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Top Board Games You Can't Ruin At The Beach

Going on holiday to the beach, but still want to get your board game fix? Well here is our list of games that we think you should squeeze into the top of your suitcase.

We have added them to this list because they are robust enough to survive a coating of sand, sun cream and maybe even the odd dribble of ice cream, but more importantly they are fun to play alfresco.

You can expect to find games that are played in your hand, on a beach towel or maybe straight on the dry bit of sand that your sun loving friends or family insists on finding.

This list includes 16 games from the last 51 years, with 55 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play on the beach. We break them down into the following areas:

DetailsList Details

Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Race, Roll-And-Write, Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 55


Beach Towel Needed


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...

Sushi Go!

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:...


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

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...


Uno is a sequencing game where you race to get rid of your cards. You play by adding cards of the same number or colour to a shared pile. It's fast paced, has simple rules and almost universal appeal. The fun really starts when you invent your own house...


Noggin is a communication trivia game where you compete to give the fastest correct answers to word puzzles. You play by laying cards and shouting out answers. It is a game of quick thinking, creative answering and doing your best to avoid saying...

OK Play

OK Play (Cinco Linko in some territories) is a tile-placing strategy game where you compete to get five in a row. You take turns to place tiles next to each other in a growing grid. It is like Noughts and Crosses or Connect 4, but with an ever-expanding...

In The Hand Away From The Sand

Herd Mentality

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...

That's Not Lemonade

That's Not Lemonade is a push-your-luck card game where you aim to be the last person to "drink" something that isn't lemonade. You take cards hoping to accrue the most Ice or Lemonade, but if you push things too far you are out. This means you play the...


Coup is a communication game where you fight to become the only player left with political influence. You play by taking on the roles of five different powerful (uniquely skilled) government officials to become the last politician standing. It is a game...

Sounds Fishy

Sounds Fishy is a push-your-luck communication game where you try to spot fake answers whilst avoiding the real one. You play by reading out Question cards, making up answers and then spotting who's faking. It is game of cunning, disguise and deduction...


Telestrations is a drawing, guessing party game that combines Catchphrase and Chinese Whispers. Using a wipeable game book, players work in series to sketch a secret word, guess the word, turn the page and sketch again. If the final player's guess...

Wash Off Sand After


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...


Hive is a traversal strategy game for two players. It's like chess in that the different Insect pieces move in different ways, but it's played without a board.


Qwirkle is an abstract sequencing puzzle game where you compete to create rows of matching (or series of) colours and shapes. You score more points by matching multiple directions, but need to be careful not to leave points for other players to...


Bloom is a roll-and-write game where you complete to become the most successful flower seller. You roll dice and mark off colour-combinations of flowers to score points. You need to balance allotting dice to individual bouquets or a larger volume of...

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