Board games are activities that make for a perfect family or game night. They can be designed for two players, four players or more, and have been a fun pastime for thousands of years. Board games can be strategic, educational, mind-benders or just plain silly, depending on your entertainment tastes. They are also designed for specific age groups, that are categorized as family games, games for adults, and games for kids.

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Most importantly, board games should be loads of fun, and whether you are searching for an activity for a party or simply want to spend time with your loved ones, there are a variety of new and improved board games or updated classics for 2018 that will make new memories. Here is a list of some of the best board games that 2018 has to offer.

Board Games for Kids

Googly Eyes Game

Googly Eyes Game

Googly Eyes implies the skill of coordination and challenges your vision. Simply put on the wacky goggles that are included and try to draw a picture while guests seek to guess what it is. But hurry! You'll only have a limited time before your time runs out. The lenses come with 3 levels of difficulty, that range from mild to mind-blowing fun. Googly Eyes is ideal for all age groups and those with varying drawing skill levels since the glasses cause temporary impairment in vision and drawing skills. Don't know which lens to use? Just roll the dice and it will guide you to a difficulty level.

  • 4 or more players
  • 30 minutes
  • Ages 7 and up

Available at Amazon.com for $17.99.

Elementos

Elementos Board Game

Elementos is a game that was created originally as a Kickstarter campaign that became popular over time. Its ideal composition allows kids with short attention spans to strategize, plan, and utilize their thinking skills by using the elements (fire, water, and wood) akin to rock, paper, scissors, to beat the opposing team. Encased within a clam-shell box are all the items they will need. The game is lightweight and compact enough to utilize as a carry-on or for road trips. This fast-paced game works with the equilibrium of the elements, fire, water, and ice. However, it is up to the opponent to flips the pieces to reveal a different element only known to them. If you are able to advance your wand to the other side of the board, become the Elemaster and win!

  • 2 players
  • 15-20 minutes
  • For ages 7+

Available at Amazon.com.

Clue

Clue board game

Clue is a classic game that works with a large number of participants, where each player is a suspect in the murder of Mr. Boddy in Tudor Mansion. Not only does the game get more intense as time goes on, but in order to solve the case, one must collect as much data as possible on the victim and the accused in order to conclude the game. Clue can be enjoyed by all ages and helps everyone work together to try to solve a case. Clue also has many different version, but the most updated includes a new member -- Dr. Orchid, as well as five other players who try to unravel the mystery of who had which weapon in which room.

  • Up to 6 players
  • 45 minutes
  • Fun for all ages

Available at Walmart.com for $8.77.

5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule board game

In order to play 5 Second Rule, one must be quick thinking because you'll only have five seconds to name three things that have to do with each topic. You'll think it's easy but watching players get tongue-tied will become highly amusing as everyone tries to answer each subject. While the game seems simple enough, it's the time constraints that make it hard to beat. 5 Second Rule is also the perfect travel game that will keep your older kids entertained for hours and will help them to think quickly on their feet while under pressure. All you'll need is a general knowledge of various topics and the ability to think quickly.

  • 3+ players
  • 30 minutes
  • For ages 12 and up

Available at Target.com for $16.99.

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is a fun activity that teaches children a variety of different skills. It comes with a book with the same name and is a great tool to use when playing the game. Each player is given a colored acorn at the beginning of the game, that is placed in the tree. Players then use the colored spinner to try to land one of the colors, which matches with one of the acorns in the tree. Similar to Bingo, The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game determines the winner by who has a fully lit acorn tree first. The game teaches matching skills, strategy, assists children with their reading and writing skills, as well as how to read along. This educational game is also ideal for those who are in preschool and elementary grade levels.

  • 2-4 players
  • 15-20 minutes
  • For ages 3 and up

Available at Amazon.com for $19.10.

Most Popular Games For All Ages

Sequence

Sequence board game

Sequence is a game that the entire family can get involved in. With an intermediate difficulty level, Sequence is pretty easy to catch onto. All you have to do is play a card from your hand to be placed on the matching square on the board. When you have five in a row, it's a sequence. This game helps build skill levels in the realm of STEM and enables you to create any combination of rows, columns and diagonal. You may also play by teams, if you choose to do so, it's a good idea to rotate your players, so those that are playing are sitting across from each other.

  • 2-12 players
  • 30 minutes or less
  • For ages 7 and up

Available at Amazon.com for $16.49.

Codenames

Codenames board game

Codenames require two or more players who can unlock the names of 25 top secret agents. Two teams must also decide who can detect the real names of their agents first. Spymasters can only give one-word clues and while opponents have to try to guess words of the right color while avoiding the colors of the opposing team. Just be sure to avoid assassin or else risk losing your place. Whether you win or lose, you'll have fun trying to decode the clues.

  • 2 or more players
  • 15-20 minutes
  • Ages 14 years and up

Available at Target.com for $16.59.

Monopoly

Monopoly board game

Learn the value of property ownership, assets, and general wheeling and dealing in a classic game of Monopoly. Players have to learn to navigate the perils of losses and taxes when an opponent arrives, as well as the benefit of gaining income by selling land. Simply roll the dice and move that number of spaces on the board. If a player lands on a property that hasn't been purchased, then that player has the opportunity to build wealth and purchase it. If a player owns all the spaces within a specific color group, then that player is then able to build houses and hotels on their property, thus gaining even more wealth if an opponent lands on that property. Other actions, such as "pay taxes", "collect income", or "go to jail", are some of the other forms of penalties that one is subjected to in the world of Monopoly.

  • 2 or more players
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • 8 years and up

Available at Target.com for $14.79.

Suspend

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

Suspend takes balance and patience as each player must scramble to become the first player to get rid of all 24 of their rubber-tipped, notched pieces. The game is played by hanging each piece on a shared stand, utilizing just one hand to place each piece on an empty space. if anything shifts or touches the table once you place your piece, you must remove your piece then readjust it. If anything falls off, you have to keep those pieces and then attempt to hang them again once your turn comes around again. The first player who is able to suspend all their pieces without anything touching the table or falling off, wins.

  • 1-4 players
  • 15-20 minutes
  • 8 years and up

Available at melissaanddoug.com for $16.99.

Pandemic

Pandemic board game

Several contagious diseases have broken out in the world of Pandemic, a game of wills as each player participates as a specialist to help eradicate each of the four diseases that are plaguing the planet. The board itself highlights major population hotspots on earth. With each turn, a player may choose from four different actions to travel between the cities, discover the cure, treat the infected populations, and build a research station by using a deck of cards. Cards labeled "Epidemic!" intensifies the diseases, while another deck of cards is responsible for spreading the normal illnesses. Careful cooperation and planning are necessary for this game, as time is of the essence and you must help cure all the diseases, which determines a win, or lose if the diseases spread beyond recovery.

  • 2-4 players
  • 60 minutes
  • 8 years and up

Available at Amazon.com for $35.99.

Most Popular Games For Adults

The Castles of Burgundy

The Castles of Burgundy board game

The Castles of Burgundy is set in the Burgundy region of medieval France. Each player gets to take over a small area as an aristocrat, tasked with taking over settlements and placing them in their princedom. There are also five rounds within each game and each round is stocked with a settlement and goods tiles. All players roll their dice at the beginning of each round and rolls a goods die, which is then stocked according to the type of goods on the die. Each player takes turn with trading, livestock farming, city building, and scientific research. The player with the most points in the end wins.

  • 2-4 players
  • 30-90 minutes
  • 12 and up

Available at target.com for $27.49.

Keyper

Keyper board game

Keyper consists of 2-4 players interacting in 4 rounds. Each round represents one of the four seasons: Spring, autumn, winter, and summer. Each player gets their very own village board, also called a keyp board, in which each player is influenced according to the current season, which can work for or against their advantage. All in all, it's important for players to work with each other, as this can also have an advantage when deciding to continue working on your own board, or alongside others, as you accumulate more strategies and work around your keyples.

  • 2-4 players
  • 60-120 minutes
  • Ages 14 and up

Available on amazon.com for $67.99.

Indian Summer

Spring Meadow board game

Spring Meadow is known for its captivating artwork, but what really sets this game apart from other board games is its notable spring foliage. As we embark into summer, we must first travel through spring's beauty, unearth treasures and discover some treasures along the way. Spring Meadow completes Uwe Rosenberg's puzzle trilogy, which also includes Indian Summer and Cottage Garden, and lends its complexity as being the most interactive of the three. This game also allows you to skillfully place your tiles, while you navigate through the marmots, but be careful, as they can impede your journey. Whoever has the largest meadow by the end of the game, receives a hiking pin. Once you earn two hiking pins, you win!

  • 1-4 players
  • 45-60 minutes
  • Ages 8 and up

Available at amazon.com for $38.62.

Dice Throne

Dice Throne board game

If you are fond of players with unique abilities and intriguing heroes, then this game is for you. Dice Throne is a highly engaging combat game, which enables you to select from a variety of avatars and combat your opponent with unique abilities, with just a roll of a dice. You may spend earn and spend your combat points to apply to unlock your player's unique abilities or spend them to unlock special effects. other characteristics of the game include the ability to manipulate your opponent's men, as well as upgrade your own ability as the game progresses.

  • 2-6 players
  • 20-30 minutes
  • Ages 8 and up

Available at roxley.com for $45.00.

Star Wars: Legion

Star Wars: Legion board game

Lead your troops to victory in Star Wars: Legion, set in within the intergalactic realm of Star Wars. Become the commander of your own army to lead them against Darth Vader and his troopers in the Galactic Civil War. Star Wars: Legion takes you on a thrilling ride within a miniature action adventure game. Ward off ground or repulsor vehicles, while embodying icons, such as Luke Skywalker (The Force) or Darth Vader (The Dark Side). The game's easy assembly and unpainted territory enables you to bring the battlefield wherever you go.

  • 2 players
  • 1-2 hours
  • Ages 14 and up

Available at fantasyflightgames.com for $89.95.

Board games never go out of style. In 2018, they are just getting even better. Keep yourself and your loved ones entertained, with these classic and groundbreaking games that you'll never want to put down.

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