11 Board Games for Teens That’ll Actually Get Them Out of Their Rooms

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Teens like to have fun after all. 😏

Connecting with teens can be tough, but these board games for teens are ones they’ll actually want to come out of their room for and ask to play!

1. Farkle is an innocent gambling game that can be played with as many as eight or more players. 

Farkle Game spread out on table

Farkle – $6.39 (regularly $17.08) 

Be safe and take your points you’ve already rolled or keep rolling for more and risk losing them all in a Farkle! This board game for teens will feel like a risky gambling game but is full of innocent fun!

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

hand holding two burrito squishes over throw throw burrito game

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. Plus, it likely won’t take much convincing to allow your teen to throw some foam burritos at everyone. 🤣

Does your teen need some fresh air? The Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition comes with giant larger-than-life-sized burritos and it’s even cheaper! 🤩

3. Bananagrams is a word-racing game that might drive you bananas but is still totally fun. 

person holding bananagrams game in store

Bananagrams – $14.88 (regularly $17.02) 

This travel-friendly game is filled with letter tiles reminiscent of Scrabble. Except in this board game for teens, each player will race against each other to create crossword grids. Basically, it’s the anagram game that may drive you bananas. 🤪

4. Codenames is the top-rated party game on BoardGameGeek.

codenames board game box with pieces

Codenames – $17.39 (regularly $24.95) 

Do you have a little spy living in your home? Teens who love all the juicy details will love this top-rated spy game and we’re told they simply won’t want to stop playing it! It’s a competitive game with the ability to play with up to eight players.

5. Chameleon is Collin’s (our Hip founder) favorite game to play with her big kids. 

the chameleon game box on table

Chameleon – $19.79 (regularly $21.99) 

This game is simple. A secret word is selected from one of the topic cards and everyone knows what the word is, except for the player with the Chameleon card. Each player shouts out a related word to prove their innocence and tries to track down who the Chameleon is, but will they blend into the group and escape – or will they get caught?!

This award-winning game is recommended for 3-8 players, ages 14 and up so it’s a board game for adults that’s suitable for all teens. It happens to be Collin’s (our Hip founder) favorite game to play with her kids!

6. Taboo is ideal for large groups and made its claim to fame in the movie Four Christmases. 

taboo board game spread out on table

Taboo – $14.92 (regularly $16.99)

If you’re a fan of the movie Four Christmases, you’re well aware of the hysterical Taboo board game scene. 🤣 While the movie scene is arguably inappropriate for a teen, the game itself is designed for ages 13 and up. Plus, this quick-thinking game is going to vary drastically depending on how you play this forbidden word game. Regardless, it’s a real winner!

7. Wits & Wagers is the perfect board game for teens who already know everything. 

wits and wagers board game for teens on table

Wits & Wagers – $32.99

Have a little fact-checker at home? If you have a teen, chances are they think they know everything, but in this trivia game, there’s no winning unless you know all the answers. Put their knowledge to the test with this unlimited number of players game!

8. The Resistance board game for teens will test how well you can detect liars. 

the resistance board game on wood table

The Resistance – $21.97 (regularly $24.99) 

If there’s one thing we know about teens is that all of them are bound to tell a fib at some point in their adolescence. For some, it’s a regular thing, but in this game, their ability to detect it will really be tested. This board game for teens is quick (30-minutes) so if your teen is short on time it’ll be the perfect game for them to let loose.

9. Wingspan is a complex game, but we’re certain it’ll take flight in your home with all the amazing reviews. 

Wingspan Board Game box

Wingspan – $44.99 (regularly $65) 

There’s no reason not to try this popular board game for teens with over 7,000 five-star reviews! While the directions may seem complex at first, many reviewers state how relaxing and fun it is once you become familiar. And, no, your teen doesn’t need to be a bird enthusiast to love it. However, after playing we’re told everyone will have a new appreciation.

10. Pandemic is a great team-building game that will help save the world. 

pandemic board game setup with people playing

Pandemic – $35.99 (regularly $44.99) 

Working on team-building skills at home? Teens will feel like a real family unit when everyone gathers around the table to play this game. Players will work together and work fast as you share knowledge, treat diseases, and fly all over the world to prevent outbreaks and slow down the epidemic. The world is in your teen’s hands…kinda scary, huh? 😅

11. Catan is a clever and strategic board game the whole family will love. 

Catan The Board Game

Settlers of Catan – $47.99 (regularly $59.99) 

Opponents in this game will use skills like trading and bartering to build their city from a tiny island to a large flourishing municipality. It’s up to each player to pick the perfect strategy and reach 10 victory points to win!

Looking for more board games to add to your game closet?

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Comments 11

  1. theflyfive

    Another good one for older kids is ticket to ride. Expensive but fun.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion! I haven’t played that. I’ll have to grab it for my kiddos! β€οΈπŸ™Œ

  2. APS

    We love playing Code Names with our 11 & 13 year olds! Even little brother, age 6, likes to help. πŸ™‚

  3. Ashlie

    Check out thrift stores like Goodwill! I recently scored 3 games for under $10. They had all the pieces (even the cards) for each of the 3 games. The store clerk told me that they receive so many games, and often they have hardly been used. A couple of the games still had the punch out card that you remove pieces from πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your tip, Ashlie! Sounds like you’ve scored some great finds! πŸ’ž

    • Amy Kay

      Another frugal tip- check your local library. Ours has a game lending library (and a puzzle lending library too!)

  4. Marissa

    Another great game is Dominion!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your recommendation, Marissa! πŸ€—

  5. Vicky

    Looove wingspan! We’ve also been enjoying Space Base lately. πŸ™‚

  6. luvsavincash

    Me and the kids recently discovered a couple of board game libraries in our area. They have around 1000 board games to choose from and a pretty good snack bar, bonus! They charge around 4 bucks an hour, per person, but you can try and buy almost any board game out there and meet some pretty cool people too.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That sounds like a ton of fun! Thanks for taking the time to comment! I’ll have to look for that in my area too! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯°

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