April 22, 2024


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22 Best Board Games 2021: Adult, Family, And 2-Player Board Games

In 2022, the board game scene is absolutely massive and full of eclectic and thrilling experiences to play alongside family and friends. If your board game experience is mostly limited to the popular staples of your childhood, you’re certainly in for a treat. Nowadays, there are narrative-based adventures, engrossing tabletop RPGs, deep and complex card games, brilliant strategy games, and better family-friendly options than ever before. There are even some highly enjoyable board games that you can play solo, which is awesome since it’s not always easy to find a group of people to play a new board game with. We’ve rounded up the best board games we’ve played recently. Our 25 picks span across a wide variety of genres, so there should be something here for you regardless of your particular tastes.

When shopping for some new board games, it’s important to keep in mind who you’ll be playing with and what kind of time investment you’re down for. Will you be playing with folks who are already tabletop-savvy, or are you looking for more casual party games that anyone can jump in and play? Are you looking for games that can be played in quick, successive rounds, or are you willing to invest in a legacy game, one that’s played over multiple sessions with permanent changes made to the game each time? If you live with just one other person, are you interested in two-player board games? We’ve tried to include a variety of different board games in our list as well as a mix of tabletop classics and modern gems.

Another thing to keep in mind before we dive in: Many of the most popular board games can be played digitally these days. This includes official digital releases on platforms like Steam or the Nintendo eShop. Another great option is Tabletop Simulator, which offers official DLC for some of the great board games on this list as well as a massive library of mods for both popular and niche titles. If you don’t have space for a bunch of physical board games or live far away from most of your tabletop-loving friends, this is an alternate way to enjoy everything the wonderful world of board games has to offer.

With that said, here is our list of the best board games we’ve played and love–be sure to let us know your favorites as well in the comments down below.