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Best Board Games For Teenagers

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What are the best board games for teenagers?

You may think that teenagers and board games don't normally mix but you'd be wrong. The younger teens that I know love board games for sleepovers, to enjoy with their friends and still love playing with the family. Board games have even had a resurgence with college students with new classics such as Apples to Apples. Board games can be hilarious but some can be addictive too. Teens will find it hard to drag themselves away from some of the strategic games such as Carcasonne.

Board games can be really therapeutic. They can help build relationships between groups of friends and rebuild relationships between family members. Games that make you laugh and socially interact can be great to help get rid of any tension with teens and can be bonding too. Board games can also be educational too.

So teens - drag yourselves away from the Xbox and start checking out these best board games for teenagers below.

Tips for Choosing the Best Board Game

Before choosing your board game here are a few tips to help you choose the right one.

How many people will be playing? - Make sure your board games will accommodate enough people especially if you plan to be playing in a group. You could consider a game that will allow you to play in teams if you have an especially large group.

Length of the game? - Some games do last for a while (think classics such as Monopoly), so it's worth checking how long the game should go on for so you know if it's suitable. Consider the time frame you want to play for (20 minutes, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours) and this may help you choose the right game.

Purpose of the game - Consider what you hope to achieve when playing the game. For example are you after laughter and fun or competition? Or a bit of both?

Games for teenagers which are fun!

Look out for the following features for a high fun factor in a board game:

Easy to learn - there's nothing less fun that having to spend an hour working out how the board games is played and learning 100 000 different rules.

Laughter - board games which are the most fun tend to have an element of humor and will get people laughing.

Relaxed - the most fun board games are those which give participants the opportunity to let go a little, shout out what they want to and fill a room full of noise and discussion. A roomful of silent people waiting for their turn isn't the most fun time you could probably expect.

If the top priority for your board games is for it to be fun, you will love the games below.

Top Fun Choice 2016

Party Games for Teenagers

The best party board games will be measured by how much you laugh and have fun, It won't really matter who wins! They aren't meant to be quiet but are meant to get people shouting out, and socializing.

It may be worth considering the theme of the board game you choose. Try not to choose a game with topics that might offend!

The board games below are great for fun with families and friends!

Avoid Board Game Arguments!

Although board games are meant to be fun, anybody who's played a few knows that often they can lead to heated debates and arguments. It can even begin with "what board games should we play?", proceed to arguments over the rules and lead to cheating! If your aim is to promote family harmony and friendship while playing board game you will want to avoid those board game arguments. So, here are a few tips.

Avoid games that are most likely to lead to arguments.

There are some games that just always lead to an argument. My top games which lead to arguments include:

Trivial Pursuits : Never play an outdated version of trivial pursuits. I know this from experience! You'll spend half your time arguing over whether or not the answer is still correct.

Scrabble : The argument about whether or not your opponent has spelled a word correctly or if it is even a word at all?

Monopoly: Great when you have all the "best properties". But not so great if you spend all your time stuck in jail when everybody else is whizzing around the board.

Pick a game to play out of a hat

If you always argue about which game to play, put all the names of the board games in a hat. Pick out one and that's the game to play.

Establish the rules before you begin

Make sure everybody is clear on how the game is played before you begin.

Word games!!

It's well known that playing word games such as the ones below help improve your brain power. Regular playtime will help form new neural patterns and networks. They also are great for helping learn new vocabulary, improve communication skills and become more creative.

Playing games that give your brain a workout can also have lots of other positive side effects such as improved memory skills, increased logic and linguistic proficiency. As a sidenote, there's evidence to show that playing games which challenge your brain throughout your life make it less likely you will suffer from illnesses such as Alzheimer's later on.

So not only are the games below fun, they will help give teenagers a boost of brain power!

Strategy Games

Strategy games are great for learning to plan ahead, think about the next move and how this will affect the move after that.. Be warned they can become addictive!

Very educational games

If you'd like some very educational games for teenagers some ideas include:

Scrabble - the classic word game

Equate - this is the number equivalent to scrabble. If your teenager is mathematically minded they will love it and it's also great to help teenager improve their number skills.

Check out another option below.

Gravity Maze

Bestselling Games for 2016

Gravity Maze featured above is one of the bestselling board games for 2016. Some others to look out for include:

Cards of Humanity - this is an adult games so it would be for older teens aged 18 and up. Plus you need to have a good sense of humour and not be easily offended. If you meet those criteria, it's an excellent and hilarious, fun game.

Ticket To Ride - is a cross country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their destination tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

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Comments on the best board games for teenagers

unplugtivity on June 28, 2014:

Board games are a great way to get kids off the video games or social media and interact with real friends and family. Great lens

Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on June 17, 2014:

Great selection of board games, great lens.

Mark from Italy on April 24, 2014:

I love board games!

feelingadventurous on April 20, 2014:

I have always enjoyed board games. They are great fun for the entire family!

di4422 on April 04, 2014:

My family loves games! We have game nights usually on friday's. Great suggestions!!

Melody Lassalle from California on November 30, 2013:

My family (grown ups and children) play games at all our family gatherings. You've got some great suggestions here. Many games I've never heard of. Thanks!

Melody Lassalle from California on November 30, 2013:

My family (grown ups and children) play games at all our family gatherings. You've got some great suggestions here. Many games I've never heard of. Thanks!

Michael Oksa on January 17, 2013:

What a great bunch of games! Several of them made my list as well. :)

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

The best game of all is Rummikub. My family has been playing it for years and my mom and aunt never get tired of playing. They are in the above 80 year old range and they play with the same drive to win as the 40 somethings and the teens. It's a great game of strategy and a bit of luck!

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

Have none of these but thanks anyway

Lorenzo24 on September 14, 2012:

I love Carcassonne. You have some good game choices in your lens!

games_rush on August 13, 2012:

Thanks for sharing!

Theofilos Theodor on December 08, 2011:

carcassonne is an awesome game:)

mjrinella on September 01, 2011:

Nice list of games. One game I would recommend would be Twister - or any party game, for that matter!

anonymous on December 27, 2010:

Thanks

anonymous on December 25, 2010:

Thanks

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on December 16, 2010:

Thanks for the interesting choices for teens! =D

anonymous on March 30, 2010:

Very interesting. Nice lens. I just want to share something that you might be interested, Bridge, is a card game fun to play, but the better you play, the more fun it is. As you improve, you will be fascinated at discovering how much there is to the game. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, bridge is not difficult to learn. Learn how to play bridge contract card game and improve your bridge game in less than five minutes a day. Keep on posting interesting stuff, more power to your lens.