Older Kids and Adults Enjoy Games Too! These Are the Ones They Want You to Buy!

Older Kids and Adults Enjoy Games Too! These Are the Ones They Want You to Buy!

The title of this gift guide pretty much sums up what is included below. Before I go any further, I want to point out these aren’t “adult” games. They’re all family-friendly games, but are either targeted toward experienced gamers, take more time to play or have a higher learning curve. For exactly this reason, if you see our SahmReviews logo then click through and read more to determine if it’s the best choice for your gift recipient. It’s important to clarify that young gamers can certainly enjoy these as well, but our goal was to create a list of gift ideas that would be a go-to for older kids and adults.

As you peruse this list, make a note of which ones really strike you. Between now and the end of 2021, we’ll continue sharing giveaways each day and almost every game on this list will be a participant in that promotion!

Lost Ruins of Arnak

Czech Games Edition SahmReviews

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Explore jungles, find artifacts, and discover the Lost Ruins of Arnak! Lead rival expeditions to a newly discovered island. Through a unique combination of worker placement and deckbuilding, each expedition attempts to uncover the island’s secrets.

Decks are small, and randomness is mitigated by the wealth of tactical decisions offered on the game board. With a variety of worker actions, artifacts, and equipment cards, each game is unique, encouraging players to explore bold new strategies.

Maglev Metro

Bezier Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Maglev Metro is a tile placement, pick up & deliver, engine building game from Ted Alspach for 1-4 players. The inventive transparent tiles in Maglev Metro create a train game experience unlike any that has come before. Now, all route options are open to you regardless of how many tracks are already placed!

Hack & Slash

Steve Jackson Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

In this quick game, your guild of adventurers is ready for anything: battles, rescues, and the “liberation” of whatever pays the most. Choose a quest and roll the dice! You may win fame, and even recruit a new comrade for your party. Or you may fail and slink back to the Tavern.

EXIT: The Game Season 5

Kosmos SahmReviews

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

The EXIT: The Game series allows you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles to unlock doors and objects and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.

Tiny Epic Pirates

Gamelyn Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Gamelyn’s Tiny Epic Pirates is an easy entry game that is perfect for parties and get-togethers when you just want to have a quick game. It’ll have everyone engaged with minimal rules or prep work on your part.

 

 

The Night Cage

Smirk & Dagger Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

The Night Cage is a cooperative, horror-themed tile placement game that traps 1-5 lost souls within an otherworldly labyrinth of eternal darkness. Equipped with nothing but dim candles, you must work together to explore the maze and escape.

 

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For Science!

Grey Fox Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

You were never supposed to be the ones standing between the Earth and viral annihilation. So many other groups were better connected, better funded, better equipped, and had much nicer brochures. But here you are, an eccentric bunch, ready to put it all on the line – FOR SCIENCE!

For Science! is a real-time, dexterity and spatial co-op where the clock is constantly running, and you only have 15 minutes.

Dinosaur World

Pandasaurus Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Each round, you’ll draft a group of Workers from the Worker Database to run your park for a full season. Then you’ll divide up those Workers to take on the various tasks of building and running your Park – gathering ancient DNA, cloning new Dinos, buying new attractions, and keeping your patrons safe from a toothy demise. The better you run your park, the more Victory Points you’ll score!

Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

Stronghold Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition is an engine-building game in which players control interplanetary corporations with the goal of making Mars habitable (and profitable).

A new, stand-alone game inspired by Terraforming Mars featuring faster gameplay and over 200 beautifully illustrated cards!

Steampunk Rally Fusion

Roxley Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Steampunk Rally Fusion is a standalone game that can be combined with the original Steampunk Rally. It introduces new tracks with unique event cards, new part abilities (Gear Up and Overcharge), and a new card type: Secret Projects. It also debuts new custom dice representing powerful Fusion energy! Take on the role of ingenious inventors from history. Draft cards to invent your racing contraption. Power your creation’s abilities with combinations of steam, heat, electricity, and Fusion dice. Use cogs to augment bad dice rolls and upgrade certain machine parts.

Gladius

Deep Water Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

In Gladius, play as cunning Roman spectators trying to make the most money by betting on the gladiatorial games and rigging the results! Place secret bets on competing gladiator teams, and then tap into your plethora of underhanded tactics to help and hinder teams before the battle ends. Will you walk away with toga pockets brimming full of gold, or will you be left without a single denarius to your name?

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Genotype

Genius Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game is a strategic board game set in St. Thomas’ Abbey, where Gregor Mendel performed his paradigm-shifting experiments. Genotype is a worker placement and dice-drafting game where 1-5 players take the roles of research scientists competing to collect and validate experimental data on pea plants.

Brew

Pandasaurus Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

In Brew, players must choose how to use element dice—either to take back control of as many seasons as possible in an area control game or to procure goods at the local village in a worker-placement game. Recruiting woodland creatures and brewing potions can help offset chance die-rolls or create an engine to help you tame the lands.

Fantastic Factories (Complete Set)

Deep Water Games

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com

It’s time to roll some dice and put your factory to work in this delightfully replayable engine builder! Discover all the different combinations waiting inside; each turn is an exciting puzzle in this manufacturing arms race!

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Shopping for the perfect gifts can be such a stressful challenge so we hope this list helped you find at least a few gifts! If you haven’t had a chance to look through our other gift guides, we want to encourage you to do so. There are a multitude of gift ideas across multiple guides including Home & Electronics, Family Games, Party Games, STEM gifts, Card & Dice Games and Gifts for Younger Kids.

The hardest gifts to buy are those for those older "kids" in the family. This list of games for teens & adults will make you the star of game night! - SahmReviews.com
 
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50 comments on «Older Kids and Adults Enjoy Games Too! These Are the Ones They Want You to Buy!»

  1. Sue E says:

    These games kinda scare me that I am not worthy to play! They definitely will make you think Great selection though

  2. Donna L says:

    The game For Science sound interesting, educational and fun.

  3. Veronica Murillo says:

    I would like to receive for science and the night cage for gifts

  4. Sue E says:

    Dinosaurs World Our family likes dinosaurs

  5. Mia Rose says:

    I would like to try Dinosaur World.

  6. Tony Platz says:

    The Night Cage would be a fun game .

  7. Michael Shea says:

    Tiny Epic Pirates

  8. Alex Reynolds says:

    I would love a copy of Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition!!

  9. Sue E says:

    A train game like Maglev Metro would be fun to build and run. Choo Choo

  10. Thanay Binford says:

    I would love to receive the Exit game

  11. Hans W says:

    I would love to get Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition.

  12. Jessica Peeling says:

    Hack and Slash looks really interesting!

  13. william gossage says:

    I like the game the Night Cage

  14. Tony Platz says:

    Hack & Slash looks like an interesting game .

  15. Darren Green says:

    There are several games on this list that I would love to play. Dinosaur World, Fantastic Factories, Gladius.

  16. Penny Branson LeBaron says:

    Tiny Epic Pirates

  17. Frankie Pinnix says:

    Brew and Genotype are 2 games that I’m gifting.

  18. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I’d like to receive Genotype

  19. Jessica Peeling says:

    I would also love Brew – Pandasaurus games are great!

  20. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Hack and Slash looks like fun….

  21. Dawn Mielke says:

    Definitely the dinosaur game. None of the others really caught my eye.

  22. Syrae says:

    Genotype for me

  23. Pete Donegan says:

    Dinosaur World is probably great, Dinosaur Park certainly was

  24. Piroska says:

    The Night Cage sounds like an intriguing game.

  25. Kirsten Lyon says:

    The Night Cage

  26. Kristy Reid says:

    I’d love to recieve For Science! or Dinosaur World. Both look like a lot of fun.

  27. Kristin Troska says:

    Hack and slash looks fun!

  28. Lai says:

    Fantastic Factories or For Science!

  29. Fulvio Gasparini says:

    Night Cage seems really interesting

  30. Ed says:

    Lost Ruins of Arnak and Dinosaur World.

  31. Audrey says:

    Maglev Metro and Dinosaur World are some games on my wishlist!

  32. StrPap says:

    Lost Ruins of Arnak, The Night Cage and Genotype

  33. Elena says:

    Wow, I would be excited to get any of these as present. I’d say Lost Ruins of Arnak most. But all are awesome.

  34. Jason T says:

    Dinosaurs for life for my kids, if there’s Dino’s we’re in!

  35. Pavlos says:

    I would love to get Dinosaur World and Brew.

  36. Lisa P. says:

    EXIT The Game and Fantastic Factories are games that I would like to receive as gifts. I think others that I know would like these also. I like the idea of solving puzzles and riddles for the EXIT game.

  37. Lauryn R says:

    Genotype sounds like a fun one that I would love to gift to my daughter!

  38. Kelly+Freeman says:

    My favorite is Brew!

  39. drank says:

    Being a fan of pick-up & deliver games, I would love to give Maglev Metro a play! I would happily make room for it on my shelf!

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