 

The completely variable board provides great value through nearly limitless replayability. You will never have to play the same game twice.

 

Whether you play as a family, a board game group, or via video conference as you stay at home, CATAN is a social game that provides plenty of opportunities for player interaction. You may even find yourself exploring the exciting world of CATAN tournaments

 

The basics of CATAN can be learned in just minutes, but it offers enough depth to remain compelling as you explore strategies and tactics for years to come

 

This family and adult board game can be played with 3 or 4 players. We also offer CATAN extension packs for 5-6 players as separate items. The average playtime is 60 minutes.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"Beware! Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play. Watching youtube videos to improve your game, bribing your children.
Your spouse will become a tricky, sneaky person you hardly recognize. While you will plot ways to take over.
Side effects include: less tv watching, more under the table kicking, spontaneous manical laughter, snacking while plotting the demise of your friends and family. Best fun you've had in hours!" ——
R Zeman

Get it from Amazon for $30.49.

 

 

Ticket to Ride | Train Game (Number of Players: 2 to 5 )

 

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About This Game

 

Cardboard


Strategy Game: Build your tracks across the United States in this fast-paced and strategic board game. Connect iconic North American cities across a map of the 20th-century USA and build your train routes to earn points.

 

Adventure Game: Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities through North America! Looking for new adventures? Try Ticket to Ride expansions (Note: Expansions require Ticket to Ride Board Game to play)

 

Multiple Ways of Scoring Points: Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

 

Fast and Easy to Learn: With elegantly simple gameplay, the game can be learned in under 15 minutes and enjoyed time and time again, whether it's your first time building a rail empire or an old favorite.

 

Number of Players and Average Playtime: This family and adult board game can be played with 2 to 5 players. The average playtime is 30-60 minutes. PLAY WITH ALEXA: Using a compatible Echo device, say “Alexa, launch Ticket to Ride” and play against Alexa.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"Having played this game multiple times with all ages 8-65 years old, we have made a few modifications. At the beginning of the game, we deal out six train cards instead of four. We also can draw cards and play trains in a single turn. I agree with other reviews that 2-4 is the ideal number. It is a favorite game now in our family. Last January on a no school day, we had three games going and then a championship game and a consolation game. The kids, aged 8-12, only played one game but enjoyed playing and were competitive players. The championship game was game on and very competitive!" —— Grandma

 

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

 

 

Splendor Board Game (Number of Players: 2 to 4 )

 

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About This Game

 

Compete to build Renaissance Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious jewelry business. As a wealthy merchant, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all!

 

Players vie for control of gem mines, trade routes, and storefronts to master the gem trade and attract the attention of nobles. By accruing more ways to produce gems, players work to accumulate victory points in a race for prestige and power.

 

Fast and intuitive, this strategy game is a fun game for game nights. The completely variable setup provides nearly limitless replayability.

 

While Splendor is quick to learn it offers a different challenge everytime. Collect raw gems in the form of unique poker-like tokens. Use those to acquire cards with mines, boats, caravans and even guild storefronts throughout the world.

 

Can be played with 2 to 4 players and is suitable for ages 10 and up. The average playtime is 30 minutes.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"Was looking for a bunch of new games to add to family game night. I had always seen this game ranked highly so bought it as part of a bunch of games. Confess, I didn't read the directions but watch a bunch of Youtube videos to get started. Very engaging game to play. My wife and I love it from the beginning and play it with kids 9 and 10 years old who both easily grasp it and unfortunately beat the pants off the parents. My wife has won once and I have been shut out over the course of maybe 10+ games. It's a credit to the game that I still like it even though I haven't won yet. My youngest has won quite a few times so strange that with all my life experience I still can't muster a win, maybe it's better to be young and just keep strategy simple. Very pleased with the game, quality, easy of learning. The one thing that was a little clunky was the first few games everyone was hoarding jewels which makes the game very slow but later on we realized that that was not the right strategy and there many other ways to move the game forward.

Game quickly shooting to the top of the family favorites."  —— Hesed2020

 

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

 

 

Mind The Gap (Number of Players: 2 to 20 )

 

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About This Game

 

Great for the ENTIRE family - Grandma to 10 yr olds

 

Pop Culture trivia questions that are fun to answer

 

Challenge cards make you hum, dance, and act out iconic moments from the different generations

 

Supports up to 4 teams of multiple players

 

Great for holidays, game nights, office parties, get togethers, reunions, funerals... okay, not funerals.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"This is a great game for family events! We played in Mother’s Day with parents, grandparents and adult “kids” from both sides and had a great time. The object is to get all the way around the board answering a section of questions from each generation - Boomers, Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z. The rules are really straightforward and we loved that grandparents got to participate as oftentimes the games we play at family events move too fast for them. I would say you need to be 13+ to play, not because there is anything inappropriate but if you are too young there is only a small set of questions that you will have any chance of answering. We will definitely keep bringing this to family events." —— al1011s

 

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

 

 

UNO Family Card Game (Number of Players: 2 to 4 )

 

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About This Game

 

UNO is the classic family card game that's easy to learn and so much fun to play!

 

In a race to deplete your hand, match one of your cards with the current card shown on top of the deck by either color or number.

 

Strategize to defeat your competition with special action cards like Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos and color-changing Wild cards.

 

When you're down to one card, don't forget to shout "UNO!"

 

This fun family card game is perfect for adults, teens and kids 7 years old and up.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"This is probably the best ORIGINAL set I would buy for myself and even friends and family. The tin that holds the cards and instruction manual in is very durable and nice. It does take a little more space than the original cardboard box packaging but it is very well worth it. It's not too heavy either but keeps the cards nice and protective if you were to drop the pack or spill something onto it. I also counted all the cards that it came with it I had the exact amount of cards for each color and special as claimed. Besides that, it's UNO! Who doesn't like UNO?!" —— Timothy Sely

 

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

 

 

Beat That! - The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges (Number of Players: 2 to 8 )

 

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About This Game

 

160 CHALLENGES: Ever had the satisfaction of throwing a paper ball in the bin from across the room? Well, that feeling is what this game is all about. Bet on your skills with solo challenges, battle royales, buddy ups, and duels.

 

FAST & FRENZIED FUN: Win by betting on your ability to successfully complete a series of ridiculous dexterity-based challenges. With a variety of tricky and outrageous challenges to test your skills, this board game will have you hooked in seconds.

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Great for kids and adults alike—all players attempt the exact same challenges, so get ready for the ultimate battle of abilities. Suitable for ages 9+, recommended 2-8 players.

 

EASY TO LEARN: Takes just seconds to learn, guarantees hours of belly busting laughter!

 

INCLUDES: 160 Challenge Cards, 80 Betting Tokens, 10 Cups, 5 Balls, 4 Dice, Chopsticks, Memo Pad, Tape Measure, Sand Timer.

 

High-end Player Review

 

"We played our 2nd game tonight, and it was a blast! 4 adults and 3 kids, the youngest being 8yo had a blast. Almost all of the "tasks" are accessible for players aged 8, so we opted to pass on certain cards. We did away with the token currency system too and just decided to "keep the card" if you won it.
The game ended with a 2 way tie breaker." ——
Benjamin

 

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.