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Best Games Rated Board Game 16+ and Younger

Colt Express

Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens

Colt Express is a traversal game where you move a bandit along an express train in the Old West to collect the most loot. Each player pre-selects moves, attacks and pick-ups that then play out together. Unusually, play becomes about planning, predicting...

Ancestree

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Ancestree is a collecting and sequencing game where you compete to build the strongest family tree. You select and link tiles, building your family person by person, scoring points for marriages, wealth and continuous generations. It is a strategic game...

The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine

Release Date: 13/03/2020

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Score Board and Tokens

The Crew is a cooperative trick-making card game. You play as a set of astronauts completing missions in a space adventure. Unlike competitive trick-making games like Bridge, Euchre or Hearts, here you work together to ensure specific players get...

Dragomino

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens

Dragomino is a matching and collecting tile game similar to Kingdomino but tuned for really young players. You take turns to pick and add a domino Land card to your growing grid, and earn dragon eggs. It works for youngsters with...

Dobble

Release Date: 10/03/2011, updated in 2019

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Dobble (also called Spot It!) is a card game where you race other players to claim cards by spotting symbols. Each of the colourful cards has eight symbols, one of which always matches a symbol of another card. You race to spot the match, call it out...

Carcassonne

Release Date: 27/06/2007

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Pieces: Bag, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Carcassonne is a strategy game where you lay tiles to create a medieval landscape of farms, rivers and cities. Each new tile must match the roads, rivers, farms and cities of those around it. As you place it you can claim one of these elements that...

Catan

Release Date: 01/01/1995, updated in 2013

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Bag, Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Catan is a strategy game set on an uninhabited island where you accumulate, spend and trade resources to build the biggest kingdom. Players must compete for space, resources and ultimately for ten victory points to be crowned the winner. What starts as...

Kingdomino

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Figures and Placeables

Kingdomino is a kingdom-building game where you place domino tiles to match terrain types and score points. As you play, you build a territory in a grid that requires careful consideration of where dominoes are placed to maximise points. What makes this...

Deep Sea Adventure

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice and Placeables

Deep Sea Adventure is a pocket-sized strategy game where you dive into the sea to bring back treasure. It’s unusual because although you compete with other players for treasure you share the same limited air supply.

Jaipur

Release Date: 01/01/2009, updated in 2019

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Jaipur is a two-player collecting and trading card game where you compete to become the wealthiest merchant at an Indian market. You collect and swap cards to build combinations, so that you can trade them for valuable commodities. It is about trading...

Santorini

Release Date: 01/01/2003, updated in 2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Cards and Placeables

Santorini is a strategy game where you place buildings on a Greek island in an effort to get your character to the top. This creates a chess-like three-dimensional competitive puzzle that changes as each player adds pieces to the village. It's unusual...

The Fuzzies

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

The Fuzzies is a dexterity game where you remove and replace small fuzzy balls from a furry tower. Like Jenga, it's a challenge of not only deft movement but also carefully planning which ball to move. The twist here is how the forfeits introduce all...

Wavelength

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Wavelength is a communication guessing game where you try and read your teammates minds. Unlike other guessing games the answers aren't right or wrong but on a sliding scale that changes each round. There's a clever wheel that secretly deals with the...

Splendor

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Splendor is a trading-up strategy game where you play a global trader during the European Renaissance. Nobles once content with large castles and fur robes, now seek dark sapphires and glittering diamonds. You must balance accruing currency or investing...

Ticket To Ride (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Cards and Figures

Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed strategy board game where players compete to earn the most points by collecting cards, placing trains and completing journeys. It is an easy to learn game that can be gently competitive and has become a popular classic.

Saboteur

Release Date: 01/01/2004

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Saboteur is a path-laying strategy game where the cards are your resource in a team effort to get the dwarves to their gold. However, one player is a secret traitor who must try and foil the dwarves without them realising it. It is a game about working...

Team 3

Release Date: 09/06/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Team 3 is a cooperative puzzle game where three players work to build structures from Tetris-style pieces. The target build is on a card that only the Architect player can see, and this player can't speak. The Builder player can touch the pieces but...

Yarrr Har Hunt

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Pieces: Bag, Board, Cards and Tokens

Yarrr Har Hunt is a traversal game where you are a band of pirates working together to follow the clues and find buried treasure. You move from clue to clue, but must work together and share movement to be efficient and find the treasure before the...

Bang!

Release Date: 01/01/2002, updated in 2017

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Bang is a card game set in the wild west where you take on different missions with a range of characters. You try and keep your target secret while building your weapon and defence cards. It's a game of bluffing where it's easier to shoot your neighbour...

Ice Cool (Series)

Release Date: 30/05/2016

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Cards and Figures

Ice Cool, and the follow-up Ice Cool 2, is an action game where you flick plastic Penguins around cardboard school rooms to collect points and avoid the Catcher. Like a cross between Subbuteo and Cluedo, you slide, jump and barrel your penguin through...

Perudo

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 1992

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Perudo (Liars Dice) is a dice game of pushing-your-luck and communication. Each player roles five dice under a cup but can only see their own before making a bid on how many dice of a certain number there are in total. It's clever because you can't...

Sushi Go!

Release Date: 01/09/2014

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Sushi Go! is a sushi-themed card game where you collect combinations of cards to complete sushi dishes and score points. The different dishes require a varying number of cards and related score based on complexity of the recipe. But there's a twist:...

Cockroach Poker Royal

Release Date: 01/01/2012

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Cockroach Poker Royal is a bluffing, push-your-luck card game where you try and avoid ending up with a set of four matching animal cards. You pass cards to other players and tell them what it is, they guess if you are telling the truth and have to keep...

Klask

Release Date: 01/01/2013

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Figures and Tokens

Klask is an action board game that combines aspects of table football and air hockey. Your aim is to use your under-the-table-magnet-controlled player to push the ball into the opponent's goal. The twist is that you lose points if you inadvertently push...

MicroMacro: Crime City

Release Date: 01/01/2020, updated in 2021

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Board and Cards

MicroMacro: Crime City is a puzzle brain game where you are solving crimes by discovering clues hidden in black and white pictures. You solve a series of cases that relate to different large pictures you lay out on the table between all the players. The...

Skull

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Skull is a push-your-luck card game where you try and guess how many other players just laid skulls rather than flowers. The clever bit is that you progressively bid on how many cards you think you can guess right. If you win, you then have to flip over...

The Mind

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

The Mind is a cooperative sequence card game with a telepathic twist. Each card has a single number on it. Your task is to play them in order, lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to co-ordinate who plays...

Camel Up

Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2018

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Camel Up is a crazy push-your-luck game where you bet on and influence camel races. Each turn you can move the camels, bet on which will win or place tokens to slow or speed things up. It's clever because it rewards players who make bets early and it's...

Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Release Date: 01/01/2012, updated in 2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative traversal game where teams try and escape an ancient temple before it collapses. You repeatedly roll dice to move from room to room, adding new tiles to the catacombs as you go. Play is against the...

Herd Mentality

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Herd Mentality is a communication game where players aim to score points by sharing the same ideas as others. One person reads out a question, then everyone secretly writes an answer trying to match the most popular answer. It's unusual because the...

Junk Art

Release Date: 01/01/2016

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Placeables and Tokens

Junk Art is a dexterity game where you create art from little pieces of junk. Each round has different rules for how to build the best tower, but they all combine to become an aesthetic and dexterity challenge. It's a game that takes Jenga-style...

Potion Explosion

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Pieces: Gadget, Placeables and Tokens

Potion Explosion is a collecting game where you study potion making and compete to be crowned the best student in class. You collect Ingredient marbles to complete Potion cards that enable special abilities. It is like a board game version of...

Talisman

Release Date: 01/01/1983, updated in 2010

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Talisman is a classic adventure fantasy board game. Playing as heroes, wizards, villains, thieves and monsters you explore the world to gain equipment, weapons, ancient relics, and companions. It's a Dungeons and Dragons feeling adventure, but played...

Blood Bowl

Release Date: 01/01/1986, updated in 2020

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures, Score Board and Tokens

Blood Bowl is a sporting and fighting game American football game played with two teams of Tolkienesque fantasy races. They compete to either get the ball to the end zone or kill all the opponent players. Despite the violent overtones, it's a finely...

Bugs in the Kitchen

Release Date: 01/01/2013

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Dice, Gadget, Placeables and Tokens

Bugs in the Kitchen is a fast-paced puzzle game where you have to trap a constantly moving robot bug. You play by rolling dice and turning Maze pieces to create paths for the digital bug to scuttle down. It's chaotic fun where you have to be quick to...

Cartographers

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad

Cartographers is a sequencing game where you compete to draw the most effective map of a fantasy kingdom. You play by drawing Tetris-shaped terrain features on to your Map pad, making careful choices of what goes where to maximise points. It is a game...

Codenames

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Codenames is a team communication game where you play two competing spy networks. One player in each team gives clues to help them find the cards that are their agents without hitting the assassin. It's a novel combination of push-your-luck, clue giving...

Dragon's Breath

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Dragon's Breath is a collecting game where players compete to gather jewels from a steadily defrosting physical stash in the middle. Play involves removing a ring from the ice tower, which allows some jewels to fall and be collected or lost into the...

Fantastic Factories

Release Date: 01/01/2019, updated in 2021

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Fantastic Factories is a strategy game where you race to build the most efficient set of factories. You collect blueprints, train workers and spend your dice to manufacture as many goods as possible. It's an unusual combination of resource collection,...

Gobblet

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2003

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Pieces: Board and Figures

Gobblet is a competitive brain puzzle game like noughts and crosses or tic-tac-toe. Your aim is to create a straight row of four pieces to form a line. However, you can place your pieces over the top of your opponents to drastically change the board and...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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