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Experts Tell Us the Best Of Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Of Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Starling Games Everdell Standard Edition

This product was recommended by Raimonds Lauzums from Poggers Inc

Everdell was a game I recently played at a board game night, and it was fantastic. Easy to learn, easy to play, but hard to master. There are four different seasons which act as different stages of the game. The player uses workers to get resources, which are used to play cards creatures or buildings which get added to your village. The game ends once each player goes through all four different seasons. There are all kinds of combinations to allow players to gain absurd amounts of victory points in the end (the player with the most victory points is the winner), which allows for skill and experience to shine through in a game session. The cute art style, the easy learning curve makes Everdell a fantastic game of all ages.

MONOPOLY Classic Game

This product was recommended by Sarah Ross from CocoLoan

Gaming is a global hobby that has enriched civilization for millennia, whether through a game board with dice, a deck of cards, simple lines drawn on scrap paper, or technological media. Hasbro Gaming is a one-stop shop for filling your games closet, from the most classic tabletop board games to up-and-active, play-to-learn games for preschoolers to the excruciatingly humorous party games that fulfil your wild side. The pricing was incredible, as it was half of what I had seen it for on the internet. There were no missing pieces, and it was just as entertaining as I remembered it being when I was a kid.

7 Wonders Board Game

This product was recommended by Kevin Nguyen from Kevin Nguyen Experiences

7 Wonders is one of the most award-winning and acclaimed board games that’s been released since 2010. Highly replayable, easy to learn, and great design, its one of the best board games for both casual and hardcore board gamers alike. What’s also great about the 7 Wonders is how engaging it is – everyone plays every single round of the game allowing for no downtime. 7 Wonders also comes with a variety of expansions due to its success that spice up the game if you’re looking for a game that you’ll be playing for years to come!

Arkham Horror 3rd Edition Board Game

This product was recommended by Cody Meirick from Scary Studies Magazine

It’s a cooperative game where you and friends get to battle lots of monsters. It encourages discussing strategy and honing tactics with teammates, while being part of a larger storyline involving Lovecraftian horror. The art and gameplay is fantastic, while there are a number of different final bosses so there is a lot of replay-ability.

Istanbul Big Box – Board Game

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Survival Gear Shack

I love this game because it is fast, easy to teach, and has a lot of depth that makes it interesting to anyone I have played it with (no one told me it was too simple); Unlike many other board games, Istanbul finishes in minutes – we often play it twice in a row!

Rio Grande Games RIO565 Puerto Rico Expansions 1 & 2

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Survival Gear Shack

This game was rated #1 on board game geeks list for a long time, and I still love it today; there is so much known about this game, I won’t reveal any more information about it.

Five Tribes

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Survival Gear Shack

It rewards careful turn order bidding and good opportunistic play along with longer-term strategies; a number of expansions are available; quite fast game with a unique, to me, mechanic of removing pieces from the board until there are no more legal moves; the game is fairly fast and exhibits some strong elements of strategy; the game is fairly fast and exhibits some strong elements of strategy.

Pandemic Board Game

This product was recommended by Max Shak from Survival Gear Shack

A great co-operative game; not recommended for people who prefer stress-free games; it puts you on edge as you near the end of the game; outbreaks may put some fear into you; and you have to listen to the smartest members of the group.

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Will Tigerton from LeanBack Player

The Catan board game is one of the best board games. This is a strategic game that helps you collect resources and become a good negotiator as you built your community and civilization. You need to get resources like wood brick, sheep, or wheat and you trade them with other players to somewhat build your city. It’s fun and brain-stimulating at the same time so you need to learn to be good at handling business.

Wingspan Board Game

This product was recommended by Sudhir Khatwani from The Money Mongers

Wingspan is not just beautiful and enticing to look at, it’s also intriguing, and highly engaging. The game is centred around birds returning to their natural habitats using card build ups. Winning the game is all about strategy, and forethought when it counts. This is arguably the most creative approach I have seen in a board game, and the game doesn’t disappoint. We’ve been using this game to relax at the workplace for a year now, and I’d certainly recommend it. It’s enabled us to build a really competitive culture at the workplace.

Blood Rage Board Game

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

Blood Rage is an area control game with a Viking theme set during Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse. If you’ve ever played Risk or Axis & Allies, you already have a good idea of what makes the game intriguing. It’s a lot of fun to move men around on a map, and Blood Rage provides you lots of opportunities to do so and a lot of beautiful miniatures to move.

Cash’s Guns

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

Cash’s Guns is one among the greatest, as it’s essentially a tabletop replica of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, minus the kidnapping and auditory mutilation. Eight foam weapons and a stack of cash are included in the Cash’n Guns package. The money is placed in the center of the table, and the pot becomes larger with each round.

Czech Games Codenames

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

Codenames is a social deduction game that manages to be accessible and challenging. Twenty-five codeword cards with a single noun are arranged in a five-by-five grid to symbolize secret field agents. Each player is assigned to a red or blue team, with a spymaster as their commander.

Dixit Board Game

This product was recommended by Ronald Williams from BestPeopleFinder

Dixit is not specifically for adults only type of board game but a family fun super cool board game that kids also like. It is one of those games that my family and kids never get bored with. The reason is very simple; with an exquisite layout, it stimulates creativity and imagination. In every round, a player selects a card from his hand, thinks of a phrase inspired by that card, and then places it face down on the table. The other players choose cards they think are related to the sentence and also place them face down on the table. Now, the real fun begins when the cards are shuffled and revealed. Players vote for the card they believe best represents the phrase presented by the first player. This simplicity in gameplay and rules, and easy-to-learn feature with interactive art are the factors that make it a family choice and that is the reason I am recommending it.

Hive- A Game Crawling With Possibilities

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

It is a pleasantly basic board game with straightforward rules and satisfyingly heavy parts. It’s a cross between dominoes and chess with an insect motif. Each tile represents a different insect (or spider) and its job. The rules are simple and rationally built so that a fast presentation will teach you them all.

Blue Orange Kingdomino Origins

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Kingdomino Origins is a tile-placing game for 2-4 players. You get points for having a certain number of identical tiles in your zone. It’s a surprisingly simple game with only a few pages of basic rules. It doesn’t take long to second-guess every option.

Hasbro Gaming CONNECT 4

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

With a more modern look and exciting ways to play, Connect 4 Classic Grid takes the popular game a step further. You’ll be glued to the grid because to the cool colors and additional game options! The pop out feature allows you to vary the sequence above by releasing a disc from the bottom row of the grid.

Ticket to Ride Europe Board Game

This product was recommended by Andreas Grant from Networks Hardware

We were planning a family trip to European countries right before the pandemic. As we were hit by COVID-19 and started preparing for lockdown, I quickly ordered the Ticket to Ride Europe version. I would say this is what kept our family night alive and fun. My family members are not really into board games but when you lay out the board with the entire map of Europe, you do manage to get their attention easily. The colorful train tokens, the different types of trains on the cards, the simplicity of the game, everything just clicks with everyone. There is a learning curve but most of my family members actually showed an interest rather than not playing the game because of it. You actually feel like you have traveled parts of Europe as you begin to memorize the map. The only issue I would say is the time it takes to finish a game. It can be played in under 60 minutes but that rarely happens.

Ravensburger Jurassic Park Danger!

This product was recommended by Megan Moore from Photography-Lighting

My partner is a huge fan of the Jurassic Park books and films, so I had to buy him this board game for his birthday. We played it every day for a week, and it is truly addictive! With a group of players as the ‘humans’ and another player as the ‘dinosaurs’, you have to chase each other around the board in an attempt to stop the other from controlling the island. It can be played with two or more players, and it is fast-paced – so prepare for lots of competitive behavior.

Wizards of the Coast DandD Dungeon Board Game

This product was recommended by Michael Rose from Union Law Firm

It’s a simplified, easy-to-learn version of ‘Dungeons & Dragons that can be played in under an hour. Explore the dungeon, fight monsters, find treasure, and avoid the traps and getting killed, and you’ll become a hero with a roll of a dice and the turn of a card. If there’s a better way to spend a Monday evening with your clothes on, I haven’t found it yet.

Guess Who? Game Original Guessing Game

This product was recommended by Stella Cooper from PaydayLoansUK

Hasbro presents this classic guessing board game. In this game, each player selects a mystery character card, and they figure out the player’s mystery person with yes or no questions. The person who first guesses the name correctly wins the game. This challenging board game series is perfect for adults and kids. This innovative and entertaining board game includes 2 game boards, 24 mystery cards, 10 scoring pegs, and 48 face cards that feature updated characters.

Melissa Wood Folding Mancala Board Game

This product was recommended by Kei Nishida from Japanese Green Tea Co.

Board games can be best enjoyed with coffee or tea. One of which I recommend is Mancala. It is a game of strategy and skill that can be enjoyed by all members of the family of all ages. This board game is one of the best choices if you are traveling with your family. Mancala can entertain and challenge young and adults alike.

Twilight Creations Zombies Third Edition Board Game

This product was recommended by Christina Russo from The Kitchen Community

It’s a game that plunges you headlong into the zombie apocalypse in which your survival depends on dice rolls and the luck of a card draw that challenges you to try and escape from the unnamed city and flee to safety via an ever-changing and evolving game board. It’s fast, frantic, and fun, and one of the best board games that I’ve played in the last decade.

The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine Cooperative Card Game

This product was recommended by Daniel G. Leone from NJ Law Results

I love this game because the space adventure is split into smaller missions that only take around 10 minutes each to complete. However, there are 50 of these missions to do! This means that you are always working on something new, and the game definitely doesn’t become boring at any point.

A Feast For Odin Board Game

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembly from The Best Calgary

A Feast for Odin is more than just a board game — it’s a legacy. The tribes modern folk refer to as “Vikings” are an often misunderstood lot, reduced to pirates and primitive folk despite their long history as explorers, conquerors, and founders of great civilizations. In A Feast for Odin, you’ll live the life of the great Vikings. Not only will you venture to new lands and emerge victorious from raids, you’ll also live through the day-to-day trading. Amassing possessions of great value earns you more victory points, and the player with the most points at the end of the game is declared the winner. All the artwork is quite nice and there are plenty of vibrant colors which makes the game look fairly inviting despite the massive number of various components. Finally the game does provide two plastic trays to help organize all the various goods. These are incredibly useful.

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Written by Zak Parker

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