Best board games of all time for adults

Updated: Jan 29

You’ve invited your mates over for a few drinks, you know what you need to do – whip out the board games.

If you thought board games were for kids, think again. Since Cards Against Humanity came on to the scene card and board games suddenly had a whole new adult audience. Basically, that’s us lot who like to pair our board games with alcohol and lots of it.

Well, maybe not all of us. Anyway, here are the best board games of all time for adults.

What Do You Meme?

Probably not one you’d take to a family party. What Do You Meme is the card game all about memes. So, don’t even bother explaining this to anyone under the age of 35.

The general point of the game is to pair hilarious, offensive and awkward captions with photos. Some of these are random and some of them are the memes we all know and love. The group votes for the caption that either best matches the photo or is the funniest. It essentially works the same was as Cards Against Humanity but with memes and to be honest, twenty-first -century games don’t get much better than that.

The Chameleon

If you love bluffing games, The Chameleon is just the thing you need to add to your board game collection.

The group will be given a secret word and each player takes it in turns to describe that word using only one word that isn’t the secret word itself (is there a simpler way to explain that?). The catch is, one person in the group doesn’t know the word – The Chameleon. They have to come up with a word based on everyone else’s answer and hope it makes sense.

Once everyone has said their word, the group votes for who they think is The Chameleon. If the team votes for the wrong player, The Chameleon wins the game. If you do catch The Chameleon, they can continue in the game if they manage to guess the secret word. The Chameleon changes every round so everyone should get a chance to play on both sides.

Truth Bombs

If you and your friends or family have a wicked sense of humour, Truth Bombs is an essential. In our opinion, Truth Bombs is one of the best board games of all time for adults. Bold claims.

You and your group anonymously write things about each other based on cheeky questions, like ‘What question would they hate to answer?’ and “What skills do they absolutely not possess?’. At the end of every round, each player reads aloud the answers the group wrote about them and they have to pick their favourite. The person whose answer was chosen wins a point and most points at the end of the game, wins.

This is an absolutely savage game, especially after a few drinks. So, if you’ve got any sensitive friends, don’t introduce them to this game, it might break them.

Task Master

Task Master is based on the much-loved TV show of the same name on Channel 4. If you haven’t seen it yet – what are you doing?

This is a hilarious game that probably can’t call itself a board game as you spend more time away from the board than with it. But who cares when the game is this much fun?

The game works much the same way as the TV programme. One player takes on the role of Taskmaster to read aloud the task for the other players and this changes every round. So, there’s no fighting, everyone gets a go.

Each player can choose from a different deck of cards with a corresponding location like the garden or the kitchen. Once the task has been read aloud, players must make their way to the correct location and complete the task. There are several hilarious clauses to the rules that are sure to divide opinion.

This definitely isn’t a game if you’re hoping for a quiet night in. Expect mess, arguments (not serious ones, well, there’s no guarantees), and plenty of laughs. And if you’re wondering, yes, the tasks are as bizarre as they are on TV.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is an absolute party classic. It’s a bit like Russian Roulette but replace the gun with a kitten. Not a real one though, sadly.

The basic aim of the game is to keep drawing cards without drawing the Exploding Kitten card. Throughout the game, you’ll collect several other cards that actually make this quite a strategic game. You can peek at the deck, attack other players, skip your turn, or secretly relocate an Exploding Kitten Card.

You’ve just got to go with the flow on this one and not question its bizarreness. Once you do, it’s an addictively funny game that you can play with most family members, excluding kids.

There you have it, some of the best board games of all time for adults!