Board Games for Teen Boys
There are a wide range of choice of board games for teenagers. Some of them can be very addictive so if you can get your teenager to play with them once, it is likely they'll get hooked. You may even drag them away from their tablet. Try and choose a type of board game that will appeal to your teen boy. There are all kinds, some are even based on popular TV shows or movies which may have some extra appeal.
In the article below I have covered many different times from strategy and puzzle games (both of which can be very addictive), to co-operative and more lighthearted and fun board games.
Strategic board games require to plan ahead in your game play. They generally require you to take tactical decisions in order to win the game but this will need to be judged carefully as there is often some element of risk involved. Make the wrong kinds of decisios and you could lose the game too. A strategic board game will require some thought and may be challenging. That's not to say they can't be fun but you will need to use your brain.
Popular strategic board games
There are lots of strategic boards games. Ideas include Catan (find this on the toys for teens page). Carcassonne is another popular one. Players lay tiles to develop the area around the town of Carcassonne. Risk is a really classic, it's a longer game that can go on for hours but is really fun, you can leave it and play it over a few days if you prefer.
Other ideas include the new Games of Thrones board game. This is another lengthy game which can take quite a few hours to play too.
Check out a couple more ideas below.
Ticket to Ride
This game is a classic and popular that has lots of great reviews.
It's great for kids (from around age 10, teens and adults).
The object of the game is to create train routes across North America. The longer the routes the more points you earn. If you connect cities you get more points, and extra points are awarded to whoever has the longest train route at the end of the game.
There are strategic elements to this game. You can block opponents train routes and in turn they can block yours too.
The game is for 2 to 5 players and takes around 30 to 60 minutes to play.
Dominion is a card game which doesn't require a board but some strategic and tactical thinking is required.
In this game you are a monarch who wants to increase his kingdom and gain as much land as possible. But your opponents are also doing the same thing. So you have to defend yourself by hiring minions, building castles and other buildings.
To have a chance of winning you want to build up your deck of cards and build a collection of victory points.
It's a fun game with each round being fairly short (typically 30 to 40 minutes).
It's aimed at the 12 plus age group and each game has 2 to 4 players.
Puzzle games are literally what they say they are, there a game in which you have to solve a puzzle to win the game. Normally they can be played with a single player on in small groups. If you play it in a small groups, players will need to work co-operatively together in order to solve the puzzle. Check out cool circuits below for an idea:
This was awared game of the year for 2013 by Games magazine.
Solve puzzles to create a circuit and trigger a light show.
There are 40 puzzles cards to solve. They start at a beginner level and increase in difficulty as you go through the cards. Teens may find the first few puzzles easy but as they go through they become quite challenging and will take some time and effort to figure out.
Again it's one you can play on your own or with a small group.
More Popular Puzzle Games
.One of the most popular in 2015 is the Gravity Maze puzzle game. This is a marble run puzzle game where you have to build a marble run so the marble ends up on a target piece.
The definition take from wikipedia is as follows "In a cooperative board game, players work together in order to achieve a goal, either winning or losing as a group. As the name suggests, cooperative games stress co-operatiion over competition. The puzzle games featured are all examples of co-operative games if played with a small group.
There are other board games that are also co-operative. One very popular one at the moment is Pandemic featured below.
In Pandemic players work together to cure four rampanet diseases before they take over health systems of the world. It's a race against time. Do you spend your time curing a disease or helping a city that's already infected?
It's a 2 to 4 player game and it takes around 60 to 90 minutes.
Each player chooses a special role with abilities that will help you in your fight. You can also choose the level of difficulty of the game by deciding how many epidemic cards will be in your game pack. On their turn each player can take four actions.
You are working against the clock and as time passes your aims may change. You will win and lose as a team.
Another examples of co-operative games is :
Forbidden Island - Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise
Fun and Party Board Games
Fun and Party Games are a category that has been made up for this article. They include the more lighthearted and funny games that are fun to play as a group either with friends, family, on special occasions, on a night in or as part of a party. These are games that require you to shout out, laugh and not take things so seriously. They are generally very simple and easy to learn and to play. Not too much intense thought is required although you may need to use your brain.
The 5 second rule game featured below is very popular this year and Is a great example of this type of game.
5 Second Rule
5 second rule sounds may not be as easy as it first sounds.
Just pick up a card with a category and name 3 things in 5 seconds. The short time frame means that all kinds of hilarious answers come out of people's mouths for seemingly simple categories.
It need 3 or more players and is designed for ages 10 and up.
It's a fun game in which you've got to think fast.
So in 5 seconds, can you name three.....
breeds of dog
types yellow food.
Beach boy songs
things you do alone.
More Fun and Party Board Games
Say Anything - Every player answers a fun question like “What’s the worst thing to say to a cop after getting pulled over?” or “Who’s the most annoying celebrity in show business?” Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best.
Apples to Apples - a fun award winning card game where you select a card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge.
Loaded Questions - Fun questions which invite fun and sometimes silly answers.
Scattegories - , Work in teams for this game. Teams come up with answers that fit the categories listed on their card. Sounds easy, but the answers need to start with the letter rolled on the die. Come up with as many answers as you can before time runs out, but be creative – your team only gets points if no other team has the same answer
Balderdash - features interesting, unbelievably true content and categories about people, words, initials, and movies. Players make up phony definitions to read along with the real ones as the other players decide which is true.
Smart Ass - a fast paced game in which it's ok to shout out the correct answer even when it's not your turn.
Reverse charades - Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, a team acts out clues for one person to guess