Let’s face it. board games are not as popular as they used to be. We all grew up with family arguments over a Christmas Day game of Monopoly. However, these days, they seem, well, old fashioned and boring to most people. The idea of taking a game out of a board and setting it up before playing for a couple of hours is an alien concept for many people; where do you turn on it, what are the graphics like, what does it do? However, here at My Poor Wallet, we think that this is grossly unfair. Not only are the classic board games as much fun as ever to play, but new releases can rival even the latest computer games for fun. The question, therefore, is where do you begin when picking a board game. What are the best games for experienced gamers, or people looking to dip a toe into non-screen related fun? While choice can be good, too much choice can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Whatever your level of experience in the world of tabletop gaming, whatever your level of interest or genre; from games where you have to work together with your fellow players to achieve an objective to games where you have to pound your rivals face (metaphorically, at least, we hope!) into the board, we have handpicked the best games for games of any level. There are games that are perfect for starters, games that are based around classic TV and Movies and games which seem oddly relevant at the moment; yes, we are looking at you, Pandemic!

Whether you decide to buy a game for a present or treat yourself, you cannot go far wrong with these choices. Enjoy!


Ravensburger 26842 Back to The Future Board Game for Adults & for Kids Age 10 and Up


If you’re of a certain age, Back to the Future wasn’t just a movie, it was an event. We hadn’t seen anything like it at the time. Play your part in the classic film with this fantastic board game and see if you can hit 88mph.

Pandemic Board Game, Cooperative Board Game for 2-4 Players for Family Friends Party


If ever a board game could catch the mood of the world. Save the world from deadly viruses in this fun four-player board game. Can you do a better job than the world leaders have over the last 12 months?

Goliath Games GL60034 Shark Bite Children’s Family Fun Fishy Board Game


Try and save your catch before the shark snaps. Roll your rice to see how many of the little fellas you need to save before losing a finger.

Ravensburger Hocus Pocus Strategy Board Game for Kids age 8 years and up ,26946


Based upon the classic Disney movie, this Hocus Pocus board game is great fun for all the family. Pair it with a movie watch for a great evening.

WWE Guess Who Board Game


This WWE themed guess who game offers a fun twist on the classic board game we all grew up with. Perfect for WWE fans of any age. Non fans may be a little lost, though. Does he have a colourful outfit?

Repos 7 Wonders 2nd Edition Board Game


Do you have what it takes to lead your civilization from the dirt and into prosperity? Lead one of seven great cities and take over the world.

Wild Card Games Who Knows Where? – The Global Location Guessing Family Board Game


A challenge for all the family, hope they were listening i Geography class!

Buffalo Games Pac-Man – The Board Game


The perfect board game for all of those who spent the 80s in arcades trying to beat Pac-man. Relive your youth with this fab board game.

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Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit Board Game


So, you think you know everything there is to know about the Harry Potter world? Let’s see…


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Board Games 48717 Signature Last Defense Game, Multicolour


You have 30 mins to save the planet from hordes of Aliens, Zombies and Killer Robots. Think you’re up to the job?

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Smart Games – 30 Seconds – UK edition board game


30 seconds might seem like a lot of time in everyday life, it is amazing how quickly it can pass when you’re panicking to name five animals saying with an S. We love this game.

Five Gold Rings Board Game from Ideal


Based on the hit ITV ring game show, this strategy game is perfect for all the family.

Rangers FC edition, Taxi Board Game


This Rangers FC version of the classic taxi board game is a must for fans of the Scottish giants.

Hasbro A3264EU6 Battleships Game


Yes, you too will be able to utter the mortal ‘You sunk my Battleship’ remark with the classic boat based strategy game.