12 Popular Board Games for Adults

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Remember those popular games we played as kids? Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Twister, Mancala, Jenga…either you loved them or you were a sore loser. Then there were the kids who hated losing so much that they used sleight of hand during mancala. Yes, I speak from experience. 

Then 2011 came around when Cards Against Humanity was released. That was the first ‘adult’ game I recall and, for me at least, it seemed like a trendsetter for many more games that were created later.

If you love a good laugh, enjoy hanging out with your friends and (potentially) dirtying up your mind, then check out these 12 popular board games for adults. There’s sure to be something that tickles your fancy.

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1. A Game For Terrible People

Cards Against Humanity

If you have never heard of Cards Against Humanity, then I will actually be shocked. If you haven’t played it before, then I’d understand. Does that mean you should continue avoiding it? No, no it does not. So, the next time you go to a party or have a game night, propose CAH, you’ll have some good laughs and see how terrible you really are. It’s definitely one of the best board games for adults!

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2. A Game For All You Meme Lovers Out There

What Do You Meme?

If you’re an Apples to Apples or CAH kinda person, then you’ll definitely enjoy this. Especially if you’re obsessed with memes and have a raunchy mind. One Amazon customer played with her family only to realize how family-allergic the game really was. With that in mind, play with friends and if you ever do play with your parents, maybe it won’t be awkward. It’s really what you make it.

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3. The Game That’s Not Safe For Work

Exploding Kittens

For those of you who enjoy Russian roulette, you’ll enjoy this Exploding Kittens spinoff. Basically, you pick cards until you draw an exploding kitten, you explode and that’s the way everything ends . . . unless you defuse the kitten. Yes, you can defuse the kitten. It’s possible.

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4. A Game For Friends Who Want to Call Each Other Out

Drunk Stoned or Stupid 

Might as well get this out of the way; this game is not about being drunk, stoned or stupid. You may feel a bit stupid, but that’s it. Basically, someone picks up a card, reads it aloud, the card is gifted to whoever the group chooses best matches and whoever ends with the most card loses. Of course, if you don’t have thick skin or are easily offended, then this game might not be for you.

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5. A Game Filled With Twisted Innuendos

That’s What She Said

If you like Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples and have a dirty mind, then That’s What She Said will be right up your ally. Great for bachelorette parties, college reunions, couples night, your 21st birthday . . . your 50th birthday. Honestly, just take the game with you everywhere. It’s a funny game that’ll show you how dirty your friends’ minds really are. best board games for adults

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6. A Game That Will Reveal Your Most Twisted Friends

Pick Your Poison

Would you rather call your first kiss right now and tell the person you love them or use hot sauce as eye drops? I would give you my answer, but I’m too indecisive and I’d rather not ponder this for the next five minutes. This R-rated version of ‘Would You Rather’ is the perfect adult party game to learn just how messed up your friends truly are. Bring a sense of humor and a thick layer of skin because things are about to become really twisted… best board games for adults

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7. A Game That Will Make You Laugh So Hard That You Pee A Little

Relative Insanity

This hilarious party game about crazy relatives created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy will have you laughing your socks off. Similar to Apples to Apples where one person reads a setup card aloud like, “When my brother brought out his new baby to show the family, Granny blurted out…” and then others play their best punchline card to fill in the blank, hoping the reader chooses theirs as the best. Potential punchlines for the scenario above can be anything from “You are not the father!” to “Somebody took a trip to the land of bad decisions” to “I just vomited a little in my mouth.” Have a little fun at your next family reunion (*ahem* Thanksgiving) or party with this outrageously funny party game. best board games for adults

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8. A Game That Spills The Tea

Bad People

Have you ever thought about what your friends really think of you? Well you’re about to find out. Here’s how the game will go down: A Dictator is chosen who reads the card aloud, everyone silently votes who they feel best matches that question, answers are revealed and whoever matches the dictator’s answer scores a point. Some questions you’ll find include “Whose funeral will have the smallest attendance?” and “If we were all hitchhikers, who would be the last person to get picked up?” The next time you’re out with your friends, take this with you. It will make for an entertaining night. best board games for adults

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9. A Game For Those Who Enjoy Creating Comics

Joking Hazard

Wanna make some horrible comics about awful situations involving family, friends, violence and everything in between? If your answer is no, then I’d suggest to steer clear because it’s got all of that and more. So if you’re easily offended, play with caution because there’s a good chance you may be offended at some point. Now that that’s out of the way, this is a great party game to break the ice or make the night hysterical with some obscene comics. Have fun! best board games for adults

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10. A Game That Will Leave You Feeling Tipsy

These Cards Will Get You Drunk

Wanna have a good time or just need an icebreaker game? This game may just be the answer. All you have to do is pick a card, follow the instructions and get ready to drink. One card, for example, instructs the group to pick the most indecisive person and then let them choose who drinks. It’s absolutely awful. I, for one, have a terrible case of indecisiveness, so this card would be the death of me. best board games for adults

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11. A Game that will Bring Out Some Dirty Sketches

Drawing Without Dignity 

What do you get when you mix pictionary with uncensored content? Well, you get Drawing Without Dignity. Ever sketched someone constipated? What about someone praying to the porcelain god? Those are a couple of the G-Rated words, I’ll let you discover the rest on your own. Customers say it’s an absolutely hilarious game to play with friends. Some might even find it educational. As they say, it’s all in they eyes of the beholder. best board games for adults

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12. A Game For Those Who Loved Playing Telephone As Kids

Telestrations After Dark is one of the many fun board games for adults out there.

Telestrations After Dark

Ever drawn stick figure cousins kissing? No? Well, you might get the chance to do that if you play Telestrations After Dark. What you’re basically doing is playing telephone with sketches. Each person sketches what their picture is and passes it to the next person who guesses what it is and passes it on to the next person who draws whatever they wrote. That continues until they all go around the group and whoever had a correct guess by the end gets a point. best board games for adults

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