Family game nights are fun, competitive, and absolutely unquestionably necessary for the perfect night in. (Bonding is a big deal.) Pick your teammates wisely, roll the dice with confidence, and be prepared to channel your super competitive side that the rest of the fam will just have to deal with. These epic family board games of 2020 are so worth it.
We scoured through Amazon for the highest-rated family board games that promise a crazy good time – from your favorite classics to popular new releases. You can get nostalgic with Chutes and Ladders or dig into uncharted territory with games like Don’t Step In It. Each of these will get the whole family cheering, jumping, and bonding in the best way.
IT’S MONOPOLY 2.0
Okay, so, Monopoly is fun. But Monopoly Fortnite Edition? Next level. Everybody in the fam better put on their competition hats because this game involves a *fight to the death* battle. There are loot chest items, 27 Fortnite outfits complete with pawn stands, and you’ll all be avoiding the terrifying Storm together. May the best player (aka you) win the game.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHT AND CONQUER GAME
Let’s kick the competition up a few levels. In this version of Risk, players create their own armies and head straight into a ferocious battle. Winners and losers are determined by a roll of the dice, so don’t forget to give yours a lucky blow. Oh yeah, and everyone has their own secret mission, so trust no one.
AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE
Want to feel super nostalgic? Get down with a game of Life. It’s just as fun as you remember: Players choose from 31 career cards, spin to win, and pick very cool vacations spots (because if we can’t actually slip on our swimsuits and sun in Bermuda, at least we can pretend). Whoever ends up with the most cash in the end wins, so let those paper dolla dolla bills roll in.
BRING ON THE POOP EMOJI
Who knew a game that involves sparkly poop piles could be so much fun? (We know, but trust us with this one.) Basically, you and your kids place bright clay (aka unicorn poop) on a floor mat and then try to avoid stepping in it, all while walking blindfolded. This is the one and only time that poop on the floor is actually a really fun, good thing. Kids like it.
FOOD + GAMES = ALL THE FUN
You and your tribe are about to put your motor skills to the test. There’s a Yeti in a bowl of fake spaghetti and you have to get rid of all the noodles without disturbing the creature. The winner gets bragging rights and also should probably earn their own bowl of delicious, Yeti-free spaghetti.
BECOME QUEEN FOR THE DAY
This game is perfect for all ages, super fun, and – big, big bonus points – really easy to learn. Basically, there’s a town called Machi Koro, you’re the mayor, and your family has to figure out how to run everything smoothly all while managing fussy residents, a theme park, and income collection. The city-building card and dice game has become massively popular.
SETTLERS OF CATAN: KID EDITION
Obsessed with Settlers of Catan? Selfishly want to turn your kids into fans so you have built-in fellow players for life? Snag Catan Junior Edition. It’s the same fun of the original, just slightly less complicated for youngsters. Prepare for swashbucklers, hideouts, a Spooky Island, and a very mysterious Ghost Captain.
BATHROOM HUMOR, FTW
Let’s be real: Toilet humor can be pretty funny no matter what age you are. So, yeah, the whole family is probably going to laugh when they dive into the Toilet Trouble game, a very silly adventure that involves flushing, spraying, and a roll of toilet paper. You can conveniently leave the room when the spraying part happens.
9. Mancala Game
COUNTING IS FUN
Want to very, very subtly improve your child’s counting skills? Get them hooked on Mancala. This game is all about counting, collecting, and capturing gemstones. The player who collects the most stones wins, so your kid is going have a whole lot more incentive to get their multiplication tables right.
CAN’T GO WRONG WITH A CLASSIC
Okay, you can’t have a family board game round up without Sorry! This classic is just as fun as you remember it, with players moving across the board in an effort to get to the very end. Oh yeah, and the game involves a whole lot of revenge and plotting which might be quite cathartic for everyone after a long, long week.
11. Guess Who? Game
CHANNEL YOUR INNER DETECTIVE
Guess Who checks off all the boxes for a fun, competitive, and straight forward (thank the lord) family game night. Each player is given boards that feature different characters on them. You have to guess the other person’s characters through a series of questions and beat your competitor to the punch. It’s like Clue, except way, way less exhausting.
REVISIT AN OLD FAVORITE
It’s time to go back to the wonderful, magical, sweet, colorful world of Candy Land. A quick refresher: Players move across the board with a gingerbread man, pull different cards, and land in mystical places like Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Palace, and Licorice Lagoon. Be crowned the winner if you make it to King Kandy’s castle first.
BRING ON THE JOKES
Bring your best jokes and all of your A+ immaturity. It’s Cards Against Humanity, kids edition. There are 500 question-and-answer cards and the player who gets the most votes for the funniest answers wins (no pressure or anything). Bonus points: This is a totally portable game which means long car rides just got so, so much easier.
260 cards, 1,000 guess words, some very finicky dice, and a whole lot of family fun. Teammates have to get their fellow players to guess the word on their card without saying the actual word or any of the related listed words. It’s time for everybody to get real creative with their vocabulary.
“GUESS WHO” HEADBAND EDITION
Strap on some goofy headbands and get ready for a family friendly, oh so intense guessing game. Players have to guess what’s pictured on their forehead by asking some good, probing questions. Are you a piece of cake? A car? A chair? Time to channel your inner detective and get to the bottom of this mystery.
TRIVIA FOR THE WHOLE FAM
Everyone is gonna want to put their thinking caps on for this one. Trivial Pursuit: Family Edition comes with 1,200 questions, 600 designed for kids and 600 for adults (yup, you’re not out of the loop on this one).
17. Yahtzee Game
HIGH ROLLERS ONLY
Step up your game big time. There’s a shaker, five dice, and three rolls. Make sure to give your dice a lucky, lucky blow because the highest roller wins the whole game. You might not have a Vegas trip planned anytime soon, but you can still be the highest roller at the table.
SPEEDY, EASY FUN
Looking for a quick, easy good time? Go with Ticket To Ride. It only takes 30-60 minutes to play and involves a whole lot of wild fun. There are 225 trains, a whole bunch of cities to travel to, and an exciting cross-country challenge. The adventure begins in 3, 2, 1…
HERE COMES NOSTALGIA
Family board game time isn’t complete without Chutes and Ladders. Your team spins to figure out how many spots they can go up on the ladder and avoid going anywhere near those pesky chutes. Warning: Childhood nostalgia can and will occur.
MICE, TRAPS, AND A RACE TO THE FINISH LINE
A mouse loose in your house? Nightmare. A fake mouse loose on a board game? Oh so fun. Mouse Trap is all about being the last uncaptured rodent in the game which is literally the only time you’ll be rooting for those furry, sneaky creatures.
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