Best Board Games for Teens & Teenagers

Looking for a way to get your teens off of their phones and tablets? Cut down the screen time with these fun and exciting board games. We’ve made a list of a few classics as well as some newer board games. 

There’s a mass of board games out there to bring teens back to a fun (and educational) pastime. Some of the top games on the market have unique fun adventures to draw you in and make you a board game enthusiast for life.

In a world where screen time can be isolating, board games can foster socialization and help teens come out of their shells. So, whether for a board game group at school, family fun, or an enthusiastic solo gamer, here is a list of some of the top board games for teens and teenagers.

? Our Picks for Best Board Games for Teens

In a hurry? Check out our favorites below!

Best Educational

Evolution
Evolution is well thought out, highly competitive, and uses concepts and techniques that teens should be learning in their science class. Evolution is a great way for future biologists to have some fun.

Best Lightweight

Tsuro
Tsuro is a simple path-building game that I could literally play for hours. Simple to play and endlessly entertaining, it’s perfect for any gaming gathering.

Best Overall

Betrayal at House on the Hill
Betrayal has almost every horror trope imaginable from Scooby-Doo to Night of the Living Dead. There’s something for everyone (and it’s especially fun being the traitor).

#1. Villainous 

Disney Villainous Board Game Box and Components

Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 50mins

Villainous is a game in which sinister intentions will win you the title of most Villainous. Play as iconic Disney villains you love to hate like Captain Hook, Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, Queen of Hearts, and Prince John… and the worst takes all.

To start, players take control of a villain. Each villain comes with its own set of action cards, fate cards, and a board of its own. For your character to win the game, they must defeat their nemesis.

For example, Captain Hook must defeat Peter Pan, Ursula defeats Ariel, etc. Strategy is of the utmost importance in the race for your villain to finish first, making it a great choice for Disney fans, as well as strategy enthusiasts.  

Whether you are a devoted Disney fan or just looking for a fun game to play with friends and family, Disney Villainous will have you fulfilling your vilest and most evil schemes.

Disney Villainous
  • Characters you love - In this asymmetric board game, choose from...
  • Great for Disney fans and families - Whether you're playing with...
  • Clear instructions - Easy to learn with clear instructions! Each...

#2. Pandemic

Pandemic Board Game Featured Image

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 45mins

In Pandemic, players gather a team of experts together to prevent outbreaks and save the world. As a skilled member of the team, your job is to cooperate with players to gather resources and treat infections. 

Players have to work together to save the world, from four diseases that threaten the world. Each player has a set of special skills that the team should use to their advantage. A truly cooperative board game, teenagers will have to learn to work together too. 

For even more cooperative, world-saving fun, check out the best Pandemic expansions too!

The end is neigh… can you save the world before it collapses into pandemic mayhem?

Pandemic
  • STRATEGY GAME: Players must work together playing to their...
  • COOPERATIVE BOARD GAME: Only through teamwork will you keep the...
  • WORK TOGETHER AND SAVE HUMANITY: Four diseases threaten the...

#3. Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Board Game

Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 30-60mins

Ticket to Ride is an exciting route-building game in which players can dive into the world of train travel! A perfect gateway game to introduce teens into the world of board games, this game is very easy to teach and learn, understandably making it a modern classic. Ticket to Ride has a high replay value in which players draw cards, collect train cars, and try to create the most (and best) routes possible.

With so many expansions available like Europe, Asia, The Heart Of Africa, or even Nederland, teens can see even more of the world by train.

A top card-drafting game, ‘travel’ the world one train at a time!

#4. Sushi Go! Party

Sushi Go! Party Board Game

It’s party time! Sushi Go! Party is the party platter of endless edamame, super sashimi, and mega maki. Sate your appetite and find the winning combination of sushi in this party expansion pack.

Sushi! Go! Party has similar gameplay as the original but now you can choose over 20 different types of foods from the ala carte menu. This game follows the same pick-and-pass rules with each player choosing a card to keep and a card to pass to the left. The goal is to have the best combination as they whiz by. 

This deluxe box can bring a lot of replayability and flexibility with the number of players. Sushi Go! Party is a fast-paced party game to introduce teens to the world of board games.

Sushi Go Party!
  • It's a party! This party platter of Mega make, super sashimi, and...
  • Sushi go! For larger appetites! You still earn points by picking...
  • Customize your difficulty level! This deluxe edition features...

#5. Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens Header

Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 15mins

Exploding Kittens has sold over 9 million copies worldwide. This extremely popular game will have you laughing in stitches. 

Described as a “highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette,” players take turns until someone gets the exploding-kitten card and loses. But don’t worry, no need to explode just yet, defuse cards and other distraction cards can help save you. 

The funny card names like catnip sandwiches, kitten yoga, and laser pointers keep players laughing as they strategically play to win the ultimate kitty title! So if your teenager is into explosions, kittens, or just looking for a bit of fun, this is a perfect choice!

Exploding Kittens
  • A Kitty-Powered Russian Roulette Card Game - The hit party game...
  • Game Of The Year Award Winner - More than 10 million copies sold,...
  • A Simple Card Game for Kids and Adults - Perfect for all...

#6. Codenames

Codenames Board Game Expansions - XXL and Pictures

Players: 2-8
Playing Time: 15mins

A team-based spy game that’s perfect for a teenage get-together, Codenames is a highly-cooperative game that encourages teamwork between players.

Codenames involves two team leaders, known as the Spymasters, who know the identities of all 25 spies. With prompts by the Spymasters, players have to contact all of their field agents before the other team does. 

Spymasters agonize over what clues to give while players struggle to make logic of them. Codenames is a memory and deduction game that brings a lot of hilarity to a quick 15 minutes of play.

#7. Catan

Catan Board Game

Players: 3-4
Playing Time: 60-120mins

A giant in the board game world, Catan is a fantastic addition to your board game collection. It’s a multi-award-winning game that’s been in print for two decades straight with expansions to explore even more of the world of Catan. 

Catan has a very high replay value, meaning more bang for your bucks. In Catan, 3 to 4 players build their roads, settlements, and cities to be the dominant force on the board. 

Players trade, build and settle to compete for victory points. But beware! Robbers can give a player the chance to steal a card when a 7 is rolled. No two games are alike in Catan. This game gives teens an opportunity to learn some basic board game strategy skills.

Catan can teach players to use foresight and develop long-term strategy skills. This game is an absolute must for family game nights or an enthusiastic board game group at school.

Catan
  • STRATEGY GAME: Trade, build and settle the Island of CATAN in...
  • FUN GAME WITH COUNTLESS REPLAY OPPORTUNITIES: The completely...
  • BUILD AND/OR JOIN A COMMUNITY: Whether you play as a family, a...

#8. Escape Room: The Game

Escape Room The Game Box and Components

Players: 3-5
Playtime: 60mins

Can you keep cool under pressure? Escape Room: The Game will throw you into a scenario filled with thrills and mystery. Included are 3 unique rooms to test your problem-solving skills!

Escape Room is a cooperative game that’ll have players working together to escape while racing against the clock. Find clues, solve puzzles, and work together to find your way out of the room before the 60 minutes are up. 

Included in the Escape Room are, Secret Agent, The Dentist, and Space Station. Each is uniquely designed with varying difficulty levels, making it a great game for different levels of players. Teach teens teamwork skills with this win-together/lose-together game!

Escape Room: The Game
  • ESCAPE ROOM FUN AT HOME: Now your friends and family can...
  • RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK: You have 60 minutes to enter the correct...
  • 3 EXCITING ESCAPE ROOMS: Features 3 thrilling escape rooms with...

#9. Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal Board Game Featured Image

Players: 3-6 

Playing Time: 60mins

“Tile by tile, terror by terror, build your own haunted mansion- and then try to escape.”

Betrayal at House on the Hill will have even the biggest horror fans shaking in their boots. Essentially a hidden traitor game (disguised as a cooperative game, the game is quick to build suspense and excitement from the get-go.

Players discover haunted rooms tile by tile, room by room. With 50 different types of scenarios, Betrayal at House on the Hill has a high replay value and allows players to get creative with their hauntings and escapes. 

When discovering the house, players need to work together because you don’t know what could be awaiting you in each room, that is, until the house turns one of the players against the group. 

Lay down your first tile, take a deep breath… it could be your last.

Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Tile by tile, terror by terror, build your own haunted mansion -...
  • With 50 blood-curdling scenarios, each trip to the house on the...
  • Players must work together to survive the nightmare.

#10. Unstable Unicorns

Unstable Unicorns Card Game

“Build a Unicorn Army. Betray Your Friends. Unicorns are Your Friends Now.”

Intrigued? I knew I was sold on this game just by reading the description. Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game that claims to ruin friendships…. but like, in a good way? Weed out your friendships with destruction and unicorns!

How to play this magnificent game? Well, the aim is to collect 7 unicorn cards in your play area, also known as the stable. Get it? ‘Unstable’ from the word stable? Very clever. 

A race to the finish keeps the pace of the game fast and interesting. With over 20 different adorable unicorn cards, the game has a high replay value. Build your stable and try to avoid the well-played ‘Neigh!’ card. 

Unstable Unicorns will have your teens laughing while also learning strategy skills second-to-none while causing Genghis Khan to roll over in his grave.

Unstable Unicorns
  • Build a Unicorn Army. Betray Your Friends. Unicorns are Your...
  • Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game that will destroy your...
  • The game was one of Kickstarter’s top 100 most backed projects...

#11. Blokus

Blokus Strategy Board Game

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 20mins 

Blokus, pronounced ‘block us’ is a tile placement and area enclosure game. This game is a perfect strategy-building game for teens or the whole family. 

With Tetris-shaped color pieces, players take turns placing one of their 21 pieces, the catch is that each piece must touch the same color but only in the corner! 

A super-easy game to learn, Blokus will have players claiming their territory all while trying to block their opponents. The player with the lowest number wins the game!

Receiving a Mensa Award for healthy brain activity, Blokus helps teens develop their strategy skills as well as offering a healthy amount of fun.

Blokus
  • Perfect strategy game for the whole family – less than a minute...
  • Players take turns placing their 21 pieces on the board: each...
  • Stake your claim and protect your territory by fitting as many of...

#12. Evolution

Evolution Board Game Art Header

Players: 2- 6

Playing time: 60mins

With food being scarce and predators roaming around, adapt your species to evolve. It’s survival of the fittest and only the strong survive!

Personality traits really come through with this versatile game: some players can cause havoc with carnivorous creatures while others choose to stay protected and keep to themselves as herbivores. The different playing styles create a great synergy to the evolution of species. 

With over 12,000 species to choose from, adapt, eat, multiple, and thrive!

Evolution
  • Award-Winning: Evolution is the multi-award winning stand-alone...
  • Adapt Your Species: Food is scarce and predators roam. So...
  • Vivid Artwork: Created by world renown nature artist Catherine...

#13. 7 Wonders / 7 Wonders: Duel

7 Wonders 6-Player Board Game

7 Wonders
Players: 2-7
Playing Time: 30mins

7 Wonders: Duel
Players: 2
Playing Time: 30mins

Build a civilization and sharpen your military skills all at the same time! In 7 Wonders, players work to develop their cities economically, scientifically, culturally, and militarily. As a great leader of the Ancient World, this game is a simple introduction to the necessary components needed for civilizational prosperity. 

Tweens and teens will enjoy 7 Wonders as there’s little down-time. And because of the many cards and boards, it can feel new and exciting each time you play. 

If some one-on-one playing is more your speed, why not try 7 Wonders: Duel? It’s very similar to its parent game, but as the title says, it’s for 2 players. There are fun added mechanisms to the game like ‘tug of war’ and a sudden death ending which keeps the two players on their toes. 

Whether you are looking for a group game or one-on-one, 7 Wonders will teach teenagers the importance of strategy development in society as well as having loads of fun.

#14.  On a Scale of One to T-Rex

On a Scale of 1 to T-Rex Board Game Box and Cards

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 15mins

From the creators of Exploding Kittens, On a Scale of One to T-Rex is a good game for the worst charades players. 

Players are given action and intensity cards to act out. The action cards are known by all players, but ‘shhhh’ intensity cards are a secret. The goal is to find out who has the same level of intensity as you. 

In the midst of meows, dancing, and even yodeling, players will find their intensity level match.

This family-friendly game is a great way for teens to socialize and gain confidence in a safe environment.

On a Scale of One to T-Rex
  • From the creators of Exploding Kittens (9+ million games sold)...
  • Warning: exploding kittens party games may cause excessive levels...
  • Game objective: the group is given three cards to act out (not a...

#15. Star Realms / Hero Realms

Star Realms & Hero Realms Board Games Logos and Art

Star Realms
Players: 2
Playing time: 20mins

Hero Realms
Players: 2-4
Playing time: 20-30mins

Practice your outer space combat skills in the once-thriving cities of the Trade Federation. Star Realms is a sci-fi deck-building game that gives you the opportunity to destroy an interstellar empire with galactic annihilation and all within 20 minutes. 

Star Realms is a very easy-to-learn two-player game that you’ll want to play again and again. This game combines card drafting, card trading, and deck-building, allowing for some strategy and plan of attack. 

Loved Star Realms, but looking to add more players? A part of the Star Realm family is Hero Realms which can have up to 4 players. Hero Realms is an adaptation of its parent game. As the name suggests, it has a fantasy-theme, filled with wizards, clerics, fighters, and even thieves too.

Hero Realms follows the same idea of gaining cards of gold and resources to attack your opponents. When you’ve reduced your opponent’s score to zero, you win! 

Star Realms and Hero Realms are great games for teenagers who love all things sci-fi/fantasy!

#16. Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito Board Game Box and Components

Players: 2-6 players
Playing time: 15mins

The world’s first dodgeball card game: Throw Throw Burrito. You read that right, Exploding Kittens creators are back at it again and have created an epic card game in which you also get to throw burritos at your opponents (they are squishy toy burritos, but it’s still satisfying). 

How to play a card game of dodgeball? Burritos and cards are laid on the table. Players have to collect matching cards to earn points before the other team. Burrito cards can be played for a burrito battle to ensue and to steal your opponent’s points. 

Declare war against your classmates, neighbors, or whoever you think would be fun to throw burritos at! Sidenote: A Burrito Duel can be called. Two players stand back to back, walk 3 steps, and fire! What could be more enticing than a Burrito Duel?

Throw Throw Burrito
  • The World’s First Dodgeball Card Game - Collect matching sets...
  • A Game by Exploding Kittens - Creators of award-winning,...
  • A Simple and Easy Game for Kids and Adults - Clear some space and...

#17. Azul

Azul Family Board Game

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 30-45min

Azul is for the decorators and pattern-makers among us. Players take turns drafting beautifully-colored tiles and placing them on the board. Once tiles are on the board, players try to create particular patterns for extra points. The player with the most points wins. 

Super easy, right? 

Although the game starts off pretty relaxed, once the tiles fill up and patterns need to be made, the game can start to get pretty intense. 

Azul is great for teenagers as the rules are easy to understand but it still requires strategy and thinking ahead to plan your patterns. Give Azul a try and mosaic your way to victory.

Azul
  • TILE PLACEMENT GAME: Azul is a tile placement game in which...
  • STRATEGY BOARD GAME: Draft tiles from a central market and place...
  • COMPETITIVE AND CHALLENGING: Every tile you claim affects what...

#18. Tsuro

Tsuro Board Game

Players: 2-8
Playing Time: 15-20mins 

In Tsuro, all players are dragons fiercely flying over the land and creating routes. With each play, the board changes making it a versatile and unique game. 

In its design, Tsuro is beautifully simple. Lay down a tile to move your token along a path. Although the game may be simple, it can become tricky when you have to rethink your tile placement strategies.

Tsuro is a network-building strategy board game that seems new and different each time you play. The game is great for teenagers as it’s simple to learn and play all while being challenging depending on who you play.

Simple, sweet, and fun — channel your inner dragon with Tsuro!

Tsuro
  • Calliope Presents: An award winning game that is fun for any...
  • Family Strategy Game: The board changes every time you play the...
  • Never the same game twice: The Path is an ever-changing mystery....

#19. Cranium: Dark

Cranium Dark Board Game

Players: 3+
Playing time: Until 7 cards are collected by a player

Cranium styles itself as the ‘party game for people who want to act up.’ Cranium: Dark is not for the shy among us. Can you act like a zombie while trying to act out milking a cow? Could your friends possibly guess what you’re doing? 

Cranium: Dark will have you and your friends in stitches trying to figure out the Cranium and action cards. With bonus cards such as the Outrageous actions, players need to correctly guess other players’ actions and collect the card. The first player that collects 7 cards wins!

Host an awesome game night or play Cranium: Dark at a party!

Cranium: Dark
  • The Party Game for People Who Want to Act Up
  • The game you play after dark
  • Great for game night with friends

#20. Smart Ass

Smart Ass Board Game Board and Box

Players: 2-8|
Playing time: 30mins

If your teen is anything like I was in my teenage years, this game has a fitting title. Smart Ass is a game for those players who love to shout out answers, even when it’s not their turn. 

For the ultimate trivia enthusiast, Smart Ass follows four question categories; Who am I? Where am I? What am I? and Hard Ass! Answers the questions to become the ultimate Smart Ass. 

Smart Ass is a fast-paced game with 500 different questions. There are also clues that can help you answer questions. With cute ‘ass’ (donkey) pieces to move around the board, Smart Ass will have your teens in hysterics, all while learning some fun facts!

Smart Ass
  • Play Smart Ass, the game where it's OK to yell out the answer,...
  • Be the first to answer the Who, What, and Where Am I questions,...
  • A fast-paced party game for 2 - 6 players, ages 12 and up

Wrap-Up

We hope you enjoyed our picks for best board games for teens!

Whether you are looking for some serious strategy or a little silliness there’s a screen-free board game out there for teenagers to enjoy! From solving pandemics to throwing burritos, everyone can be entertained. Let us know which fun game your teens enjoyed playing! Drop a comment below.

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