Hey hey folks! So, Brian managed to get in with his own top 10 list of Kids School Holiday Games yesterday. Well played sir, well played. But never one to be outdone I’ve come up with a list of picks for the older youths in the family. Therefore I humbly submit to you my Top 10 Board Games for Teens! Enjoy!
10. Kids Against Maturity
4-10 players | Ages 8+ | ~30-90 mins
If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity, or the vastly superior Kiwis versus Morality, then you’ll already know the premise behind Kids Against Maturity. In this party game, players take one blue question card then try to create the funniest response with one of their own ten answer cards. The difference with this version of the game is that it’s more appropriate for younger players and teens, so there’s no fear of playing it with the whole family.
9. Exploding Kittens
2-5 players | Ages 8+ | ~15 mins
Exploding Kittens is a take-that, hand management card game in which players draw cards until someone draws the exploding kitten card, losing the game. Along the way, cards will present players with options to force others to draw more cards, or otherwise affect the game in a way that increases the risk for the other players or protects players from those effects. A fast, fun game filled with irreverent humour and a lot of exploding felines and the short plays time means you can fit several games into a single session.
8. Unstable Unicorns
2-8 players | Ages 14+ | ~30-45 mins
This lighthearted card game sees players building their unicorn armies as fast as possible before their fellow players can do the same. In Unstable Unicorns, players start with only a single baby unicorn but eventually collect bigger and better beasts they can use against their uni-foes! The artwork features all manner of cute, destructive, or downright ridiculous Unicorns you can use to bolster your horses… I mean, forces! The powers are a laugh to play and building an army of unicorns has always been an ambition of mine, so win-win!
7. Here to Slay
2-6 players | Ages 14+ | ~15-90 mins
Here to Slay, from the makers of Unstable Unicorns is an adventuring card game where players control a party of heroes out to slay monsters and make their fortunes. The first player to slay three monsters and complete their party of 6 heroes wins! Players can upgrade their heroes with equipment they find along the way, and, as with Unstable Unicorns, there’s plenty of tongue in cheek humour to be found on the gloriously illustrated cards!
6. Dice Throne
2 players (up to 6 players with additional sets) | Ages 8+ | ~20-40 mins
Teenage siblings are renowned for their consideration, rationality and ability to endure significant adversity, especially when locked in a house with their parents. However, on the extremely rare occasion when polite disagreements break out, Dice Throne could be a great way to have them duel it out old school, but with cards and dice rather than duelling pistols. Dice Throne provides match ups between different enemies, from gunslingers and samurai to vampires and pirates! Select your character and engage in epic duels!
5. Codenames Marvel
2-8 players | Ages 8+ | ~15 mins
Codenames Marvel is the superhero themed variant of the popular Codenames series of games. The gameplay here is much the same only this time, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. versus Hydra as both teams race to unveil the enemy agents before their opponents. Only the spymaster on each team knows the identity of the enemy agents, so players will need to use the clues they have carefully or risk losing all! Oh, and look out for that assassin, it’s a danger to both teams!
4. Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
2-4 players | Ages 11+ | ~30-60 mins
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, is a cooperative deck building game in which players take on the role of one of four characters from the franchise, Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, and protect Hogwarts from threats that could spell (pun intended) the end to the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. Covering all 7 books (or movies if you prefer) there is plenty of scalability and re-playabilty in this box of wonders! Additional expansions bring further adventures and characters to the table!
3. Clank! In! Space!
2-4 players | Ages 12+ | ~45-90 mins
Clank in Space is a sci-fi themed dungeon crawler and deck building game. Using the framework set out by the original fantasy themed Clank!, Clank in Space sees players sneaking onto the spaceship of the evil Lord Eradikus, who apparently takes his naming conventions from the Sith. Clank in Space does a few things better than its predecessor, the board is now modular, increasing the playability somewhat and the humour has found a life of its own, as the pop culture references to well known sci-fi franchises are sure to get a smile out of even the most disapproving teen!
2. Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure
1-5 players | Ages 8+ | ~20-30 mins
In Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure, is a tile laying and drafting game where the objective is to out-boss the other boss monsters emerging from their dungeons. Build and expand your territory, corral your monsters and work to be a better boss! The artwork is based on the pixel art style that is so popular among pseudo-retro gaming enthusiasts and supports the idea that you are building a world of exploration and adventure similar to those beloved video games of old!
1. Disney Villainous
2-6 players | Ages 10+ | ~50 mins
Disney Villainous allows gamers to play the infamous villains from a range of Disney movies. Step into the shoes of Jafar, Maleficent, Captain Hook and others as you attempt to thwart your fellow misunderstood tragic heroes! A beautiful production with artwork from the films and glorious plastic playing pieces, put your skills to the test and see if you have what it takes to be remembered as the greatest villain of all!
Thanks for joining me here in the den this week folks! I think I showed Brian who’s boss, imagine writing his own Top 10 list! What was he thinking? Anyway, I hope you found a few games here to keep your rambunctious teen occupied these school holidays. If your top pick didn’t make this list, please do share your thoughts below or over on our Game Kings Gamers page! In the meantime, take care and stay safe!