Board games are all about fun!
That’s why funny themes can make board games a blast.
Here’s 9 of our favorite funny-themed board games that are great to play with your family.
With a sinking ship out at sea, of course our first thoughts will be for the rats – right?
In Abandon Ship, players are cheering for the rats to make it safely to the top of the sinking ship. Well, each player is actually working to get some of the rats to the top at the expense of the others. Abandon Ship is a great family board game with an off-the-wall theme. And the board itself – as a sinking ship – is very cool. Who would have thought maneuvering rats on a sinking ship could be so fun.
See our full review of Abandon Ship.
Now that the rats are safe, let’s save the monkeys!
In Monkey Lab players take on the roles of monkeys racing through a lab trying to rescue their fellow monkeys from cages while staying clear of the guard. Of course, just because players are on the same mission to save monkeys, it doesn’t mean they’re working together. The player that saves the most monkeys wins, so it’s still every monkey for himself/herself.
See our full review of Monkey Lab.
From rats and monkeys to lemmings…
Poor lemmings get a bad rap in society. They’ll follow each other anywhere. Well, what would happen if the lemmings were entangled in the mafia business?
Lemming Mafia is a hoot. Players maneuver the lemmings along the path and secretly vote on the order in which each lemming will jump off the end of the pier – or get “cemented” and thrown in the river. With speeding black vans, cement and jackhammer spots, as well as betting spots, Lemming Mafia is a light, family friendly board game with a very unique theme. Tons of fun.
See our full review of Lemming Mafia.
While we’re still in the water, let’s go fishing – as penguins!
Hey, That’s My Fish is a great family board game where players are penguins trying to gather the most fish. Instead of a tile-laying game, Hey, That’s My Fish is a tile-removing game. As penguins gobble up the fish, the tiles are removed, leaving less areas to roam. It’s great for cutting off opponents and keeping the good catches for yourself.
See our full review of Hey, That’s My Fish.
Now let’s turn to another water fowl – Ducks, and another body of water – the bathtub!
In Duck, Duck, Go! players race their rubber duckies through 3 bathtub checkpoints before heading for the drain. The first duck there wins. The catch is that players simultaneously select their movement path each turn. Once revealed all ducks move, but depending on which moves first, the others may be pushed off course. Simple fun with a funny theme.
See our full review of Duck, Duck, Go!.
Let’s slow things down now for some worm racing!
Sure it’s a race, but don’t expect these worms to break any speed records. In Worm Up! players advance their worm segment by segment to the finish line. Players also select which number to play and simultaneously reveal it. If two (or more) players chose the same number, they don’t get to move that turn. Simple choices, and simple movement makes for a funny-themed board game for kids.
See our full review of Worm Up!.
Enough with the animals – now it’s time to eat bridge trespassers!
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff is a favorite children’s tale – told from the viewpoint of the billy goats. But flip it on its head and now you’re seeing it from the troll’s perspective. In Bridge Troll players lure townsfolk to their bridge to either use for food or money to build the bigger and better bridge. A simple twist on a familiar tale for troll grunting fun.
See our full review of Bridge Troll.
Let’s dive back in the water for a bit. But as animals this time.
In Get Bit! players are trying to get away from an animal – the shark. It’s a silly game with fantastic characters that literally lose arms and legs throughout the game. It’s another simultaneously selection game where players try not to be the last in the swimming line – or they’ll lose a limb. Lose all 4 limbs and you’re out of the game. Last player swimming away wins.
See our full review of Get Bit!.
I don’t know why there happens to be so many water oriented funny-themed games on this list, but we’ve got one more for you. It also happens to be another race game. But this time players are lumberjacks racing down the river.
In Fast Flowing Forest Fellers players get their own deck of movement cards to choose how far and when to move which of their lumberjacks. The first player to get all their lumberjacks down river wins. What’s really fun is bumping logs into other players or even better – bumping other players into currents that drive them back up stream.
See our full review of Fast Flowing Forest Fellers.
With the tens of thousands of board games available in the world, we know there are a myriad of funny-themed board games. What are the funniest-themed board games you enjoy?
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