Best Board Games For Kids, Family, and Friends 

Best Board Games For Kids, Family, and Friends

Board games are always part of happy childhood memories. Aren’t they?

How can one forget all that fun playing with cards, forming partnerships, fighting against enemies, taking challenges, playing the role of a favorite character, decoding hints, the last moment adrenaline rush, and the release of feel-good hormones after winning and so much more?

Our daunting busy schedule and poor work-life balance don’t allow us to spend quality time with loved ones. Scrolling through social media feeds, we are losing that playfulness and real human connections.

Playing board games is a perfect backlash against digital. A beautiful excuse to bring people together. 

I still play board games with my family and friends. Not just for entertainment!

“The score never interested me, only the game.”- Mae West

Do you know there are plenty of benefits of playing these board games?

  • Have fun and laughter
  • Release endorphins
  • Feeling of happiness
  • Harmonious family gathering
  • Boost brainpower
  • Build collaborative skills
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Kill boredom
  • Reduce negative thoughts
  • Beat holiday stress
  • Improve critical thinking and concentration

Related: How Games Can Improve Your Mental Health

Why miss on so many benefits? Why not keep your playfulness alive?

We all love to play! No matter how grown-up we are, we hold that desire to immerse in a playful experience. 

Aiming to add more playfulness into your life? Then board games will never disappoint you!

Here are best board games that are fun and challenging:

Best Space-Themed Board Games

#1 Cosmic Encounter

An amazing space-themed board game that gives you an epic galactic feel. Players can choose from 50 different alien races each with its own unique powers and abilities to build a galactic empire. Picking up expansions can spike the number of races, which means a lot of replayability packed into one box.

While you’re in progress, the alien races of the cosmos vie with each other for control of the universe. Alliances may shift any moment and cataclysmic battles send starships screaming into the warp. It may be hard to win without cunning and diplomacy. Play to know if you can.

  • Players 3-5
  • Playing time 60-120 min
  • Age 12+

Related: Cosmic Marriage: Your True Partner Has Already Been Decided

#2 Galaxy Trucker

One of the household favorites, this science fiction-themed game is all about spaceship construction and flying to the destination. The flight phase is immersive because cards contain effects like meteor showers, battlezones, planets with goods, pirates that can bring money or remove pieces of the ship or even force a player to return home. Hourglasses keep players under time pressure and give you a good adrenaline rush!

Can you build a space ship strong enough to weather storms and defend against pirates? Big enough to carry a large crew and fast enough to get there first?

  • Players 2-4
  • Playing time 60 min
  • Age 10+

#3 Firefly: The Game

Incredibly thematic, this is a fantastic board game for teenagers and adults well-designed to have a lot of fun. Players captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the ‘Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers. The high-quality components of the game is an add on. People rarely, if ever, finish a game in less than two hours. It’s a perfect getaway when there are no studies or work to do. If you are a fan of Firefly or Serenity, then it’s worth a buy.

  • Players 1-4
  • Playing time 120-240 min
  • Age 13+

Best Movie-Themed Board Games

#1 Star Wars: Rebellion Board Game

If you are a lover of Star Wars and the imaginative universe, then this is the best board game with over 150  miniatures. Gather your armies and rule the entire Galactic Empire or control the Rebel Alliance. Each side has different win conditions. Whether you choose to be a Rebel or Imperial player, you’ll need to adjust your playstyle accordingly. Of all the star wars games, this one is popular for it offers a classic star wars experience. Enjoy the epic conflict!

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