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The 14 Most Popular Board Games For Adults

We've come a long way from Candyland and The Game of Life. Now, there are tons of super clever board games that are actually fun to play over the age of six. And the most popular board games for adults will have you hooked in no time.

Now, just because these games are aimed at adults, doesn't mean they are "adult." There's no saucy dice or naked Twister. These games are just a little more complicated or over-the-top than your average family fare. Like Settlers of Catan. There's nothing "adult" featured in the questing, adventure game, but it's a little too complex for a kid to interest him.

Or, maybe you want an easy-to-play party game? There are tons of great board games that require almost no set up, rules that make sense in under five minutes, and have room for lots of players. Whether you want to bust out the classic Cards Against Humanity or learn some new facts about your friends with the revealing The Voting Game, there's something that'll entertain every group of friends.

Just because you're not a kid anymore doesn't mean you have to leave board games behind. With these amazing board games for adults, you'll want to find any excuse to play.

Really get to know your friends with The Voting Game. Each round starts with a question like "Who would survive the longest in a zombie apocalypse?" Then, you vote on which friend best fits the bill and after the results are given, you try to guess who voted for you. Basically, you learn what people really think about you in a hilarious way.

One fan wrote: "My all-adult family likes to play family-friendly games. Our favorite is “Been there, Done that”. We have tried other games but none have come close to being as good as that game until this one. We played it today for the first time - we played for four hours straight! We didn’t even realize it! We were laughing so hard some of us were falling over in our chairs. It’s different than Been there, Done that because you don’t admit to anything - it’s all about people’s perception of you which is hysterical. One question was “this person pees in a pool every time”. It doesn’t matter what the correct real answer is, just what people think - who gets the most votes from the anonymous voting. Absolutely hysterical - our new favorite game. Love it!"

Live out your James Bond fantasies with Codenames. All the players (or agents) know each other only by code names and they race to see who can identify an agent first. If you like games like Werewolf and Mafia, this one really takes that to the next level.

One fan wrote: "Codenames really is genius in it's simplicity. It's a fantastic party game because it can be taught in under 5 minutes and provides a ton of fun. It has definitely been a hit in my gaming group and with my family over the holidays."

If you and your game night crew love to "act up," Cranium Dark should be the next addition to your board game collection. Cranium tests your trivia chops, creativity, and problem-solving abilities, and is just as much fun as a single-player game as it is with teams. The rules are pretty straightforward, and there's no board — everything is based on cards — so you can get down to hilarity sooner. Reviewers also note that it's a bit more PG than some other adult-focused board games, which makes this a great choice for mixed groups.

One fan wrote: "This game is hilarious. I haven't laughed so hard in a very long time. Everyone that played loved it! It was even requested to be brought to our family's Christmas gathering! Good game, not too raunchy, but certainly is fun."

Touted as "The Worst Game Ever Made," Disturbed Friends makes you decide what you and your friends would do in horrible situations. When you have to answer questions like, "In order to destroy my arch-nemesis, I will..." you learn a lot about how terrible you and your friends really are.

One fan wrote: "Easily the WORST (and I mean that in a good way...) game I’ve ever played. Lots of super twisted questions, and I played this with close friends. Hubby and I are both Army veterans and most of the people we played with have similar life experience. Cannot remember last time I played a game that literally made me want to roll on the floor in laughter!"

Kind of like an IRL Oregon Trail and a less fantastical Dungeons & Dragons, Settlers of Catan gives you a totally different playing experience every time. Players discover the isle of Catan and go on a quest to settle its wild lands. Over 1,500 people on Amazon love the combination of trading, tactics, and strategy that this game requires.

One fan wrote: "Beware! Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play. Watching youtube videos to improve your game, bribing your children.Your spouse will become a tricky, sneaky person you hardly recognize. While you will plot ways to take over.Side effects include: less tv watching, more under the table kicking, spontaneous maniacal laughter, snacking while plotting the demise of your friends and family. Best fun you've had in hours!"

Cards Against Humanity has pretty much taken over the board game world. With over 60,000 reviews, this is an enormously popular Amazon product. With 150 new cards since the last edition, this game is great if you've played it once or 1,000 times.

One fan wrote: "This is rude, crude, and I absolutely love it! It has been a hit with friends and family members. My mom even played, and laughed her butt off. Great game to just sit around and share many, many, laughs with each other! This is a guaranteed game when getting together!"

Over 16,000 people on Amazon have given this meme-centric game an overall 4.6-star rating! You compete to see who can make the funniest meme. It can get pretty raunchy, so this is definitely not a game for the family reunion.

One fan wrote: "The night our family played this game is the best night we've had in over ten years. We all laughed so hard we were in physical pain. I absolutely love this game and I would recommend it to anyone who loves playing games, laughing and a good time. The only slight downside the game has is that it is completely raunchy at times and people who are uncomfortable with questionable moral humor should avoid the game. If you are easily offended you shouldn't play this game. Other than that, it is the best game I have played in years and I played it with my father, a former minister who is not easily offended, and other family members."

Kickstarter went nuts for Exploding Kittens, and people on Amazon are keeping the love going. One of the most-backed projects in Kickstarter history, Exploding Kittens is a hilarious party game described as a "kitty-powered version of Russian roulette." With nearly 9,000 reviews on Amazon, this game is extremely popular and growing more and more loved every day.

One fan wrote: "If you love kittens, or really even if you don't love kittens you will love this game! I have bought myself this version and the original and all of my family members as well! Children and adults with love this suspenseful game. It is like a better and more anxiety ridden version of old maid...with a lot of twists! Can't explain how to play it, you just need to get it and try it out for yourself! I promise you will want to play it again and again and again! The game play goes quickly and most always everyone wants to play another round right after!"

Stick figures have never been funnier. This "offensive" card game lets you and your team create comic strips that are always hilarious and definitely NSFW. With super easy set up, this game is great for a party of pretty much any size and will definitely get everyone laughing.

One fan wrote: "I recently got into board games, but originally bought this for my dad who is big into board games HE LOVES it! He bought sleeves for it and everything and it's slowly becoming the first game we play when we get together to game! It's raunchy and hilarious, it's very simple to learn. SO much fun and it's an ice breaker if you're playing with new friends or people you don't know. I will for sure be looking for the expansions."

Get real with your friends with this hilarious party game. Each card gives a prompt and you have to decide which of your friends is most likely to do it. Between figuring out which friend "Is going straight to hell" or calling out who's most likely to "Get a popcorn bucket from the trash for free refills," you and your friends will have a fun time calling each other out for all their weird behaviors.

One fan wrote: "I bought this game for a family Christmas game night. At first it seemed that family members might take offense to being labeled one way or another, but pretty soon the laughter was far out-weighing anything else. By the time the game finished, people were seriously owning the peculiar traits they hadn't admitted to before.The game was well worth the cost and sparked many discussions in a family group that were good for the continued closeness of the group - PLUS - it was hilarious!! Great game and I would recommend it to anyone (adult that is!)"

The family game Charades gets an adults-only makeover in this Dark version of the board game. How it works: Divide up into two teams and sit in a group. The goal is to get your teammates to guess the word on your card simply by acting out the phrase. This adult-take on a classic game is sure to be a hit at your next game night.

One fan wrote: "I got this game for an adults only party.... freaking epic! Everyone loved this game, there was not 1 person who didn't get into it! Even acting it out the "dirty deeds" was hilarious. We found our selves laughing, yelling, jumping around, and getting way too into it! I cannot wait to play again! BUY IT!"

Deal with all the scares and mysteries of a spooky haunted house in Betrayal At House On The Hill. Navigate through the haunted hallways over and over, since every time you play you get a new scary scenario and a different configuration of rooms. For an additional $15, you can add the upgrade kit onto your purchase to incorporate new game pieces, dice, and art into the game.

One fan wrote: "Super fun game. I usually play with my D&D group, but once I pulled it out for a house party when I was trying to entertain some teenagers. Now they're the sort to fight and scream in a way that kinda ruins a game, even with other really fun tabletop games. I'm all for getting loud and having banter in a game, but not in a way that leaves half of the group feeling exhausted and thinking that they didn't have fun. Surprisingly, that didn't happen with this game. They were all engaged and enjoying themselves. If one of them got too rowdy, the others were quick to calm them down because they were all having a good time. Played it with them on other occasions, and since they understood how to play, it only went more smoothly. Like, I thought this game was fun before, but I like it more after that experience."

Monopoly Avengers is similar to the classic board game, but with a fun twist. Instead of selling and buying properties, each player is tasked with assembling an all-star team of superheroes. The goal? Outlast your friends. Even better, the tokens are golden Avengers statues, so you can play as your favorite character from the Marvel Universe.

One fan wrote: "Really fun - many more tokens to choose from that in most Monopoly games. This game is also just enough different from regular Monopoly that it's worth spending the money for another game, but not SO different that you feel like you're learning to play all over again as with some editions. As big Marvel fans, my family loves it."

All the fun of Clue with your favorite characters from Game of Thrones, this edition of Clue has it all. Play as Daenerys and pin all the blame on Cersei, or go crazy and take on Tyrion and accuse Greyworm. A great way to play a classic game and live out some of your favorite Game of Thrones fan fiction fantasies.

One fan wrote: "Everything you love about clue, with a Game of Thrones spin. Bought this as a gift (snd played it with them too!) We had a wonderful night playing through the adventure. The two-sided board helps so that you can play more than once in a night with it still feeling fresh and fun!"