Best Board Games for Adults

Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Sexes

When you're looking for a fun and interesting activity for a grown-up get together, consider planning an evening of playing board games for adults. Playing board games is a popular pastime for many adults, for both quiet evenings and home and party activities.

Favorite Board Games for Adults

There are many different board games that adults can enjoy. Some of the most popular choices are detailed below.

Battle of The Sexes

This fun board game is ideal for couples parties. Players demonstrate their knowledge, or lack thereof, of the opposite sex. Battle of the Sexes comes with sets of male and female question cards. The inquiries are designed to find out how much the men and women in the group really understand about the opposite sex.

Dirty Minds

This guessing game is good for hours of hilarious entertainment for groups of two to six adults. Playing Dirty Minds is a great way to find out who has the dirtiest mind in the group. The clues all seem to point to "mature audiences only" conclusions, but in fact the answers are not dirty at all!

Loaded Questions

If you're looking for a great grown-up party game, Loaded Questions may be the perfect solution. With this game, you'll have a great time finding out how well you know your friends, family, and party guests. Each player writes down answers to the same question, and the player whose turn it is gets to advance based on correctly guessing who gave each response.


Described as a game of split-second charades, Guesstures players select cards that have words written on them and then try to convey the term to the other players strictly through gestures. The whole thing is timed, which adds extra excitement to the game. Players attempt to mime and guess four words in just a few seconds. The action is timed with the "mimer-timer" that is included with the game. This game works for groups of all sizes, and is ideal for large gatherings.


Pictionary can be great fun for family game night, as well as for a grown-ups only occasion. Players pull cards that have words or phrases on them, and then attempt to draw pictures that represent what is on the card. The other players attempt to guess what the image represents. There is a great scene in the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal that depicts a group of thirty-something New Yorkers passing an afternoon playing Pictionary.


Scattergories is a fast-paced thinking game that can be great fun for adults. Players roll a die that has 20 sides, each one featuring a different letter. If you roll a "G," you have to come up with a word that starts with the letter "G" for as many of the game's twelve different categories as you can within three minutes.

Scene It

There are several different versions of Scene It, a popular DVD Board Game that includes clips from television programs and movies, trivia questions, and puzzlers. Scene It versions designed especially for adult players include:

Trivial Pursuit Totally 80s

The 80s version of Trivial Pursuit is great fun for the generation of grownups that remembers when trivial pursuit was first introduced. Those who grew up during the 80s will reminisce and roar with laughter when playing this game. This is a super choice for get-togethers for groups of friends who navigated the 80s together. Other versions of Trivial Pursuit adults might enjoy include:

Fun With Board Games for Adults

Each of these games, along with many others, can provide hours of fun and entertainment for grown-ups. The next time you're selecting a party theme, give some thought to planning an evening of fun and board games for you and your friends. You just might start a new tradition for your social circle.

Best Board Games for Adults