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Best Games Rated Board Game 16+ and Younger

The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine

Release Date: 13/03/2020

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Klask

Release Date: 01/01/2013

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 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...

The Mind

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 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, the lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to coordinate who plays...

Sushi Go!

Release Date: 01/09/2014

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 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 scores based on the complexity of the recipe. But there's a...

Perudo

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Dice

Perudo (Liars Dice) is a dice game of pushing your luck and communication. Each player rolls 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...

MicroMacro: Crime City

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Last Defense Game

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens

The Last Defense is a game about saving a city from alien invasion in just twenty minutes. You play by rolling dice and moving to stop the invading monsters, free Scientists from rubble and discover Tools. It's a simple combination of cooperative...

Colt Express

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Team 3

Release Date: 09/06/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Saboteur

Release Date: 01/01/2004

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Bang!

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Ticket To Ride (Series)

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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.

Ice Cool (Series)

Release Date: 30/05/2016

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Splendor

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Santorini

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Wavelength

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Tokens

Wavelength is a communication guessing game where you try and read your teammate's 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...

Ancestree

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Deep Sea Adventure

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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.

Kingdomino

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Carcassonne

Release Date: 27/06/2007

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Dobble

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

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Speedy Roll

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Speedy Roll (also known as Hedgehog Roll) is an action dexterity game where you roll the hedgehog (a fuzzy tennis ball with eyes) to collect woodland items that stick to it. This determines which path you can take through the forest to get back home...

Dragomino

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Camel Up

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Catan

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Jaipur

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Tokens

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

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...

Yarrr Har Hunt

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Cockroach Poker Royal

Release Date: 01/01/2012

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Forbidden Island

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Forbidden Island is a cooperative collecting game where you try to survive on a sinking island long enough to collect four treasures. You play by moving across the Island, stopping Island tiles from sinking, whilst collecting enough cards to rescue the...

Rhino Hero

Release Date: 01/01/2012, updated in 2018

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Rhino Hero is an action game where players use cards to build a vertical tower. The aim is to place all your cards without knocking the tower down. What starts as a fun and tactile challenge quickly turns into a battle of nerves, as you place cards that...

Skull

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Escape: The Curse of the Temple

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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

Components: 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...

Imperial

Release Date: 01/01/2006, updated in 2009

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: Board, Cards, Figures and Tokens

Imperial is a strategy war game like Risk. However, you play international investors, rather than political leaders, who control the countries. By choosing how to invest your funds you gain control of the politics of the six imperial nations. The twist...

Junk Art

Release Date: 01/01/2016

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 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...

Mass Transit

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Figures

Mass Transit is a co-operative card game where you build transit routes to deliver six commuters safely home from work. You place cards around a hub to build routes or discard them to move the commuters forwards. It is a game about unintended...

No Thanks!

Release Date: 01/01/2005, updated in 2019

Components: Cards and Tokens

No Thanks! is a tactical card game where you play to avoid points. You work through a deck of cards of different values to avoid getting a point you have to spend a chip. Eventually, someone runs out of chips and has to take the card. It sounds simple...

Potion Explosion

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 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...

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