This article showcases our top picks for the Best 2019 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).
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A classic board game. It’s an intense school board game and will keep you focused the entire time. A lot of fun is also promised. It is intense and keeps you focused all the time. Also, a lot of fun is guaranteed.
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The best board game of 2019 is certainly We’re Doomed. This fast-paced 15 minute board game is about trust and greed. Players have 15 minutes to spend tokens on building a spaceship. With perfect cooperation, all players should be able to escape a dying Earth and leave on the rocket ship; however, greed promotes players to hoard tokens in order to ensure that they get a seat even if others do not. Additionally, each player also has a role which has its own benefits, so there is a lot of room for strategy. This game is especially fun amongst total strangers who have no trust between each other at all, but it can still be played and enjoyed with close friends.
This product was recommended by Alexander King from The Daily RPG
D&D has become one of the most popular games. If you look at Google Trends, you can see a massive increase since 2004, with the peak hitting in 2020. I think it’s one of the best board games out there, not just in 2019!
This is essentially the ready-made version of a Dungeons and Dragons game – and it is truly excellent! Essentially, what you have to do is work out how to escape the dark and miserable dungeon you’ve found yourself waking up in. It involves a huge amount of mystery and detective skills, which you will need to solve the clues and plot the story. Interestingly, you can actually play this game with only one player, and it can also be stretched out over multiple playing sessions – like you would a D and D game.
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Ever want to play the board game version of the film “All the President’s Men?” In the award-winning “Watergate,” you can play as either President Nixon or the journalists investigating his scandal. Since this is a two player game,”Watergate” is a great choice for those who love board games but tire of having to assemble a minimum of four people everytime you want to play. Each side vies for control over seven witnesses, with Nixon trying to make it through his term while the journalists aim to expose his corruption. Like “Secret Hitler,” this game successfully utilizes history to give high stakes that feel more urgent and real.
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This multi-award-winning board game combines simple rules with evolving sophistication that explores a player’s creativity. Kids and adults can play this amazing game which is easy to learn and play. Players get to play with tiles, and the faster you finish yours, the more moves you get to complete all your tiles. It’s a fun and enjoyable game that will only take 20 to 30 minutes.
This award-winning board game will surely make Science learning more fun for 8-year-olds. Released in early 2019, this game allows you to enhance your strategy game as well as learn about trees and their life cycles. It basically revolves around the idea of photosynthesis so it is a good way to explain the concept to kids in a fun way. It works via the Action Points Allowance System Mechanism where you take your seedlings to fully blooming trees. The players get to collect light points as their trees collect energy from the sun’s rays. To win the game, a player must have the most light points.
This game entails you choosing one of the six villainous Disney characters to play. You can choose from Captain Hook, Jafar, Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Prince John, or Ursula. Once a villain is chosen, the game will continue based on the guide and goals of each villain. With 6 villains on hand, this board game will surely never be a bore. It is also the winner of 2019 Game of the Year because of the charisma and the fun it brings to its players.
It’s a board game that is based on the national parks of the United States. It is an award winning game that takes you through the itineraries of US National parks. Stunning artwork on every card makes it a beautiful and exciting game to play. The instruction booklet is also pretty clear, with pic descriptions for almost everything. It is fun two play with one to five persons within 60 minutes and it will make you have an imaginary adventure that you will want to experience in reality.
Enjoy this epic interactive strategy game with friends and family. In this game, scientists conduct research into powerful technologies, and the generals are at work on a major invasion plan. Players dominate the world by conquering foreign territories, exploring groundbreaking technologies, and completing secret missions. This challenging leader game includes 1 extra-large game board, 300 plastic game miniatures, 6 nation cards, 18 battle dice, 1 quick start guide,15 scenario markers, and wooden markers.
If you love Marvel as much as I do, or are into superhero-based board games, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this card game. It’s a cooperative game of strategy, in which every player gets to be a Marvel superhero (and that comes with different abilities within the game). The aim is to take down the villain, and overall it’s a fast-paced fun game ideal for Marvel nerds.
Star Wars has been an integral part of my life since I saw it in my local movie theatre in 1977, and Outer Rim lets every would-be smuggler who ever wanted to fly the Falcon forge their own path through that galaxy far, far away. And all you have to rely on is a trusty blaster, your wits, a competent strategy, and the right dice rolls and cards. It’s the perfect game for any Wars-Head…
Publisher Fantasy Flight Games done an excellent job producing a cooperative adventure game based on this well-known fantasy setting. Journeys into Middle Earth’s card-based gameplay feels new, and the integrated digital software stays out of the way while helping to administer the game so that no player has to be the game master. I’m excited to see what more this line has planned for us in the future.
I usually fall asleep quickly when someone characterizes a game as a tug-of-war. Tug-of-war does not appeal to me in the least. Are you pulling on a rope? Whooooo! However, the trick with Watergate is the sheer number of ropes. You must strike a balance between competing for initiative, momentum, and proof. And each card you play can influence any of those factors differently. A fast-paced, two-player game makes for interesting decisions.
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A story-driven game about surviving an extraterrestrial attack on your spaceship? Please register me! If the goal of the designers of Nemesis was to create Alien: the board game, they succeeded. Depending on your group’s play style, the game can be semi-cooperative or fully cooperative, and I’ve found both equally interesting. s The production qualities are outstanding, and there is a lot of fun in the basic box, as with other Awaken Realms goods. If you’re playing semi-coop, you’ll be assigned a unique character and a hidden task that may need you to work against the other players.
This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix
For inexperienced gamers, this is the best two-player game of 2019. Further up the list, Phil Walker-Harding redesigned his Spiel des Jahres-nominated Imhotep as a real two-player game, changing practically all of the rules to require the players to interact and compete directly with each other.
This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix
Phil Walker-basic Harding’s but extremely replayable flip-and-write game has enthralled every player to whom I’ve presented it. It’s a polyomino game, which means it contains the Tetris-like shapes you’ve seen in games like Patchwork and Bärenpark, where each player has two larger shapes to fill in with dry-erase markers using the smaller shape revealed in each turn.
This product was recommended by Kristina Lopez from N/A
Cubitus will not be the most serious board game in your library, as the huge cheese person on the package presents. In it, players race to the finish line as rapidly as possible by rolling unique dice to move, collect credits, and employ special powers. The fun part is that the dice in each game has unique properties, and if you roll too many blank dice faces, you’ll burst and have to move and buy new dice. Cubitus is one of our favorite games because it’s quirky, entertaining, and surprisingly simple to learn. Plus, in our experience, players enjoy rolling a large number of dice at once, and it’s designed for that.
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Blokus is the method game for the whole family. Players substitute by placing pieces from their chosen type on the board. Each new section inevitably has to expose one more part of comparison but only in the corners. As soon as the board is full, each player remembers the space for their leftover pieces and the player with the most space wins.
You must fulfill 50 different missions while traveling through the solar system in this cooperative trick-taking card game. However, you will succeed only if you can work as a team. This game is a contemporary take on the trick-taking card game genre.
It’s fast, exciting, simple to play, is beautiful to behold and feels almost as though every component was hand-made. This game makes you believe that it was a labor of love, and I don’t remember the last time I had as much fun as I did, and still do, every single time that I play it.
The interesting fact that I like the most about Pandemic the board game is that there is no opponent in the game but the game itself. This is among the few games that require cooperation to win, rather than competition. It means peace and harmony while playing a game-a strong reason to recommend this game. To play, you just need to gather family or friends to save the world from deadly diseases. The rules are simple; the board is attractive, and the strategies are unique. You learn while playing. Each player is given the role of a type of specialist and tries to eradicate 4 types of disease scattered around the board. Players are given cards with the type of actions they can take on each turn and also cards telling how the diseases will spread. The most interesting part of the game is to create a strategy to find the cure for the 4 diseases before everything is contaminated. Undoubtedly, a great game to unite the family and fun activity for everyone. I highly recommend Pandemic the board game to everyone due to the simplicity it offers and the learning edge that is rare in games.
As a lover of all things American scandal, and politics, I loved this game from the get go – two players (one in the role of journalist, one playing as the Nixon Administration, battle it out over the real life Watergate scandal. The journalist is trying to gather enough evidence of wrongdoing to publish an exposé, whereas the Nixon administration is trying to bury the scandal and coast it out to the end of their term. To do this, each player must use their unique deck of cards to outwit their competitor, and thwart the other’s progress.Letter Jam is the perfect game to take out on a day out with family and friends. On top of that, this game is a win-win situation for you if you are a little too much into words and vocabulary. The game starts with each player being given a word that they have to help the others deduce. You’ll have to spell out the other words based on the clues given to you. Inferring these can be the trickiest part of the game. This game is a great one as it puts on the spot your tinkering abilities while you can have all the fun watching everyone figure out what the word is.
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This might be because I’m spiteful by nature but when my friend said that Cthulu: Death May Die was a really tough game to understand, I took it as a challenge. Although the unique game systems might seem a little intimidating to begin with, it’s actually so fascinating once you get into it. The way that you have to embrace the madness of the characters leaves you on the edge of madness yourself, but you feel like an Old God when you start getting the hang of it.