The best board games for adults 2020

Enjoy a family game night with these fun-filled picks.
Getty Images
By Camryn La Sala and Megan Foster

Our editors have independently selected the items featured in this article because we think they’re worth knowing about. Shop TODAY has affiliate relationships so we may get a small share of the revenue if you buy something through our links.

If you're practicing social distancing, then it's time to look for fun ways to stay entertained at home with the family. Instead of reaching for your typical choices, there are plenty of new and exciting adult board games that will keep you entertained for hours.

Resident fun expert Meredith Sinclair visited TODAY in January to reveal some of the most popular games that you'll want to snag.

Whether you're settling around the fire for a fun living room game session or simply want to get your mind off things, we're sure you'll find a gaming essential that will have you smiling from ear to ear in no time.

The list below has adult board games by category. To quickly jump to the section click the links below or keep scrolling to check out all 15 of our picks along with 10 games featured on Hoda & Jenna & Friends.

Board games for adults featured on TODAY

1. Do You Know Me?

Created by the company that brought you the popular game, "What Do You Meme?" comes this fun party addition that is made for anyone 17 years or older. It will reveal unknown facts about the players around you and it's super easy to catch on.

2. Flying Sushi Kitchen Game

If you thought sushi was just meant for eating, you need to think again! The Flying Sushi Kitchen game will bring everyone together during a fun and exciting challenge to be the best chef in the room. Pluck flying pieces out of the air with chopsticks, make your sushi creation on a platter and be the first one to make $25 worth of orders.

3. Twister Scrabble Game

This game combines two fan favorites in one. The classic fun of Twister and the pensive challenge of Scrabble will get everyone moving in no time. Spell words on a giant mat filled with letters and watch your friends get tied up — literally!

4. Monopoly Speed

Monopoly is a timeless game that will keep people busy for a couple of hours on end. The hard part? Sometimes it takes a bit too long. Not anymore! You can finish Monopoly Speed in just 10 minutes without forfeiting any of the excitement.

5. Not Parent Approved

This game is meant for kids, adults and anyone in between. Buyers said that it had them laughing the entire time.

6. LCR (Left Center Right) Game

Left, Center Right is a fast-paced dice game that includes 3 dice, 24 playing chips and a list of instructions. Players compete by rolling the dice, passing their chips and aiming to take home the center pot full of chips.

7. Party Bowl Party Game

Party Bowl is bound to become an instant hit in your household. In this game, players split into two teams, come up with words about themselves based on prompted cards, then toss them in the Party Bowl. Next, each team tries to guess the person behind the cards.

8. Game Mashups Candy Land Connect 4

Made for ages six and up, this mashup game will make for a fun night to remember. Combine the strategy used in Connect Four with luck involved in Candy Land and you'll have everyone wanting to play another round.

9. Game Mashups Taboo Speak Out

You won't be able to keep a straight face when playing this game. Prepare to laugh while watching your friends and family struggle with tongue-tying challenges.

10. Game Mashups Monopoly Jenga

Remove, steal and trade hardwood blocks with this fun mashup of Monopoly and Jenga. This set includes multiple games in one so you can keep playing throughout the evening.

Top board games for adults

1. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is one of the most popular games for adults. During each round of the well-loved game, one player asks a question from a black card and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. The player then chooses the card they think fits best. Whoever has the most black cards remaining at the end of the game wins!

2. Codenames

People can't stop raving about Codenames! The social card game with over 5,000 reviews on Amazon is all about teamwork. Two rival "spymasters" know the secret identities of 25 "agents" (topics), but their teammates only know the agents by their codenames. Both teams then compete to see who can guess all of their agents with one-word clues to get multiple words on the board.

3. "What Do You Meme?" Party Game

"What Do You Meme?" has almost 10,000 reviews on Amazon and is similar to Cards Against Humanity. Instead of matching hilarious questions and answers each round, a rotating judge pulls a photo card that each player has to try and match with a caption card to complete a meme. The judge then decides the funniest pairing, and whoever plays the winning caption card wins that round.

Social board games for adults

2. Pass The Pigs Dice Game

This Pass The Pigs dice game isn't exactly a board game, but it would definitely be a great addition to your collection. Each player tosses the pigs and they gain or lose points depending on how they land. Whoever reaches 100 points first wins the game. While this game is fun on its own, you can make it a little bit more interesting by playing with cash too!

3. Taboo Midnight Board Game

This adult-rated version of Taboo is all giving the best clues. Players need to get their partner or team to guess the target word on your card without using any of the forbidden words listed.

4. Adult Charades

This Adult Charades card game is the perfect way to get people out of their comfort zone!

5. "Who's Most Likely To" Party Game

"Who's Most Likely To" is simple but hilarious! One person draws a card and players then decide who in the group would be most likely to do what the card says.

6. Joking Hazard Card Game

Joking Hazard is definitely not a kid-friendly game. Three or more players compete to build funny and terrible comics about friendship, violence and everything in between. Whoever has the most chosen cards at the end of the game wins.

7. The Voting Board Game

The Voting Board Game is similar to "Who's Most Likely To." Players take turns reading questions while the other players vote on who that question applies to best.

8. Drink-A-Palooza Board Game

Since Drink-A-Palooza is intended to be used with alcohol, only people of legal drinking should play. Team up in teams of two, spin the bottle and move places clockwise to compete in games of beer pong, flip cup, kings cup and more.

Critical thinking board games for adults

1.Catan Board Game

This popular civilization-building board game of harvesting and trading resources definitely takes some time to get used to — but once it clicks, you won't want to stop playing!

2. Pandemic Board Game

This thrilling board game is all about saving humanity. Pandemic is a game where you and other players work together to share knowledge, treat diseases and fly all over the world to stop the spreading of deadly viruses.

3. Ticket to Ride Board Game

Ticket to Ride takes a few hours to complete, so make sure you're in the mindset to dive into a game for the night. While it takes some time to get the hang of the rules, you'll be a pro in no time!

4. Clue: "Game of Thrones" Edition

If you and your friends are still obsessing over HBO's "Game of Thrones," then you can dive back into the chaos of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos with this special edition Clue board game.

For more fun things to do in your free time this year, check out:

To discover more deals, shopping tips and budget-friendly product recommendations, download the new TODAY app and subscribe to our Stuff We Love newsletter!

Shop TODAY takes care to recommend our favorite items chosen by trusted experts and editors, as well as inform our readers of great deals, customer favorites, and newsworthy products from around the web. For more on our process, click here.