Few board games beat Monopoly, it’s a fan-favourite for a reason, after all. And despite picking up countless other games, it’s one we keep coming back to time and time again. Whether you choose to be the dog, hat, penguin, or car is up to you as you work your way across the board to beat your opponents, just narrowly avoiding jail each time. If you’re anything like our tester, it can get extremely competitive, so be sure not to throw the board over. But remember, a good game can take time, so get ready to settle around the table for a night of light-hearted fun with no cheating, please.
We all love watching TV, and there’s no short supply of amazing shows thanks to Netflix, Now TV, Disney+ and Sky stream box, to name but a few. But when it comes to spending quality time and bonding with your loved ones, few things can beat a board game.
While they may seem old-fashioned to some – and we mean really old, as the first board games hark back to Ancient Egyptian times, so be sure to remember that fact for the pub quiz – they’re a surefire way to get everyone around the table. And let us remind you that they’re designed to be fun, so no flipping over the Monopoly table when you end up in jail, please.
Of course, there are cult classics such as Cluedo and party-starter picks such as Pictionary that will never get old, but each year brings with it a lot of new additions ready to get the healthy competition going. So, we’ve tested all the latest and greatest options to see which board games truly deserve a spot on the table.
Keep reading below to see which board games our tester will be taking to their next family party or dinner with friends. And don’t forget, no one likes a cheat – we’re watching you...
How we tested
Rounding up our friends and family, our tester turned their living room into a board game testing laboratory. And yes, it was as fun as it sounds. Trialling out both new and old games, we’ve given each one a rating out of five, judging how easy it was to play, who it’s best suited for and most importantly, how enjoyable it actually was to play. After all, there’s nothing worse than losing players halfway through due to boredom.
The best family board games for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Monopoly classic: £24, Tesco.com
- Best family board game for big groups – Mentality: The udderly addictive family board game: £17.49, Amazon.co.uk
- Best adult board game – 5 second rule uncensored version 2 party game: £15, Argos.co.uk
- Best challenging board game – Race to escape: The 3D replayable escape room board game: £17.81, Amazon.co.uk
- Best competitive board game – Taskmaster board game: £18.75, Whsmith.co.uk