It is obvious that classic board games like Monopoly, Battleship, or Scrabble are fun. But today, the number of board games has exploded, and there are so many games to try. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the top 5 best board games for teens. This list is based only on my opinion, so you may feel free to offer your favorites in the comments section below! So, let’s check them out.
The author of the game is the Czech developer named Vlaada Chvatil, best known for his pretty hardcore games like Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Mage Knight, Space Alert, Galaxy Truckers, etc. In 2015, all fans of board games were expecting a new complex project from the family of European games. And absolutely no one expected that the well-known author of weighty games would present the world his version of a popular social game.
Codenames is a team game where you need to guess the words. Players are divided into two equal teams, and each team chooses one captain, who gives them hints. The essence of the game is to find all the agents of your team. The team that guesses all names first wins the game. But the game may end earlier if someone runs into the killer.
Captains sit on one side of the table, players on the other. Random cards with words are laid out on the table in such a way that they form a 5x5 field. The names on the cards are secret agents, among which are also civilians and one killer. Players know these agents only by their code names, which are written on the cards. The captains, with the help of a key revealing the secret personalities of the agents, know who is the agent of one and the other team, who is a civilian, and who is the killer. The task of each captain is to tell his team exactly where the agents of their team are located (one team is red, the other is blue).
2. 7 Wonders: Duel
7 Wonders: Duel is developed by Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala. It’s a refreshed version of the good old 7 Wonders board game. The game itself has not changed much. Players still acquire cards by spending resources on them and getting the wonders to achieve victory.
In the open draft Duels, the parsing of cards begins from the bottom. The bottom cards are open, and players can choose whatever they want. As soon as a closed card gets rid of overlapping cards in the bottom row, it becomes open. Thus, when you take a card from the bottom and open the top closed card for an opponent, you can thereby give him something very cool, and you will do it completely un-special. Considering the new conditions of victory, the game feels like a completely new and interesting one.
3. The Rivals For Catan
The plot of the game lies in the fact that you get to the abandoned island of Catan, where you have to explore the territory, get materials, build roads, cities, fight with robbers and manage trade deals. The island of Catan is divided into 19 pieces, and each of them represents a certain landscape: field, forest, arable land, hills, and mountains.
In each new game, the field is formed randomly, which increases the replay value of the game. Each player starts the game with two settlements and two roads. Each settlement brings 1 victory point. To win the game, you have to score 10 points. The main thing you will do in the game is building.
You have to build roads, villages and cities. Roads do not bring points, but by building the longest road, you can get 2 points. Villages, as I have already noted, give 1 point, and cities can bring you maximum 2 points. To build something, you need to spend resources. Resources are extracted very simply. The player rolls the dice which determines the hexes that should work and bring income (their number is the same as the number that fell on the dice).
All players whose villages or cities border the active hexes receive from 1 to 3 resources. The forest gives wood, pastures give wool, arable land produces grain, hills give you clay, and mountains bring ore. When a player receives a resource, he just takes the card with the corresponding resource into his hand. It is worth noting that players do not see exactly what resources their rivals have. As soon as a player scores 10 or more victory points, he is declared the winner.
4. Bears vs Babies
The new game from the creators of Exploding Kittens (Exploding Kittens) in just four hours on Kickstarter raised $ 500,000! Bears Vs Babies is a card game that reached the required amount of $ 10,000 on Kickstarter in less than 30 minutes! The theme of the game is the same dubious: after the exploding kittens - the game with bears and babies, where babies are terrible.
Bears vs Babies offers the easiest gameplay and crazy theme, everything is as before. Mutant bears and other creatures must destroy disgusting children. On your turn, you draw a card from the general deck and see what type it is. If it is a child, then it is immediately laid out in the center of the table, where an army of children is formed. If you pulled a part of the creature, then you lay in front of you, attaching it to other parts, or starting a new one. The strength of the creature is equal to the number of cards of which it consists. If the force of a creature during a fight exceeds the number of children, then it successfully eats them, which means getting victory points.
The one who has more children eaten at the end of the game is declared the winner. There are also cards of tricks representing different weapons, hats and other accessories that can be played on opponents or used for your own benefit. This is a card game where players build monsters that go to war with horrible, horrible babies. Whoever eats the most kids wins. The game takes about 20 minutes.
5. What Do You Meme?
This one is the easiest. Players get cards with memes on them and come up with funny descriptions. The funniest one wins! What Do You Meme is a great thing for parties or family gatherings. You can both follow the basic game or add your rules and play it a different way.
Talk to me
So, if you read this section, you’ve probably checked all top 5 games from my list. Now, it’s time for you to share your thoughts! Did you already try any of them? Or, maybe I’ve missed something interesting? Use the comments section below to share your experience or suggest your own picks.