Over the last decade or so the family unit has been growing away from each other and finding board games for teenagers to enjoy can be difficult. However, playing games after dinner, on the weekends or slow week nights can be a way for families to get together.
What Kinds of Games do Teenagers Like
Board games for teenagers have to be able to do several things:
- Keep them interested enough to continue playing
- Be fun and yet relevant
- If at all possible teach them something they did not know before and in a fun way
- Have adaptability
The idea behind board games is that people play them to have fun while passing the time. There are many types of board games out there that families can enjoy no matter the age. Student aged children still have developing minds and therefore require something a little more fun and challenging then matching games, simple card games like Go Fish or the like.
Trivia games like Trivial Pursuit can be fun, challenging and rewarding while always being different. Trivial Pursuit constantly updates its game and creates new games for younger people and for those who like niche subjects like entertainment. However, not all teenagers will enjoy Trivial Pursuit because it can take a long time and be somewhat boring - too much like school.
Strategy games can be a lot of fun (and can also take a lot of time to learn and to play). Chess and checkers are the old stand-bys, but games like Risk and Axis and Allies can teach a lot about strategy and history in the case of Axis and Allies. Stratego and Battleship are also great games of strategy.
Party games can be great fun for large groups of people regardless of age. Teenagers particularly like games like Cranium because there is something to learn, it's a group effort and you can make a fool of yourself without being yelled at. Also in this grouping are games like Apples to Apples and Argue.
Board Games for Teenagers
There are many choices for the parent looking to get their teenagers into the world of board games. Board games will usually have a suggested age range for appropriate play, but as a parent that is ultimately up to you. The following is representative of some of the available board games for teenagers.
Party and for Fun Games
- American Idol All Star DVD Challenge Game: Fans of the popular singing reality show will enjoy this game. Played much like Scene It! you get to answer questions from the first four seasons of the show amidst many clips.
- Cineplexity: A game for 12 year olds and up and asks questions about movies like what holiday movie also features a character in uniform.
- Clue: The old favorite and probably one of the standards of board games is not just fun for the entire family but with recent additions and changes makes it more relevant.
- Apples to Apples: A wild game for up to 10 players that has the players playing cards that best describes the card that was played by the judge, and if the judge chooses your card you win that round and the points.
- Monopoly: The classic and always favorite board game has had many changes and additions over the last few years making it an easy choice for many parents. There are varieties based on NFL teams as well as themes and movies.
- Loaded Questions: Ever wanted to know which of your friends is secretly wishing to be an American Idol? You can find out while playing this game. Guess who chose what to earn points and eventually win the game.
- Quelf: You take on the role of a quirky character (1 of 8) and insane things start to transpire. The game allows your get together to turn in to severe silliness and wackiness including wrapping your head in toilet paper, reciting armpit poetry or acting like Dracula. As you move around the game board, as one of eight quirky characters, crazy things start to happen. Your friends start talking strangely. Your mom's face is wrapped in toilet paper. Your dad is acting like Dracula, and you are reciting a poem about your armpits.
Learning Games: Strategy and Trivia
- Axis and Allies: Several games under the Axis and Allies umbrella make it quite expandable and a lot more advanced when compared to games like Risk and Stratego. These games also offer players a look at real historical battles.
- Civil Lore: A new trivia game that tests knowledge of American culture and history from folk stories and urban legends to the nitty gritty of history.
- Letterflip: A 2-player game that has players trying to deduce the concealed word through the use of visible letters. The more letters you need, the less points you will get when you get the word right - a modern hangman.
- Shadows over Camelot: Combines historical data and stories to formulate a game about the Crusades and King Arthur. The Knights of the Round Table must complete quests while a Knight in their midst is a traitor and working against them.
- The Game of Life: Not usually considered a game of learning, but it will show teenagers that life is not all about fun - there is responsibility that goes with everything.
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: The popular TV game show comes to life as a board game. Find out if you are as smart as you think you are by answering questions every 5th grader should know.