Let’s face it. board games are not as popular as they used to be. We all grew up with family arguments over a Christmas Day game of Monopoly. However, these days, they seem, well, old fashioned and boring to most people. The idea of taking a game out of a board and setting it up before playing for a couple of hours is an alien concept for many people; where do you turn on it, what are the graphics like, what does it do? However, here at My Poor Wallet, we think that this is grossly unfair. Not only are the classic board games as much fun as ever to play, but new releases can rival even the latest computer games for fun. The question, therefore, is where do you begin when picking a board game. What are the best games for experienced gamers, or people looking to dip a toe into non-screen related fun? While choice can be good, too much choice can be overwhelming, to say the least.
Whatever your level of experience in the world of tabletop gaming, whatever your level of interest or genre; from games where you have to work together with your fellow players to achieve an objective to games where you have to pound your rivals face (metaphorically, at least, we hope!) into the board, we have handpicked the best games for games of any level. There are games that are perfect for starters, games that are based around classic TV and Movies and games which seem oddly relevant at the moment; yes, we are looking at you, Pandemic!
Whether you decide to buy a game for a present or treat yourself, you cannot go far wrong with these choices. Enjoy!
Pandemic Board Game (Base Game) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Cooperative Board Game | Ages 8…$25.00
If you like games that are challenging and fun, then this is the perfect game for you! With its simple rules, clever mechanics, and high tension moments – Pandemic will have your heart racing as time ticks down towards humanity’s demise. And if that wasn’t enough – we’ve also included an expansion pack so there’s more content than ever before! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and save us all from these terrible diseases!
This game will take you and your friends on a trip to some of America’s most iconic places, from Yellowstone to Yosemite. You’ll have fun exploring these amazing landscapes while playing this challenging yet easy-to-learn game. It’s perfect for families with kids 8+ years old or anyone who loves hiking!
Catan Board Game (Base Game) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Adventure Board Game | Ages 10…$43.67
Catan is the perfect choice! It’s been around since 1995 and has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. This award-winning strategy game is easy to learn, but challenging to master. The goal of this classic board game is to build settlements, cities and roads on an island with limited resources while trading with other players in order to become the most successful person on the island.
Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board Game for Kids and Adults Age 7 and Up – Millions Sold, Easy to Learn and Play with…$25.29
Ravensburger Labyrinth is the perfect game for families who want to spend quality time together. It’s easy to learn and play, but has great replay value. Plus, it’s fun! You can choose from two different difficulty levels so you can tailor the gameplay to your group’s skill level. And with over 1 million copies sold worldwide, you know this one is worth playing.
Ravensburger Disney Villainous Strategy Board Game for Age 10 & Up – 2019 TOTY Game of The Year Award Winner$24.74
Ravensburger Disney Villainous Strategy Board Game is the perfect way to spend time with friends and family. It’s fun, easy to learn, and has an exciting storyline that will keep you engaged until the very end. Plus it comes with all your favorite villains from Disney movies!
You will need to use your brain power in order to win this game! Each player starts off with three pirate cards which they must strategically place on the map. The goal of the game is to collect as many treasure chests as possible before other players do. There are also obstacles such as cannons or sharks that may get in your way during gameplay. This is one of those games where it pays off to think ahead!
Splendor Board Game (Base Game) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Strategy Game | Ages 10+ | 2 to…$26.99
Splendor is the perfect game for you! It’s easy to learn, quick to play, and has enough strategy that it will keep everyone on their toes. Plus, it’s really fun too! You can even get some of our expansions if you want more variety in your games.
Azul Board Game | Strategy Board Game | Mosaic Tile Placement Game | Family Board Game for Adults and Kids | Ages 8 and…$31.30
Azul is a tile placement board game that’s easy to learn and fun for the whole family. With its beautiful artwork and simple rules, it’s perfect for players of all ages. It can be played in 30-45 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time left over to enjoy the rest of your day!
Ravensburger Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared Strategy Board Game for Age 10 & Up – Stand-Alone & Expansion to The…$15.99
Ravensburger Disney Villainous is a strategy board game for age 10 and up. You can play as one of the most famous villains from the Disney universe, including Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar or Maleficent. The goal is to be the last villain standing by capturing all of your opponents’ characters on the board.
ThinkFun Zingo Bingo Award Winning Preschool Game for Pre-Readers and Early Readers Age 4 and Up – One of the Most…$21.99
Zingo Bingo is a preschool game that’s fun for the whole family.
It’s designed to help kids learn their letters and numbers while they play. And it’s so much more than just a game! With Zingo, you can also practice your math skills, spelling words, and even basic grammar rules like capitalization. Plus there are over 100 different ways to play!
Wingspan is a bird-collection, engine-building game for 1-5 players. It’s an easy to learn, family friendly strategy game with some light press your luck elements and the ability to play competitively or cooperatively. We’ve been designing it for over two years now and we’re ready to share it with the world!
Off Topic is the perfect party game to get people talking and laughing. It’s an adult board game that will have you guessing, debating, and discussing some of life’s most interesting topics. The goal is to be the first person or team to reach 500 points by answering questions correctly and collecting cards from other players.
Carcassonne Board Game (BASE GAME) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Strategy Board Game…$27.10
Do you love strategy games?
If so, then Carcassonne is the game for you. It’s a medieval adventure board game that challenges players to lay tiles and claim different territories in order to score points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!
Ravensburger Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power Strategy Board Game for Ages 12 & Up – The Next Chapter of Villainous$15.46
Ravensburger Marvel Villainous is the next chapter of the popular strategy board game, Villainous. It’s an exciting and fun way to play with friends and family. You can choose from one of four different villains – Thanos, Loki, Magneto or Dr. Doom – each with their own unique power set! The goal is to collect as many Infinity Stones as possible before your opponents do. But beware! If you’re not careful, your opponents may steal them right out from under you!
Ticket to Ride Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5…$32.99
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards 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 by connecting two distant cities; still more points are awarded for completing one’s tickets before any other player. With so many ways to score, it’s no wonder that Ticket to Ride is among the world’s most popular family board games!
Funko Pan Am The Game is the perfect game to play with your friends and family. It’s easy to learn, but challenging enough that it will keep you on your toes! You can also add in some of your favorite TV shows or movies into the mix if you want to spice things up. With so many different ways to play, this game is sure to be a hit at any party.
Blokus is the perfect party game. It’s easy to learn but difficult to master, and it can be played with 2-4 players in less than 30 minutes. The goal of the game is simple – get rid of all your pieces by placing them on the board. But beware! Your opponents will try to block you from making any more moves, so you have to think ahead if you want to win this one.
This Amazon Exclusive edition comes with two sets of blocks (one blue and one red) as well as an updated rulebook that includes variations like “Blokus Duo” and “Blokus Trigon”. You’ll never run out of ways to play this classic family favorite!
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tile-based, horror-themed game of exploration and betrayal. One player takes on the role of the treacherous antagonist, while up to four other players explore a mysterious house with an objective in mind. The catch? You don’t know who’s your friend or foe! It’s not as easy as it sounds. Every turn leads to more choices, which could help you achieve your goal…or lead you straight into a trap set by the evil mastermind.
This game will have everyone talking about how much fun they had playing it! It’s so engaging that people won’t be able to stop themselves from coming back for more time and time again. And if anyone ever says “I’m bored,” just pull out this game and watch their face light up! Trust us – they’ll never be bored again after playing this one!
Do You Really Know Your Family? A Fun Family Game Filled with Conversation Starters and Challenges – Great for Kids…$24.99
This game is a fun way to get to know the people in your life. It’s perfect for kids, teens and adults alike! You can play with friends or family members at home, on vacation or even at work. The possibilities are endless!
With this game, you will learn more about each other than ever before. Whether it be through conversation starters like “What was the best thing that happened today?” or challenges such as “Name three things that make me happy” there is something for everyone to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Play now!
Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens – A Dodgeball Card Game – Family-Friendly Party Games – Card Games for Adults…$18.74
Throw Throw Burrito is a game of dodgeball, but with cards.
It’s the perfect party game for your next family gathering or adult get-together. The rules are simple and it’s easy to learn how to play in just minutes! You can even teach the kids how to play while you enjoy some drinks and conversation with friends.
Quoridor is a fun, fast-paced strategy game that will challenge your mind and test your reflexes.
It’s easy to learn but difficult to master. You can play it with friends or family, or you can take on the computer in solo mode. The rules are simple – just move one of your pieces from one space to another adjacent space along the grid lines – but don’t let any of your opponents get past you!
The Devious Weasel Cosmic Frog is the most loved toy in the world. It’s packed with features that make everyday life easier, more entertaining and more productive. It’s the perfect device for anyone who wants to do more with their toy. And now it comes in two sizes – so there’s a Devious Weasel Cosmic Frog for everyone.
Taco vs Burrito is a card game for 2-4 players that pits the best of Mexican cuisine against each other to see who reigns supreme.
The game is easy to learn and fun for all ages, but it’s also strategic enough that you’ll want to play again and again. It’s perfect for family gatherings, parties or just hanging out with friends.
Trogdor is a game about burning things.
It’s the perfect game for anyone who likes to play with fire, burn stuff and watch it go up in smoke. You can set anything on fire from trees to buildings and then sit back and enjoy the show as they’re consumed by flames. The more you burn, the better!
Exploding Kittens Party – A Russian Roulette Card Game, Easy Family-Friendly Party Games – Card Games for Adults, Teens…$18.74
Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
You will not be disappointed with this game! It’s the most-backed project in Kickstarter history, so you know it has to be good. The deck includes 50 cards featuring illustrations of kitties, exploding kittens, lasers, cats wearing tuxedos, and more. This party pack comes with two packs of Exploding Kittens (that’s 100 cards!), 10 blank cards for creating your own custom decks, six plastic stands to hold your playing field steady on any surface – even while moving around during play – a rulebook that explains how to play the game (and other possible ways), plus a sheet of stickers that can help you keep track of what’s happening in each round or turn.
Camel Up is a board game for 2-8 players, in which the camels race to be first across the finish line. Players bet on who they think will win each leg and can also make strategic moves to influence the race’s outcome. The rules are simple, but there’s plenty of room for clever play!
Nidavellir is an asymmetric, competitive strategy game with a Norse mythology theme. Players take on the role of one of four gods vying to be the first to build their stronghold and forge weapons from the precious metals found in Ymir’s flesh. The player who gathers most gold wins!
You’ll need to use cunning, diplomacy, and brute force if you want your opponents to bow down before you as they worship your might! To do this, you will need to explore new lands, fight monsters and other gods while also managing resources wisely so that your stronghold grows stronger every turn. But beware – all other players can hinder your progress by attacking or blocking access to areas on the map! And don’t forget about those pesky giants… They are not easy prey but they have plenty of treasure waiting for any brave enough (and lucky) enough to slay them!
Ravensburger Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 and Up – The Newest Standalone Game in…$24.99
Ravensburger Disney Villainous is the newest standalone game in the award-winning Disney Villainous line. This family-friendly board game will have players of all ages on their toes as they race to outwit each other with despicable plots. It’s perfect for any time, but especially during these cold winter months!
You can play this exciting and suspenseful game with your friends or family members, so it’s great for parties too! The goal is to be the first player to collect 3 victory points by completing missions or stealing objectives from opponents. But beware – there are plenty of ways that your opponents could foil your plans at every turn!
You’ve been waiting for this moment your whole life. The time has come. The Jaws of the Lion is a strategy board game that pits players against each other in an epic battle for control over Gloomhaven. This box includes everything you need to play, including a map, cards, dice and tokens. It’s perfect for 2-4 players ages 12+.
Candy Land is a board game for kids and adults alike. It’s the perfect way to spend time with family or friends, and it’s easy enough for even your youngest players to enjoy.
The goal of this game is simple – you want to be the first player to reach King Kandy’s castle by moving your character from square-to-square on the board using dice rolls. Along the way, you’ll have fun visiting all sorts of different places in Candy Land! You might get stuck in a sticky situation–or find yourself surrounded by tasty treats–but don’t worry! There are plenty of ways out of any jam that will help you move forward again.