Sometimes it’s hard to find board games suitable for teenagers. They often get bored and disinterested if the game is too long, too complex, or perceived as too dull. Here are five tried and true board games which have a high level of involvement, are fast-paced, and have some sort of craziness factor…just what teens need in a board game whether they are board game fans or not!
Seriously, what teen doesn’t like zombies? Play as a group of survivors trapped in a cabin in the middle of the woods…during a zombie apocalypse! Gather supplies, guns, and items around the cabin as different types of zombies creep, bash, or sprint their way into the cabin. Your teens will work together to fend off the hordes while collecting pieces of a radio to call in a rescue van. This game is intense, engaging, and just the right amount of gory!
Your teen will love playing as a monster bent on destroying downtown Tokyo while fending off other monsters seeking the most glory and destruction. Build up health, specialty cards, and bravery before entering the city to gain destruction points. The catch? Monsters entering the city become monster-sized targets for the others vying to take their crack at the havoc! This game is fighty, fast-paced, and a ton of fun!
What teen wouldn’t like a mayhem-filled race for the cure in a locked down high school filled with…you got it: zombies? Shove your fellow students into zombies, knock them down to become bait, and dodge your way to the antidote in the lab before escaping…and locking the door behind you to prevent an outbreak! This game is hilarious, chaotic, and kinda mean! Your teen will love it. =-)
The goal: Werewolves kill the Villagers; Villagers kill the Werewolves. The catch: no one knows who is who! This one is a very atmospheric social deduction game with elements of influencing, accusing, and lying your head off. =-) It is a great game for a variety of teenage personalities to enjoy. The shy bookworm can take out the outgoing jock as the Hunter. The goth teen can revive another ally as the Witch. Possibly the best thing is how inexpensive this game is, even with its several very fun expansions!
Lastly, Croak is a simple and light game of frogs attacking frogs and being eaten by carp. The only goal is to take out opposing players’ queen frogs with a group of frog minions who do their bidding. Talk might get a little raunchy when the queen finds and mates with the male frogs hidden throughout the pond…but hopefully your teens keep it on the clean side. =-) Croak is a light and fun kill-or-be-killed strategy game with much attacking, evading, and mating!
Before you head straight to the top video game list for your teen’s next gift, take a look at these five awesome board games for teens to see if there’s a fit. I’m sure you’ll find one!
Do you know of other games your teens have loved? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below! Also, feel free to post questions about any of the games. I’ve played each extensively and am happy to help. Have fun and game on!