board games for teens

10 Best Board Games for Teens – Games that Capture Their Attention

When you think board games for older kids, there is a pause because it is not a highly advertised market. However, there are plenty of enticing board games for teens out there that will have them coming back to play over and over.

Games that are made for teens and older tend to play longer, most at least an hour or more. These games are also filled with strategy and a world building element. There are more card playing versions for individuals that prefer cards and other games that are more standard board game setup.

The variety from fantasy games to more down to earth based games, offer a world that can appeal to any preference.

Check out some of these 10 thrilling board games for teens and make time to play!

1. Pandemic

Work together to cure the four epidemics that are sweeping the world at an alarming rate. Each player in Pandemic assumes a role of the CDC and begins the game. You will take turns and work together to cure each of the four diseases before another epidemic breaks out and spreads them faster. The game is over when you are able to cure all the diseases or if you fail and run out of epidemic cubes. Purchase expansion packs to enhance your gameplay and add new levels.

Ages: 13 and up

2. Codenames

Unleash your inner spy with the Codenames game. This fun board game for teens has various pictures on the main board. Split into two teams and select a spy master. The spymaster will give you clues to help you guess to figure out who the spy they need to contact is. This game boosts word association and helps you learn to think strategically to give clues to your team without giving away answers to the rival team.

Ages: 10 and up

3. Carcassonne

This strategic medieval game is based on tile laying. Each player gets seven little people to use. The first player lays the beginning tile, and everyone takes turns laying tiles in a pattern to build the Carcassonne landscape map with farms, roads and a city or two, depending on how it is laid. While you are laying the tiles, strategically place your little people on either a road, a farm or in the city for points.

Ages: 8 and up

4. The Settlers of Catan

This role playing game has won various awards for it’s immersive world. In The Settlers of Catan, you begin by building the world via a random mix that allows for different gameplay every time. And then you set off to build up your own settlement. Beware there are robbers and those who seek to purchase a monopoly and tax you. This game takes about sixty minutes to play and very seldom does it play the same way twice.

Ages: 10 and up

5. Dominion: 2nd Edition

Dominion: 2nd Edition is a card building game. To play, each person is delt out coin value cards. They will then use these cards to purchase more base cards that range in prices. Some of the base cards allow you to trash a card for twice the points so you can get a higher level card. To win, you must have the highest priced deck. This game offers multiple expansions that add more levels and depth to the original game.

Ages: 13 and up

6. Power Grid

Start from the ground up and spread power all over the United states with the Power Grid game. This strategic board game for teens requires multiple levels of strategy and lets you bid against one another to build the ultimate money making power grid. There are multiple phases of play, a bidding war for plant, resource buying and then strategic city tile placement. After you finish the basic round, you can then unlock higher plants and upgrade your equipment.

Ages: 12 and up

7. Ticket to Ride

This fun for all ages game encourages you to take a trip around the United States as you build you train route to win. In Ticket to Ride, each player gets a set of train cars and is then dealt cards for destinations. You win points every time you are able to lay tracks, and bonus points for winding your train through to your destination cards. The player with the most points wins this fun and strategic board game for teens.

Ages: 8 and up

8. 7-Wonders

This world building game is played in three ages. To play 7-Wonders, each player is dealt a stack of cards. You then choose a card from the deck, place it face down and pass the cards to your neighbor. They will pass their deck to you and you choose another card. This continues for three rounds. You then use the cards to built structures for points. The person with the most points through all three ages is the winner.

Ages: 10 and up

9. Puerto Rico

This all round fair board game for teens lets you play without being cutthroat. In Puerto Rico, each player chooses a role and begins to build up their small boards. On your boards you grow crops and harvest goods to ship back to the mainland for points. This game is moderately easy to learn and takes about an hour and a half to play. There really is no telling who wins until the end when your points are tallied up and shared.

Ages: 12 and up

10. Splendor

Build your own jewels and entice visits from nobles in this renaissance board game for teens. To play, each person is dealt a hand of cards and basic gems. As the game play on, you will upgrade your gems to build jewelry and rare items to sell in your shopfront. Win Splendor by making the most money from selling to higher ranked officials and royalty. This game has great re-playablity and is great for beginners or advanced game players.

Ages: 10 and up

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Last update on 2017-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API