9 Funny-themed Board Games

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.

Abandon Ship board game

Get ready to save the rats!

Abandon Ship

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.

Monkey Lab board game

Save the monkeys!

Monkey Lab

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.

Lemming Mafia board game

Who’s going in the drink Sammy?

Lemming Mafia

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.

Hey, That's My Fish

Time to gather the fish.

Hey, That’s My Fish

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.

Duck, Duck, Go! board game

Bathtub racing at its finest!

Duck, Duck, Go!

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!.

Worm Up board game

Are your worms ready to race?

Worm Up!

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!.

Bridge Troll board game

I like these tasty travelers.

Bridge Troll

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.

Get Bit card game

Get your pirate and get swimming!

Get Bit!

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!.

Fast Flowing Forest Fellers family board game

Racing all over the river.

Fast Flowing Forest Fellers

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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It’s Easter Time – let’s celebrate

What a great week we have ahead of us.

This coming Sunday we celebrate Easter.

But the celebration doesn’t have to last just one day.

All week we can take time to reflect on the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This past Saturday we spent time in an Easter egg hunt with our kids and their cousins. It’s always fun for kids to find eggs with hidden gems inside (read “candy”).

But a memorable lesson can be taught with an Easter egg with nothing inside.
Because the Garden Tomb was empty.
Jesus rose from the dead.

And because of Him, so will we.

Because of Him, so much is possible.

I love this new Easter video, “Because of Him”.
Take a couple minutes to watch and reflect on what Easter means to you.

Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God. This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that’s possible because of Him.

This is what we’re grateful for as a family.
This is why we spend time together in uplifting pursuits.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news for all.
This joy is what we want to share with the world.

May your Easter week be full of love and joy.

See more Easter messages.


Think Again – party game review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Think Again party game

Think you know the right answer? You better Think Again.

Don’t you love it when you know the right answer in a trivia game?

When you hear a question you actually know the right answer to, you want to shout it out as fast as you can.

Well, what if you played a trivia game where you know ALL the answers?
Would you have as much fun?

But what if the Right answer may be the Wrong response and cost you a point?

Yep – Think Again is that kind of game.

You’ll know the answers, but you’ll have to Think Again before blurting it out because your Right answer may not be so Right.

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Careers – Classic board game I still love!

Careers board game

A blast from the past.

Today we go back in time to review a game that I, dad, absolutely love from my childhood – Careers!

Many visitors to our site know that each year I’m a part of The Dice Tower Awards and occasionally contribute to The Dice Tower podcast. In preparing my response/segment for a recent Dice Tower episode, I got so excited thinking about the game, that I wanted to share it here as well.

Careers board game

The Careers board with one outer and many inner paths.

Episodes #349 and #350 that are out this week include segments from contributors where we were asked “What game from your childhood do you remember the most?”

I didn’t hesitate at all.


I remember playing Careers over and over and over.
I thought it was such an awesome board game.

It opened my mind to new possibilities in board games that pulled me right in.
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Had a blast at SaltCON!

saltconThis weekend was SaltCON – the annual board game convention in Utah, USA – and it was a blast!

Although the event runs for 3 days, I just attended on Friday and Saturday. And even though I ended up leaving earlier than I had anticipated Saturday evening, I left feeling very full.

Full from a lot of great game playing and full from meeting a bunch of new friends.

Overall, I played 16 different board games!

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Jungle Ascent – Race to the treasure

Jungle Ascent board game

We love the art style of Jungle Ascent.

Jungle Ascent is a fun family board game that young and old can enjoy together.

Like many jungle games, players compete to claim treasure. But unlike other jungle games where players have to find and uncover the treasure, in Jungle Ascent the treasure is out in the open.

It just happens to be perched at the top of a steep cliff.

The first player to make it to the top of the cliff gets to claim all the treasure.

But to get to the top, players need to scale the cliff by adding rope ladders and wooden bridges. Players also need to avoid all the hazards other players throw in the way.

Get a quick understanding of how to play Jungle Ascent in Caleb’s video review.
(Note: We’re publishing this video review as part of The Dice Tower network.)

Can the whole family enjoy Jungle Ascent?
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Fluxx The Board Game – Less Random & Fun

Fluxx The Board Game

Still random, but with a board!

Fluxx is an extremely random card game that can be fun to play in the right situation. With the right group, in the right mood, it can be a lot of fun.

Just expect random.

Because with Fluxx, the rules and goals of the game change constantly.

So when Looney Labs announced Fluxx The Board Game, we wondered what was in store.

Since the name “Fluxx” remained in the game title, we knew to expect randomness. But we were very curious as to what else was in store.

We’re happy to report, to those that don’t like total chaos, that Fluxx The Board Game is less random than the typical Fluxx card games. Not a by a lot, but by enough that it definitely feels like a different game.

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Excited for SaltCON 2014!

saltconIn just two weeks I’ll be having a blast playing a ton of board games at SaltCON!

SaltCON is a board game convention in Salt Lake City, Utah for casual and competitive gamers alike that keeps getting bigger every year.

I don’t know what most people think when they hear about a board game convention. But with SaltCON (and most board game conventions), it’s extremely family friendly. If you’ve never been to one before, just imagine a ton of people that love having fun with face-to-face interaction.

And in most cases, getting to know and laugh with complete strangers. Well, they’ll only be strangers for a few minutes. Once a game gets rolling, and it all changes. Because once you’re laughing with someone, friendships develop.

It’s all about open gaming goodness.

I’m looking forward to the fun.

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