But what about those who like to add an element of physical play to the otherwise pretty cerebral hobby? Action and dexterity games do just that. Whether you’re stacking, flicking, or even throwing, there are a plethora of games out there that will test and fine-tune your hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
On your next game night, choose from the best action/ dexterity games to really get your guests involved.
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🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Action/Dexterity Board Games
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Rhino Hero (or Super Battle Version)
Playing time: 5-15mins
Rhino Hero may be strong, and he may be clever, but he certainly isn’t lightweight. After all, he is a rhino. Regardless, he is on a mission to build a tall, sturdy skyscraper that doesn’t crumble when he climbs to the top. Help to carefully and intentionally stack the walls to achieve Rhino Hero’s goal.
In the sequel, Super Battle, Rhino Hero is back at it, and this time the towers are bigger than ever! Not only does he need to scale the rickety skyscrapers, but he and his superhero friends need to do so while in battle! Who will successfully fend off the spider monkeys and make it to the top to become the ultimate superhero?
This game is great for practicing balance and delicate placement as players stack cards upon cards to build a wobbly tower. To make it even more challenging, don’t allow players to use their dominant hand when placing walls.
Playing time: 10mins
Your safety on the ship has been compromised as enemies have invaded and planted more than 20 bombs. The countdown is on, and you and your team will have just 10 minutes to work together to diffuse all the bombs before it’s too late!
In FUSE, each card represents a bomb that requires a specific combination of dice to be neutralized. Some require particular colors, others entail a bit of math, and some need to be carefully stacked into various formations.
If you happen to knock over a stack of dice, you must return all dice to the bag and start over. No one said being on the Bomb Defusal Team was easy. Diffuse as many bombs as you can before time is up and the ship self-destructs.
The stakes are high, and players will need to communicate and cooperate to get the job done and save the ship from being blown to smithereens. When you’re feeling confident, crank up the difficulty and give those diffusing skills a real test.
Beasts of Balance
Playing time: 15-30mins
Beasts of Balance is an innovative game that integrates the physical and digital worlds of gameplay. Simply tap the physical artefact (animal) to the platform and watch the animals come to life on screen.
Players will build a tower of animals and watch how they interact in the digital realm. The more artefacts you stack, the higher your score. If at any time your stack falls, you’ll have a very limited amount of time to restack it before a volcanic eruption causes the game to end.
Although this game will certainly test your hand-eye coordination and spatial reasoning skills, there’s more to it than simply showing off your stacking capabilities. Once in the virtual world, there are storylines, goals, and of course, you need to keep your animals alive. You’ll need to use special tiles for crossbreeding, migrating, and distractions. This isn’t your average dexterity game.
Additionally, there are options for solo, cooperative, and competitive play, so this game can be anything you want it to be.
Ice Cool/ Ice Cool 2
Playing time: 30mins
Tummies are rumbling and there’s nothing but fish on these penguins’ brains as they try to pay attention in class. But these rascals have an idea to sneak out of their lessons and get their hands on some scrumptious fish. Work on those flicking techniques as you send these penguins flying through the halls and over the walls of the school to satisfy their appetites.
But uh-oh! Looks like someone has tipped off the hall monitor, and now he’s on your tail! You’ll have to be extra sneaky to catch the fish before he confiscates all your ID cards.
Players will need to bring their precise, tactical flicking skills to this game. Finally, all those paper footballs you used to flick in school are coming in handy! There’s definitely an art to it so be sure to give yourselves a few practice rounds before the game starts.
Playing time: 30mins
As you may have gathered from the name, in this game players will create art from well, junk. You and your fellow traveling artists will be creating art installments throughout various cities. The cities chosen will determine how each round is played, and how players will be scored.
Within Junk Art, there are many mini-games and some will have you working collectively to create one massive tower, while others will pin players against one another. Use your nimble fingers to carefully stack the colorful, irregularly shaped pieces and create a work of art.
This game combines many common elements of popular dexterity games. It’s great for people of all ages and with ten game modes, it offers a high replay value.
Throw Throw Burrito
Playing time: 15mins
Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?
All that goes out the window with Throw Throw Burrito. It’s like mixing board game night with gym class dodgeball. So don’t play near the family china set or grandma’s favorite vase.
Rack up points as you collect cards and complete matching sets before the other players. When someone plays a burrito card the battle begins and you’ll need to duck, run, and jump to avoid being hit and losing your valuable points.
This game is quick, tons of fun, and will get everyone laughing. So, get to work on your throwing abilities and start sharpening those reflexes. They’ll come in handy for this game!
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Playing time: 10mins
Can you and your entire team of explorers escape the cursed temple and make your way to safety before it caves in on you? In Escape: The Curse of the Temple, you and your crew will have just 10 minutes to frantically find treasures, activate gems, and ultimately break the curse.
Players will simultaneously roll their dice as they explore the temple and discover new chambers. Every roll either gets you closer to unlocking a necessary combination of symbols needed to perform actions or leaves you with a dreaded curse, making it harder to achieve goals.
You’ll need to work together in this cooperative game because even if only one player is left in the temple, everyone loses. The game is timed with an accompanying soundtrack that only adds to the tension. This is a fast-paced and interactive game that will leave everyone in a frenzy as they aim for the perfect roll every time.
Playing time: 10mins
In the ultimate test of coordination, Klask combines foosball and air hockey components that will test your aim, reflexes, and precision. This compact parlor game resembles a mini air hockey table that you can bring virtually anywhere.
Your game piece is a magnetized handle that you’ll control from under the board as you maneuver the ball around in an attempt to score on your opponent and protect your own goal. There is an added challenge in this game as you try to avoid the three white magnets in the middle of the board that can end up costing you points.
This is a fantastic party game that you can take with you on the go. Bring it to picnics, parties, or game night to challenge your friends to a rapid match of agility and skill.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best action and dexterity board games. While some might think that board games are a sedentary activity, they don’t have to be! Get physical with your board games and try one of these awesome titles that help to fine-tune your motor skills.
Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.
Liz has no objections to being referred to as “nerdy.” Maybe it’s the educator in her — or her maturity level— but when it comes to board games, those best suited for children are the ones that spark her interest. When she’s not looking for the next game to incorporate into the classroom or play with her niece and nephew, you can find her trying out nature-themed games like Wildcraft or Trekking the National Parks.