We love playing board games at our house. We usually have family games nights throughout the month and we are always on the lookout for new games. One thing I have been looking for is games for my older kids. Now that most of our children are teenagers and young adults they don’t like playing the younger kid games as much. So once our severn year old goes to bed they like to play games that are geared more towards teens and adults. I recently found this great company called Smirk & Dagger that has some great teen and adult games. We recently tried out a few and they are some of our favorite picks for the Teen Holiday Gift Guide.
Nevermore is a drafting card game. Each round you build your hand and play against otehr players. There are damage cards as well as healing cards that determine how you interact with the other players. The object is to be the last player standing to not turn into a raven or obtain six victory points through play. There are several different cards and each one does something a little different and each time you play will be a little different which makes it fun to play. I like games that are different every time you play. You can learn more about this game and get some great tutorial videos on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, for 3-6 players, normal playing time is 45-60 minutes.
Sutakku is a fun push your luck dice game. Each turn you will roll your dice trying to score points by stacking your dice. Each turn you must stack two dice you can then continue rolling and push your luck or stop and take your points. If you push your luck and you are unable to play at any point you lose all your points and your turn ends. It’s a pretty fun game that can be super exciting. I love these kinds of games, the gambling can be super exciting. You can find out more and see some tutorial videos on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, 1 and up players, normal playing time is 15 minutes.
Dead Last is a social collusion game that involves a lot of negotiations, dealing, and back stabbing. The great thing is this is a game for a large group, up to 12 players so if you like big game nights this is a fun one. The basic play involves voting on eliminating other players, you can work together with other players to make targets and just like survivor or other reality shows you get to vote out members of the game. The overall goal is to collect gold by being one of the last men standing in the round. They also include showdowns between the last two players that is really fun where you have to decide to share, steal, or grab one and run. This is a really fun game that really lets you know where you stand. You can find out more and see some tutorial videos on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, 6-12 players, normal playing time is 45-60 minutes.
J’Accuse is a fun who done it kind of came. Kind of reminds me of clue except you get to accuse each other of being the murderer. Players take turns playing the game and accusing each other until there is one person left and they are arrested. To be arrested the player must gets stuck with at least one of each type of Evidence (a Motive, Opportunity & Weapon, which solves the case) OR by having ANY 5 pieces of Hard Evidence against them (a Preponderance of Evidence). Fun sleuth game that allows you to accuse and suspect your friends and family. You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, 3-6 players, normal playing time is 30-45 minutes.
Hex Hex is a really fun fast paced game based on hexing and attaching your friends and family. Take turns using hex cards, overcoming hex cards, and coming up with ways to back stab or gang up on other players. I like it because it is fast and pretty easy to understand. This is a new and revised version so lots of fun added features. Lots of interactive fun. You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, 3-6 players, normal play time is 20-30 minutes.
Shootin’ Ladders is a bit of a morbid twist on chutes and ladders. There are seven different play versions built into the game. You can gang up on one player, free for all, and more. I like the different variations because it makes the game interesting and new each time you play. Lots of shooting and limbs flying during this game play. Fast paced and a lot of action. You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 13 and up, 3-8 players, normal play time is 30-90 minutes.
Run For Your Life, Candyman is a fast paced, in your face ginger bread man brawl. Players take turn moving around the game board and taking shots at other players trying to be the first to cross the boarder. You can shoot of limbs of other players trying to shoot them out of the game. Lots of fun! You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger Website. Suitable for ages 12 and up, 2-6 players, normal play time is 30 minutes.
Student Bodies is a all men for themselves zombie packed board game. Each player begins being bitten and infected. Your goal is to do whatever it takes to get the antidote and get back through the game board and out of the “school” locking the doors behind you. Everyone is an enemy in this game, trust no one. If you like zombies this is a fun zombie themed game. You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger website. Suitable for ages 14 and up, 2-4 players, normal play is 90 minutes.
Smirk & Dagger has a huge variety of games with a all in good fun stab you in the back themed game play. Each game is full of fun logic and tactic style decisions. If you are looking for teen or adult board games they have some great gift ideas.
You can learn more on the Smirk & Dagger Website.
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