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Best Board Games for Adults 2021

Posted by Chris Carter on

Last year board game sales shot up a whopping 160% nationwide due to the global pandemic. With all of us stuck at home looking for new ways to enjoy one and others company, what better way than with some time away from screens engrossed in a new board game? 

 

As a result of all this, Puzzles-and-Games.com delivered over 1,000 board games since we launched on the 4th of May 2020.

 

We thought we would share some pretty amazing data to showcase the best-selling board games on the market for adults. This data combined with our own criteria and testing sessions ensures we can provide you with some expert suggestions for your next board games session.

 

When you are looking for a new board game for a team of adults, these are the most important factors to bear in mind:
- What ages are playing?

- How many of your are playing?

- Does this game have a play style that suits the people who will be joining you?

- Time required to play?

- What do independent ratings websites like Board Game Geek say about them?

- What budget do you have?

 

Our team of experts chose these board games with this criteria in mind:

The Best Adult Board Games of 2021

7 Wonders Board Game

Ages: 10 years and above

Style of play: Simultaneous, competitive play

Number of Players: 2-7 Players

Play time: Usually 30 minutes but up to 45-55 minutes on first run through while learning the rules

Board Game Geek Rating: 7.8/10

Cost: £36.99

Things you might like about the 7 Wonders Board Game:

  • Quick play time
  • Unique game play
  • Scales perfectly from 2 to 7 players
  • Very high replay value

Things you might not like about the 7 Wonders Board Game:

  • Slight learning curve for new players due to the symbols means you will need to play a second time to fully grasp the rules
  • While still fun, 2 Player is not quite as fun as with 3 or more players, so we recommend purchasing 7 Wonders Duel if you are playing as a pair.

Overview:

7 Wonders was released in 2010 and quickly became a staple of the board game genre thanks to its unique, competitive play style where players do battle against one and other for control of the ancient world.

Players can use a variety of tactics building new structures that deliver victory based on cultural, industrial, and military success across 3 ages.

Players have been known to build successful, sprawling empires only for their neighbours to launch military attacks at the end of their turn that knock them out of the game completely – so watch out!

Now in its second edition, 7 Wonders has sold over 1.5 million copies and has 6 expansions as well as a 2 player spin off, 7 Wonders Duel.

Buy It Now: Click the link 7 Wonders where you can get it delivered in just 24 hours.

 

4. Ticket to Ride Original, Europe, New York & London

Ticket to Ride Board Games.jpg

Ages: 8 years and above

Play time: 15-30 minutes

Style of play: Competitive

Number of Players: 2-5 Players

Board Game Geek Rating: 7.4/10

Cost: £17.99-£34.99

Things you might like about the Ticket Ride Board Games:

  • The ultimate gateway to the world of Board Games
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • High production value, components, and appearance

Things you might not like about the Ticket to Ride Board Games:

  • Modest replayability compared to other games in the top 2021 Adult Board Game list
  • There are elements of luck involved which the more strategic players among you may not enjoy as much
  • Game mechanics cause battles between players – if you are looking for something more cooperative we suggest reading on...

Overview:

Widely considered one of the gateway board games for those looking to play something instead of Scrabble or Monopoly. Ticket to Ride is a long established, hugely popular board game where players look to dominate the worlds railway systems.

With millions of loyal followers, Ticket to Ride gets players out in the world collecting train cards that allow them to lay claim to colour-coded railway routes across a map of Europe, America, London, or New York. The longer the route claimed, the more points they earn.

Sound simple? It most certainly is, Ticket to Ride takes only 10 minutes to learn but produces amazing “gotcha” and “take that” moments that competitive friends and family members will love.

 

You can get Ticket to Ride Original Edition in just 24 hours by clicking here.

Ticket to Ride Europe - Ticket to Ride New York - Ticket to Ride London

 

Azul

Azul Board Game Product Photo

Ages: 8 years+

Play time: 30-40 minutes

Style of play: Soft-competitive play

Number of Players: 2-4 Players

Board Game Geek Rating: 7.8/10

Cost: £34.99

Things you might like about Azul:

  • High production quality
  • Highest replayability out of the "Best Board Games for Adults 2021" list
  • Player number directly influences how the game is played and final outcomes
  • Few games to compare it to - Azul is unique

Things you might not like about Azul:

  • A little convoluted for new players
  • New players are going to get beaten. This is both good and bad depending on which way you look at it - so if you are the competitive type - you can use this to your advantage!

Overview: 

Winner of the 2018 "Spiel des Jahres" - the Olympic gold medal of the Board Game world - Azul is the massively popular tile laying game thought to have origins in 12th Century Portugal.

Players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on the patterns they've placed their tiles in to decorate the palace with a final score taken at the end of the game.

Friendlier player interactions ensure that Azul wont lead to flipped boards or family rows (Monopoly anyone!?) and get the juices flowing thanks to the in-depth play on offer.

    You can find out more about the Azul Board Game, how to play, and get it delivered in just 24 hours by clicking here.

     

    Sushi Go Party

    Sushi Go Party Photo

    Ages: 8 years+

    Play time: 20-30 minutes

    Style of play: Deck Building Competitive Play

    Number of Players: 2-8 Players

    Board Game Geek Rating: 7.5/10

    Cost: £20.95

    Things you might like about Sushi Go Party!

    • Easy to pick up and play
    • Lots of replayability
    • A nice stocking filler or gift

    Things you might not like about Sushi Go Party!

    • Low complexity so may not be the best game for more advanced board game enthusiasts

    Overview:

    Sushi Go Party! is the fast paced, simple card game with beautiful artwork that possesses just the right amount of strategy for all ages. While it does look like a childrens game, there is a nice level of depth and fun to keep adults well and truly engaged.

    The game is ideal for families with children of multiple ages and wins the number 2 spot here because of its highly engaging play style and extraordinary popularity on Puzzles-and-Games.com

     

      You can get Sushi Go Party! in just 24 hours here.

       

      Pandemic

      Pandemic Board Game Photo

      *Pandemic is not suitable for cats

      Ages: 8 years+

      Play time: 30-40 minutes

      Style of play: Cooperative play against 4 deadly viruses

      Number of Players: 2-4 Players

      Board Game Geek Rating: 7.6/10

      Cost: £34.99

      Things you might like about the Pandemic Board Game:

      • Highly cooperative, challenging gameplay
      • Different starting characters means each game feels different
      • Given the events of 2020, beating a deadly global virus feels very satisfying

      Things you might not like about Pandemic Board Game:

      • Replayability is modest compared to other games on the Top Board Games list
      • Element of chance depending on which cities become infected and which characters you begin with (pray you get the Medic!)

      Overview:

      To the surprise of very few, the Pandemic board game has been the number 1 selling board game in 2020. Further, it is a best-in-class example of the cooperative board game genre.

      Friends and family are forced to come together to do battle against 4 different deadly viruses across the globe.

      There is a great deal of challenge in trying to keep the viruses at bay, globetrotting around the world to treat the virus in population centres, while ensuring you develop the scientific facilities to win the game.

      Pandemic is a game that makes you really think about how best to use your limited resources against an unexpected, invisible foe and we felt it is even quite educational about the trials and tribulations of those who are on the front lines, fighting against a global pandemic.

       

        You can get Pandemic delivered in just 24 hours by clicking here.

         

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