1. Monopoly

As mentioned, you can’t win Monopoly without being a cutthroat capitalist, so the tension is sort of built-in. But we have to admit: there’s nothing like the rush of gaining control of the board and having all the other players worried about landing on your property.

2. Uno

There are so many different ways to play Uno that eventually everyone begins to argue over the house rules. What are the authorized rules in your family? 

3. Spades

Listen, if you’re not a seasoned Spades player do not sit your behind down to play this game! Everyone at the table plays to WIN and you’ll be blacklisted by the family for years to come if you don’t know what you’re doing.

4. Taboo

To win at Taboo you’ve got to be clever and alert — are you paying attention to whether or not your opponent is using forbidden clue words, or unauthorized gesturing? Are you delivering clues to your teammates in the clearest way possible? Get it together or your partners will most likely be pissed.

5. Jenga

Of the five listed, we’d say Jenga is not as intense, but don’t cheat or try to go for the easiest piece, because you will get called out — quickly!