The best board games and card games for 2022

The best board games are easy to learn, simple to set up, and very engaging for everyone involved. They must find a delicate balance between “organization” and “chaos”, and above all, they must adapt to the atmosphere of the party. Titles like Leave the game may work for the right crowds, but if your friends aren’t into puzzle solving, you won’t gain much attention. Monopoly and adventure-based board games can also be crowd-pleasing, but you generally want games that are fast, fun, and easy to join.

Think card games or board games with simple rules. Classics that the crowds might be more familiar with or games that use recognizable and easy to understand mechanics. There are plenty that will help kick off a fantastic party of board games in 2022.

Here are some GamesHub favorites.


Image: MonsDRAWsity / Deep Sea Games

MonsDRAWsity is a monster themed version Pictionary where players must draw a monster, described in 20 seconds by a frantic ‘Witness’. This witness is allowed to look at any monster included in the game (there are many, and hundreds more available through expansions) and must memorize every detail. The person with the most accurate drawing, based on the witness description, wins.

The best thing about MonsDRAWsity is that any number of players can participate. Although the game box states an eight player limit, as long as you have a pencil or pen and paper you are good to go. Truly, this is a game that can be modded to play even without the box – but the monster designs and setup are gorgeous and well worth checking out for your next party.

If you like the “monster” theme of MonsDRAWsitybut you’re not a particularly good draughtsman, you can also try hideous abominationa recent Kickstarter hit that tasks players with building the perfect, gruesome monster using pre-made cards.


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Image: Dark Games/Atlas

Darkness is a card game about adopting a strange Victorian family, and making them very depressed before dying under strange and hideous circumstances. And does it make a great board game? It’s certain!

In Darkness, up to four players will choose a family to torture and use transparent cards to inflict strange daily occurrences. A family member can be attacked by bees. Another is chased by a dog. The sadder they become in light of these events, the more points you score.

If you want to be a little meaner on your turn, you can also inflict “happy” events on other players, reducing their potential for high scores and increasing your advantage. It’s a fast-paced game that will take around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how quickly your players make decisions. Add to that a short learning time of 5 minutes, and you have an ideal game to exit at short notice. It may sound depressing, but Darkness can be an absolute blast at parties.

Sushi Go Party

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Image: Sushi Go Party/Gamewright

Sushi Go Party is a game that will make you very, very hungry – but it’s also a fantastic party game with a neat setup, engaging art, and gameplay that won’t take too long to learn. This board-based board game is all about collecting sushi, from sashimi to mega maki and beyond. Each piece has a number of points assigned to it and combos that you will need to assemble to win the game.

It all takes place on a sleek treadmill, with players taking turns selecting commands from the menu and “playing” them in turn. Up to eight players can participate, which is ideal for larger multiplayer sessions. The goal here is to gather the most points by making good choices – but you’re also more than welcome to forgo those rules altogether and just choose the cards with the cutest art.

Read: The best cooperative board games for two players

Each piece of sushi here has a cute little face, which even makes the act of collecting cards fair. adorable. Although it may take some time to learn the best strategies around card choice, it’s an easy game to pick up and play right away.

Marvel Villainous (or Disney Villainous)

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Image: Marvel Villainous/Ravensburger

marvel villain and Disney Villain are essentially the same strategy-based board games – the only difference being that one features Disney villains and the other Marvel villains. Your objective, as one of the villains in these games, is to achieve a particular goal by using tokens to perform “evil” actions. Along the way, you may be thwarted by other villains or by heroes that spawn while you play.

Each villain has their own unique and nefarious goals to achieve, which means the game changes every time you play. The basic set for wonder Infamous features iconic characters like Hela, Killmonger, Taskmaster and Ultron, and you can also catch Loki in-game Malice and malevolence expansion.

Although this board game comes with a caveat – the rules may take a while Small a bit longer for non-board game fans to learn – once the action begins, it’s a blast playing as each villain. The gameplay itself takes place in quick turns, so you’ll also be able to chat and eat while you play.

pictorial air

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Picture: Pictionary Air/Mattel

It’s hard to go wrong with a good game of Pictionary but the 2019 update, pictorial air, is arguably the best board game of the whole lot. For those who don’t know Pictogram, the basic premise is that players grab a card with a concept or object on it, then have to draw it – without saying a word – for an audience to guess what it is.

Traditionally this is done with pen and paper, but in pictorial air, you use a “magic wand” paired with a tablet to literally draw in the air. When you press a button on the pen, you start “drawing” through the app, creating an image that people will then interpret. It’s especially chaotic because the person drawing can’t see the tablet, meaning they have no idea what players are actually seeing. It adds a layer of challenge that just gets fun as the game goes on.

If you feel like laughing at someone else’s expense, pictorial air is the perfect and simple game to do it. There are no real rules to learn and you can start right from the start.

Azul: Summer Pavilion

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Image: Azul: Summer Pavilion/Next Move Games

Azul: Summer Pavilion is a spin-off from the base Azul game, but it’s much prettier and easier to learn than its predecessor, making it the perfect relaxing board game. While many of the titles on this list focus on the “action” side of board gaming, there’s also plenty of room for soothing experiences. There’s really no rush in this tile-laying game, where players must collect colored tiles and switch strategies as the rules change each round.

The basic concept is that players will strive to fill colorful “star” patterns on their individual boards, while trying to collect the most tiles using clever, forward-thinking strategies. Most of the time, you can relax, choose the most beautiful tiles and decorate your board as you see fit.

After six rounds of selection, players will count their scores based on the number of combos they have made and whether they were able to decorate their boards to the maximum. The entire experience takes about an hour, depending on player speed, and you’ll come away feeling more rested than when you started.

Trivial Pursuit

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Image: Trivial Pursuit / Hasbro

Everyone likes to quietly prove that they “know things” – and what better than with Trivial Pursuit, the classic board game that’s great for parties and family gatherings. The rules here are phenomenally simple: all players need to do is correctly answer one question from each game category (Entertainment, Sports, Science, etc.) and move their player token to the center of the board .

There is a parcel lucky to win Trivial Pursuit because some questions are easier than others, but that just means a level playing field for players of all categories. It can also lead to some hilarious wrong answers as players compete for the top prize. Home Edition is the best version of the game for parties, but it is important to note that many questions are inspired by British culture, which will cause some confusion. All the same, Trivial Pursuit is a fantastic and ideal board game to develop your general knowledge.

Another quiz-based board game that can be a treat with your friends is Blockbuster, which combines charades with movie trivia, all housed in a replica VHS box.

Throw Throw Burrito

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Image: Throw Throwing Burrito / Explosive Kittens

Have you ever wanted to throw things at your friends? Good, Throw Throw Burrito got you covered. As the name suggests, this is a game of throwing burritos at your friends, while trying to collect cards and earn the most points. The game starts out pretty simple: you and up to six players draw cards, keeping them secret. Uncovering a set of three means you earn significant points.

But as soon as someone plays a “Burrito Card”, it’s time to stop drawing and try to catch the two plush burritos in the center of the game table. If you manage to hit someone with either burrito, he loses points. If you are hit, you also lose points.

Depending on the map being played, Burrito Wars may have specific rules – one option causes a cowboy-themed burrito duel – otherwise it’s largely a free game filled with chaos, perfect for wild antics. Ultimately, card draw and point scoring are the least interesting part of this game – but it does provide welcome relief before the next burrito barrage of anger is unleashed.

Board games and parties go together perfectly – you just need to choose the right game, at the right time, for the right people. Although we have shared many options here, there are still plenty of great board games to check out. Show your friends some of your favorites and see where you can go from there!

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