Is it even Christmas day unless someone's sulking in the corner because they've lost at Monopoly?
In the run up to the festivities, families will be spending more time with hot chocolates and board games than they would at any other time of the year. Whilst you may feel you've exhausted all of the classics, there's plenty of new board games out there for adults and the whole family to enjoy.
Popular options this year include The Best of Christmas Logo Game, ideal for the whole family to get involved with. There's also revamps of popular board games classics, including Monopoly For Sore Losers and Cluedo's Liars Edition.
We've rounded up the top picks worth considering in our roundup below.
Best board games for adults
For those with a competitive streak and a brain for trivia, Best of Christmas is sure to get you in the festive mood.
Featuring all your favourite pictures, themes and pot luck cards, there’s a huge variety of questions for all in this quiz game. You'll get to hang decorations on the tree as you go along too.
Price: £10, The Works - buy here now
Families can enjoy a ‘day at the races’ when playing this board game.
Just as in a real race meeting, players race their horses around the board to win at all costs. Be devious, bet your own horse or someone else’s but don’t tell anyone who you’ve bet on. Ideal for two to six players.
Price: £19.99, Amazon - buy here now
This is a perfect choice to get everyone involved in the festive, tongue twisting fun.
Articulate Phrases is sure to raise a few giggles and encourage teamwork and bonding, as you battle the opposing teams. It’s simple - the team who gets the most phrases right and moves around the board the fastest are the winners.
Price: £17, Argos - buy here now
Adventure fans welcome, The Crystal Maze Board Game is the home of a labyrinth of puzzles and tricky challenges lie in wait for you and your teammates.
Teamwork is paramount as you voyage through the four themed time zones, packed with a medley of mental, mystery, skill and physical games too.
You'll get precious time crystals as rewards, the more crystals you win the more time you’ll get to spend in the finale room.
Price: £34.17, Amazon - buy here now
Word Poker takes the well-known framework of poker and transforms it into a compulsive family word game that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Suitable for two or more players, Word Poker uses letter cards with each letter having its own score value. The aim of the game is to make the highest-scoring word using any combination of the five cards that are in the centre of the table and the five cards that the player holds within their hand.
The quick-start and simple rules mean that there is no knowledge of poker needed to start playing.
Price: £29.99, Amazon - buy here now
Well, if there ever was a board game suitable for most homes out there, it's this one. Like we've already said, it's not quite Christmas until someone's sulking - usually because they've lost at Monopoly.
Monopoly brings you its latest iteration of the world’s favourite board game - and this time, it pays to lose; in fact, pulling the short straw will instead see you rewarded.
This hilarious twist will unite the family in the fight for the biggest loser.
Price: £18, Argos - buy here now
For those who are into the spookier games categories, this is right up your street and a nice twist on the usual board game formats.
You and your friends step into the roles of the five Crafton children, whose parents were killed in a grisly murder fifteen years ago. Revisiting your childhood home for the first time, work as a team to explore forgotten rooms, discover repressed memories and uncover the truth - as well as find the murdering before your own demise.
Price: £20.99, Very - buy here now
The 'know-it-alls' in the family will love this. If you've think you've got what it takes to show off your knowledge, Smart Ass is the game to put that to the test.
Each question of the game has eight clues, the first player to shout out the correct answer wins the round and takes a step closer to being the 'Smart Ass'.
Price: £20, Argos - buy here now
Describe it the best way how, just don't say the words.
Don't Say it is a word game, designed to help kids develop word skills, but is equally a fun challenge for the whole family. It's the fun word association game where a small slip of the tongue can cost you the entire game.
Price: £15.99, John Lewis - buy here now
The world’s leading murder mystery board game is back and this time, causing mischief and trouble will pay dividends.
This new edition will see family and friends tackle an additional deck of investigation cards, as well as truth and lie cards. Work your way through the interrogation room by exposing your competitor’s questionable poker face and hit the liar button to call out the games’ biggest deceivers.
You'll need a great poker face or a great eye for spotting the liars in the group.
Price: £22, Argos - buy here now
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