Games That 5 Can Play

If you often have a group of 5 people who want to play a game, and you don’t want become a “full house” – 3 playing one, 2 playing another – here are some good board games for you to try. Each one allows a maximum of 5 players. Some are even at their best with the full complement of 5.

This list includes my personal all-time favorite, El Grande. It also includes another classic,¬†Puerto Rico. And it happens to include 3 games by German designer Wolfgang Kramer. So take a look at the 5 for 5 below. Hopefully you’ll find something your large group will like.

About the Number of Players

A number followed by a question mark (?) means avoid playing with that many players, if you can. A number followed by an exclamation point (!) means I highly recommend playing with that many players.

Fun board game El Grande

Game: El Grande
Players: 2, 3, 4, 5!
Theme: Control medieval Spain as a Grande
Genre: Select the right action at the right time to control the regions of Spain
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Check price at Amazon

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Fun board game Colosseum

Game: Colosseum
Players: 3, 4, 5!
Theme: Become Grand Impresario in Rome by putting on a fabulous show
Genre: Bid to collect sets of tiles that improve your position
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Check price at Amazon

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Fun board game Hacienda

Game: Hacienda
Players: 2, 3, 4!, 5
Theme: Manage your hacienda on the pampas of South America
Genre: Use a hand of animal cards to place hex tiles of your color strategically on the double-sided board
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: Check price at Amazon

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Fun board game Kingsburg

Game: Kingsburg
Players: 2, 3, 4!, 5
Theme: Influence the king’s advisors, accumulate wealth, construct beneficial buildings, and fend off the enemy
Genre: Roll dice simultaneously with other players to claim an advisor’s spot and the accompanying goods
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Check price on Amazon

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Fun board game Puerto Rico

Game: Puerto Rico
Players: 3, 4!, 5
Theme: Manage your plantation and its workers on the island of Puerto Rico
Genre: Selecting roles to initiate actions that improve your plantation and wealth
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Check price on Amazon

5 for 5 – Fun Board Games That Allow 5 to Play

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