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The best board games to bond (or argue) over this Christmas

From old classics to new hits.

The best board games to bond (or argue) over this Christmas
07 December 2019

For those of us with a bit of time off over Christmas, filling those empty hours is both something to dread and something to look forward to.

Having proper time off work is great if you can get it, but more often than not you'll end up staring at the TV for hours and hours every day, rewatching films that probably don't really a rewatch, and eating more food than is strictly necessary because you're bored.

So why not get the board games out? Sometimes a source of great joy, sometimes a source of the fiercest family arguments you can possibly imagine, we can guarantee one thing – you certainly won't be bored.

Here's our pick of the best boardgames for you to play this Christmas.

Here are some of the best adult board games you can play today

The best boardgames to bond (or argue) over this Christmas

The best boardgames to bond (or argue) over this Christmas

1. Monopoly

£16.95
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It wouldn't be a list of Christmas board games if Monopoly wasn't involved, would it? The quintessential 'this is the most fun ever until suddenly it isn't' board game, it's the perfect way to while away the hours during Christmas. Cheating more or less obligatory – it's a game about capitalism, after all, so if anything you're being more authentic by taking that cash when nobody's looking.

There are also numerous spin-off versions – so if you have a Skyrim fan in the family, for example, it's a good gift too.

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2. Scrawl

£24.95
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As you can probably tell from the pictures, this is 100% an adult game – not one for the kids. A bit like Pictionary only rude, Scrawl sees you draw ludicrous scenarios and have your friends guess what on earth it's meant to be. Points for how funny you are, so be as silly as possible.

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3. Articulate! Phrases

£32.00
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Articulate is great if you're a smooth talker – explaining a word or object as quickly and clearly as possible to your partner. It gets very heated very fast.

Phrases takes it one step further – not only do you have to describe words but phrases, making it that little bit more difficult. It might take a while to get used to, but once you've got the hang of it there are hours of wordy fun to be had.

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4. Exploding Kittens

£19.99
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Exploding Kittens was the most funded game in the history of Kickstarter, and once you've played it it's easy to see why. A strategic version of Russian Roulette (featuring cats, of course), there are two versions: a NSFW one with "cards too horrible to include in a kid-friendly version" and one for all the family. Both as fun as each other.

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5. 5 Second Rule

From £19.40
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There's nothing worse than a game that goes on forever – which is where 5 Second Rule comes in. Tasked with naming 3 of a category within five seconds, it's a fast-paced game that doesn't let up. But be warned – the faster you're asked to think of something, the weirder and more silly your answers can be. Freudian slips aplenty here.

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6. Shot in the Dark

£11.99
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If you love Trivial Pursuit but you find the questions a little boring, this is for you. No capital cities, GDPs, Olympic wins or old number ones here – you get weird, wacky and frankly unanswerable questions. Some you'll know, some you can guess, but others, as the name reveals, will be a total shot in the dark.

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7. Sort it Out

£19.32
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If you're the type of person who really enjoys putting things in order, you are going to LOVE this. Whether it's the biggest, fastest, longest, heaviest or smallest, your team will work together to put things in order – and it often ends up much more chaotic than it sounds.

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8. Mr & Mrs

£15.99
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If you want to start the mother of all arguments this Christmas, you're not going to beat this. This family edition of Mr & Mrs tests you on how well you know your partner, family and friends – and there are certain questions that will really get you in trouble if you answer wrong...

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9. Beat That!

£24.99
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Beat That! has two elements: actual tasks, and the bets you make on how able you are to do them. You win points by betting on your ability to do certain things – bounce two ping pong balls into plastic cups within a certain amount of time, for example – and then watch your friends complete the same challenges.

If you're the sort of person who ends up flipping tables because you're so competitive, you'll love this game. Whoever plays it with you, however, will probably end up hating you. You have been warned.

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