Best Board Games for Large Groups

Zack Downes
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If you love playing games and you enjoy getting with friends and families, table top games are the ones for you.

Here are some fun-to-play, quick-to-learn board games for larger groups. They are either funny (due to their theme) or specially designed to be played by 6 to 8 people, so everyone can have fun during your next big party.

NameCategoryProduct
Incan GoldBest OverallIncan Gold
Sushi Go!Budget PickSushi Go!
Captain SonarUpgrade PickCaptain Sonar

1. Incan Gold

Our rating: 9 / 10

Incan Gold

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If you love a little adventure stirred with a bit of gold, then Incan Gold may be right for you. In this game, the players need to help fund a search for Incan Gold.

You’re hired by the curator of the British Museum to help bring home some precious Incan art that was stolen for gold. The curator needs to replace some of the artifacts that have gone missing with the precious gold that's been hoarded in a hidden Incan Pyramid.

You’ll need to collect as much gold as you can before the other players get to the top of the pyramid. The winner is the one who returns the most gold to the curator.

2. Sushi Go!

Our rating: 9 / 10

Sushi Go!

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In order to pick up Sushi Go! at the best price, you should order online from Amazon. You should also have a chat with Amazon customer service prior to buying if you have any issues, as they are always happy to help, even when it isn’t related to a problem with their products. Make sure you have your facts beforehand, as Amazon is fussy with returns.

This game can become a family favorite very quickly indeed. It may have a slightly complicated ruleset, but the game is also easy to learn. It is a great party game and is very portable, so perfect for a camping trip. If you live in a big city, it is also a great game to play in the winter if you don’t fancy going to the cinema or anyone’s house.

3. IELLO Decrypto Board Game

Our rating: 9 / 10

IELLO Decrypto Board Game

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Pros:

  • This game involves codes so they will be an integral part of this game.
  • It makes a great party game as it is not just because the game can be played by 8 players at one time.
  • There is a unique timer that will allow the players to decide between clear or secret words.
  • It will be appropriate for players aged 12 years and above.
  • It features a fun bomb on the center of the grid.
  • It has a small box for storage.
  • It comes with rules in both English and French.

Cons:

  • It may not be suitable for parents who do not have a basic understanding of French.
  • The clues they use may be difficult for some players to figure out.
  • Players who are simply using the game to get their team to guess the secret word may find it boring.
  • It will require a lot of strategic gaming.

Fun For Parties, Family Game Night.

4. Captain Sonar

Our rating: 9 / 10

Captain Sonar

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Pros:

  • Deep, captivating game play
  • Up to 8 players
  • Takes between 45 minutes and one hour to play
  • Unique game play
  • Shallow learning curve
  • Good instructions

5. Grey Fox Games Deception: Murder in Hong Kong Board Game

Our rating: 9 / 10

Grey Fox Games Deception: Murder in Hong Kong Board Game

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Pros:

  • For 3-6 players
  • You will have a good time if you enjoy a good murder mystery
  • The ability to bluff is very important
  • Most can play the game without reading the instructions
  • The theme is fun
  • Fast paced
  • Card game is easy to learn and play
  • Components are super high quality
  • Great for groups for adults and kids

This is a cooperative board game that also has elements of a social experience. If you don’t like that it can be easy to cheat in this game. You need to be able to read your own and other people’s body language to be able to win the game.

Balance wise, this game is great.

6. Czech Games Codenames

Our rating: 9 / 10

Czech Games Codenames

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Pros:

  • Well thought out, easy to set up and play
  • Good for both kids and adults too
  • One of the best social games you can play with your family or friends
  • Perfect for large groups, where you need to use your word power and brain to outwit your opponents

This is an excellent game for the whole family or for a large group of people. All you need is a little creativity and smarts to guess where the “bad guys” are hiding.

The game comes with two decks of cards, one with pictures of words and the other with words written on them. The players will try to figure out where the hidden “bad guys” are based on the word written on their cards. One player could have cards that could say “Cow” and “Crown”, and another player could have “King”. When two players have a matching card, they can connect the dots and figure out where the “bad guy” is hiding.

7. Mascarade

Our rating: 9 / 10

Mascarade

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Pros:

  • Simple rules
  • Can be played with up to 13 people
  • Challenging since there is a bit of luck involved

Con:

Not for children, only for adults!

This is a game for 6”en, but it can be used for larger groups for family celebrations.

8. The Resistance: Avalon Social Deduction Game

Our rating: 8 / 10

The Resistance: Avalon Social Deduction Game

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Pros:

  • Drop-in play
  • Plays up to ten people!
  • Intriguing storyline
  • Quirky art design into a fun game about conquering Avalon from the forces of the Dark King

If you have a large group of people who are looking for something fun and different to do, then you should be pleased by the The Resistance: Avalon game.

This board game will have you and your friends taking on the roles of knights and warriors who are attempting to add another realm to their kingdom. This is one of the games that is great for large groups as there is no set number of players.

Your task is to persuade your fellow warriors to wage war against the Dark King. You will also be trying to make sure your camp is the only one alive by killing off members of the other groups.

9. USAOPOLY Telestrations Original 8 Player

Our rating: 8 / 10

USAOPOLY Telestrations Original 8 Player

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Pros:

  • Interactive
  • Fun for a large group
  • Great for people of all ages
  • Family game night will be a blast with this game.

The old fashioned game of Pictionary just got better. It used to be that your drawings would only be seen by the person you were drawing for but now, with this system you can actually see what others are drawing….

When a friend is drawing, you get to see them get their drawing across. Their drawing may not actually be what they intended to get across!

10. When I Dream

Our rating: 8 / 10

When I Dream

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Pros:

  • Bilingual with Spanish and English versions
  • Great for families as it allows for lots of interaction
  • Cloth-covered game pieces
  • Unique dream paintings included
  • Variety of opportunities to win
  • Based off traditional board games
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Great for parties
  • Beautiful, high-quality game
  • Relatively easy to learn

Cons:

  • Some may find the variety of dreams to have too few options
  • Challenging to play if you can’t read

11. Spyfall

Our rating: 8 / 10

Spyfall

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Spyfall is a party game that is designed where one player out of the group must be a spy. The rest of the group is given a card with a location name on it, while the spy learns the name of the location. When all players are in place or in close proximity to where they need to be, one player starts as a judge. The judge turns to one person at a time and asks a question that only a spy would know. Everyone else answers honestly, while the spy must say something else. If the judge picks out the spy, he or she is out. Otherwise, for each question asked, the spy must correctly guess the location. The game last as long as there is a spy in the group.

12. Oink Games A Fake Artist Goes to New York

Our rating: 8 / 10

Oink Games A Fake Artist Goes to New York

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Pros:

  • Has a total of 10 awards
  • 100% of the profits are returned to independent artists
  • Fast-paced nature of the game keeps everyone attentive
  • Works as an ice breaker
  • We love the idea of returning profits to local artists in the New York area
  • Very easy to learn
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • Two to six players can play this game
  • You can play for 10 minutes or 10 hours

Cons:

  • The stealing and swapping rules could be wonky
  • Some cards are played for no reason
  • Gets a little messy at times with drawing all over the card

If you want to help independent artists while playing a game, then you will love Oink Games A Fake Artist Goes to New York. The game gives you the chance to win fame while doing it. It is easy to learn, and lightweight.

This is a fast-paced game that is perfect for twisty-turny rooms. It gives you the chance to blend your artistic side even as you are trying to pass as the great abstract expressionist.

One of the main highlights of the game is that you get to help local artists while you play.

13. Oink Games Insider Game

Our rating: 8 / 10

Oink Games Insider Game

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Pros:

  • Increases collaboration of large groups of people
  • Simple game play
  • Leaders work to get rid of their cards
  • Multiple different levels of play
  • Removable cards so if you want a different experience you can buy another set of removers
  • Comes with three levels of play: beginner, intermediate, and advanced
  • Super easy instructions and set-up

Cons:

  • Somewhat limited
  • Doesn’t work well with a larger group

If you are looking for a classic board game experience, then Oink is the game for you. It is the ideal game for large groups. Play this game with up to 10 people.

14. Monikers

Our rating: 7 / 10

Monikers

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As we’ve stressed over and over, a good card game can go a long way towards entertainment. This game from the same people who gave us Cards Against Humanity is hilarious and good for a large group.

There are two decks of cards that you will shuffle together. On your turn, you’ll select a card from the top of the discard pile. Each card has a noun on it, and everyone will try to come up with a description that involves the previous player’s card. For example, if the previous player chose a dinosaur, you can say that a dinosaur crapped in my cup. You can also ask another player a question, such as “Does your dinosaur have a cat?” On your turn, you can name the person who gave the best response to the person who chose the card before you. Whoever gets the most points over the course of the game wins.

15. 7 Wonders

Our rating: 7 / 10

7 Wonders

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This is a game that is played over 3 ages with increasing complexity for each. It starts with two players. The players select their cards from a central display. These cards are then used to build a wonder that they can then complete the construction of by discarding a number of cards. They build the wonder by laying the cards out in a row. Every card that is used in the overall wonder needs to be matched by discarding a card. When you start to lay down cards there is always a shortage of certain colors so you need to rely on other players having what you need. At the end of the age you count up the cards that have been used in the wonders and the player with the fewest cards wins the age. You are allocated a number of coins depending on how well you have done in each age. These coins are then used to buy cards in the age that you score the lowest. The aim is to have the required number of coins for each card to buy it by the end of the game.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a wacky game to awaken your competitive spirit, this is for you. Madeleine may feel a little too complex and serious for some people, but for others, it may be the perfect intense strategy game. Cards Against Humanity is almost too embarrassing to pull out at a family get-together, but there is something about getting to say your wildest thoughts on a topic and having all of your friends and family support you. It’s a lot of fun, and you can pull it out in the middle of the party and help lighten the mood after everyone has eaten too much and are starting to get sleepy.

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Incan GoldBest OverallIncan Gold
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