If your friends all already own some combination of popular games like Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens and Taboo, check out some of these up-and-coming games that are sure to be big favorites this year! Our board game gift guide – adults version- is our collection of some fun and rowdy favorites of ours that are available to purchase today (mostly through Amazon).
Check out this previous post for the full board game gift guide – including games for kids and families.
I’ve arranged the games from more party-style games to more serious and strategic games, so you can find the perfect gift for your friend or family member. Some of these games I would not recommend for co-workers – unless you really know each other well!
Word Mines is the adult version of Taboo. You draw a card and then must describe the word or phrase without using any of the words listed on the card. And these words are naughty. An easy, fun and bawdy filler or party game.
Available at: wordmines.com for $25
FML! The Game
FML! is the adult, real-world version of Life the game. Just like in Life, you’ll choose whether to go the college, randomly get a job and roll to move and suffer debilitating surprises and massive amounts of debt – or get lucky and end up in a mansion laughing at your friends who retire in the trailer park. Hey, it’s about the journey, not the destination. There’s optional drinking game rules as well to really make it a party!
Available at: fmlthegame.com for $30
Drinks with Frenemies
Drinks with Frenemies is a fun party and drinking game full of mini-games, rules and plenty of chances to pick on your friends in jest. You can choose from several decks, including the original, retro and NSFW decks.
Players: 3+ (the more the merrier!)
Available at: Pre-order for $17-60
This party card game is literally 5-minutes (there’s a fun timer app you can put on your own device), and it’s a fast-paced five minute game were players work together to defeat the monsters and bosses as they pop up in the dungeon!
Available at: Amazon for ~$20
Watch us play 5-Minute Dungeon:
Bullets & Teeth
A cut-throat game of survive at all costs. This little card game packs a lot of punch as you’ll struggle to evade and kill the zombies – or direct the horde towards your friends. Hey, you don’t have to outrun the zombies; you just have to run faster than the person next to you.
Available at: pre-order for $25
Escape Room the game
I love escape rooms! Immerse yourself into a unique world and work together to solve puzzles, decode, and put the clues together to escape before the timer runs out. Escape Room the Game comes with 4 unique scenarios taking about an hour each. If you know some who is a puzzle addict (Sudoku/Colorku and Ricochet Robots) – then you’ll definitely want to get them this game!
Available at: Amazon for ~$30
Watch us play the first scenario:
Tournament at Camelot
Tournament at Camelot is a trick-taking card game, with favorite characters like King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. If someone you know could use an upgrade to traditional card games like Hearts or 13, this is a great one to gift them!
Available at: Amazon for ~$25
Master of Wills
Master of Wills is a unique strategy tug of war game. You’ll play cards and abilities to move units toward your faction and win their loyalty. There’s some really great combos and strategy in this game, and I like how you can play teams as well.
Available at: masterofwills.com for $60 (use code FIRSTMOW for $10 off!)
Unearth is beautiful! Initially attracted by the art, I was not disappointed playing this game. A competitive strategy game, players take turns attempting to win various ruins and build their collection of wonders.
Available at: Amazon for ~$30