What Games are Popular in Today’s Man Cave?

Games Popular in Today's Man Caves

Man Caves have evolved over time and as our interests change, so to are the games that are played. Some man cave games have lasted for decades while others have fizzled away to nothing.

We have dissected all popular man cave games and done research into how popular each one is. We’ve used statistics from various sources, including Google Trends to come up with our list. This list is by no means 100% accurate as it’s impossible to know exactly how popular each man cave game is. Our goal here is to give you, the man cave owner, some insight into how popular each man cave game is in 2020. These figures compare each game against each other. They are not a total of how many of a particular game exist in a man cave.

Whilst doing our research, we were quite surprised in some of the entries. So let’s get on with the statistics…

Popular Man Cave Games


Darts

MCA Popularity Rating: 9%

Trend: ON THE RISE

Darts have been a staple in man caves for decades. The fact that you can play many different games and that a dartboard takes up very little space makes the game very appealing. It is common knowledge that a man cave in not complete unless you have a dartboard.


Foosball

MCA Popularity Rating: 1%

Trend: ON THE DECLINE

Foosball has unfortunately been on the decline in popularity for quite a few years. Even though it’s a fun game to play, doesn’t cost the earth and doesn’t take up much space, it just isn’t as popular in today’s man cave. Maybe like air hockey, the novelty is wearing off. Foosball along with darts, I think still has a place in every man cave.


Pool & Billiards

MCA Popularity Rating: 41%

Trend: STEADY

Like Darts, Pool & Billiards have been a staple in many man caves for decades. If your budget allows, a pool table is usually the first choice for games. It’s playing longevity will mean it’s going to be present in man caves for many years to come.


Air Hockey

MCA Popularity Rating: 2%

Trend: STEADY

Air Hockey has had a small but constant following for many years. It’s a mesmerizing game that is easy to play and really looks the part in a man cave. Along with foosball, if you have the space, they can look really good in any man cave.


Pinball

MCA Popularity Rating: 2%

Trend: ON THE RISE

Pinball machines are receiving a boost in popularity in recent years. Maybe it’s due to the fact that there aren’t many around in arcades which means players have to buy their own. Pinball machines also have a definite wow factor in a man cave. They are one of the few things in a man cave that can appreciate in value… with proper maintenance. If you are buying a machine then be sure to check out this guide.


Table Tennis & Ping Pong

MCA Popularity Rating: 11%

Trend: STEADY

Table Tennis / Ping Pong has kept a constant following for years. The low cost to purchase, the ability to fold away the table and the high level of skill required to master the game have kept the game popular in man caves, even today.


Golf Putting & Golf Simulators

MCA Popularity Rating: 25%

Trend: ON THE RISE

Indoor Putting Greens and Golf Simulator machines are definitely on the rise in today’s man caves. It’s hard to separate indoor putting from golf simulators so we’ve grouped them together for this study. Putting has been around for a long period of time but Golf Simulators are quite a new invention to the home. Although they take up some space, the technology is getting pretty close to playing the real game. As long as golf in general remains strong, indoor putting and golf simulators will continue to grow.


Poker

MCA Popularity Rating: 7%

Trend: STEADY

Poker and cards in general have their steady following of players. Of all of the games played in man caves, poker has definitely been around the longest. The game has evolved over the years but it’s popularity has always remained steady. If you have a large group of buddies in your cave, it’s definitely a game that can involve and entertain the masses.


Shuffleboard

MCA Popularity Rating: 1%

Trend: STEADY

Shuffleboards have their small and loyal followers still shuffling in man caves today. Their low figures in popularity are mainly to do with the size the game takes up. If you have the space, shuffleboard is an excellent game that involves a lot of skill.


Beer Pong

MCA Popularity Rating: 1%

Trend: ON THE DECLINE

Beer Pong, surprisingly, in on the decline in popularity. For a game that provides so much entertainment, doesn’t take up much space, can be folded away when not in use and involves beer, it’s hard to see how it is on the decline. I guess that man cave owners have other games higher on their list.


Other Man Cave Games

Of course there are many other games played in man caves but the popularity of these are very small so we haven’t included them in our list. Others that didn’t make the list… arcade machines, tenpin bowling, skeetball, basketball, bocce, hookey & indoor bowls.

Although popularity in games will change in time, it’s nice to see some staples that don’t change. The games in your man cave should be what YOU want to play. After all, you’ve spent a load of cash building your man cave so you want to have games in there that YOU want to play and be comfortable.