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The Best Board Games For Grown-Ups: A Guide To Adult Board Games

Adult board games are so often rejected in favour of an all-inclusive family get-together. But there’s nothing wrong with sitting down for a pleasant game of wits and strategic ingenuity, solely in the pleasant company of grown-ups.

In fact, we’d argue that to be the favourable choice, providing some blissful relief from the day-to-day stresses of adult life.

So get your competitive mind at the ready, because these are the best adult board games available right now…

  1. Hasbro The Lie Detector Game
  2. Blockbuster Game
  3. Ravensburger Jurassic Park – Danger! Adventure Game
  4. Ravensburger Jaws Strategy Game
  5. Back To The Future Board Game
  6. Sagrada Board Game
  7. Hasbro Dungeons And Dragons (Stranger Things Edition)
  8. Magic Maze Game
  9. Discover: Lands Unknown
  10. Codenames Game
  1. Hasbro The Lie Detector Game
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    Hasbro The Lie Detector Game

    If you’ve got some dirty little secrets you’d rather never see the light of day, we suggest you leave the room sharpish…

    Of all the adult board games, this one pulls no punches, enlisting the help of a voice analysis tool to identify subtle changes in tone. This is not backed by science (utilising self-reported data), but try convincing your fellow players of that — we bet you can’t!

    Take to the hot seat, and prepare to be bombarded with high-stakes questions as the interrogators attempt to catch you in a lie.

    For every truth you utter, that’s one point to you.

    The questions are presented from any of the 126 cards. Or, to spice things up a bit, why not make up your own?

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  2. Blockbuster Game
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    Blockbuster Game

    Remember Blockbuster? Yeah, of course you do…

    Well, the movie rental chain is making a one-time comeback with this Blockbuster board game.

    Spilt into two key sections, the first round challenges you to provide answers around a specific topic within 15 seconds. The second round involves guessing a movie based on specific clues, whether they be words, quotes, or acted.

    Throughout all this, you will acquire movie cards, and the first team to collect eight different genre cards wins.

    This is the ideal choice of adult board games to test your knowledge of film, especially suited for experienced movie buffs.

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  3. Ravensburger Jurassic Park - Danger! Adventure Game
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    Ravensburger Jurassic Park - Danger! Adventure Game

    Welcome to Jurassic Park (again).

    Return to the prehistoric world of dinosaur mayhem, and engage your strategic mind as you attempt to either feast or survive!

    One player takes up the mantle of the T-Rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophosaurus, while the others embody the hapless humans whose sole jobs are to restore power and escape via the helipad.

    If the dinosaurs eliminate three human players, then it’s game over. But if the humans can evacuate enough of their members, they win.

    Adult board games have never been more tense, bringing with it all the terror and elation you felt on your first time seeing the classic 1993 film.

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  4. Ravensburger Jaws Strategy Game
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    Ravensburger Jaws Strategy Game

    We can already hear the iconic theme tune bellowing through the room — Jaws just has that effect on people.

    So, what if we told you that you can be the shark? How many adult board games allow you to do that?

    The rest of the three players must take on the roles of Brody, Hooper, and Quint as they attempt to protect the innocent swimmers from the dreaded man-eater that lurks below the waves.

    And flip the board to engage in a climactic battle between the Orca and shark, where the winner will be decided by whoever is left standing.

    Using a variety of strategy and action cards, this game requires more than just luck.

    Get your harpoons at the ready; Amity Island needs you!

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  5. Back To The Future Board Game
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    Back To The Future Board Game

    “Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine?”

    The answer is, no—not quite. But we’ve found the next best thing: the Back To The Future Board Game!

    Biff is up to his old shenanigans again, meddling with time and causing all sorts of hassle… He’s stolen the DeLorean!

    And now it’s up to you to plot a path through time and fix what’s been broken. Find all the scattered items and return them to their correct locations.

    But be quick about it. The OUTATIME tracker is ticking, and you need to complete your objectives before it hits ‘game over’.

    This strategic board game is sure to itch that nostalgic sweet spot, bringing with it all the charm of the beloved film trilogy.

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  6. Sagrada Board Game
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    Sagrada Board Game

    Fancy yourself a bit of an artisan?

    This is one of the best adult board games for nurturing creative talent, with some puzzle solving added for good measure.

    Sagrada requires you to place various dice of different shades and colours around the board. But you cannot place the same shade or colour side by side – which is what makes this an interesting challenge.

    You are scored based on the patterns you create and how you have placed the dice.

    The highest scoring player wins!

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  7. Hasbro Dungeons And Dragons (Stranger Things Edition)
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    Hasbro Dungeons And Dragons (Stranger Things Edition)

    If you’re anything like the kids from Stranger Things, you probably grew up playing classic Dungeons And Dragons with your friends.

    But we’re grown-ups now, right? And as grown-ups, we want adult board games that are going to surprise us. There’s only so many times we can embark on the same-old quest…

    Well, this fresh take on the retro D&D does exactly that, providing new adventures with a Stranger Things makeover.

    Take on the role of Will The Wise or, perhaps, Dustin The Dwarf. And face the supernatural force of the Demogorgon!

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  8. Magic Maze Game
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    Magic Maze Game

    Presenting a new entry into the adult board games genre, cooperation is the key to success in the Magic Maze game.

    You and your teammates must work together, controlling four heroes (a mage, elf, warrior, and dwarf) as they attempt to steal specific items and escape the labyrinthian shopping mall, all without alerting security.

    This is a time-sensitive endeavour, and communication is limited to key points, after which you must make your moves independently.

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  9. Discover: Lands Unknown
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    Discover: Lands Unknown

    If you are searching for a unique experience, unlike any other adult board games, then Discover: Lands Unknown is by far the perfect opportunity.

    No two copies in existence are exactly alike, with each individual component of the game generated randomly.

    In practice, you and your friends could both own the game yet encounter completely different scenarios, depending which version you sat down with.

    The word ‘Discover’ has never been so aptly applied, reflecting both the contents – as you trudge through the wilderness in pursuit of survival – and the variability of the board game itself.

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  10. Codenames Game
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    Codenames Game

    If you’ve ever dreamed of being a super-cool secret spy, then this is your golden opportunity.

    Two teams – comprised of one spymaster and one field agent – must work against each other to uncover the various undercover agents.

    Only the spymaster knows who’s who, leaving their teammate to find out the agents’ identities using only one-word clues, pointing to multiple words on the board.

    Pick the right word and colour while trying to avoid the opposition’s agents. But avoid the assassin at all costs – or it’s game over.

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Michael Adamson

Michael Adamson

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Michael is a life-long fan of all things DC Comics, Marvel, and Star Wars. When he's not reading, Michael can be found playing football or running — if he's not injured... again.