It’s no wonder the board game industry has seen such a resurgence in 2020; people everywhere were stuck at home and looking for ways to keep themselves entertained. With the new year upon us, what better way to kick off 2021 - especially for adults - than by bringing home a few new board games to play with friends and family? Board games are an easy and fun way to enjoy time together and it can be tough to know which games are the best. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the best board games for adults in 2021 to make your choice a little easier.
Azul is a tile-placement strategy game that tests your ability to think tactically. It has won multiple awards since its 2017 release and the aim of the game is to achieve the highest score possible by skillfully arranging coloured tiles on your personal board. Players take turns drafting tiles and assembling beautiful mosaics on their personal walls. This game is perfect for grown-ups looking for a challenging game as it takes a fair bit of forethought and strategy to come out on top.
Catan is a classic board game that is still beloved by many, and for good reason. The aim of the game is to accumulate ten victory points before any of your competitors do. On their turn, players will roll two dice, collect resources according to their roll and use those resources to build roads, settlements and other structures. The more structures a player builds, the more points they will accumulate. Catan is a great game for adults who enjoy a good challenge and being able to devise a strategy to win.
Codenames is a great board game for adult parties and other larger group gatherings. It challenges players to give one-word clues that can point to several words on the board. For example, if the word clued was “air,” players could point to words such as “sky” or “plane.” Players must guess the correct word while still avoiding any words that the opposing team is trying to clue. This is a super fun game that will have you and your friends laughing and strategizing for hours!
We hope this list has given you some ideas for great board games to play with your friends and family this year. We’ve included a range of game types and levels of difficulty, so no matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone on this list. So grab your friends and family, fire up the game night, and let the fun and competition begin!