Best 6-Player Board Games – Top 20 Ranked & Reviewed

Board games are one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, it sometimes seems that with larger groups, around 6 players, some complications start to arise. Some games don’t allow for the right number of players or it just doesn’t play well with a big group. With newer or younger players, if the game doesn’t keep everyone engaged, a fun group game can devolve into herding cats.

🏆 Our Top Picks

In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.

Best Thematic

Betrayal at House on the Hill
Betrayal has almost every single horror movie trope jammed into one box. You may find yourself facing a werewolf, zombies, ghosts, and even giant birds. Every game is different and perfect to immerse your table into a horror-themed night. You’re guaranteed to walk away from the table with an incredible story.

Best Party

Codenames
Codenames is a fantastic party game that doesn’t require a voiceover setup or involve early player elimination like a lot of other party games. Players will try to discover where the hidden spies are located using only subtle hints and wordplay.

Best Overall

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
With 6 players you’ll need to set aside the better part of the day for this one, but nothing offers the dramatic tension of an intergalactic space opera like Twilight Imperium. Six factions will fight for supremacy using economics, political intrigue, and good old fashioned battleships to become the new emperor.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and have come up with a list of our top 20 6-player games that you can try out. There’s quite a variety here, so I’m sure you’ll find something that everyone in your gaming group can agree on.

Twilight Imperium

Twilight Imperium 6-Player Board Game
We might as well start off with the biggest game on our list. Twilight Imperium is massive in every way; massive in scope, massive in options, massive in production, and massive in fun.

I know I’m sounding repetitive but the game is that impressive.

The game is over when a player reaches 10 victory points. Okay, that may not sound as impressive, but how you get there is where the magic happens.

Players will each play a completely unique race with special abilities. The reason Twilight Imperium is such a great game is that it’s more than just a war game. You can play it that way but like in a real war, if everyone simply fires all the nukes, nobody wins and the galaxy will be left burning. This adds diplomacy to the equation, which is a huge part of the game as players create their own galactic story.

The only downside to all this incredible gameplay is that it takes a long time to play (you’re not doing anything else on the day you decide to play) and it does take a bit to learn. If you can get all the players around the table, you’ll have a game your gaming group will be talking about for a long time to come.

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
  • Create your own galactic space opera with a massive game...
  • With seventeen different races and a random board setup, no game...
  • Ages 14+. Innovative game systems create strategic decisions...

King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo Board Game

Become a giant monster, destroy cities, and punch other monsters in the face. What could be better?

I always used to stay up late and watch monster movie marathons and had several VHS recordings of Godzilla and King Kong from when they aired on TV. I was (and still am) a huge nerd. In King of Tokyo, I get relive those awesome moments by controlling a giant Kaiju monster.

King of Tokyo
  • For 2 6 players
  • 30 minute playing time
  • New artwork by Regis Torres, illustrator of King of new York

King of Tokyo is a press-your-luck dice game where players choose a giant monster inspired by pop culture Kaijus. The choice is purely aesthetic so don’t fret too much. Players roll to see if they can punch other monsters in the face, gain victory points, heal, or gain energy to buy special upgrades. If players control Tokyo they’ll be able to hit every other player all at once and gain bonus points, but they’ll also be the target of all other players.

Ready to take on Tokyo? Make sure you read our in-depth review of King of Tokyo, plus expansions before you play!

Versions & Expansions

IELLO 51531 King of Tokyo and King of New York: Anubis Monster Toy
He is coming for you! while rampaging through a history museum, you accidentally stepped on a sarcophagus, causing anubis to appear, intent on avenging the profaned Mummy. Can you escape the wrath of the God of the Dead as he showers Curses on the Town?
$9.92
King of Tokyo: Power Up (New Edition)
For 2-6 players
$15.99
IELLO King of New York Board Game
For 2-6 players
$49.99 $37.88
IELLO King of New York Power Up Board Game
For 2-6 players
$19.99 $17.00

Cosmic Encounter

Cosmic Encounter 6-Player Board Game

In Cosmic Encounter, players each pick a race (there are 50 to choose from in the base game) and make and break alliances to expand and colonize as many planets as possible. Cosmic Encounter is an outlier where the game is actually best played with at least 6 players. With more players, there are many more options and negotiations that can take place. The social interaction and negotiating at the table is possibly the most memorable part of the game, which is why many players prefer a minimum of 6 players.

Cosmic Encounter
  • For 3 to 5 Players
  • 1 to 2 hour playing time
  • Vie for control of the universe

Cosmic Encounters doesn’t start out with the ability to play with 6 players. You’ll have to get at least 1 of the first three expansions. Each one will add pieces for 1 extra player bringing the total to 8 players with all three expansions.

Expansions to use with 6 players:

Incursion (2010)
Conflict (2011)
Alliance (2012)

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal Board Game Featured Image

Step into your own personal house of horrors. Honestly, who’s dumb enough to walk into a house with an old man, a fortune teller, 2 small children, and 2 college students? People who want to have a good time, that’s who.

Everything about Betrayal reminds me of old horror movies. The game is filled with every horror film trope, can be super corny, isn’t exactly perfect or polished, but is ever so much fun. I’ve never had a bad game of Betrayal and even when I lose horribly in a scenario, everyone at the table has a blast.

Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • For 3 to 6 players
  • 60 minutes of play time
  • Designed for 3 6 players aged 12 and up

For more on Betrayal, check out our in-depth review here.

Versions & Expansions

Codenames

Codenames 6-Player Board Game

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging gameplay. Two teams will try to identify their agents in the field. One player on each team will have to guide their team into picking the correct agents from a board. They’ll need to be clever and specific, because they may accidentally kill a civilian or reveal other agents (or an assassin).

Codenames
  • For 2 8+ Players
  • 15 minute playing time
  • Age 14 and up

Codenames is a great educational party game because it doesn’t ever eliminate players. There won’t be a situation where a player is eliminated and has to wait for the game to be over before they can rejoin. It can get very hectic and forces players to interact, which always leads to hilarity.

Some Versions & Expansions

Czech Games Codenames: Duet - The Two Player Word Deduction Game
400 all new words compatible with original codenames
$19.95 $9.99
USAOPOLY CODENAMES: Harry Potter Board Game | Based on Harry Potter Films | Officially Licensed Harry Potter Game | Harry Potter Merchandise
Harry Potter themed word and picture association game perfect for families and friends
$24.95 $20.50
USAopoly Marvel Codenames
#1 party game now combines with the Marvel Comics universe
$26.95
Czech Games Codenames: Pictures
Mechanics: words Association, deduction, team play
$19.95 $9.99

Zombicide

Zombicide Board Game

Zombies in recent years have been completely overdone. There’s a zombie version of everything. Once, I even received zombie jerky for a Christmas present. It was regular beef jerky dyed green. I didn’t eat it.

Yet somehow, Zombicide, in a world of zombie outbreaks, manages to feel completely fresh. The game is a blast to play. The zombies swarm, players level-up, gain abilities, and you can even hop in a car to mow them down. Each expansion has a ton of replay value packed into each box and it’s developed by CMON (Cool Mini or Not) who are known for packing games full of awesome miniatures.

Zombicide
  • Cool Corpses - Zombicide comes loaded with incredible miniatures....
  • Challenging Scenarios - Players will face off against ten...
  • Limitless Potential - With modular map tiles and all the zombies...

Zombicide is one of those games that scales beautifully and with plenty of options. It works just as well with a few players or a full board. The game, especially the Prison Outbreak scenarios, are excellent with a higher number of players.

Intrigued? Check out our full review of Zombicide: Black Plague here and Zombicide: Green Horde here.

Versions & Expansions

CMON Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
For 1 to 6 Players
$99.99 $63.29
CMON Zombicide Season 3 Rue Morgue Board Game
For 1 to 12 Players
$99.99 $87.38
CMON Zombicide: Angry Neighbors
Scary Seekers - Angry Neighbors introduces the new Seeker zombies. These hive mind creatures will be tough to combat. Each time a new one appears, all the others get an activation.
$34.98
CMON Zombicide: Black Plague
Monstrous Minis - From the Survivors, to the evil Necromancer, to the mobs of rotting zombies, each is represented by an incredible, highly detailed miniature figure.
$99.99 $71.51
Zombicide Green Horde
Orcish Threat - Orcs are not immune to the plague that causes creatures to turn into zombies. Survivors have to work together if they want to keep living.
$99.99 $72.97
Zombicide: Invader
Detailed miniatures all of the survivors and xenos, as well as the Bot and sentry gun, are portrayed by highly detailed miniature figures
$99.99 $79.99
Zombicide Toxic City Mall Expansion Board Game
This is an expansion, a Zombicide base game is needed to use this
$49.93
CMON Zombicide BP: Wulfsburg
Wolfz! - These infected creatures can cause quite a problem for the Survivors. The highly detailed figures feature three different sculpts and the giant Pack Leader.
$59.99 $41.80

Mysterium

Mysterium 6-Player Board Game

There’s been a murder, and the only witness is the ghost of the victim. It is up to you to find the true killer, but communing with the dead isn’t as simple as asking the ghost questions. Decipher the clues and track down the murderer… before it’s too late.

Mysterium
  • Cooperative investigation, everyone loses or wins
  • Strong and immersive storyline
  • Ghostly fun for 2-7 players with a high replay value,

Mysterium is a beautifully-produced game with amazing components and artwork, which is 100% necessary because the player who takes the role of the ghost will not be able to speak at all throughout the game. The ghost player will be communicating through images on cards attempting to guide players to the right murderer, location, and weapon. It’s a very thematic mashup of Clue and Dixit, which works very well with 6 players because of the cooperative nature of the game. Players will win or lose together depending on whether they correctly identify all aspects of the murder, or not.

Versions & Expansions

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ―George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Can’t get enough of Westeros? Then it’s time to sit down in a comfy seat, throw on Season 1 in the background, and play Game of Thrones: The Board Game. By the time Season 1 ends you might have finished your first game. Just kidding. But seriously, though, the game is long, with an average playing time of about 3 hours.

A Game of Thrones (Second Edition)
  • A board game based on A Game of Thrones, a novel now adapted to...
  • 3–6 players take command of the Great Houses of Westeros
  • Updated second edition, incorporates elements of past expansions

If your table is hyped for the final season and wants to spend an afternoon or evening getting pumped for the show, this game would be an excellent choice. The GoT board game allows players to create their own story in Westeros and allows for some amazing gaming moments. The best part of the game isn’t necessarily the epic battles you might expect, but the ever-shifting alliances that the game promotes. An alliance may be beneficial to two players, but the moment it isn’t, players may find themselves stranded without aid. With six players the game does run quite long but it allows for many more amazing in-game moments and pivotal alliances throughout.

Can’t get enough of A Game of Thrones? Make sure to check out our Best Game of Thrones Board Games round-up!

Versions & Expansions

Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Flashpoint: Fire Rescue Cooperative Board Game

Kendra and I are both former firefighters so Flash Point is always a trip down memory lane for us. Flash Point is, of course, completely inaccurate on how to fight fires but it is a fun experience and an excellent cooperative game. The gameplay scales well, even with six players, and the role cards give the game a good division of labor so that every player still feels useful.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue
  • 2 to 6 players
  • 30 minutes playtime
  • No two games are ever the same - and with two rule sets and 3...

We always prioritize saving the kitty and the puppy POI’s and consider the entire game a loss if we can’t save them.

Versions & Expansions

Flash Point Dangerous Waters Board Game
Dangerous Waters
$14.99
Flash Point Honor and Duty Board Game
Honor & Duty requires the Flash Point: Fire Rescue base game
$16.99 $16.18

Power Grid: Deluxe

Power Grid 6-Player Board Game

Power Grid is a quintessential Euro Game, heavy on point-generation and strategy. The Deluxe version is perfect for players just stepping into the world of Power Grid. If you already own the original, try adding some of the expansions to change up your game.

Power Grid: Deluxe
  • 2 to 6 Players
  • 90 minutes playtime
  • For ages 13 and up

The Deluxe version, although nice, isn’t necessary if you already own a version of Power Grid. If you don’t own Power Grid in any form, the Deluxe version is your best bet for a good starting point. It’s been updated well and comes with a massive double-sided board that scales very well with the number of players. Only have a few players? Then the board gets walled off and play continues as normal. With max players, the entirety of the board opens up. Power Grid is a modern-day classic and an all-around fantastic game.

Versions & Expansions

Rio Grande Games Power Grid Russia and Japan Expansion
This is an expansion - you need the power grid game in order to use the expansion
$14.99
Power Grid China & Korea Expansion
This is an expansion - you need the power grid game in order to use the expansion
$14.99
Rio Grande Games Power Grid Expansion France/Italy
Two new maps for Power Grid.
$20.27
Rio Grande Games Power Grid: The Robots Expansion
Power grid the robots.
$9.95 $9.45
Power Grid Benelux/Central Europe Expansion
This is an expansion - you need the power grid game in order to use the expansion
$14.99
Rio Grande Games Power Grid: Factory Manager
Standalone game in the Power Grid series
$44.99 $35.89
Power Grid - Brazil/Spain & Portugal Expansion
This is an expansion to the Power Grid game, it is not a standalone game
$25.88

Caverna: The Cave Farmers

Caverna 6-Player Board Game

If you like Agricola, you’ll love Caverna. Both created and designed by Uwe Rosenburg, Caverna is very often called the successor of Agricola. Players will control a community of dwarfs, expand their fields, go on expeditions, and mine into the mountains to develop their farms and caverns.

Caverna: The Cave Farmers
  • For 1-7 Players
  • 30 minute playing time
  • Tons of replay value

Caverna gives players many options and play styles to pursue and there’s no real wrong way to play it. It’s highly-strategic and Lookout Games jams a ton of amazing components into one box, keeping gamers busy and smiling for many gaming sessions.

Versions & Expansions

Shadows Over Camelot

Shadows Over Camelot Board Game

“For I have promised to do the battle to the uttermost, by faith of my body, while me lasteth the life, and therefore I had liefer to die with honour than to live with shame ; and if it were possible for me to die a hundred times, I had liefer to die oft than yield me to thee; for though I lack weapon, I shall lack no worship, and if thou slay me weaponless that shall be thy shame.” ―Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur

Knights of the Round Table, ASSEMBLE! The kingdom is being besieged on all sides by the forces of evil and it’s up to Arthur’s loyal knights to go on quests to save the realm and destroy the evil that threatens it. Beware, not all are who they seem. One among the order may have been tempted by dark forces and a traitor may be lurking in your midst.

Shadows Over Camelot
  • A unique collaborative game featuring a malevolent twist
  • Great for game nights
  • Takes 60-90 minutes to play

Shadows Over Camelot has a lot going on and it can be overwhelming at first. But after a game or two, it becomes clear and tons of fun, especially with more players. There are even variants that allow for 2 traitors if you have the expansions. The game gives players a lot of decisions to make on their turn. They can fight off the Saxons and Picts, duel the black knights, face dragons, seek out Excalibur, or search for the Holy Grail.

Ready for more? Check out our in-depth review of Shadows of Camelot before you buy!

Versions & Expansions

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf 6-Player Board Game

Werewolf is a social deduction game in which players must find the werewolves hidden among the townspeople. I personally love Werewolf, but this may be one of the more controversial games on the list because players either love it or absolutely hate it. Many of the complaints about Werewolf are that it lasts too long (the older version) and when a player is knocked out of the game they have nothing to do until it’s over, which is especially irritating if a player is knocked out in the first round. This is all fixed in the One Night Ultimate because it’s only one round. If you lose, the game’s already over, and you can immediately start a brand new game.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  • Each player gets a unique role: A Werewolf, Seer, Troublemaker,...
  • After a secret night phase that includes changing roles, players...
  • Includes a free iOS/Android app that makes playing incredibly...

The game works well for six players and scales up dramatically. The more players, the more fun you’re going to have. It also works well as a social deduction teaching tool. As an Eighth Grade English teacher, I was able to play a game with about 35 students.

Versions & Expansions for 6 Players

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak
  • Each player gets a new, powerful role: A Mystic Wolf, Curator,...
  • After a secret night phase that includes changing roles, players...
  • Includes a free iOS/Android app that makes playing incredibly...

Jamaica

Jamaica 6-Player Board Game

Crew your own pirate ship and seek out buried treasure, and if someone else beats you to it, you can always steal it back. Who doesn’t like ship-to-ship combat and searching for treasure?

Jamaica
  • For 2-6 players
  • Takes 30-60 minutes to play
  • Fun strategy game

Jamaica is an excellent choice for six players. It’s lightweight, easy to learn, and most importantly, it will keep the whole table engaged. When picking turns and choosing actions, all players will be choosing at the same time, thereby eliminating the time gap when a player waits until their turn to start thinking about their move. Its beautifully-designed, cartoon-look feels very natural with the game and matches the lighthearted gameplay.

7 Wonders

7 Wonders 6-Player Board Game

7 Wonders is a card-driven game that still feels like a massive city-builder. There are no stacking tiles or tokens of sprawling cities. Instead, cities are represented by cards played from your hand. There’s no one ultimate path to victory either. Players can focus on military victories, science victories, or play cards that give bonus points at the end of the game.

7 Wonders
  • For 3-7 Players
  • 30 minute playing time
  • Great strategy game

7 Wonders made the list because it’s a very simple game to learn and players have several options on how they can play. These advantages eliminate a lot of the downsides (and complaints) when playing with a larger group.

Versions & Expansions

7 Wonders: Duel
Similar style of play as the award-winning original, 7 Wonders
$29.99 $21.94
Repos Poduction SEV13 7 Wonders Armada Expansion, Various
Additional Cards to add to your hand
$39.99 $31.97
7 Wonders: Cities Expansion
2 to 8 players
$29.99 $25.53
7 Wonders: Babel Expansion
Strong replay value
$42.99 $34.39
7 Wonders: Leaders Expansion
This is an expansion to 7 Wonders, it is not a standalone game
$29.99 $23.99
7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon Expansion
"A must-have expansion for the award-winning card game 7 wonders duel "
$25.00 $22.27
7 Wonders: Wonder Pack Expansion
Number of Players: 2-7
$21.95

Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror 6-Player Board Game

In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” ―H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Arkham Horror was the first really big box game that I ever played. I first played it with 8 players and it took hours, but it was still one of the most fun times I’ve had playing a game. Arkham Horror is a cooperative game that can accommodate a very large number of players, but it scales in difficulty with the number of players so that it’s never a walk in the park.

Arkham Horror (Third Edition)
  • A modern take on the classic cooperative game of cosmic horror
  • Archive cards present Branching narrative paths, making each of...
  • Choose one of twelve unique investigators, each with their own...

You’d think with 6 players fighting monsters and closing gates it would be easier, but it offers just as much of a challenge, no matter the group size.

Versions & Expansions

Arkham Horror: Black Goat of the Woods
Introduces Corruption
$145.00
Arkham Horror: King in Yellow Expansion
Over 160 new cards to enhance your Arkham Horror game
$149.99
Fantasy Flight Games Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror Expansion
Introduces the town of Kingsport with colorful new board
$139.99
Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror
Nearly 450 new cards to supplement your existing Arkham Horror expansions
$149.95
Arkham Horror: The Lurker at the Thresho
Over 160 new cards to enhance your Arkham Horror game
$199.99

Between Two Cities

Between Two Cities 6-Player Board Game

Between Two Cities is a tile-drafting game where players are almost working together to build two cities. What the heck does that mean?

In the game, players will be building two cities, but they’ll be building cities with the players sitting to their left and their right. When scoring, players will score the city that scored the least points out of their 2 cities. This forces players to equally build up both cities. How you place buildings in the city and what building types determine their point value.

Between Two Cities
  • For 3-7 players
  • 20 minute playing time
  • A partnership-driven, tile-drafting city-building game

The reason Between Two Cities works so well is that it is a fun game that forces players to interact, but is also extremely quick to play. It’s probably the quickest game on this list and there’s almost no downtime between turns, keeping all players invested in the game at all times. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s fun.

Expansions for 6 Players

Between Two Cities: Capitals
  • For 1-7 players
  • 35 minute playing time
  • Expansion. Requires between two cities to play

Catan

Catan 6-Player Board Game

Catan is normally a 3-4 player game, but the 5-6 player extension provides enough tiles, cards and wooden cities for 5-6 players to have a raucous good time. If you’re super weird, you’ll buy it just for the green-colored cities (Kendra’s favorite color).

Catan with six players still feels and plays like normal Catan. There are only a few minor rule changes. Any player can trade in between turns and the current player can trade and build as long as they have the cards to do so. It’s more of the same Catan we all love, just with more friends around the table.

Catan
  • The incredibly popular, multi-award winning civilization-building...
  • Players control their own civilization and look to spread across...
  • Beware the robber’s nefarious plans as he steals resources and...

Catan also has some great expansions that offer the 5-6 player extensions as well. Check out our Best Catan Expansions article for more info! (The 5-6 player extensions are all sold separately, but many can be combined for a crazy fun Catan experience.)

Camel Up

Camel Up Board Game

Camel Up (not Camel Cup) is the ultimate camel racing simulator. Players actually won’t be controlling specific camels, though. Instead, they will place bets and attempt to have the most money at the end of the race. There are no jockeys, rather other camels will be riding the camels…?? (Kendra giggles endlessly throughout this game.)

Camel Up (Second Edition)
  • Material Type: Paper

Camel Up is one of the silliest games I’ve ever seen. The stacking camels are adorable and leave room for some last-minute comebacks for slower, drastically altering the outcome of the game. The dice pyramid is also very silly (and isn’t at all necessary) but it helps sum up the whole game. It’s just a fun silly time.

Colt Express

Colt Express Board Game

Hop on-board for your own high-stakes game of train robbery. In Colt Express up to 6 players will fight and shoot it out on 3-D train pieces, rob passengers, and try to avoid the sheriff.

At first glance, Colt Express looks like it doubles down on the 3D train board, which I will admit is super cool, but how does it play? The game is a lighthearted and silly experience, covering just about every Old West train robbery trope that you can think of. The gameplay and strategy, although not super heavy, is very fun and works well within the scope of the game. For every player in the game, another train car is added, and with the max of 6 players, you’re going to have a hilariously goofy time.

Colt Express
  • Detailed, 3D locomotive and train cars that you get to assemble...
  • High-quality game components
  • Beautifully artistic cards and wooden game pawns

Expansions for 6+ Players

Conclusion

Six players make for a slightly larger group than the norm, and that extra player or two can really change what you can play. The issue with this many players is how to effectively get everyone into the game, keep them interested and engaged, and what happens when a player is knocked out early. It’s a very balanced dance that needs careful consideration. We chose a lot of these games based on how easy it is to teach, how much group interaction is involved and tried to give a mix of options from quick to all day.

We hope you enjoyed this list. If you have any other recommendations, if you think I’m totally wrong, or if you just want to talk about board games, we’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Best 6-Player Board Games – Top 20 Ranked & Reviewed”

    • Hey Joe,

      I 100% agree. The ending felt so rushed and extremely underwhelming. I still like the games though. It’s a way to RP my own ending lol. I’m still banking on the books fixing the fandom, but George RR seems to write as slow as Patrick Rothfuss.

      I’m glad you like King of Tokyo. I would watch 80s Godzilla movies nonstop as a kid. Hopefully we can get some bigger and better Kaiju games in the future.

      Thanks for leaving a comment, and glad you enjoyed the article.

      Cheers,
      Bryan

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