9 Celebs Share Their All-Time Favorite Board Games

published Dec 4, 2020
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As you’re starting to hunker down for the winter ahead, you might be building up your board game stash for optimal at-home entertainment. And with so many genres to choose from—roll-and-move classics, abstract, wargames, etc.—it’s hard to narrow down the possibilities. So, why not let celebs do it for you?

From Taraji P. Henson to Drew Barrymore and Jonathan Scott, we asked some of our favorite celebrities for their favorite board games like “Game of Thrones” Risk and Monopoly (despite the family fights that come with it), among others. While answers may vary, one thing is for certain: you’ll have plenty of board games to “add to cart” when all this is read and done.

See below for nine celebrities and their favorite board games they’d play any night in:

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Darren Criss: One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Darren Criss is a big fan of the party game One Night Ultimate Werewolf. “It’s really popular in my group of friends and that’s something you can bring around everywhere we go,” Criss told Apartment Therapy. Other than that, he also enjoys a good game of chess fan.

Buy: One Night Ultimate Werewolf, $24.39

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Taraji P. Henson: Life and Monopoly

The “Empire” star keeps it simple yet competitive with the classics: Life and Monopoly.

Buy: Life, $23.30

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Busy Philipps: Sorry

When asked what her perfect night in at home looks like, Busy Philipps says that a family game night is at the top of the list. “We have a lot of games the girls love. Sorry is a favorite, and when I was a kid my sister and I loved it,” Philipps said.

Buy: Sorry, $12.99 $7.88

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Jonathan Scott: Scrabble

Jonathan Scott of the Property Brothers doesn’t mess when it comes to playing Scrabble, his favorite board game. “I will point out that I happened to destroy my whole family at Scrabble the other night,” Scott recalled. “Not only did I go out with all my letters, which got me an additional 50 points, but I also doubled the next closest score… just saying.”

Buy: Scrabble, $26.25

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Keke Palmer: Monoply

Keke Palmer is another celeb who’s favorite board game is Monopoly, “even though it causes fights.”

Buy: Monopoly, $17.19

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Drew Barrymore: Life, Operation, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and Catapoly

The mother of two keeps busy with her daughters, Olive and Frankie, with family game nights. “I’ve been playing Life with the girls, I love that game,” Barrymore said. “We also do Operation, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and a lot of cards. But our favorite game is Catopoly, and Olive seriously takes me down.”

Buy: Catopoly, $29.99 $24.99

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Nate Berkus: Zingo and Pictionary

When it comes to playing with their kids Poppy and Oskar, Nate Berkus says that Zingo—a children’s bingo game—is their family’s go-to. But when it’s just him and husband Jeremiah Brent, they’re all in for Pictionary.

Buy: Zingo, $19.99

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Aisha Dee: Connect Four

Even though during our interview, Aisha Dee mentioned she’d rather not play board games with friends and family since it gets competitive, she does enjoy a good game of Connect Four.

Buy: Connect Four, $11.99 $8.39

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David Burtka: “Game of Thrones” Risk and Apples to Apples

David Burtka recently gifted husband Neil Patrick Harris a “Game of Thrones” Risk game, which he equally as excited about. Otherwise, Burkta is all about Apples to Apples. “It’s great for kids because—yes, there is a lot of pop culture—but there are a lot of words that they are learning about, and it’s fun.”

Buy: “Game of Thrones” Risk, $82.49