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Best Board Games for Large Groups

Got a party coming up? Has your board game night gotten a little too popular? The good news is, you can rest assured that there are some fantastic games out there, specifically for larger groups. These games are larger than life for a large group! We’ve tried and tested these top 7 best board games for large groups!

Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for Large Groups

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Best Innovative

Captain Sonar
Captain Sonar’s mechanics are incredible and when you have a full group of players, it’s an intense game of cooperation and strategy.

Best Party

Codenames is always a hit at gatherings. The simple mechanics and hilarious conversations that spring up are great crowd-pleasers.

Best Overall

7 Wonders
7 Wonders is a classic strategy game in which all players build their own rival civilizations. For strategy, gameplay, and an awesome theme, it’s hard to beat.

#1. 7 Wonders

7 Wonders 6-Player Board Game

Players: 2-7
Playing time: 30min

You are a leader of one of the seven greatest cities of the Ancient World. Gather, Develop and affirm your great supremacy! 

7 Wonders is a game of strategy for larger groups. By drafting cards over multiple rounds (called Ages), you can carefully build to your end goal, build a city that’s wonder will transcend future times. 

With quick gameplay, everyone is still able to stay engaged regardless of how many ‘leaders’ there are. 7 Wonders is a unique blend of city-building and economic strategy with easy enough rules that all combine to make one of the greatest board games for large groups.

7 Wonders
  • For 3 to 7 players
  • 30 minute playing time
  • Great strategy game

#2. Sushi Go! Party

Sushi Go! Party Board Game

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 20min

A game of hot potato, or hot sushi?

Sushi Go! Party is essentially a card drafting and set collection game. Players are playing simultaneously, this is where the hot potato element comes in. With a fast play and players all playing at one time, Sushi Go! Party is hilariously fun. A platter of mega maki, endless edamame, and super sashimi is sure to appease larger appetites!

With the party pack, you get dozens of different dishes to customize your play. Add a game of Sushi Go! Party and let the good time roll!

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...

#3. Captain Sonar

Captain Sonar Board Game Box, Components, and Art

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 45-60min

A fun game of dueling submarines. What more do you need? 

In Captain Sonar, you’ll hunt subs in thrilling, real-time play! Players take on the role of captain, chief mate, engineer, or radio operator. With a little teamwork, you’ll find and destroy the enemy, all while escaping detection yourself. 

With many different mechanisms included, such as deduction, grid movement, and all with the option of simultaneous play, Captain Sonar is what Battleship dreams to be! 

Maps of various difficulty levels are included making this a great game for all skill levels and ages. Captain Sonar is a lively addition to any board gamer’s shelf.

Captain Sonar
  • A tense new game of dueling submarines for 2 to eight players
  • Each player takes on 1 of 4 roles on the submarine: Captain,...
  • Use your submarine's systems to find and destroy the enemy sub...

#4. Codenames

Codenames Board Game Expansions - XXL and Pictures

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 15min

Win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues! 

Codenames is a challenging but super fun social word game. Two rival spymasters know the secret identity of 25 agents. Teammates only know them by ‘codenames’. Compete to contact all your agents first!

Codenames is perfect for larger groups as it’s very easy to learn and great for all ages. Play a game with kids and adults.

Codenames is also a great game as an icebreaker, you’ll get to know people in no time. The bigger the group, the more you’ll be second-guessing. So get a large group together who’s up to the challenge and dodge the assassins!

Czech Games Codenames
Czech Games Codenames
Work together to contact all of your agents before the other team!; A perfect party game experience for game nights
$19.95 $15.97
CGE Czech Games Edition Codenames XXL
CGE Czech Games Edition Codenames XXL
Larger Format Cards; Larger box with Insert for upcoming XXL Versions; Still fits on your game table
$39.95 $35.99
Lark & Clam Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 - Game Night Party Board Game for Adults, Limited Edition
Lark & Clam Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 - Game Night Party Board Game for Adults, Limited Edition
Adults Only. Word Game; The 18+ Version Of The Smash Hit Game, Codenames; One of the best adult board games for parties and groups

#5. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Deception Murder Hong Kong Board Game Box and Components

Players: 4-12
Playing time: 20min

Find out who among you can see through the lies or is capable of not getting caught. 

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong is a fast-paced, whodunit, murder mystery game. Players find themselves in a scenario of murder, intrigue, and deception. One player is the murderer, secretly choosing his or her weapon, as well as what evidence to leave behind. Another is a forensic scientist who has great knowledge of the scene. 

The rest of the players are investigators, working tirelessly to solve the crime… but the killer is among them. The murderer must mislead and confuse all while not blowing their cover.

Are you capable of getting away with murder? (in the board game, of course.)

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  • Game includes 12 Role cards, 200 Clue cards, 90 Means cards, 32...
  • German (Publication Language)

#6. Mascarade

Mascarade Board Game Box and Components

Players: 2-13
Playing time: 30min

Attend a Renaissance masquerade and try to find out who is telling the truth and who is bluffing!

Mascarade is a fun party game of randomly dealt characters and costumed bluffing. You’ll start with six coins and try to be the first to 13 coins. With a fun added memory component, Mascarade will have a large group concentrating to remember character cards. 

Mascarade is an easy-to-learn game that’ll still keep you guessing after many times of play. The replayability makes this an awesome time each and every time! 

Get rich or die trying — this elegant game will have you questioning who you are.

  • A game of bluffs and characters
  • For 2 to 13 players
  • Playable in 30 minutes

#7. Coup

Coup Card Game Box and Components

Players: 2-6
Playing time: 15min

If secret identities, deduction, and deception interest you, Coup has all this in a dystopian universe. 

In a world where only a privileged few run and influence a government-run for profit, you must take command and destroy the influence of your rivals. Only one can survive.

Coup is a simple enough game of bluffing, making it a fantastic choice for large groups. Start by getting two cards and take one action with each turn. Last player standing wins! The more you play the better you understand the strategies that can be implemented. 

Put on your poker face and master the dystopian world of Coup.

  • Age Mfg. Minimum: 120.0 Months
  • For 2 to 6 players
  • Playable in 15 minutes


We hope you enjoyed our picks for best board games for large groups! With these large group board games, you can make sure no man is left behind. Let us know in the comments which of these games you’d love to play with friends or family!

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One Response

  1. Coup is NOT a game for large groups. I’m sorry, but 6 player maximum is not what a “large group” is.
    Not when a basic table game is 4 or 5 player, and you aren’t even a ‘group’ until 3.

    A large group starts at 8, minimum, and goes up into the teens. One Night Ultimate Werewolf scales up to 10 players. Standard (slower) Ultimate Werewolf goes up to 75 (though past 20 it’s unwieldly). Murder and Deception in Hong Kong – the ONE social game on your list hits 12.

    There are a ton of games for 8+ players, and yet this “large group” list is designed for “1-2 extra people showed up for game night, wut do?” scenarios.

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