Here are the Best Board Games for Every Age & Occasion

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Game on! 🙌

Board games and card games are such a fun and frugal source of entertainment for the whole family – and they make great gifts, too! But finding ways to save money when buying games is even better, right?!

Little girl shooting ball into Connect 4 Shots game

If you’re looking to add to your game collection while saving a few bucks at the same time, check out these tips before purchasing:

    • Read reviews. If you’re searching for age-appropriate games, try to find reviews that mention those ages and give honest feedback.
    • Make your own version of a game. You may be able to recreate a game with items you already have on hand (dice, a deck of cards, paper, pencils, timer, etc). Plus, you can often find the game manuals online or on the manufacturer’s website.
    • Stack the sales with coupons and/or promo codes! For example, Target often offers up sales on games, which makes for even sweeter deals when paired with other possible coupons or Target Circle offers. Amazon and Walmart often have games on sale, too!

Two children playing Smart A** game in living room

If you’re looking to add to your game collection or just want to change up your family game night, here are some fun and popular games for all ages – and some of these are our faves, too!

Best Kids Games:

Scrambled States of America game set up on a table

“Ok it has a funny name, but it’s actually a really great, fast-moving trivia game with lots of geography, history, and pop culture questions. My husband always wins, but we still try to beat him every time!” – Smart A** review from Lina at Hip2Save

Scrambled States has been a favorite of my kiddos, their friends, my nieces, nephews, etc and has made it past my “purges” 13x!” Irene at Hip2Save

Best Strategy Games:

Latice Hawaii board game set up on table

“We picked up Ticket to Ride for our 8 & 10 year olds last Christmas. It was worth the $ and has been played a lot! Its a great learning game for geography and strategy!” – Hip2Save reader, Jane

Best Group Games:

Bezier Games One Night Ultimate Werewolf game pieces and box

“Didn’t know what to expect when I got Codenames, but glad I did! This game is easy to learn for all ages! This has replaced my urge and love for Taboo. The game is much more cooperative and more strategic!” – Codenames reviewer

Best Family Games:

Hand holding cards from The Game of Things in living room

The Game of Things is a fun, entertaining game for any size group and for all ages! Whatever the situation, it’s guaranteed to bring on the laughs. Playing the game is easy and it’s hilarious to see each participant’s responses. We love this game so much that I’ve gifted it to other families! -Irene at Hip2Save

“We have had this game for roughly three days now and have played Throw Throw Burrito every night since receiving it in the mail. My family has multiple closets full of games and this is our favorite, hands down.” -Amazon review

Best Adult Games:

Man and woman playing Blockbuster game in living room

“Blockbuster is a great game for family game night or at a game party. It was enjoyed by our entire family, including our teenage kids. As other reviewers have said, it would be great if they would make a booster pack as I can foresee that it will be easy to work through all of the cards pretty easily and somewhat quickly (depending on how often the game is played, of course).” – Target review

Join The Discussion

Comments 44

  1. TJ

    I got Throw Throw Burrito two weeks ago when you had it posted here. We LOVE it!

    Thank you for this list. You all are doing such a great job passing on info and the perfect deals for these scary times!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO welcome, TJ! BIG thanks to YOU for your kind words!🥰 I’ll be sure to pass this along to the team! SO happy you have been enjoying the deals! 🙌

    • jwegner

      What ages do you have in your home? We are always looking for a new game. Thanks

      • TJ

        Four kids. 20, 18, 13 and 7. They all love it!

      • Denise Loewenthal

        Bananagrams is a family favorite — even my sisters and their kids love this game. If you like word games (or playing scrabble), then I definitely recommend this game.

  2. nldaadmin

    Our favorite is Perquacky— it’s a word game where you roll dice and spell out words from the letters that show up.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How neat! Thanks for sharing!

  3. HBee

    Had a wonderful time playing good ole’ Clue and Life with my young adult kiddos yesterday.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, Clue is fun! We have that one too! My son and I regularly play Jenga!

  4. Sandra Lopez

    We love “Spot It”! Fun for all ages! Purchasing for neighbors as well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Sandra! Good to know how much fun that one has been!

  5. Melie

    Our all time favorite for teens/adults is Chronology. It’s very quick to learn and to play, and just about everyone we’ve played it with has gone out and bought their own copy.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for letting us know what your favorite has been, Melie! I’ll have to check that one out!

  6. Sandra L

    You missed the best strategy game of all time! Dominion, and all its expansions. It’s a different game every time you play it! It never seems to go on sale though.

    Also, Wingspan is a really fun strategy game in which people can also learn a lot about birds.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Amy in CO

      We have loved Dominion for many years! My husband just got Wingspan for his birthday in February and it’s our current favorite! We also play a lot of Agricola, Viticulture, 7 Wonders, and Catan-games that take a lot of thought and a lot of time!

    • Heather

      We love Dominion!!! It’s a great one! If you like Dominion, you should check out Splendor. We’ve played it almost every day since Christmas!! 😂 Azul is really fun as well!

  7. Christine

    Another great family and strategy game is Skyjo. We got it last week and our girls want to play it every night. Also love our new addition game of Exploding Kittens, it’s a ton of fun for us to play. Oldies we’ve played and enjoy are Qwarkle and Big Boggle, while nothing beats a solid old fashion game of Monopoly.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for all these suggestions!

  8. Doug

    Cards against Humanity is very graphic and vulgar. Not even suitable for some adults.

    • Elaine

      That’s pretty obvious from the name alone. That game is amazing

  9. Lissy

    We love to play exploding kittens. My 7 and 10 year olds play. Wondering why it is classified as an “adult” game?

    • Beverly

      Yes we have exploding kittens as well for my 8 and 10 year old. I was wondering the same thing 😂

    • Elaine

      It was designed for adults, which is why it is labeled that way. But it is suitable for kids that are raised to be able to handle that type of game. “Despite the name, it’s not an especially violent title and does not feature any sexual references or foul language; it’s important to note that the goal of the game involves trying to get someone else to get the exploding kitten card, so younger players who aren’t as ready for this kind of competition may have hard feelings when people deliberately take their cards.”

  10. V

    UNO Flip is a fun card game. My family is obsessed with Tenzi.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)


  11. Amy F;)

    Hey, I need IDEAS for game with broad age ranges? Youngest is 4, oldest is 14. So far, we’ve had success with Spot it and Sushi party Go. But, gosh! I would love some recommendations.

    • Michigan Mom

      Play Nine is a fun one! On the box it says ages 8 to adult, but even our 4 year old understands it and loves it. It sure has been getting some great use.

      • Amy F;)


    • Katie

      Pictureka. It is a find the pictures in the pictures game. There are different variations of the game. There is a board game, card game and a dice game. It is easy and fun.

    • Jamia

      Loonacy is a card game our whole family likes and my kids were able to start playing it before they were 4.

  12. Brandi

    We purchased What Do You Meme Family Edition and we have loved it. My 11 year old and 8 year old both have had so much fun playing it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! Glad to hear that one was a hit!

  13. Kathy

    LOVE Ticket to Ride! Can be played with 2-5 people. We play with kids age 14, 11 and 8. I had the youngest study the map and cards a bit before playing so he could acclimate where everything is. Fun!

  14. Kag

    Rummikub is our go to family game.

  15. Carrie

    We really enjoy The Game of Things. Just played it this weekend with some cousins: 5 adults and an 11-year-old and 6-year-old. The 6yo was teamed up with an adult and it worked out great.
    The one glitch is that it can feel less than fair if you know the other players’ handwriting.

  16. Amy

    For my younger kiddo 9, we have loved Gamewright games- Rat a Tat Cat, Sleeping Queens & Dragonwood (good for all ages). She also enjoys Catan Junior, Mancala (2 person), and Enchanted Forest which is a memory game but for a little older population. The whole family enjoys and old Mad Magazine game I had as a kid-Lots of laughs. Both kids 9 & 13 enjoy playing life and the 9 year old enjoyed Life junior for the last few years.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks so much for letting us know which games your family has enjoyed most!

  17. VickiL

    Our family of three households play Blank Slate virtually using FaceTime. Ages that play have been 7 – 86. Great for keeping Grandpa’s brain sharp. It’s not household against household it’s whoever you match words with so it’s like we’re all together even when we can’t be. Saturday night game night is something we look forward to while in quarantine.

  18. Suzanne

    My 11 year old loves Risk Europe. I like it far more than traditional Risk because of the different rules and set up. It’s also amazing how much history he has been inspired to learn because of playing it.

  19. Heather

    Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza is our new favorite game! Played it with a bunch of adults and had so much fun! Plus it is just a deck of cards, so it travels well!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Heather! Good to know that one has been so much fun!

  20. SueJo

    Love this list! Also, wanted to say that Sequence is a great game. My husband, daughter, and I have played this game a lot and really enjoy it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for commenting, SueJo! SO glad you are loving the list! Thanks for sharing your favorite!

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