Popular board games suitable for eighth graders that promote skills such as planning, strategy, memory and language skills include Settlers of Catan, Coup and Dixit. Other types of games that are popular for this age group include cooperative and semi-cooperative games such as Shadows Over Camelot and Pandemic.
Sites such as LearningLiftoff.com and TheBoardgameFamily.com include comprehensive lists of games for all ages. By eighth grade, most individuals can handle a wide range of play styles and rules, so the choice of game becomes more about personal preferences and play styles than particular age-appropriate selections. However, eighth graders may particularly enjoy games with slightly silly themes such as Killer Bunnies, King of Tokyo or Monkey Lab.