The kids are Connect Four fiends, Uncle Bob loves a good Battleship match and your mom is the undefeated champ when it comes to Pictionary. But regardless of whether you and your fam go head-to-head in the competition of the century or take on a more easygoing approach, there’s no denying that family game night is an evening well spent. And, with the holiday season fast approaching, we figured what better time than now to round up some of the best board games out there, including checking out the latest recs on BGG (that's Board Game Geek, of course, the online community hub for IRL gamers).
On the list below you’ll find a few games you may recognize and a few you won’t. There's something suitable for everyone from kindergarteners to adults. You'll discover strategy-based board games and card games designed for early childhood development, and learn about others powered by Alexa. Some will bring out your creative side and use those acting chops, while others will demand problem-solving skills and quick wit. So, without further ado, here are 25 of the best board games that deliver a guaranteed good time—even if things get a little, uh, competitive.