30 Board Games that my Teenagers and Tweens Highly Recommend
Here is a list of 30 of our favourite board games that we enjoy as a family with tweens and teenagers. These are all games that are suitable for children over the age of 10, and a few of them as young as 7, so are ideal for tweens and teenagers. Some of them are technically card games but I’ve included them anyway because we highly recommend them. I have written comprehensive reviews on some of these games, to read more about them simply click on the links in the individual game descriptions below.
Some of these games are suitable for solo players while others we have adapted to play in groups of 20 people and more. There are a range of types of games here, from strategy to word games, drawing and brain puzzles, games that require speed and others that need lots of patience!
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I have realised lately why it is that teens typically don’t like playing games with their siblings – it seems to bring out the worst in my kids. Amazing how a 17 and 15 year old can suddenly lose 10 years of their lives in terms of behaviour. Games are an ideal training ground for learning basic manners. I suppose that’s a good thing, but as a result it’s not always easy to pursade them to play because they know there’s bound to be an argument at some stage, However, these are all games we have played together and they are willing to play again, even if we need to spend a bit of time being sent to our bedrooms afterwards (we the parents, I mean).
So, in no particular order,
Here is the list of 30 Board Games for Tweens and Teenagers:
Undoubtedly one of the funniest games we have played, Telestrations can be played with up to 8 players so is ideal for a large family or for a group of friends. This is a drawing game and the worse you can draw the better, or funnier. Suitable for 4-8 players aged 10 and up. Read my full review of Telestrations here. Buy your own Telestrations here*.
This is a timeless classic strategy game and has long been a personal favourite of mine so it’s great that the kids are keen to play too now. The aim is to build settlements on an island, to trade resources with the other players and to be the first to accrue 10 points. Suitable for 3-4 players aged 10 and up. Read my full review of Catan. Buy your own Catan game here*.
3. 7 Wonders
7 Wonders is a multiple award winning stategy game. Each player picks one of the ancient 7 wonders of the world and races their opponents to develop their commercial and military might. It took us a while to get to grips with the rules of this game but once we did we discovered it wasn’t as complicated to play as we first thought. Suitable for 2-7 players aged 10 and up.
This is another settlement building game which compared to 7 Wonders and Catan is a bit simpler to explain and easier to play for slightly younger kids. There are various characters in the game, including knights, robbers, monks and farmers. The aim is to have the most points at the end of the game by building the most. Suitable for 2-5 players, aged 7 and up.
Splendor is set in the time of the middle ages amongst merchant guilds. Players have to collect gemstones in order to buy resources. Once you have collected a specific amount, you will be visited by a noble patron and earn prestige. The winner is the first person to reach 15 points. Suitable for 2-4 players aged 10 and up. Read my full review of Splendor here.
Mysterium is a little bit like Cluedo but it is a collaborative game where everyone has to work together to solve the riddles in order to identify the the murderer. The characters in the game include a medium and ghosts but there’s nothing scary to frighten off younger players. The game also comes with an app so that you can play suitably eerie background music which lends to the air of mystery and intrigue. Ideal for 2-7 players aged 10 and up. Read my full review of Mysterium.
7. Bank Attack
Bank Attack is another collaborative game where players have to work together to crack open a safe while racing the clock and keeping their cool. The game requires batteries and comes with sound effects and each round becomes a little trickier as the voice commands speed up. It’s amazing how tense you can become in your efforts not to make a mistake and let the whole team down! Suitable for 2-4 players aged 7 and up. Read my full Bank Attack review.
8. Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a tactical game which comes in so many different location variations. We have the London version but you can find versions for a range of cities, countries or even continents. In this game opponents have to build train or bus routes while trying not to be blocked by the other players. Points are gained by completing routes. Suitable for 2-4 players aged 8 and up. Read my full Ticket to Ride review.
9. Trivial Pursuit
We have the travel version of this game which comes in a very handy portable box. I prefer this version to the full game as it is compact and has a couple of extra features that the original game doesn’t have such as block and steal cards which add an extra twist. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
10. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is set on a Polynesian archipelago, and looks like the movie Moana, so it feels like I am away on hols when I play it (a tiny bit). Players each have a tribe of explorers who have to claim the islands and their resources before the other tribes do. I have a full review of Blue Lagoon here on my blog.
Dixit is a beautifully illustrated story telling game which encourages imaginitive play. Players take turns to be the story teller and all the other players choose a card from their hand that best matches the story. Players then vote for which card they think belonged to the storyteller. Full review of Dixit. For 3-6 players aged 8 plus. (Currently free to download)
Dobble consists of a set of 55 cards each containing 8 symbols (and is technically a card game). There are 5 different ways you can play Dobble but the one we play most often is where players have to race one another to find a matching symbol on consecutive cards. This game is fast and great fun. Suitable for 2-8 players aged 6 and up. (Currently free to download)
Cortex is a little like Dobble in that players have to search cards for specific images or symbols, however, there is more variety in this game as it includes a range of different mental tasks such as reasoning, touch, colour, co-ordination, mazes and frequency. I love how the different challenges make it possible for people with different strengths to compete fairly, there is something for everyone to be good at in this game. Suitable for 2-6 players aged 8 plus. (Currently free to download)
Qwirkle is a little bit like Scrabble but with shapes and colours instead of letters. It’s a game that combines stategy and logic, players create sets by building on each other’s tiles. We love playing this multi-award winning game, it is also made from ethically sourced materials! For 2 or more players aged 6 and up.
15. The Game of Life
The Game of Life takes a while to learn all the rules and can take a while to play too (although you can set the length of the the game) but once you get the hang of it it’s a great game to come back to on long rainy afternoons. Players take a journey in a little car/boat/plane across various different lands as they create a life for themselves from starting a career all the way through to retirement. Build your family and gather pets while encountering various surprises along the way. For 2-6 players aged 8 and up.
16. Don’t Say It
Don’t Say it is similar to games such as Tabboo and Articulate where players have to describe an object or an action before the times runs out and without using certain words. There is a beeper in this game which speeds up just before it goes off which lends a huge element of stress to the game! (We play it without the beeper too). This is a team game for two or more teams aged 6 plus.
17. Last Word
When you were in primary school did you play a game called the Alphabet game (my kids call it Stop the Bus now) on a sheet of paper divided up into columns with different topics? I loved that game! Last Word is a board game version of this. Players have to come up with words starting with the same letter, all under a specific category and under a random time limit. The randomness of the buzzer makes this game unpredictable and makes it easier for different ages to compete fairly. The letter and category changes on every round. This game is suitable for 2-8 players aged 10 and up.
Mastermind is another classic from my childhood and one that continues to be brilliant. Two players take turns using logic to crack a colour code set by their opponent. The newer versions have a wider colour range that the original game. Suitable for 2 players aged 7 and up.
19. Game of Things
We have played Game of Things in a group of about 20 people as it can easily be adapted to a large group. A topic is drawn from the deck of cards, all players write down their answers and submit them to the reader (who changes on every round), players then take turns to guess who wrote which answer. The answers are often hilarious! For 4 and more players aged 8 and up.
Pipleine is a 3D construction game where players have to build a pipe from one side of the board to the other while dodging their opponents’ pipes. The hitch is you can only play the pipe piece that is determined by a dice roll, and your opponents may block your pipeline at any stage. Pipeline can be played by players as young as 4 years old and is suitable for 2-4 players.
Rapiddough is similar to Pictionary in that you have to illustrate a word for your team members to guess, while racing the opposite teams, but instead of drawing, you have to create the image out of playdough. This is a great team game as you can have as many people in a team as you want. Suitable for 4 or more players aged 8 and up.
Boggle is a clever wordsearch game consisting of 16 dice covered in letters rather than numbers. Players shake the dice in a holder that also doubles as a grid to hold the letters in place. Players then have to look at the letters and find as many words as they can within the time limit. This game has been around since my own childhood and we still enjoy playing it as a family. Because we play with a wide range of ages, we give the younger players a handicap of a few extra points on each round to make it a little bit more fair. Suitable for ages 8 and up this game can be played with 1 to as many players as you have.
Upwords is like a 3D version of Scrabble! The aim of this game is to score the most points by building words but you can stack words on top of one another and even alter words already played. I have to confess I prefer this to the original Scrabble game. Suitable for ages 8 and up, you can play this game on your own or with up to 4 players.
24. 30 Seconds
30 Seconds is played in teams and is like Charades, but with a timer. It is similar to 5 Second Rule in that you have to name a number of words within a set time. You can play with as few as 3 players, but the more players you have, the more fun the game. This game comes in a junior (age 7 and up) or standard editions (age 12 and up).
I did love this game when I was younger and I still do. Nowadays it looks a bit different and this version has a new character. By deciphering clues, players have to figure out who murdered the victim, in which room the murder took place and what weapon was used. Suitable for 2-6 players aged 8 plus.
I really did NOT like playing Monopoly as a child, but now I enjoy it and so do my kids. The aim is to be the richest person on the board by trading property. The game comes in a range of variations nowadays – not just London – you may be able to find a version relating to your local city. In fact there are so mnay versions of this game (versions include Roald Dahl, KISS, 007, G.O.T, Fortnite, Mario Kart, Pokemon) it may be hard to find the original! Monopoly comes in versions which are suitable for younger kids too but the classic game is suitable for 2-6 players aged 8 plus.
27. Exploding Kittens
Ok, I have to confess I don’t actually understand this game, but my kids think it’s hilarious and it’s one of their favourites, especially my son. The description on the box says “A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats”. So that says it all! It’s a bit like Uno I think. For 2-5 players aged 7 and up.
I am useless at Scrabble, my husband always beats me! The aim is to score the highest number of points by building words on a board that intersect with existing words already placed from a selection of 7 tiles in your hand at a time. The original Scrabble is for ages 10 plus and for 2-4 players, however, you can also buy this game in versions that are suitable for younger players.
This a a great game if you are good at spotting details. Pictureka consists of 9 large double sided tiles which are illustrated with hundreds of small images and on each round players have to either: find 5 five of the same thing within 30 seconds, be the first to spot a specific object on all the tiles, or find an object on your tile alone. Suitable for 2 or more players aged six plus.
Downfall has been around for over 30 years and has been redesigned since I was a little girl, I still love it though as it’s such a clever little game. Two players take turns to turn cogs so that their coins can make their way from the top of the game to the bottom. The trick is your opponent may be turning the same cogs into postitions that jeopardise your progress. Suitable for 2 players aged 7 plus.
So this list contained only 30 Board Games for Tweens and Teenagers but there are loads more! How many of these games have your tweens or teenagers played? Would you add any to the list?