Updated on 9 March 2023
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Our choice The must-have Use your imagination An attractive version Explosive cats The most interesting release of the moment An accessible strategy game A cooperative UNO Throw Throw Burrito Cards Against Humanity Imagine UNO FLIP ! Exploding Kittens Welcome to The Moon 7 Wonders : Architects 50 Missions Unhook the frames, put away the vases and protect your TV, because it's about to be burrito wars in your living room! Much funnier than Grandma's Scrabble, this game promises to provide you with lots of laughs. Ideal for aperitifs with friends, this game is intended for an adult audience only. For good reason, it is characterised by a dark humour, which is sure to amuse the most twisted minds. This game could become a must-have. Easy to learn and super fun to play, it can also reach a wide audience, including both experienced players and beginners, thanks to its originality. A 'UNO' that changes all the time? We did not think of that, Mattel did it! In this version, you also play with the back of the cards. As soon as you turn the deck over, you find other colours and special cards... This renewed version of the famous Russian Roulette is nothing short of a good time. Fun and very dynamic, it is based on simple rules and short games, for everyone's enjoyment. Third opus in the 'Welcome to' series, this is once again a check-off game, but this time it is played in campaigns with 8 replayable adventures. Can you make the moon habitable? In this game, you build one of the 7 wonders of the world, make scientific discoveries and create an army in order to collect the maximum number of victory points to win the game. As simple as UNO, this cooperative game challenges you to complete as many missions as possible before the deck runs out. It is up to you to make the right choices to achieve this together!
Made by the creators of Exploding Kittens mentioned below, Throw Throw Burrito is also a great atmospheric game. The aim of the game is quite simple: form trios of identical cards and throw foam burritos at your friends. Although it is accessible for ages 7 and up, we guarantee that it is just as much fun to play with adults. In our opinion, it is best to avoid mixing adults and children, as the balance of “power” is not fair enough. The games are quite short (15-20 minutes) and it is recommended to play them with 3 to 6 people, but according to our tests, it is more fun with 4 people and can easily be played with 7.
This game is a delight for those who are politically incorrect. It is intended for an audience of 16 years and older and is ideal for spicing up any kind of aperitif from 3 to 10. For about 30 minutes, each player will read a blue card, on which there is a gap sentence. To complete the sentence, the other players all offer a white card, face down. The player who has read the question then chooses the answer he or she prefers. The magic lies in the discrepancy between questions and answers. Note that depending on the people you play with, the games can unfold very differently. So you will quickly realise what makes some people laugh rather than others.
This game contains 61 transparent cards with which you must try to guess or have someone else guess as many words/word groups as possible. If this reminds you of the famous Pictionary, it is not. In fact, whereas a person’s success is due to his or her drawing skills, Imagine proposes to put everyone on equal terms, by providing all kinds of images. These images are to be combined, moved and superimposed to make people guess your concept. This atmospheric game can be played by 3 to 8 players from 12 years of age for games of about 30 minutes. In our opinion, this game is much nicer from 4 or 5 years old. Its only negative point is that the concepts are sometimes a bit old-fashioned for younger players (Saving Private Ryan, The Visitors…).
Front or back? No matter, you can play on two sides with this UNO. One side has classic colours (green, yellow, red and blue), but the other offers a different mix for more fun and twists. Thanks to this novelty, we find that this version manages to unseat the original UNO, undoubtedly one of the most popular games to play with friends. And even though it is also accessible from 7 years old and can be played by 2 to 10 players, we still advise against playing it during evenings with bad losers, as this could break up friendships… Also note that, in our opinion, it is much more fun to play it with 3 or 4 players and limit yourself to 8 players
Very rhythmic and fun, this card game of chance has a simple mechanism. Exploding Kittens is accessible from the age of 7 and can be played by 2-5 players. According to our tests, the game lasts only 15 minutes. It is an adaptation of the famous Russian Roulette. In fact, the participants have to draw cards in turn until one of them loses by drawing an exploding kitty. If the unlucky one is eliminated immediately, the others can, for example, try to protect themselves from explosions, force their opponents to draw or look at the next cards in the deck. The last survivor wins the game. It is dynamic, fun and infinitely replayable. And for the biggest fans of the game, there are extensions.
The Welcome to trilogy is a series of check-off games. In concrete terms, these are games in which you have a sheet of paper with empty spaces and you fill in the gaps according to the cards available. These games are often played simultaneously with your opponents. With Welcome to the Moon, there are 8 different adventures that represent the journey from Earth to the moon (boarding a rocket, the actual journey, arrival on the spot…). What is quite exceptional is that these 8 adventures are evolving, narrative and present different mechanics, making it a real 8-in-1. All the more so as the whole thing is 100% replayable. The games last about 25 minutes and can be played by 1 to 6 players aged 10 and over.
With this new version of the famous strategy game 7 Wonders, the original game’s universe is completely restored: 7 wonders to build, resources to do so, scientific advances and military battles. Ideal for beginners and definitely accessible from 8 years old, we found it easier to play than its original version. All the more so as the counting of points is also much easier. You have one action to carry out per turn: choose one of the three carts at your disposal. Too simple? Well, the stacks to your left and right are shared with your opponents in those positions. So, is it better to prevent the one on your right from taking a third wood or the one on your left from having his second science token?
To place a card, it must have either the same colour or the same number as the card placed at the centre of the table. That’s it! You know how to play 50 Missions! Of course, there is a bit more challenge than that, as you will have to solve as many missions as possible with your co-players. For example, the 4 cards at the centre of the table must be yellow and/or green, or their sum must be 18. Nothing too complicated in itself, but it does require a bit of coordination between the players. In the ‘it gets more complicated’ version, the missions are even more complex and add pose conditions. Note that it is better to play the basic version first, if you have the chance. In our opinion, it is better to play it from 2 to 5 than from 1 to 4.
How have we made the selection?
To help you choose the best board games, we have taken into account some of the biggest names in the gaming world. We have also based our results on the knowledge and opinions of a wide audience (such as the reviews of BoardGameGeek, among others).
We have also analysed renowned publishers and were able to test most of the games mentioned in the editorial office and at home with family and friends.
Other board games for friends we tested
Rythme and Boulet (£9.72 upon publication): memorise, move and keep the rhythm! In this game, 4 to 12 players from 10 years old clap the rhythm of “We will rock you” on their knees and in their hands. With each hand clap, one of the players has to make one of his or her signs with his or her hands (e.g. the V for victory) and then the sign of another player to call him or her. The called player then makes the sign of another player. And so on until someone makes a mistake and gets a ball! It is great fun to play with the family, with children, with friends or with adults only. However, you may feel a little sore at the end of the game…
6 Nimmt! (£9.99 upon publication): a game that does not match every time. While we liked this game a lot, it is true that it was not a big hit with all the friends we were able to play it with. However, in our opinion, it ticks all the boxes: chaotic, a bit strategic and (really) funny when you forget to take some lines into account… Accessible from 10 years old, you can play it from 2 to 10 for quite variable games from 25 to 45 minutes depending on the number of players. The aim is simple: to collect as few ox heads as possible. And to do this, you must avoid putting the 6th card on a line at the risk of taking them all.
Top Ten (£16.99 upon publication): for fans of improvisation. This atmospheric game is to be played between adults or teenagers from 14 years old. In fact, it is a bit in the same vein as Cards Against Humanity, which we preferred. However, Top Ten calls on your imagination, because here you have to invent your answers according to the number you have chosen, from the worst (1) to the best (10).
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