Top 10 Party Board Games of All-Time

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While many things go in and out of style with the crazy technology that exists today, the classic appeal of party board games still exists for many people out there. Even if you haven’t played a board game in years, you may just want to head over to the store to grab one once the idea is placed into your head. Here is a list of the top ten party board games of all time.

1. Pictionary

Pictionary Party Board Games

This one is definitely an oldie but goodie. Pictionary has been around for years, but it remains a great game for providing entertainment. Whether you’re with friends, family, or even younger kids, this drawing-guessing game appeals to just about everyone. And don’t worry – you might not be an artist, but sometimes the worst drawers are the most entertaining.

2. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples Party Board Games

Over the past few years, this board game seems to have become all the rage. If you’re out of the loop, the concept is something like this. One set of cards lists some kind of adjective such as “scary” or “disgusting.” Another set of cards lists nouns or short phrases like “going to church” or “Will Smith.” What do you do? See the adjective and decide which one of your “noun” cards matches perfectly – or is at least the funniest. There are loads of variations on this game, too, so try to do a quick search online if you’re looking to shake things up.

3. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity Party Board Games

This one’s a bit similar to Apples to Apples, but it has a slightly terrible twist. There are two sets of cards: one set has a statement (like “What are my parents hiding from me?”) and one set has an answer or response (such as “Harry Potter erotica”). As you can see from that example, this game is known for being politically incorrect and vulgar at times. However, it seems to be a crowd pleaser. The catch phrase of the game? It’s a party game for horrible people.

4. Taboo

Taboo Party Board Games

If you’re a fan of loud games where people are shouting all over the place, you’ll want to get Taboo. In this board game, the group is divided into teams. The object of the game is to get your teammates to guess a word without using the “taboo” words to describe it. It’s loud, fun, and sure to create a good time full of hysterical laughter.

5. Balderdash

Balderdash Party Board Games

This one’s another option that is sure to create quite a lot of laughter. Balderdash is a fun group game in which a very odd question is asked, such as the definition for a word you’ve probably never heard of, and then the players must try to whip up a believable answer. Each person then takes turns in guessing which answer is correct, with the actual right response tossed in the mix. You’ll be amazed what some people will come up with!

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6. Twister

Twister Party Board Games


This one’s another classic on the list, and it feels so wrong to even think about leaving out! If you’re not into games where you just sit around, definitely grab Twister. I’m sure everyone knows how to play, so I won’t bother explaining, but you’ll certainly get active and moving around with this old school board game.

7. Scattergories

Scattergories Party Board Games

Another one for those who like to use their mind and be clever, Scattergories is a game in which a lot of thinking takes place. How to play? Roll the dice and see which letter it lands on. Then, you must think of an answer for each part of the list that begins with that letter. Examples? Type of sandwich. City in the US. Famous movie star. This one’s a lot of fun, but it might not be appropriate for a big party in which everyone’s chatting – it actually requires a lot of concentration and thought! For the right situation, however, it’s a load of fun!

8. Cranium

Cranium Party Board Games

This game is the ultimate mix. It’s sort of like Pictionary, Charades, and Trivial Pursuit all came together and had a baby. That’s why it’s so great! Everyone has their specialty, whether it’s drawing or acting or trivia, and this board game hits on all of those – so it’s fun for everyone! There are several varieties of Cranium out there, so check the line out next time you head to the store.

9. Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase Party Board Games

Another on the spot word game, Catch Phrase is a game in which one member of the team must give out clues to get the other members to guess a word. It’s sort of like Taboo, but there aren’t any taboo words! The fun part is that you’re on a timer, and when the buzzer goes off, you don’t want to be the one left with the game in hand! This is a great game for a bigger group of people, and it’s fun for all ages!

10. Curses!

Curses! Party Board Games

In this board game, the main point is that you acquire a list of wacky curses (or rules) throughout the game which impede on your progress. You’ll be given a challenge card (something like “demonstrate what you would do if you were being attacked by an angry raccoon”), but there’s a twist. You’ll have an added curse of doing the challenge with a tricky bit involved (like “keep your hands in fists the entire time”). It may not seem all that hard, but give this game a go and you’ll reconsider that!

So there you have it! The ten board games above will keep you and your party guests entertained for hours, and there’s definitely a game for every type of person on the list. Whether you’re looking for a laugh out loud ruckus inducing game or want something more thought provoking, board games offer a little bit of everything!

What are your favorite party board games? Have you played any on our list?



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Written by Liz Krivonak

Liz is a recent college graduate who has always had a thing for writing. She loves bright colors, ice cream, rainy days, and sharing her thoughts with the internet world.

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