10 Board Games You Have to Play

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Jessica has worked in the gaming industry for years and is striving to develop/release a game of her and her husband's design in the future.

I have been playing board games most of my life. When I was a kid, my favorite games included Life, Clue, Mousetrap and Monopoly. I love strategy and am always up for a challenge, but I relish good design and replay when it comes to board games. I own all of the following games except one, Ultimate Werewolf. I either bought the games after I played them at a friend's house or just rolled the dice when my fiance and I were at our local board game store and purchased them on a whim. I recommend every single one of them and can't rant and rave about them enough. For this article, I've kept the details short, highlighting a few points that I really enjoyed about each. Hope you enjoy my list! Thanks for reading!

My Top Ten

  1. Tiny Epic Quest
  2. Pathfinder
  3. NIYA
  4. Boss Monster
  5. T.I.M.E. Stories
  6. Smart Ass
  7. Settlers of Catan
  8. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  9. Cards Against Humanity
  10. Ultimate Werewolf

Number of Players Required

1-4 players
2 players
2-4 players
2-8 players
massive party games
Tiny Epic Quest
NIYA
Boss Monster
Smart Ass
Cards Against Humanity
Pathfinder
 
T.I.M.E. Stories
Settlers of Catan
Ultimate Werewolf
 
 
 
Betrayal at House on the Hill
 

1-4 Player Games

Tiny Epic Quest

Tiny Epic Quest is an awesome game for 1-4 Players. Yes, you read that correctly, you can play by yourself, and it's just as much fun! This is a great game that involves strategy and thought during every move! It takes about an hour to play no matter the size of the group and has great replayability! The map is always different, the game never plays the same way twice! Plus you can equip your tiny figures with tiny gear which is just down right adorable!

Pathfinder

Pathfinder is another 1-4 player game that is for ages 13+. The game takes roughly 90 minutes to play. This game has several expansions and different versions, personally I own Mummy's Mask but there are several others, I've included 'Pathfinder' as the title of this entry, but Mummy's Mask, along with the other games are not really expansions; but rather different versions of the same game. This is a very intense and very strategic game that is a little more complicated than your average board game. Essentially, you pick a hero that is then put into a scenario that you have to complete by running dungeons and facing dangers throughout the game. Based on Dungeon and Dragons, if you want something a bit more challenging than your typical board game, this is the game for you! It also includes the ability to save! Unlike a lot of board games we find ourselves playing, very few of them give you the ability to save your progress! But this game is set up to be saved, with slots made into the box for you to put your heroes equipment, and cards, which are meant to be written on in order to save your progress as well as develop your hero!

NIYA

NIYA is a great 2 player strategy game that reminds me a lot of connect four but with a twist! You have a series of tiles all with a collection of images. The goal is to take your game pieces and replace those tiles. Your opponent then has to find a tile with a matching image from the tile you just removed from the game. Every single turn leaves one less tile to choose from, until one of the players makes a winning move. While it sounds simple, this game is fun and full of strategy! This game takes as little as ten minutes to play, and is for ages 8 and up.

Boss Monster

Boss Monster is a dungeon building card game that is for 2-4 players and takes roughly 30 minutes to play. This game is unique because unlike a lot of board games, you don't play the hero, instead your goal is to build a dungeon no hero can complete and collect the souls of said heroes. Each player is dealt a boss card, then you are dealt a series of room cards. You build up your dungeon turn by turn and heroes try to make it through, the more heroes that complete your dungeon the more wounds you get and the more heroes you kill the more souls you get. 10 souls to win but only 5 wounds to lose.

T.I.M.E. Stories

T.I.M.E. Stories is an epically awesome game, one of the best I've ever played, hands down! This game takes 2-4 players through time to solve mysteries and find time rifts that could collapse all of existence as we know it! The thing that I love most about this game is the way the cards are designed. Each card is laid out on a board that then creates a panorama of the scene the players are viewing! One by one these cards are turned over and read, and the story unfolds. It has several expansions, all of the ones I've played are awesome! I cannot count the times that my mind has been blown by this game! This is one of the few games I have listed here that offers the ability to save your progress, the way the designers built the box is genius, and the ability to save is very functional and easy to work with!

Some Aspects of T.I.M.E. Stories

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T.I.M.E. Inside of the box showing the log and how you save your gamesThe panorama that the cards createThe first Plan cards creating the map that you will use during the base adventure
T.I.M.E.
T.I.M.E.
Inside of the box showing the log and how you save your games
Inside of the box showing the log and how you save your games
The panorama that the cards create
The panorama that the cards create
The first Plan cards creating the map that you will use during the base adventure
The first Plan cards creating the map that you will use during the base adventure

2-8 Player Games

Smart Ass

Smart Ass is a great trivia game full of humor. It is meant for 2-8 players, ages 14+. This game takes players around a board to answer trivia questions in four categories including: Who am I?, Where am I?, What am I?, and Hard Ass. Hard Ass is a difficult trivia question that can only be answered by the person who landed on the Hard Ass space, while all other questions can be answered by anyone and the competitive feature of this game makes it great! This has to be the best trivia game I have ever played and it's extremely entertaining!

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan is one of the most well known games in the world. If you are into strategy and love to build civilizations and collect resources, this is the game for you. This game is meant to be played with 3-4 players and takes up to an hour to play; but you can buy expansions that allow you to play with up to 6 players. This game has won several awards including Game of the Year and Game of the Century. If you have yet to play Settlers of Catan, then now is the time to invest in a game you will never grow tired of, and may even invite people over just to play.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of my all time favorite games. This game is meant for 3-6 players and takes about an hour to play. This game is different every time you play. The map always changes and is never the same, generated every single time you play, starting with 3 basic tiles. The game has you choose an explorer, then make your way through a mansion discovering items, omens and triggering events all of which play a key role in the game as it progresses. The basic game includes 50 various scenarios that are all triggered in diverse ways. This game has utmost replayability and is fun for everyone involved. I really cannot recommend it highly enough.

A Peek Into Betrayal at House on the Hill

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Betrayal at House on the HillThe 3 manuals that come with the game! Items, Omens and Event cards along with an example of eachFirst 3 tiles that start the game, add on rooms to create your map!
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Betrayal at House on the Hill
The 3 manuals that come with the game!
The 3 manuals that come with the game!
Items, Omens and Event cards along with an example of each
Items, Omens and Event cards along with an example of each
First 3 tiles that start the game, add on rooms to create your map!
First 3 tiles that start the game, add on rooms to create your map!

Massive Multiplayer Party Games

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious game meant for those 17+ and has the ability to be played by 4-20 players. Many have compared this game to an adult version of Apples to Apples. If you enjoyed Apples to Apples as a kid, now is the time to purchase the adult version! This is a great party game with two different ways to play, and is continuously hilarious. Essentially all players are dealt 10 white cards, each of which has things written on them including people, actions, historical events and ridiculous scenarios. Someone then reads a black card which usually contains a blank space, in which you use your white cards to fill. While it sounds simple this game is very funny and will have the whole room laughing in mere minutes.

Ultimate Werewolf

Ultimate Werewolf is a great multiplayer role playing game in which most of the players are villagers and some are werewolves living among them. One person in the group will act as moderator, shaping the game. As werewolves, your goal is to convince the other players you are innocent during the day, while trying to turn them at night! As the villagers your role is to find the werewolves and exterminate them. This game is absolutely great and is appropriate for all ages and can also be played by 5-75 players!

Board Game Ratings

Game Title
Average Rating
Board Game Rank
Epic Tiny Quest
7.3
530
Pathfinder
8.1
2150
NIYA
6.6
1841
Boss Monster
6.3
1587
T.I.M.E. Stories
7.8
48
Smart Ass
5.3
15261
Settlers of Catan
6.7
3065
Betrayal at House on the Hill
7.1
425
Cards Against Humanity
6.0
2455
Ultimate Werewolf
7.1
683
Information taken from https://boardgamegeek.com

© 2018 Jessica Jade Robinson

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