Board games are a great way to spend an evening, whether you are playing as a family, as a couple, or with a group of friends. So whether you are looking to buy a new wooden chess set to liven up your evening or you’re interested in a more themed game to play, consider the following top 10 board games for a wonderful evening.
Chess is one of the most challenging and exciting board games to play for all ages. You could easily spend hours on a single chess game—or arrange for quick matches to make it even more exciting. Chess is also incredibly accessible, so you won’t need to worry about having to spend too much money on a great set.
Checkers is another classic board game that can be just as engaging as chess. Checkers is perfect for younger players who don’t quite grasp the nuance of chess yet as well. And like chess, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great checkers set, making it very accessible.
Who doesn’t love a good word challenge? Scrabble will challenge you and the rest of the players to create words out of letter tiles, which helps you develop linguistic and creative thinking skills all wrapped up in a fun evening of play.
Clue is one of the most popular board games in the world, and for good reason: it’s a cool murder mystery that encourages problem-solving skills that can be played by people of most ages. There’s also a “Jr” version if you will be playing with younger children who aren’t quite up to finding out if it was Miss Scarlet in the dining hall with the revolver yet.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is one of the most popular games from the last few decades. This train-based game is a hit with adults and children alike, and can easily take up hours of time in the evening with its fun and unique style of gameplay.
Yahtzee has been a staple of family game nights for decades, and there’s a reason for that: it’s fun, easy to learn, and will keep you (and any previously bored children) occupied for hours at a time.
Monopoly may seem cliché, but it’s a classic for a reason! If you want to shake things up, look for a themed Monopoly set that will make the game more personal or versions for younger players who need the game simplified for them.
Betrayal At House on the Hill
This mystery game is more involved and complex than Clue, which makes it perfect for Clue fans who want to take things to the next level. This isn’t the best game for younger players, but it’s perfect for teens and adults looking to occupy an evening.
Risk is another classic game that has been beloved by families for decades. This game may take up more time than others on the list, but it’s definitely a great way to spend an evening.
Settlers of Catan
Like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan has been growing in popularity ever since its release, and that popularity shows no signs of letting up. This is a more complex and involved game, but that makes it perfect for lengthy campaigns with friends and family.