Board games are for kids, right? If I’m an adult, I can’t be seen sitting around a table with my other adult friends and playing Monopoly, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, tabletop games have evolved beyond the days of the process of rolling dice and tapping your little metallic dog up and down a sheet of cardboard.
That being said, when it comes to searching for the best adult board games on the webby web, like most categories you will get varied results. Most often you will probably find games that are sexual in nature. While these may be the type of adult games you are searching for, we here at bestboardgameslist.com realize that there are also other types of adult games people may want.
During our research we found that there are generally a few different categories of adult board games that people are looking for. To help you find the right one for your needs, we’ve broken them down into three major subcategories,
Best Adult Board Games Subcategories
Games for couples, or rather, groups of couples. These games are great for small get togethers where everybody may not necessarily know each other.
Just for 2 adult games made just for an individual couple. These games can often be a bit sexual in nature, but not all of them (as you’ll see below).
Adult party games, these games are usually played by groups of friends that don’t mind getting a little rowdy. Some vulgarity may be involved, but that’s okay, it’s a party!
Our list of the best adult board games is broken down by each subcategory and as always we will be providing our personal favorites from each below.
|Best Adult Games||Age yrs||Players||Best For||Playtime||Rating 1-5 (stars)|
|Cards Against Humanity||17+||4~30||Party||30 min||5|
|The Settlers of Catan||10+||3~4||Party||90 min||4.5|
|Smart Ass||12+||2~8||Couples/Party||30 min||4.5|
|Loaded Questions||13+||3~6||Party||45 min||4.5|
|Adult HedBanz Game||13+||2~6||Couples/Party||30 min||4.5|
|Wits & Wagers||10+||3~7||Party||25 min||4.5|
|Battle Of The Sexes Board Game||16+||2~8||Couples||45 min||4|
|SEXXXtions - The Hilarious NEW Adult Party Game that turns TMI into Too Much Fun!||18+||5~8||Couples, Party||30 min||4.5|
|WHAT'S THE LINK? Board Game||13+||2~10||Couples, Party||30 min||4.5|
|What's Yours Like? - The Game That Tells it Like it Is||12+||4||Party||30min||4.5|
|5 Second Rule - Just Spit it Out!||10+||3~99||Party||15 min||4.5|
|XXXopoly - Adult Board Games||18+||2||Just for 2||45 min||4|
|'Table Topics - Couples, Blue'||18+||2||Just for 2||15 min||4.5|
|Adult Loaded Questions||18+||4~6||Party||45 min||4|
|Shot Glass Roulette - Drinking Game Set (Comes With 2 Balls and 16 Shot Glasses)||21+||2~16||Couples, Party||15 min||4|
|Curses||12+||3~6||Couples, Party||30 min||4.5|
|I've Never Board Game Adult Version||21+||2~8||Couples, Party||45 min||4.5|
Our Favorite Adult Board Games!
Best Adult Board Game For Couples – Wits and Wagers: Party Edition
This is a game based on numbers, which can be intimidating to some, but this game is much friendlier than it first appears. In Wits and Wagers, you are asked trivia questions that will always have an answer with a numeric value. So, the question will be something along the lines of “How long is the Great Wall of China?” Now, there are a handful of people in the world that will know the exact answer to that question. But, for most of us, we just know that the number is big.
Everyone writes their guess on a card which is then revealed. Players will then bet on which answer they believe is closest to correct. So, the game isn’t about who knows the answers to these questions, if anything it’s about who places the smartest bets and has the best instincts.
It’s for this reason that Wits and Wagers is completely non-exclusionary. Sure, you don’t know the answer to that trivia question, no one does. We’re all just guessing, betting, and making fun of everyone else’ guesses and bets. This game plays anywhere from 4-20 players, and is easily customized to be played in teams. So if you’ve got 10 couples, you may want to try and pair everybody up and play around of 10 teams.
This game is also extremely family friendly, so don’t be afraid to have it out at your next family get together. boardgamegeek.com rated 7 of 10.
Best Just for 2 Adult Board Game – Table Topics: couples
This is an interesting couples game in that it isn’t a game by traditional standards. Table Topics is non-competitive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. The game is simple, but unique. Meant to be played just between partners, Table Topics is a stack of cards with questions on them. These questions revolve around trying to get a conversation started, with some of them being a bit more invasive than others. The questions can range from silly to interesting to surprisingly illuminating.
There is a bit of a caveot here: this game seems to be built primarily for established couples that are already in a very intimate relationship. With questions like “have you ever cheated on a lover” or “Which sexual activity would you like to try if there were no negative consequences” there is opportunity here for conflict if the couple is not extremely comfortable with each other. When playing this with my longtime girlfriend, I was able to avoid any frightening amount of tension from the questions, but the concern is there.
The most interesting thing I noticed happening when playing this game was that there were some cards that started us on a conversation that ends somewhere that looks nothing like the beginning. You’ll notice that one of you just ends up on a tangent, the other starts asking more questions, and soon enough you’ve forgotten that you’re playing a game at all. You’re just jabbering.
If you’re in a relationship that feels like it may be getting a bit stale, these questions ought to spark an interesting conversation. If you’ve just started dating someone and feel like this would be a great way to start an interrogation, then this game may not be for you, especially if you’re not ready for a few honest answers. I recommend this game to couples that feel like they’ve talked about everything and aren’t afraid of hearing about what may end up being some of the messier details of someone’s past.
Best Board Game For Adult Parties – Cards Against Humanity
See our previous review of Cards Against Humanity Here.