5 Of The Best Board Games For Teenagers

We enjoy playing a board game or two in this house and family games night is a regular occurrence, that is lots of fun! As the kids get older I think it’s more important than ever that we keep games night going, as it’s a great way to spend time with them. Every Christmas we get them a new game each to play on Boxing Day afternoon. We have tried so many games over the years and we wanted to share what we think are some of the best board games for teenagers.

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The Best Board Games For Teenagers (In our opinion!)

  • Smart Ass. This is a general knowledge game with a difference. There are three categories – who, what and where am I? Each question has 10 clues about the answer that get read out one by one. As soon as you think you know the answer you shout it out and if you’re correct, move one step closer to the winning spot. This is a great game to play with a group. The categories aren’t too difficult for teenagers to be able to join in, but they’re also suitable for older generations to enjoy as well.


  • 5 Second Rule. Name three things in 5 seconds – sounds easy right! But when the clock is ticking down your mind goes blank and you can’t name one, let alone three. The subjects aren’t difficult either, name three types of transport or breeds of dog, it’s harder than it sounds! This game is hilarious. You find yourself shouting out the craziest answers that make no sense at all. This is definitely one of the best board games for teenagers.


  • Articulate. In this game you have to describe what’s on the card without saying the word or using ‘sounds like’ or ‘rhymes with’. This is a team game and the other team will do their best to heckle you and put you off while you’re trying to describe as many words as you can before the time runs out. We’ve included this game because it’s one we enjoy playing with just the four of us, but also with a bigger group.

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  • Cluedo. An oldie but most definitely a goody! Move around the board and work out who committed the murder, in which room and with which weapon. We couldn’t miss this off of our list of best board games for teenagers because it is a firm favourite in our house.


  • Obama Llama. Ok, so technically I don’t think this counts as a board game, but it’s so much fun I couldn’t leave it out! This is a rhyming game – for those old enough to remember, think Ant and Dec’s Wonky Donkey. For those that don’t know what I’m on about, there’s a clue on the card and you have to find the rhyming answer for example, Chairman Mao milking a cow. We don’t play this game the correct way, we simply have somebody who reads a clue and everyone else tries to answer. We definitely saved the best game for last!

So there you have our choice of the five best board games for teenagers. There were so many more games that we could have included – Game of Life, Rapidough are two more that we enjoy playing. (We also love Snakes and Ladders – but I’m not sure you’d class it as a teenager’s game!)



  1. pigeonpairandme
    November 26, 2018 / 10:51 am

    This is handy for me, because my two are growing up, and although they’re not teenagers yet, my son in particular is too old for some of the more babyish games we used to play. I like the sound of Obama Llama!

    • memoriesandmayhemblog
      November 28, 2018 / 7:07 am

      It’s so tricky when they reach that stage where they’re not quite old enough to play the more mature games, but they’re too old for the games they’re used to playing. Obama Llama is a great option to fill that gap – we played it at the weekend with family ranging in age from 13 to 80 and everyone enjoyed it! xx

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