Ben has been a geek all of his life, and as such, his expertise tends to fall into gaming and technology.
With all the new high-tech devices such as laptops and smartphones, board games remain an all-time favorite for many. And when a group of people is hooked up on exciting, spooky games, it all becomes better! They can be enjoyed with the whole family, or just older siblings and friends.
Here's a list of my favorite horror board games for different needs, ages, and group sizes. These fun, spooky board games are sure to entertain you and your friends!
This list of scary board games has been compiled to fit different group sizes and playtimes. Whether you have a large group of 10 people, a small gathering, or you want to play solo, you will definitely find a suitable option. They include ideas great for a Halloween lookalike fun night with the whole family but also games for groups aged 14 and older.
Whether you want a quick-paced game or you enjoy lengthier gameplays, have a look at the next sections for a quick description of the best board games in the horror category. Let’s dive in!
The Top 9 Horror Board Games for All Players
- Mascarade: Best Board Game for Large Groups
- Bezier Games One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Best Fast-Paced Board Game
- Mansions of Madness Second Edition: Most Complex Board Game
- Dead of Winter: Best Zombie Board Game
- Horrified: Best Monsters Board Game
- Nyctophobia: Most Creative Board Game
- Asmodee, the Bloody Inn: Best Board Game for Solo Gameplay
- Wizards of the Coast Betrayal at House on the Hill: Best Haunted House Board Game
- Mysterium: Best Mystery Board Game
1. Mascarade: Best Board Game for Large Groups
Mascarade can quickly become a staple for family nights. It is a 10+ board game that usually lasts for half an hour, and it is suitable for 2–13 players. In Mascarade, each player starts with six coins and a random character card. All the character cards are placed face up until all players memorize them, then they are turned upside down.
The goal of the game is to be the first one to receive 13 coins.
You need to announce your character and claim its power—but you do not have to be that character to announce it. If someone else says they are the character and has the card to prove, you will lose one coin. The game is a fun, interactive game to play with friends and family—you will definitely have an enjoyable night!
2. Bezier Games One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Best Fast-Paced Board Game
If you enjoy quick gameplay, make sure you check this one out. It is suitable for 3–10 players, ages 8 and above. It usually takes around 10 minutes. The game starts by giving each player a card that only the player sees. Each card can help one of the teams, either werewolf or the villager. You get five minutes to find out who the werewolves are. What is truly great about this game is that it can really become spookier through the free iOS or Android app.
3. Mansions of Madness Second Edition: Most Complex Board Game
This board game can be played solo or in a group of a maximum of 5 players, aged 14 and above. Length varies between 120 and 180 minutes. It is one of the most complex horror board games you will find to keep you entertained.
Mansions of Madness has four campaigns of different difficulties and lengths, with more than 500 components. You can also download the required companion app on Android, Windows, iOS, and Mac. You can collect weapons, solve puzzles, fight insanity, monsters, and even death itself.
4. Dead of Winter: Best Zombie Board Game
Plaid Hat Games Dead of Winter is a 2–5 player board game for 13 years old and up. If you are a fan of zombies, this board game will put you in a colony of survivors who need to work in teams to win, but also achieve different individual tasks. The interesting factor kicks in when each player has to make choices of balancing out the best outcome for themselves versus what’s best for the colony.
5. Horrified: Best Monsters Board Game
For monster lovers, including Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and The Invisible Man, Horrified interestingly packs in all the popular ones. You need to work together with your group of a maximum of five (or solo!) to defeat the monsters and save the town. It’s perfect for players aged 10 and above.
The game includes high-quality miniatures of the most famous monsters, and they all have different win and lose conditions, which makes this board game extremely interesting and entertaining. Make sure you’re playing a smart strategy, or the town is doomed!
6. Nyctophobia: Most Creative Board Game
What is unique about this board game is that—you play blindfolded! It can be played between 3–5 players with ages 7 and older. The group of players needs to survive by playing blindfolded while a predator chases them down in the Black Forest. The survivor’s aim is to find the car and survive until the police get there and rescue them from the maniac.
7. Asmodee, the Bloody Inn: Best Board Game for Solo Gameplay
This game can be played solo or with a maximum of four players, aged 14 and up. The action takes place in the 19th century in France. The player needs to prey on wealthy guests at the Bloody Inn, commit robbery, and even murder. It is packed with strategic decisions and can keep you entertained for approximately one hour.
8. Wizards of the Coast Betrayal at House on the Hill: Best Haunted House Board Game
For Scooby-Doo fans, this board game will become an all-time favorite. It is a cooperative horror game for 3–6 players aged 12 and up. It comes with plenty of character cards, special tokens, and plastic fingers, immersing you in a fictional reality you will want to experience again and again.
9. Mysterium: Best Mystery Board Game
Mysterium is a board game for 2–7 players passionate about investigations, getting clues, and uncovering the mystery. The players need to collaborate with each other to solve the mysteries, in which all the clues you have are detailed illustrations. Based on the pictures, you will have to discover the location, person, and the murder weapon.
Overall, board games have had a huge comeback during the past years. They are a fun way to spend time with your friends and family and, what is more, there is plenty to choose from, so you will never get bored. If you want to enjoy a spooky vibe, go ahead and try one of our recommended board and tabletop games!
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