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, I would be surprised. If you haven’t played it before, I can understand. However, that doesn’t mean you should continue to avoid it. The next time you attend a party or host a game night, suggest playing Cards Against Humanity. You will have a great time laughing and discovering just how terrible you can be. It is undoubtedly one of the best board games for adults!

2. A Game For All You Meme Lovers Out There

What Do You Meme?

If you’re a fan of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, then you’ll definitely appreciate this game. Especially if you enjoy memes and have a naughty sense of humor. One Amazon customer played the game with her family and realized how inappropriate it was for family play. So, it’s better to play with friends and if you ever play with your parents, you might feel awkward. But, it really depends on how you choose to play it.

3. The Game That’s Not Safe For Work

Exploding Kittens

If you’re someone who likes to take risks, you might enjoy playing this spinoff of Exploding Kittens. The game involves drawing cards until you pick an exploding kitten, which ends the game for you unless you can defuse it. Don’t worry, it’s possible to defuse the kitten and continue playing.

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

Drunk Stoned or Stupid

Let’s address this right away: this game is not centered around being intoxicated, drugged or foolish. You might feel a little foolish, but that’s about it. Essentially, one person selects a card, reads it out loud, and then hands the card to the person who the group believes best fits the description. The person with the most cards at the end loses. However, if you’re easily offended or lack thick skin, this game might not be the best choice for you.

5. A Game Filled With Twisted Innuendos

That’s What She Said

If you’re a fan of games like Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples and have a twisted sense of humor, then you’ll love That’s What She Said. It’s perfect for bachelorette parties, college reunions, couples’ night, your 21st birthday, or even your 50th birthday. To be honest, you can take this game with you wherever you go. It’s a hilarious game that will reveal just how dirty your friends’ minds really are.

6. A Game That Will Reveal Your Most Twisted Friends

Pick Your Poison

Are you ready for a twisted party game? Try the R-rated version of ‘Would You Rather’ that reveals just how messed up your friends really are. Bring your sense of humor and a thick skin because things are about to get dark. Here’s a question to get you started: Would you rather call your first kiss and confess your love or use hot sauce as eye drops? I’d give you my answer, but I’m too indecisive to ponder it for the next five minutes.

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

Relative Insanity

This is a hilarious party game that revolves around crazy relatives. The game was created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and it is guaranteed to make you laugh your socks off. The gameplay is similar to that of Apples to Apples – one person reads a setup card aloud, and the others play their best punchline card to fill in the blank. For instance, a setup card could be “When my brother brought out his new baby to show the family, Granny blurted out…,” and the punchlines could 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.” This outrageously funny party game is perfect for family reunions (especially Thanksgiving) or any party where you want to have a little fun.

8. A Game That Spills The Tea

Bad People

Have you ever wondered what your friends really think of you? If so, here’s a fun game you can play with them. It’s called Bad People. Here’s how it works: one person is chosen to be the Dictator and reads a card aloud with a question on it. Everyone else silently votes for the person they think best matches the question. The answers are then revealed, and whoever matches the Dictator’s answer scores a point. Some of the questions you can expect to see include “Whose funeral will have the smallest attendance?” and “If we were all hitchhikers, who would be the last person to get picked up?” This game is sure to make for an entertaining night with your friends.

9. A Game For Those Who Enjoy Creating Comics

Joking Hazard

If you’re interested in creating some comics that delve into difficult topics such as family, violence, and other controversial themes, then this game is perfect for you. However, if you’re easily offended, it’s best to approach with caution as there’s a possibility that you may be offended at some point during the game. Regardless, this game is a great icebreaker and is sure to create some hilarious and obscene comics. So, have fun and let your creativity run wild!

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.

11. A Game that will Bring Out Some Dirty Sketches

Drawing Without Dignity

Drawing Without Dignity is a game that combines Pictionary with uncensored content. It’s a hilarious game to play with friends where you get to sketch some unconventional words like someone constipated or praying to the porcelain god. Some may consider it an educational game, but it all depends on the player’s perspective. According to the customers, the game is an absolute blast to play with friends.

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

Have you ever tried drawing stick figure cousins kissing? If not, then Telestrations After Dark might be the game for you. It’s basically a game of telephone but with sketches. Each person sketches a picture and passes it on to the next person who has to guess what it is, and then passes it on to the next person who draws what they guessed. This continues until everyone has had a turn and whoever had a correct guess by the end gets a point.