19 of the Most Fun New Family Board Games

We’ve gathered the top board games for families released in the last year. If you’re ready to give your family board games an upgrade, you’ve come to the right place. So you’re not stuck choosing between Battleship and Clue for your next FHE activity.

Most Popular Family Board Games

Sometimes the masses are right. If you’re looking for a new family board game that your friends may have heard about, this is a great place to start.

Fabled Fruit

Playing Fabled Fruit
Image courtesy Awais Bhattee

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-5

Game Length: 20-30 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $39.49

Why Your Family Will Love It: This “Fable” game changes every time you play, allowing you to get into more detailed strategy over time.

Dream Home

Playing Dream Home
Image courtesy Vladimir Shlapakov

Age level: 7+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 20-40 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $33.81

Why Your Family Will Love It: Sure you add up points for whose house looks the best, but the fun of this game is the fun of putting together your own home, and the beautiful tiles to do it with.

New York Slice

Playing New York Slice
Image courtesy Steve Huckabee

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-6

Game Length: 30 minutes

Complexity: Easy

Cost: $23.04

Why Your Family Will Love It: With menu-like instructions, photorealistic pizza tiles, slicing and eating actions,  no game will make you feel more like you’re eating pizza.

Family Board Games for All Ages

Finding fun family board games for adults and children can be tricky. These family games are simple enough for children but have the complexity that will keep adults engaged as well.

Agricola: Family Edition

Playing Agricola: Family Edition
Image courtesy Mark O’Reilly

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 1-4

Game Length: 45 minutes

Complexity: Difficult

Cost: $36.17

Why Your Family Will Love It: A simplified version of Agricola, one of the greatest games of all time, Agricola: Family Edition simplifies the game enough that a family of older kids can enjoy one with time to spare for FHE.

Oceanos

Pieces of the game Oceanos
Image courtesy Christian Schepers

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-5

Game Length: 30-45 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $32.68

Why Your Family Will Love It: Build a submarine and start exploring the ocean. You choose how to win by finding species, collecting treasures, discovering coral reefs, and of course avoiding the Kraken

Evolution: The Beginning

Playing Evolution: The Beginning
Image courtesy Dominic Crapuchettes

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-5

Game Length: 30-40 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $24.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: This aggressive board game has you managing a species and making sure they get to eat. But once the watering hole starts to run dry you better watch out for carnivore cards, which will have your family eating each other up before game’s end.

Best Board Games for 6-year-olds

Often the best family board games leave the youngest children out. But there are great family board games for kids as young as pre-school.

Go Cuckoo!

Promotional image for the game Go Cuckoo
Courtesy Viktor Roca

Age level: 4+

Number of Players: 2-5

Game Length: 10-15 minutes

Complexity: Very Easy

Cost: $19.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: If you enjoy games that require dexterity (like Jenga) this nest building game is fun for families even with very young children.

Dice Drivin’

Playing Dice Drivin'
Image courtesy Javier Salmeron

Age level: 6+

Number of Players: 2-5

Game Length: 10-30 minutes

Complexity: Easy

Cost: $22.50

Why Your Family Will Love It: This car race allows you to customize your game length and uses a tile-based track, so no two games will be the same. Each car has different strengths, and players need to make a single simple strategic decision each turn.

Ice Cool

Playing Ice Cool
Image courtesy Dan Cunningham

Age level: 5+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 20 minutes

Complexity: Very Easy

Cost: $31.50

Why Your Family Will Love It: If you’re done winning with your head and ready to win with a flick of the wrist, you’ll love this game. The gorgeous, interactive “ice” board is simply fun to play with.

Dingo’s Dreams

Set up for the game Dingo's Dreams
Image courtesy Ashlee Cramb

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 20-30 minutes

Complexity: Very Easy

Cost: $24.00

Why Your Family Will Love It: Play as a gorgeously rendered Koala, Hedgehog, Kangaroo, or Dingo as you make patterns with the tiles of your “dreamscape.” The game includes both a beginner and more advanced level for older children.

Board Games for Big Groups

It’s hard to describe something as “one of the top board games for families” if only half your family can play. These fun board games for the family fit as many as eight players.

Magic Maze

Playing Mirror Maze
Image courtesy DS Laetitia

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 1-8

Game Length: 3-15 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: Releases in the US summer 2017, but currently available free as a Print & Play

Why Your Family Will Love It: You have to work together, but can’t talk to each other, and must operate with an hourglass ticking down. This game will keep your heart running.

Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor

Puzzles of Escape Room Mystery: Stargazers Manor laying on the floor
Courtesy Trent Howell

Age level: 10+

Number of Players: 3-8

Game Length: 90 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $17.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: Be transported to an 1869 astronomy observatory. Work together as a team to solve a series of puzzles before time runs out, all win or lose together.

Sushi Go Party!

Playing Sushi Go Party
Courtesy Board Game Caddie

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-8

Game Length: 20 minutes

Complexity: Easy

Cost: $19.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: This mix and match game puts you in the role of a sushi chef. The rules and basic gameplay are very simple, but that betrays a strategic depth that will keep you coming back.

Best Quick Board Games

Sometimes the best family games are the ones that you can play before the brownies finish baking. These family games each take less than fifteen minutes.

Herbaceous

Playing Herbaceous
Courtesy Eduardo Baraf

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 1-4

Game Length: 15-20 minutes

Complexity: Easy

Cost: $17.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: This fifteen-minute game turns you into herb gardeners. You are trying to collect different types of herb sets with a game mechanism that is the perfect combination of strategy and luck.

Happy Salmon

Large group playing Happy Salmon
Courtesy Steph Hodge

Age level: 6+

Number of Players: 3-6

Game Length: 2 minutes

Complexity: Very Easy

Cost: $12.50

Why Your Family Will Love It: To get rid of your cards, find another player with the same card, perform the action on the card then discard. This freewheeling game will have you high-fiving, fist bumping, and wiggling your arms like a salmon all night.

Kingdomino

Playing King Domino
Image courtesy Jakub Niedźwiedź

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 15-20 minutes

Complexity: 1.26

Cost: $19.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: This updated take on dominoes, where you build a kingdom instead of just connecting numbers, was just nominated for the prestigious “Spiel des Jahres” award.

The Best Family Board Games

Here they are the top board games for families. If you choose any of the best family games on this list, we recommend these.

Flamme Rouge

Playing Flamme Rouge
Image courtesy Martin Swift

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 30-45 minutes

Complexity: Difficult

Cost: $44.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: To win this bike race, you must work together to save energy in slipstreams, but then choose the right moment to make the run for the finish line. With many different mechanics, this game will never leave you bored.

Junk Art

Playing Junk Art
Image courtesy Daniel Indru

Age level: 6+

Number of Players: 2-6

Game Length: 30 minutes

Complexity: Easy

Cost: $27.19

Why Your Family Will Love It: The best family games challenge everyone, yet put everyone on equal footing. Junk Art, where you use plastic blocks to build contraptions in ten different game modes, delivers.

Santorini

Playing the family board game Santorini
Image courtesy Gil Melo

Age level: 8+

Number of Players: 2-4

Game Length: 20 minutes

Complexity: Medium

Cost: $49.99

Why Your Family Will Love It: Santorini is based on a simple move-and-build mechanic that betrays its incredible strategic depth. This is one game you will return to over and over again.

Christopher D. Cunningham, the LDS.net content director, loves emphatically celebrating his son Albus’ normal healthy development, writing about the Church of Jesus Christ, finding the middle ground on most controversies, and using Western Family generic brand lip balm. Christopher is a proud graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a resident of Lockhart, Texas. He is a longtime supporter of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  • Rebecca Roe Hale

    Thank you, this is a great list. I appreciate the way it’s categorized and provides so many kinds of information on who each game will be good for. It makes it far easier for me to narrow down the options on which to check out in more detail.