14 Family Board Games Everyone Should Own (We’ve Played Them All!)

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These board games are a must-have for any family!

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Enjoy some family time with these board games. 🎁

Perfect for gifts, family get-togethers, or a chilly day inside, these highly-rated board games will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family!

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Here are the top 14 family board games every family should have:

1. Pente is all about strategy and one the teens will love. 

opening Pente game box

Deluxe Pente$28.78

Pente is a fast-moving game of skill for 4 players. It’s simple and easy to learn but requires a sophisticated level of strategizing to beat the most tactical players. Be the first player to place 5 stones in a row, or capture 5 pairs of your opponent’s stones, and win!

2. You’ll be non-stop laughing with Cards Against Humanity Family Edition and it can be played with an unlimited amount of people.

hand holding various cards against humanity family edition cards

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition$23.87 (regularly $25)

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition is a spin on the popular adult-only card game but without vulgar verbiage. It’s a hilarious fill-in-the-blank card game that will have the whole table rolling in laughter after every play. Better yet, this game can be played with nearly unlimited people because the more the merrier!

Add the Cards Against Humanity Family Edition extension pack for even more fun!

3. Color Brain Disney Edition will provide hours of entertainment for any Disney lover. 

Disney Color Brain Game box on a table with kids at the table playing the game

Color Brain Disney Edition$13.05 (regularly $19.99)

Any Disney enthusiast knows there’s no age limit to how much fun you’ll have with this trivia game which features 20 different films! From the color of Olaf’s button to Captain Hook’s hat, this game is sure to keep you on your toes.

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4. Throw Throw Burrito allows you to play dodgeball in the house without getting in trouble for it. 

two throw throw burrito games on wood table

Throw Throw Burrito$24.99

From the makers of Exploding Kittens, you’ll get the entire room up and moving with this fun, fast-paced game. While the goal is to match up your cards, there’s an extra layer of fun when you get to battle it out with the squishy burritos. Who doesn’t love a game where you get to throw stuff and not get in trouble?!

Love gettiing outdoors for game night? The Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition comes with giant larger-than-life-sized burritos. 🤩

5. Sushi Go Party! will curb your appetite…or just make you more hungry. 

Sushi Go card game

Sushi Go Party!$22

While we’re on the topic of food, let’s keep the good times rolling with this best-selling card game! By picking and building winning sushi combos, you’ll be feeding your appetite all night long. Plus, you can even choose the level of difficulty depending on your opponents.

6. Parcheesi is a classic favorite that’s perfect for all ages. 

parcheesi board game spread out on couch

Bring back fond memories or start a new family tradition with this classic board game! Similar to the game Trouble or Sorry!, you’ll race your pawns to the home base in order to win, making this another perfect family game for all ages.

7. Poetry for Neanderthals is a hilarious word game that will have you sounding like a caveman. 

poetry for neanderthals game

Poetry for Neanderthals$13.87 (regularly $19.99)

Your family or friends won’t stop giggling from the start as they try to get their teammates to guess words and phrases with only single-syllable words, which of course makes everyone sound like a total caveman! Mess up and say a two-syllable word, and the other team gets to whack you with a 2-foot inflatable club, similar to buzzing someone in Taboo.

8. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a quick game and is perfect to take with you anywhere.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza game

This addictive game is quick to learn and fast-paced. Due to its compact box, it’s the perfect game to take with you anywhere – including family vacations. You’ll race opponents to slap the matching card to the spoken word and the first to get rid of all their card wins. Best of all, if you’re strapped for time, each round takes just 10-15 minutes to play.

9. Apples to Apples is a comparison game that will instantly get the party started. 

Apples to Apples Party in a Box Card Game

Apples to Apples$20.89 (regularly $26.99)

We’re not one to compare, but if you are, that’s the name of the game with Apples to Apples. 😏 Select the card in your hand that best describes what the dealer played and they’ll choose whose is the best! Depending on the answers, it could provide endless laughter and fun.

10. Anomia is simple to play but it still keeps you on your toes.

hand picking up anomia card from deck on table


Do you perform best under pressure? Anomia is a fast-paced and fun card game that will really test just how good you are on your feet. Be the first to blurt out your answer to win this common knowledge game. After all, we all have one family member who knows it all. 😉

11. Drone Home is a fast-paced game that will have kids giggling until the end.

drone home board game on table

Drone Home$14.99

This Toy of The Year Award finalist is one that will have everyone laughing until the end and will quickly become your kiddo’s new favorite gift of the year. Race to launch your aliens down the ramps and land inside the drone in order to escape at drone liftoff. Be sure to bring your A-game because this out-of-this-world game is fast-paced!

12. Dutch Blitz is a fast-paced game perfect for all ages. 

dutch blitz card game on wood table

Dutch Blitz$11.54 (regularly $12.99)

This may look old-fashioned and mundane, but Dutch Blitz anything but that! With the ability to play with up to four people, you’ll enjoy spirited competition as you try to get rid of your 10-card Blitz pile before anybody else. Plus, it’s another easy-to-learn game making it ideal for younger kiddos, too.

13. Forbidden Island is the best family cooperative game to grab this season. 

forbidden island game spread out on wood table

Forbidden Island$19.59

Work together to get the treasure and get off the island! Players will play as an individual but will also strategize as a team. If your goal is to get adults, teens, and young kids to play a cooperative game and learn how to work together, this is the game for you! Besides, there’s no better time to build better bonds than family game night!

14. Otrio is fun for all ages and based on the classic game of tic tac toe. 

hand holding red circle over otrio game


Marbles Otrio game is suitable for intimate parties of 2-4 people. The goal of this family board game is to line up three pieces of the same color by similar size in ascending or descending order or within the same space. It does require some strategy, but is fun for all ages!

Want a fancy edition to have for years to come? Consider the wooden version of Otrio for just $9 more!

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 4

  1. Beth

    Just gave our kids Otrio yesterday for the Feast of St. Nicholas. It’s definitely challenging, but I can see it being really fun once we get the hang of it. I was playing with my 16 y/o son last night. Really fun!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying that one so far! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! I may need to grab that one too! 🙌💞

  2. Ann

    I spotted Otrio several months ago at Gabe’s while looking for a filler item to purchase so I could use my $10 off $50 purchase coupon….only needed about $5 more. Picked up 2 games at $4.99 each for gifts for the 10 year old great-nephews for Christmas 2023. Yes, I’m that person that plans ahead in my shopping. I think they both boys will enjoy it…will test their skills in strategizing.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing where you grabbed that game from, Ann! I also love grabbing Christmas gifts in advance! 🙌🎄❤️

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