Odds are, you’re looking for the best things to do when stuck at home. Maybe you’ve binged everything on Netflix, or you’re simply looking for another fun thing to kill time when you’re bored. Lucky for you, we know the best games to play at home (or anywhere else!). We are big fans of travel/card games (many classic board games have travel-sized versions), as they’re easy to pack or simply to store somewhere.

In this article

Board Games
    1. Monopoly
    2. Ludo
    3. Scrabble
    4. Rummikub
    5. Settlers of Catan
    6. Carcassonne
    7. Trivial Pursuit
    8. 30 seconds
    9. Ticket to Ride
    10. Labyrinth
    11. Dixit
    12. Escape Room
Playing Cards Games
    1. (Gin) Rummy
    2. Solitaire
    3. War
    4. Go Fish
    5. Crazy Eights
    6. Shithead
    7. Hearts
    8. Blackjack
    9. Canasta
    10. Donkey / Pig
Travel / Card Games
    1. Monopoly Deal
    2. Set
    3. UNO
    4. Skip Bo
      Phase 10
    5. Ligretto
    6. Spot It!
    7. Bohnanza
    8. Halli Galli
    9. Yahtzee
    10. Werewolf / Mafia
Pen and Paper Games
    1. Battleship
    2. Dots games
    3. Tic Tac Toe
    4. Pictionary
    5. Bulls and Cows
    6. Word Square
    7. Hangman
    8. Constantinople
    9. Anagram Word Game

Best Games to Play At Home

There are many sorts of games out there, so we’re making a division between board games, card games, playing cards games, and travel games. Many games are made into a travel-sized game, and sometimes, that version is even more fun than the original thing!


The Best Board Games

Monopoly

monopoly board game when stuck at home

This classic family board game has now hundreds of versions, including online banking ones. If you want to play a long game, this is the one to pick!

2-6 players
Get Monopoly

Ludo / Parcheesi

ludo mens erger je niet board game

In Dutch, this game is called “human, do not get annoyed” because you will get frustrated!

2-4 players
Buy Ludo

Scrabble

corona virus scrabble board game

If you’re good with words, you must give this game a go. It’s like wordfeud, but you can’t just make up any word and see if it’s a word. So, have your dictionary ready.

2-4 players
Play Scrabble

Rummikub / Rummy Board Game

Rummikub Rummy Tiles Game
Photo by Ryan Harvey on Flickr

It’s really no surprise that Rummikub is so popular – it has all the elements that make a great game: it’s easy to learn and fast-moving, it’s different every time it’s played, it combines luck and strategy, and it changes quickly so every player has a chance to win until the very end.

2-4 players
Get Rummikub

Settlers of Catan

settlers of catan the best board game

This game is perfect for a long game night too. It’s a civilization-building board game of harvesting and trading resources. Every player is an adventurous settler seeking to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan.

3-4 players (more with extensions)
Buy Settlers of Catan

Already got the game? Go get the extensions, travel edition, or dice version!

Carcassonne

carcassonne board game

A little similar to Settlers of Catan, this board game takes a while to play and works with tiles as a playing board. The name Carcassonne comes from the medieval fortress in southern France.

2-5 players
Get Carcassonne

Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit board game
Photo by Pratyeka

Are you knowledgeable? Let’s check it with the trivia game Trivial Pursuit!

2-6 players
Play Trivial Pursuit

30 Seconds

30 seconds board game
By warrenski on Flickr

The quick-thinking fast-talking board game for the whole family! Your team-mate(s) have to guess as many names (that you’re trying to explain) as possible, in 30 seconds.

4 or more players
Buy 30 Seconds

Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride board game

A cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points!

2-5 players
Get Ticket to Ride

Labyrinth

Labyrinth board game
Photo by David Goehring

Get lost in a maze of fun with the Ravensburger Labyrinth! It’s not a normal labyrinth, it moves every turn.

2-4 players
Play Labyrinth

Dixit

Dixit board game
Photo by yoppy on Flickr

If you love getting creative with storytelling, this is the game for you. Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell?

3-6 players
Get Dixit

Escape Room: the Game

Escape Room the Game

If you can’t go to an Escape Room, bring the escape room to you! You have 60 minutes get out of the room together, will you make it?

3-5 players
Buy Escape Room: the Game

Playing Cards Games

There are endless card games to play with simple playing cards games. We highly recommend getting at least 2 complete sets to have the freedom to play a variety of games!

playing card games

Get your playing cards

Got small hands? Invest in a cardholder!

Card Games to Play

  • (Gin) Rummy
  • Solitaire
  • War
  • Go Fish
  • Crazy Eights
  • Shithead
  • Hearts
  • Blackjack
  • Canasta
  • Donkey / Pig
  • and many, many more!

Check out this Youtube channel for card games instructions.

Travel / Card Games

We love travel card games! The best part: you can play these games anywhere and they don’t take up much space. And if the box is too big, just take the cards out and pack them in packing cubes!

Monopoly Deal

Monopoly Deal card game

The card game of the iconic board game is a lot more fun because it’s a lot quicker! Yet it’s very similar to the family game. Go give it a try!

2-5 players
Play Monopoly Deal

Set

Set card game

A fast game where there are no turns! The first person with the most ‘sets’ at the end, wins.

1 or more players
Get Set

UNO

UNO travel card game

If you don’t know UNO, I don’t think you would’ve made it this far into the article. The iconic card game now has a sequel, aptly called DOS!

2-10 players
Buy UNO

Skip Bo + Phase 10

Two more fun numbers-card games. Skip Bo is an easy yet fun game about playing out your entire stockpile(s). Phase 10 is similar to Rummy, yet different!

2-6 players
Get Skip Bo + Phase 10

Ligretto

Ligretto Card Game

This is a chaotic game as everyone plays at the same time and tries to get rid of their cards. But it’s a lot of fun!

Get multiple sets (different color boxes = different sets of cards) to play with more people!

2-12 players
Play Ligretto

Spot It / Dobble

Spot It card game dobble

Another fast game. Try to spot the same symbol on two cards. There are 5 ways to play the game!

2-8 players
Get Spot It!

Bohnanza

Bohnanza card game

A game about farming! Planting beans, harvesting, and selling: it’s all in the game.

3-5 players
Buy Bohnanza

Halli Galli

Halli Galli card game by Joho345
Photo by Joho345

This fun speed action game in which players watch for sets of exactly five fruit. Craziness guaranteed!

2-6 players
Get Halli Galli

Yahtzee

Yahtzee

Roll the five dices and try to get all the combinations! The person with the highest scores wins.

1 or more players
Play Yahtzee

There are lots of other dice games, consider buying a dice 10-pack!

Werewolf / Mafia

Werewolf / Mafia game
Photo by Cristiano Betta on Flickr

There are ‘normal’ citizens and there are Mafiosi or werewolves, there’s a narrator, and a storyline. One of the most fun party games to play with a group of people!

From 6 players
Get Werewolf

Pen and Paper Games

Pen and paper games

The best games? Free games! Grab some pencils, markers in different colors, and lots of paper. Let’s go!

Battleship

This game was originally a pen and paper game and was later turned into a board game. Try to find out where your opponent has hidden their battleships, first person to let all the ships of the other sink, wins! Download an easy printable here.

Buy the board game or see the pen and paper instructions
2 players

Dots games

Video: how to play dots games

Dots and Boxes

Draw lines and try to make as many boxes for yourself as possible!

2 or more players

Sim

Players alternately join dots on a hexagon; the first player who completes a triangle in their own color loses.

2 players

Sprouts

Another line-drawing game and it is even simpler than the dots and boxes game. Depending on the version, the last person to draw a line is either the winner or loser.

2 players

Tic Tac Toe

The classic game! Try to get three in a row in a 3×3 grid.

Video: how to play Tic Tac Toe
2 players

Pictionary

A fun guessing game where you have to draw what you have in mind and your partner can guess what it is (within a time limit). You may only draw, you can’t talk and you can’t write words, letters, or symbols.

4 or more players

Bulls and Cows

Very similar to the game Mastermind, one player has to make up a 4-digit number and the other player has to guess the code.

Video: how to play Bulls and Cows
2 players

Word Square

On a square grid, and the players are going to try to form words in the grid by filling out a letter in a box when it’s their turn.

Video: how to play word square
2 players

Hangman

Another word-guessing game, if you can’t guess the word in time, you’re a hanged man.

Video: how to play hangman
2 or more players

Constantinople

Try to make as many 3-letter words as possible from a long word (optional: within a set timeframe).

1 or more players

Anagram Word Game

Make an anagram of the word you had in mind, the other player has to find the word you thought of. Optional: within a set timeframe.

1 or more players

We’d love to hear what are your favorite games! Tell us in the comments below.

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