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Best Board Games of 2022 (Review of the Year)

by ArKa

Best Board Games of 2022 (Review of the Year) It is time to take a look back at the year that was 2022 and review some of the best board games of the year.

Board games had a great year!

There were many great games released. I haven’t yet played many of them. How sad!

It would be unfair of me to rank them since I have not played all of them. Instead, I searched the Internet for top ten lists. This is an aggregation of those lists. I have ranked the games based on their numerical rank (when lists were numerically ranked) and the total number of lists (I have included 7 ranked top 10 lists and 3 unranked lists).

This year’s undisputed board game champion is…

Best Board Games of 2022

The Scythe

 

We reviewed all 10 lists that included Scythe.

There are seven top 10 lists in total. Even if the game only made the top 5 on three of those lists, its consistency is what makes me confident to label it the best game of 2022. Its only drawback, in my view, is its hefty price tag.

I was an only child and wore out my electronic chess set growing up, so one of my favorite features of Scythe is the ability to play alone. However, that option is not listed on the box cover. It is not a game that I would purchase for the sole purpose of playing alone, but it is a nice fallback.

Here is the complete list of…

 

The best board games of 2022

Below are some notes on what you’ll find:

  • According to the number of lists, the game appeared on how many “best board games of 2016” lists. In ranked lists, I have also included a point total, which is also what determines a game’s position. The lists were ranked from top to bottom. For example, the top-10 games receive 10 points, the second-10 games receive 9 points, and so on until the tenth game receives 1 point.
  • The manufacturer provides the Game Description.
  • This post summarizes what I felt were the most important comments made in reviews and forum comments about the game, along with my own commentary.
  • Similarly, you can create a list based on your own preferences. The rankings were constructed by using the point system. It will skew some games higher than they deserve because one person enjoyed the game (e.g., Millennium Blades and New Bedford were ranked first on one list each, but did not appear on any other lists). If one person loves the game that much, then it deserves some extra attention. Though making it into 3 of the 7 ranked lists, a game like Inis deserves to be considered. However, it was ranked 9th twice and 8th once, and it only earned four points. Since this game appeared on three out of seven top 10 lists, I will definitely give it a hands-on test as soon as I can.

 

1.The Scythe

Best Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 10 in all
  • Rank: 7 out of 40
  • 3 Not ranked

In addition to being consistently ranked in the top 10, Scythe accrued the most points. On every list, it was included. On average, it ranked 5th or 6th.

Description of the game

The 1920s are a time of unrest in Europe. Snow is still darkened by the ashes of the first great war. As a result, several countries have taken notice of the capitalistic city-state known as “the factory,” which fuelled the war with heavily armored Mechs. Scythe is a board game set during an alternate-history period during the 1920s. During this time, there are farms and wars, broken hearts and rusted gears, invention and bravery. Scythe is a game where players represent fallen leaders 

Bringing their faction to power in Eastern Europe and restoring their honor. The player conquered territories, enlists recruits, gains villagers, builds structures, and activates monstrous mechs.

Other People’s Opinions

  • I absolutely love this game! Suitable for gamers who want to relax around the gaming table, but not for casual gamers. As a player, you must keep track of several things (I almost think of it as a miniature version of Civilization without the computer). Taking decisions at every turn is a key part of the game, which is also very strategic.
  • It is a beautiful game. It has excellent artwork that draws players in.
  • Although playing solo against a pseudo AI opponent does not compare to playing actual humans, it’s a good substitute for getting your Scythe fix.

 

2. Mansions of Madness: 2nd Edition

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • There are 6 total
  • Rank: 4 out of 39
  • Rank 2: Unranked

The second edition of Mansions of Madness just didn’t make the top spot. This despite the fact that they appeared on just 4 of the 7 lists (and 2 of the 3 unranked lists, too).

It did so because the people who ranked it absolutely loved it. One 2nd place spot and three 1st place spots were earned.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this pricey game if you can afford it (over $100).

Description of the game

Fantasy Flight Games Publisher

Age recommendation: 13 years and older

The second edition of Mansions of Madness is an app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign. Search for answers and respite in Innsmouth’s veiled streets and through Arkham’s cursed mansions, as you stumble through the haunted corridors. Using the required app, you’ll confront terrifying scenarios, collect weapons, tools, and information, solve complex puzzles, and combat monsters, insanity, and death. Get ready to step into this second edition of Mansions of Madness. For this town to win the battle against the evil terrorizing it, more than just survival will be needed.

Other People’s Opinions

  • From the first edition, the biggest improvement is that a DM app now serves as the game master, allowing all participants to actively participate.
  • You’ll find a lot of stories and puzzles here to keep you entertained. This is riveting enough to make you want to find the next clue or open the next door to discover what lies behind it.
  • After completing all four scenarios, the game has repeat play value (which is great given the $$$ price tag). There may be a loss of enjoyment once certain elements of the story have been spoiled.
  • It is by far the quality of the pieces that is the biggest complaint. In spite of the fact that Fantasy Flight has replaced some broken pieces (especially when you discover a broken piece when you open your new box), it would be nice if the pieces could withstand some abuse. A more engaging addition would have been improving the miniature quality or replacing them with tiles.

 

3. Star Wars: Rebellion

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 7 total
  • Rank: 4 with 28 points
  • 3 Not ranked

Next on my list is Star Wars: Rebellion. It does not appear on all three unranked lists, but it does present a noticeable drop off from the previous two.

Description of the game

Fantasy Flight Games Publisher

Age recommendation: 13 years and older

Book 1 and Book 2 of the Instruction Manuals

It is a board game about an epic war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance that can be played by two to four players. You will experience the Galactic Civil War like never before. With Rebellion, you can control even the fledgling Rebel Alliance or the entire Galactic Empire. Starships need to be controlled, troops must be accounted for, and systems must be rallied to your cause. Rebellion presents more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards, which include thirty-two of the galaxy’s most notable systems. Its scope is as wide and sweeping as any Star Wars game to date.

Rebellion remains deeply personal, cinematic, and heroic despite its grandiosity. In addition to the strength of your starships, vehicles, and troops, your success is determined by the efforts of such notable characters as Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Emperor Palpatine. As civil war rages throughout the galaxy, these leaders will be invaluable to your team, and their missions will remind you of many of the most memorable moments from the classic trilogy.

Other People’s Opinions

  • In just a few hours, you won’t be able to finish the game. At least three to four hours (or more) of your day (or night) will be dedicated to playing Star Wars: Rebellion.
  • The asymmetric system in the game is accurate. Therefore, in both the movies and the game , the rebellion is clearly the underdog, with no hope of overcoming the Imperial army with head-on attacks. To determine who wins, each side of the game has completely different objectives.
  • Besides being epic in scale and length, the game is also extremely time-consuming. On average, the rounds last between 25 and 35 minutes. You generally play six rounds in a row. Your ability to do certain things in each game depends on this. Having to play multiple times can be both good (because you want to see everything) and bad (because it can be disappointing if you cannot complete a specific ship).
  • Perhaps it is better to ignore the fact that the game can technically be played by more than two players.

4. Great Western Trail

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • Five total
  • Rank: 4 out of 26
  • No ranking: 1

Star Wars: Rebellion comes in just behind Great Western Trail, appearing on the same amount of ranked lists but only one unranked list. In spite of that, the game appeared in three of the top three lists.

Description of the game

Stronghold Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 12 and up

A circular trail connects the towns of Texas and Kansas city in Great Western Trail, where you are rival cattlemen. Guests then arrive in Texas and Kansas to ship their cattle, earning you money and victory points. Engage competent staff, including cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to construct your cattle posts, and engineers to build your railroad. Bring your most valuable cattle with you to each destination station. The winner of the game is the one who manages their herd the best and masters opportunities and pitfalls on the great western trail with the best timing.

Other People’s Opinions

  • You will need about two hours to finish the game. It may take you longer, it may take you less. During the first playthrough, you will need to spend a lot of time understanding the rules and thinking about how you will approach the game. The repetitive nature of some of the game makes subsequent sessions go faster.
  • Players have plenty of options, but too many may be overwhelming. Another way to put it is, there may be too many things that don’t matter as much as finding a way to get more or better cattle. If one player starts to accumulate, it can also lead to a snowball effect.
  • For new players, the game is fairly easy to understand, but gamers with an analysis paralysis tendency might become overwhelmed with the various decision points.

 

5. Mechs vs. Minions

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 5 total
  • Rank: 4 out of 20
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Game publisher: League of Legends

Age recommendation: 12 and up

The fully cooperative tabletop game Mechs vs Minions is designed for 2-4 players. Teams will grow in power as they face off against armies of marauding minions using programmatic movement from a shared draft.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Those figures look great.
  • Originally, developers intended for it to be a hybrid of Robo Rally and Descent. They at least got the Robo Rally part right, according to several reviewers.
  • An experience in itself is unboxing the game. Considering its weight of 12.8 pounds, the device offers a lot for gamers.
  • From its source material, the board game has a good translation. The cardboard version does not require any prior knowledge of the game. There may be a few easter eggs and/or inside jokes missing.

Consider purchasing the game through the publisher’s website (if available) or eBay where you can find it at a much lower price than third-party sellers on Amazon. Alternatively, you can wait until Wave 2 hits (Wave 1 was a limited edition) later in 2017.

 

6. Terraforming Mars

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 5 total
  • Rank: 3 with 20 points
  • Not ranked: 0

Mechs vs. Minions and Terraforming Mars are indistinguishable from each other. Terraforming Mars appeared on more lists than MvM, but had a higher average for the three lists it appeared on. This is in addition to Terraforming Mars appearing on multiple unranked lists as well.

Description of the game

Stronghold Games is the publisher of this game

Age recommendation: 12 and up

During the 2400s, humans begin terraforming Mars. The World Government on Earth sponsors giant corporations to provide warm temperatures, clean air and ocean coverage in order to make the environment habitable. It’s a cooperative simulation game in which you play one of the companies involved in terraforming Mars, but you compete to do the best job, earning points not just for terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure across the solar system and other achievements.

In the game, each player is given unique project cards. These cards can represent anything from introducing plants or animals to hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, or establishing greenhouse gas industries to warm up the atmosphere. There is a competition amongst players for the best spots to place your city tiles, ocean tiles, or greenery tiles. Upon completion of the terraforming process, the player corporation with the most victory points wins

Other People’s Opinions

  • Solo players will enjoy completing the game, which plays out like a complex puzzle. The average number of plays is 3-4.
  • The majority of people have questioned the poor artwork and component quality of the game (though, many of these same people still believe it is worth owning for the gameplay alone).
  • You should not play this game if you are a coward. Even though the rules are straightforward, the mechanisms within the game (e.g., scientific projects) can be very difficult to fully understand and can seem too tedious for first-timers.
  • If you enjoy the game the first time, it has a lot of replay value. Since the game and its variants have so many cards, there are many ways to succeed.

 

7. Adrenaline

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 4 total
  • Rank: 4 out of 16
  • Not ranked: 0

This list’s third tier is headlined by adrenaline. Adrenaline appears on four different lists (averaging 7th place on the top 10 lists) in comparison to the next two games on the list which appear only on two lists. It is a matter of consistency vs. peak performance, just as the Scythe and Mansions of Madness debate in the first tier.

Description of the game

Czech Games is the publisher

Suitable for ages 14 and up

As a result of the war, the world has been destroyed and split into factions. A truce has been reached between the factions to end the endless war and settle their differences in the arena. The rules of the game were altered to allow virtual bloodsports. There was a tournament called Adrenaline. A champion represents every faction, and every champion has the opportunity to fight. The Adrenaline tournament is starting soon; are you up for the challenge?

A game that takes you back to the glory days of first-person shooters. Take your gun, grab some ammo, and get started. Make sure you have a killer arsenal. Getting shot and getting faster makes combat resolution much faster. There are five combatants in the game.

Other People’s Opinions

  • At least three players are required to play this game, unlike others on the list. This game is best enjoyed by four to five players.
  • While it appears to be a combat game, there is some resource management (e.g., ammunition) required.
  • The rules are simple. New players will have to spend some time learning how all the guns operate. As a result, games consisting of players who are familiar with weaponry will typically progress smoothly.
  • The thematic feel will appeal to fans of first-person shooter games.

 

8. Roll Player

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • 2 out of 15 points
  • Not ranked: 0

We reviewed 10 lists and only found Roll Player on two of them. However, it appeared on the third and fourth place in those two lists.

Detailed description of the game

The publisher is Thunderworks Games

The recommended age is 8 years old and older

It will be up to you to create the greatest fantasy adventurer to have ever lived, preparing your character for a journey of epic proportions. You will draft dice and roll them to build the statistics of your character. Your hero will be outfitted with armor and weapons. Prepare your Hero for their journey by training to gain skills and discovering their characteristics. Create the perfect character to gain reputation stars. If your reputation is the best, you will win the game and conquer whatever nefarious plots you may come across!.

Other People’s Opinions

  • As Adrenaline did for first-person shooters, this game does the same for character creation. Essentially, it makes use of the classic D&D skills: strength, dexterity, constitution, intelligence, wisdom, and charisma.
  • There is usually one complaint about the game – “That’s it?”. Therefore, you get to build your character, but then you do not have to participate in any epic quests. Roll Player is certainly a legitimate point, but it excels at gamifying a particular aspect of the role-playing experience. There is also an opportunity for imaginative storytelling built into the game.
  • The game consists largely of dice rolling and solving puzzles based on the results.
  • Solo players can play the game and, in fact, the game is to some extent solitaire even when multiple players play. Nevertheless, there are ways to thwart your opponent’s strategy.

 

9. The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire

Board Games

Count of lists:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 2 out of 13
  • Not ranked: 0

The Manhattan Project is included on the same lists as Roll Player by the same two reviewers. It is ranked 4th and 5th, respectively.

Detailed description of the game

Minion Games is the publisher of this game.

Age recommendation: 13 years and older

In the age of the atomic bomb, nations rise to power from the ashes of war. In the late 20th century, each player controls a nation trying to gain power. They acquire resources, build structures, and harness energy sources to build their nation’s industry, commerce, and government. Oil prices are rising, and nuclear energy is expected to become more popular.

The Manhattan Project and Energy Empire exist in the same universe, but Energy Empire is a standalone game.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Many people prefer this version over the original. There are more ways to win in this version than in the previous one.
  • It’s a game of worker placement that balances deep strategy with a lot of fun. According to at least one reviewer, it may even be better than the rest.
  • The quality of the components is excellent. Moreover, the artwork is excellent overall.
  • This game can be finished in 90 minutes, unlike most others on this list. After everyone learns the rules, it may take 60 minutes.

 

10. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

 

 

The number of lists is:

  • 3 total
  • Rank: 2 | 10 points
  • No ranking: 1

The game was ranked 2nd on a top 10 list. It must be popular with at least one person. Mansions of Madness appeared at the top of his list of Lovecraftian horror novels.

Detailed description of the game

Fantasy Flight Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 13 and older

Living Card Game Arkham Horror: The Card Game is set against the backdrop of Lovecraftian horror. In the quest to uncover the mysteries and conspiracies of the Arcane, one to two investigators (or up to four if they have two Core Sets) delve into the ancient mysteries and secrets of our world.

The course of your efforts determines not only the course of your game, but also the course of whole campaigns, forcing you and your fellow investigators to overcome your demons in a way that blurs the lines between role-playing and traditional card games.

Review of Ludology

Check out our Arkham Horror: The Card Game review.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Two or three players can be accommodated in one box. To accommodate four players, a second box must be purchased. Ideally, you should purchase two boxes in order to maximize the deck building options.
  • Though you may want to have at least one other player in the house, the game is really fun as a solo game. In case you’re wondering…
  • Character development and the campaign story are major aspects of the game design.

 

11. Agility

Board Games

 

The number of lists is:

  • Two total
  • Rank: 2 | 10 points
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Games published by Two Lanterns

Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

Over a field of obstacles, the sky breaks bright and clear. Golden retrievers, border collies, and Irish setters you’ve adopted are exuberant as they prepare to weave the poles, sail over hurdles, blast through tunnels, round corners with fur a-tussle, and harness lightning as they wait for you to touch the trust-testing pause button. Agile uses a unique mechanic in which cards that supply resources can also select actions.

During your turn, you play one of two types of Training Cards (speed, strength, agility, jump, or trust) to grant you training while also granting you an action on the rondel (actions are interchangeable from game to game). In addition to the training, you can also play for the action. Ideally, you should be able to use both, so you can develop clever timing and planning.

You will draft a course upon adopting each of your three dogs (out of 15 possibilities) from a tableau of 6 courses (out of 16 included to further enhance replayability). So there is a race within a race to pick up puppies well suited to that specific game. Then it’s nip and tuck as you ask your dogs to push past obstacles and through the finish lines with your vision and versatility.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Agile employs an intriguing gameplay mechanic: you can select actions from your resource supply cards. Taking action can be difficult when the resources you desire do not align with the actions required.
  • Perhaps the only strategy game in which dog-training is a key element.
  • There are some relatively small pieces in the game. At first, sorting them can be a bit of a hassle. This is true especially when the players are young or older.

 

12. Millennium Blades

Board Games

The number of lists is:

  • 1 total
  • Rank: 1 | 10 points
  • Not ranked: 0

Only one list included Millennium Blades. The game was ranked #1 on that list.

Detailed description of the game

Games published by Level 99

Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

The board game Millennium Blades depicts a fictional collectible card game of the same name. Players have access to only their starter decks on the prerelease night. Opening new packs, forming collections, and selling your old cards on the aftermarket will allow you to acquire new cards. Prepare to compete at Millennium Blades Worlds for the title of world champion by trading with your friends and building your deck!

The objective of the game is to build competitive decks. In this game, you are given a limited number of cards and then you tinker with them in every way you can imagine to make the most unfairly overpowered, table-flippingly broken deck possible. You might as well build a deck that is ridiculous, since your opponents won’t be giving any quarter, and they all have access to their own high-tier power cards. In addition to deck building, you’ll also be buying and selling cards on the aftermarket, and fusing your cards to create better and rarer cards to gain an edge over your opponents. If you are willing to help them, you may even make a few friends.

Other People’s Opinions

  • After receiving the game, don’t plan to play it right away. The Millennium Money needs to be assembled. You can also devote time to putting the cards into sleeves (sold separately) if you want to pay appropriate homage to card collecting games.
  • You will probably have to find alternative storage solutions if you decide to sleeve your cards.
  • This game gives you the CCG experience without being sucked into a money pit that many CCGs can be.
  • There are more than 600 cards in the game (all included with purchase). This means a lot of shuffling and not an insignificant amount of time spent putting things away in the beginning.

 

13. New Bedford

The number of lists is:

  • 1 total
  • Rank: 1 | 10 points
  • Not ranked: 0

In the same vein as Millennium Blades, New Bedford appeared on just one list. Likewise, it ranked first.

Description of the game

The publisher is Greater Than Games

Age recommendation: 12 and up

A game about building a Massachusetts town of the same name into a thriving community, new Bedford is set in the mid-1800s, the age of whaling. Launch ships to go whaling while gathering resources to build new actions.

Wait too long and you will have difficulty catching whales, so go out for the longest. When your crew returns, remember to pay them! Play this medium-weight worker placement and resource management game carefully to balance risk management and timing.

Other People’s Thoughts

  • I’d not hesitate to introduce this game to age groups other than those recommended for its age group. Each child’s experience will vary.
  • There are 12 turns in the game, which is long enough for the players to enjoy themselves somewhat, but not long enough for them to build everything available (or maximize). Therefore, there is some replay value to the game. This is likely to be the case regardless of how the game is designed.
  • As more expansions are released, the gameplay will continue to be improved and expanded upon.
  • New Bedford is just as enjoyable for solitaire as many of the other games on this list.

 

14. Allegiance: A Realm Divided

Board Games

 

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 2 out of 9
  • Not ranked: 0

Detailed description of the game

The publisher is Underground Games

Age recommendation: 14 years old and up

The board game Allegiance: A Realm Divided is for 2 to 4 players and is self-contained. This game involves players taking on the role of powerful heroes and engaging in epic fantasy battles with their friends.

Other People’s Opinions

  • If you don’t want to deal with deckbuilding, then Allegiance is the game for you. In place of customizing a deck, players can choose a card from one of the available decks. As a result, this does provide a certain level of consistency, which can be interpreted either positively or negatively.
  • The asymmetry comes from the 10 characters players have to choose from at the beginning of the game. The combination selected gives each game a slightly different feel and forces players to take a different tactical approach.
  • Both the character cards and character sheets have stunning artwork. The set comes with an art book, a hero booklet, and a lore book.

 

15. Via Nebula

Board Games

 

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 2 out of 9
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Asmodee Publishers

Age recommendation: 12 and up

Darkness and monstrous creatures once engulfed the valley. Untold treasures and opportunities are hidden in the fog. In order for the valley’s people to live in peace and prosperity again, you will clear the fog, reveal natural resources, and build up society.

Via Nebula challenges players to clear the valley’s fog and locate resources in order to rebuild the Nebula Valley after it recovers from a dark age. You win if you have restored the most buildings and towns in the region!

Other People’s Opinions

  • New players will find the game easy to learn. There aren’t many rules to learn.
  • By empowering your actions, Via Nebula encourages high levels of player interaction (e.g., opening a resource spot enables it to be used by everyone).
  • When played with three or four players, the game plays much better than when played with only two players. Even games with four players do not drag because the gameplay is streamlined.
  • One side of the board represents an easier experience, and the other a more challenging experience. Resources are randomly placed on the board, which adds to the replay value.
  • *The game is fast-paced (*30 minutes to complete) but the actual in-game strategy and development takes place incrementally.

A review of Via Nebula can be found here.

 

16. Vast

Board Games

 

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 2 out of 9
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Leder Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 12 and up

As the ultimate asymmetric board game, Vast: The Crystal Caverns is a game you can play again and again as you and your friends explore the five exciting roles. It can be played solo or with up to five players.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Five difficulty levels are included in the game (easiest to expert).
  • The artwork is pleasing and many of the cards have flavor text which was one of the things I enjoyed looking at most when I first saw Magic cards.
  • The remainder of the components are good quality, or at least of good enough quality that you feel like you are getting good value.

 

17. 7 Ronin

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 8
  • Not ranked: 0

Seven Ronin only appeared on one list but was ranked third.

Description of the game

Grey Fox Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

One player controls seven Ninjas (masterless Samurai) that defend a village, while the other controls a group of Ninjas that attack the village. In this game, the Ninja player wins by occupying five of the ten areas of the village, while the Ronin player wins by surviving eight rounds.

The players typically distribute their forces simultaneously and separately over the different village areas each turn. Combat is then resolved according to their choices. While the Ronin each have a special ability to aid the Defender, each of the village areas have a special ability that can be used by the attacker once it has been occupied.

Other People’s Opinions

  • A relatively simple two-player strategy game that can be completed in 15-30 minutes. Another attractive aspect of the game is its brevity, which doesn’t detract from it.
  • During subsequent games, even with just you and one other person, numerous scenarios may arise. You and your game partner will actually be developing a certain metagame, one you can exploit for yourself (and they can do the same for you). You haven’t even switched roles yet!
  • While you may find the initial learning curve steep, keep in mind two things: once learned, you can easily play subsequent games (and the initial game does not take long, so you can often play a second game before one of the other games on our list finishes) and it is absolutely worth learning.

 

18. Cry Havoc

 

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 8
  • Not ranked: 0

Despite appearing on only one list, Cry Havoc ranked third.

Description of the game

The publisher is Portal Games

Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

The game of cry havoc is an area control, card-driven, war game set in a brutal Sci-Fi world which lasts 90 minutes or less. Four different factions with varied abilities and units will be available to the players. Over 100 unique cards will also be included, all with stunning new artwork. The game will include 54 custom miniatures, a large format board, and over 100 custom miniatures.

Other People’s Opinions

  • The miniatures are made in such a way that they can be painted, although this isn’t a necessity.
  • Asymmetry refers to the fact that each of the four factions plays differently, and part of the first time playing the game is determining the respective strengths and weaknesses of each faction. There are those who believe certain factions (especially humans) are too strong, but it also depends on who controls the faction.
  • 90 minutes is the typical time for games to end. Regardless of how long it takes, the downtime between turns is relatively short.
  • The number of turns prevents a comeback and, at times, it can be too easy to “gang-up” on a player and eliminate them.

 

19. The Castle of Burgundy (card game)

 

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 8
  • Not ranked: 0

The card game Castles of Burgundy (ranked #3 on one list) appeared on only one list.

The following sentence has been repeated in my laziness, but it’s still accurate.

Description of the game

Ravensburger Publishers

Age recommendation: 12 and up

A Renaissance looms after the end of the Hundred Years’ War. Princes of the Loire Valley have all the conditions they need to make their estates prosper and prominent. In this best-selling game by Stefan Feld the player builds settlements and castles, trades along the river, exploits silver mines, farms livestock, and more through strategic building and trading.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Solo play of the game is enjoyable. It takes only 15-20 minutes to complete multiplayer games. I personally find the brevity of games both a blessing and a curse (sometimes you only have time to play for 30 minutes) (I would much rather play for a longer period of time than play through a game multiple times).
  • There is a satisfying amount of complexity to the game, and it does not devolve into a luck-based strategy, as some card games do. On the other hand, the game has more randomness than the board game variant.
  • Card games are portable, which is nice. If you do not care about that, however, you would probably be more satisfied with just buying the original board game.

 

20. Quadropolis

 

The number of lists is:

  • 4 total
  • Rank: 2 out of 7
  • Rank 2: Unranked

There were 4 lists featuring Quadropolis. Of the 7 games on this list, only 7 featured Quadropolis. Those words alone should give you a sense of how well-made this game is. It also proves that rankings do not always matter.

Detailed description of the game

From the publisher of Days of Wonder

The recommended age is 8 years old and older

At this hour, most of your citizens are heading back home, heading for the tall buildings in front of you, and you take a break to admire your city through the large windows of your office. Another group of people is still walking in the parks and gardens with their kids, while others have gone shopping in the newly opened mall you opened a few weeks ago. Smoke rises from the chimneys of factories near the harbor in the distance. In this city, there is no sleep.

A modern city mayor enacts the role in Quadropolis. In this game, you must develop a global strategy to build your city according to the needs of your Inhabitants and outmatch your opponents, sending your Architects to build various buildings in your city. You score points with each building you build. Various kinds of buildings have different types of scoring patterns; many of them may be combined for better results. Become the most prestigious Mayor of all time if you’re able to meet the challenge.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Each game takes about 15 minutes per player.
  • The component quality is high in this game, as in other Days of Wonder games.
  • Both experienced and novice gamers can easily learn and enjoy the rules of this game.
  • In this lengthy list, Quadropolis is the only game listed for as young as 8 years old. This game is described as family friendly by several people. This is the kind of game I would like to get for the house even though my daughter is years away from moving past Candyland.

 

21. A Feast for Odin

 

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Ranking: 1 out of 7
  • Rank unranked: 1

All 7 points went to the #4 spot. However, it appeared on one unranked list as well.

Description of the game

Published by Days of Wonder

Age recommendation: 8 years old and older

Experience Viking life by trading, hunting, raiding, pillaging, plundering, and a little bit more raiding. Have a feast every round in Odin’s honor, build houses, explore new worlds. Your northerners will have long-lasting fun with a variety of activities and occupations. Each game will create a different world on the player board!

Other People’s Opinions

  • It is likely you will enjoy this game if you enjoy Uwe Rosenberg’s games.
  • Rolling the die and drawing the deck result in a high level of replayability. Your opponents’ strategy also plays into this.
  • Depending on the design, 4 players can finish a game in about two hours (excluding the time it takes to teach new players). The time it takes to design this game is reasonable as well.
  • Victory can be achieved in a variety of ways.

 

22. Agamemnon

 

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 | 6 points
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Game publisher: Osprey Games

Age recommendation: 12 and up

Only the gods themselves can defy Fate. The Greeks have come to Troy driven by the ambition of their king. Those who seek power, revenge, or the great battle moment that will define their legacy do so for a number of reasons. Agamemnon, created by veteran designer Günter Cornett, is a fast-paced strategy board game in which two players assume the roles of ancient Greek gods during the Trojan War. Every player can influence the outcome of the battles described in Homer’s Iliad by strategically deploying warriors across the board. The strength of your warriors will decide some matters, the sheer weight of numbers will decide others, and your heroes will inspire others.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Playable within 20-30 minutes (*10 minutes to learn)
  • In comparison with many (perhaps all?) of the games listed, this opponent has a relatively low quality. Item durability, however, is generally high.
  • There are also many issues with the artwork. In spite of these issues, Agamemnon’s gameplay is what saves it.

 

23. Codenames: Pictures

The number of lists is:

  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 1 out of 5
  • Rank unranked: 1

Description of the game

Czech Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

Twenty-five agents are known to the two rival spymasters. They are only known by their code names among their teammates. It is a race between the teams to find out who can contact all of their Agents first. The spymasters give one-word clues that may lead to more than one picture on the board. As a team, they must guess the pictures of the correct color while avoiding the images of the opposing team. And of course they want to keep an eye out for the assassin. I enjoy figuring out the clues whether we win or lose.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Gameplay takes about 20 minutes (up to *20 minutes) and is suitable for gamers and non-gamers alike.
  • A lot of people seem to enjoy Pictures of Codenames, though many prefer the original.
  • Children as young as 10 can play the game, which is a distinct advantage over the original game.

 

24. Saloon Tycoon

 

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 5
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Van Ryder Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 12 and up

The players own saloons in an old west gold rush town. Four of their small businesses need to expand into thriving businesses on the four corners of the main Crossroads. As a result, massive entertainment and commercial hubs are being built in the wilds of the West. If they want to be successful, they’ll have to attract the rich and famous citizens of town while keeping out the less savory characters.

Build the best saloon by arranging tiles in this building and tile placement game. Players take turns taking turns taking turns earning gold, taking actions, building and picking up bonuses as they go clockwise around the board. At the end of the game, the player with the most reputation points wins!

Other People’s Opinions

  • Gameplay and graphics are excellent. Graphics and components are both of high quality.
  • Considering its easy-to-learn nature and chance-of-the-draw element, one of its greatest strengths may be its ability to serve as a gateway game for beginners.

 

25. Inis

 

The number of lists is:

  • 4 in all
  • Score: 3 out of 4
  • Rank unranked: 1

According to this ranking, Inis is ranked 25th. There were two other methods that would have ranked it higher: total number of lists (sixth) or total number of ranked lists (seventh). Certainly it deserves to be ranked higher than it currently is. Perhaps even higher.

Description of the game

Matagot Publishing

Age recommendation: 12 and up

The players own saloons in an old west gold rush town. These people have purchased lots at the four corners of the main Crossroads and need to expand their small businesses into thriving businesses. A massive industry and entertainment center is their goal to develop in the wilds of the West. If they want to succeed, they will have to draw in the wealthy and famous citizens of the town and keep away the less savory characters.

Build the best saloon by arranging tiles in this building and tile placement game. Every player takes a piece of the board and then takes turns earning gold, building, and collecting bonuses clockwise from the first player. At the end of the game, the player with the most reputation points wins.

Other People’s Opinions

  • A beautiful piece of artwork
  • Passing previously selected cards is a twist on the classic card drafting approach. Additionally, by identifying your opponent’s strategy you can evade your opponent’s cards.
  • The card advantage vs. tempo mentioned in at least one discussion about Inis has been of great interest to me as a longtime fan of collectible card games (Magic and Hearthstone are my main vices). The author argues in a similar post that many people aren’t playing the game correctly, which leads to negative impressions. It has just made the game more appealing to me, so it is now on the top of my list.

 

26. Mare Nostrum: Empire

 

The number of lists is:

  • There are 1 total
  • Score: 1 out of 4
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

The publisher is Academy Games

Age recommendation: 14 years old and up

The Mediterranean Sea was called Mare Nostrum by the ancient Romans, which means “Our Sea”. A game of empire building in which 3-5 players lead their empires to dominion of the ancient world, Mare Nostrum – Empires is a fantastic game for one to five players. In order to build the fame and glory of your empire, you must expand your influence into new Provinces, expand your Trade Caravans, build Markets, and establish new Cities and Temples. In addition to recruiting Heroes and creating Wonders, you may also be able to recruit ‘friends’ to support your empire. Those who envy you may become greedy and jealous of you. Your efforts to conquer Mare Nostrum will be thwarted.

Other People’s Opinions

  • It is relatively easy to learn the game within a single game session, despite the fact that there are multiple paths to victory and several layers of strategy.
  • The game is absolutely beautiful!

 

27. Pandemic: Reign of Cthulu

 

The number of lists is:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Score: 1 out of 4
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

The publisher is Z-Man Games

Age recommendation: 14 years old and up

There are ancient evil beings, known as old ones, who are on the verge of emerging from their cosmic prison. Chaos and madness can destroy everything you know and love. Will you and your colleagues be able to find and seal every portal in time? Don’t let insanity take over.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Cthulu mythology is prominently represented in the game. In this game, you will assume the role of investigators trying to keep Cthulu from awakening and maintaining your sanity.
  • Pandemic was far superior to this version. However, despite the painted-on Lovecraftian theme, it is still an excellent game.

 

28. Conan Board Game

 

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  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 3
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

The publisher is Asmodee

Age recommendation: 14 years old and up

An innovative combat system makes you feel the strain of your muscles and the weight of your sword as you fight against a nefarious Overlord and his minions in a series of immersive and asymmetrical scenarios.

Conan’s epic adventures will make you feel like a legend thanks to its powerful combat mechanics, its evocative scenarios, the lavish maps on which you play, and the seventy-four miniatures you use to take part in them!

Other People’s Opinions

  • Conan features several short adventures rather than an extensive campaign, as do similar big-box games. While this has advantages (such as no excessive commitment), it also has disadvantages (such as a lack of continuity from adventure to adventure).
  • Track your number over multiple rolls or pick up some extra dice. The maximum amount of dice would be insufficient. There are also a limited number of scenarios and maps.
  • A game’s life can be extended by adding expansions.

 

29. Ice Cool

 

Count of lists:

  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 5
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Brain Games Publisher

Age recommendation: 6 years old and up

Soon it is lunch break and the young penguins will finally be able to eat what they’ve been craving. There is one thing, however, some rascals forget: the Hall Monitor! They think they are fast enough to snatch some of the fish before lunch break begins, but they forget one thing: the fish! On every school day, one of the penguins is assigned to watch over the school, and he gets additional fish for each rascal penguin he catches!

A fun run was held last week – the rascals were running through the halls and snatching some fish, but the hall monitor was catching them all to maintain order in the school. Which is going to be the victor?

Ice Cool is a flicking game in which the players take turns playing the role of the Hall Monitor (referred to as “the Catcher”) – his purpose is to capture each other’s penguins for points. In order to get points on their way, the others (also known as “Runners”) will run through various doors. Either when the Hall Monitor has caught each penguin once or when any of the others have gone through all 3 doors with fish on them, the round is over. The player who has the most points on their fish cards will win the game as the Hall Monitor.

You can flick the penguins in straight lines, curves and even jump over walls! This fun and exciting game will require each player to use their best skills in order to get the most points. Totally awesome!

Other People’s Opinions

  • In terms of the youngest recommended age, Ice Cool takes the prize. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the best games to buy for families on this list.
  • Great game of dexterity. Fun to play too!
  • I especially like how the game box itself becomes an integral part of the game.

 

30. Xenon Profiteer

 

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  • 1 out of 1
  • Rank: 1 out of 3
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

Eagle Publishing

Age recommendation: 13 and older

The Xenon Profiteer deck-deconstruction euro game is highly thematic and geared towards 2‐4 entrepreneurs. The players are each in charge of an air separation facility that distills Xenon from their Systems in order to complete lucrative contracts. You will also expand your operations by upgrading your facilities, setting up pipelines, and securing new contracts.

It is essential to isolate XENON that players remove cards from their decks in XENON Profiteer, a decidedly different take on the classic deck-building format. Players can isolate the Xenon in their hand by Distilling. It works by strategically removing cards from their hand (and deck).

In addition, players can also buy powerful upgrade cards for their facility in order to become more efficient, and, depending on how much they spend, can either place them directly into their system (deck) or install them directly into their facility to be used every turn until the end of the game.

The player with the most Xenon points is the winner after completing 5 contracts or installing 5 upgrades.

Could you be recognized by several reputable business publications as the owner of the most influential domestic Xenon supplier? Do you have the ingenuity, the strategy, and the tactical fortitude to accomplish this?

Other People’s Opinions

  • From the age of nine, kids can enjoy the game.
  • Despite being part of the deckbuilding genre, the game plays differently from others in the category.
  • It has quite a bit of strategy packed into a short game (~30-40 minutes).

 

31. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

 

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  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 1 out of 2
  • Rank unranked: 1

Description of the game

Published by USAopoly

Age recommendation: 11 years old and older

This cooperative deck-building game is progressive, allowing for rich game play experiences to unfold with varying degrees of difficulty.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Even young children can enjoy this game.
  • Yes, I, along with many others, understand the trepidation that this may just be another attempt to cash in on an incredibly popular franchise. The game sales must have generated quite a bit of revenue for them, but it is well deserved.
  • When played again, the game is enjoyable. But there is nothing better than discovering each new box’s contents the first time around. The spoiler warnings on component lists are always a treat.

Additional Notes

You may also be interested in our list of the top 4 Harry Potter board games if you are a fan of Rowling’s universe.

 

You can also see a longer overview on our site.

 

32. Seafall

 

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  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 1 out of 2
  • Rank unranked: 1

Description of the game

Z-Man Games is the publisher

Age recommendation: 14 years old and up

SeaFall is an action-adventure game that explores, expands, exploits, and exterminates in an age-of-sail world reminiscent of our own. With SeaFall, the world has begun to emerge from a dark age and is rediscovering seafaring technology.

A mainland empire is represented by a player that consults with an advisory council to discover new islands, explore those islands, develop trade, send out raiding parties, participate in ship-to-ship combat, and more. During the course of the game, players set grudges into the game’s history and build a different narrative with each new setting that they see.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Catchup advantages in the game ensure that it remains interesting to all players.
  • Make sure you read reviews carefully to avoid spoilers. Legacy games contain spoilers. I hope you enjoy it!
  • A legacy game may not be for you if you have never played one before.

 

33. Captain Sonar

 

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  • Number of totals: 2
  • Rank: 1 out of 2
  • Rank unranked: 1

Description of the game

Asmodee Publishers

Age recommendation: 12 and up

In 2048, the year is 2048. A silent war is raging under the waves of the ocean, and your weapon is a new, unstable submarine. Become the captain of a dueling submarine in Captain Sonar, a game for two to eight players!

Captain Sonar is an exciting real-time game that pits two teams against each other in head-to-head battles between submarines. As a crew, it is your responsibility to chart a course, locate the enemy, and keep the submarine operational.

Review of Ludology

Check out our full Captain Sonar review.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Four players on each team (so start searching for seven friends). It’s like going to Space Camp where each player plays a different role.
  • It takes roughly 45 minutes to play Captain Sonar. If you were in a submarine, you would have to remain silent, so just be thankful you do not have to do that.

 

34. Clank!

 

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  • There are 1 total
  • Ranking: 1 out of 1
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

The publisher is Renegade Game Studios

Age recommendation: 13 years and older

Become an adventurer in Clank! This deck-building game is fun and exciting for the whole family. Steal precious artifacts from an angry dragon’s mountain lair. Discover more valuable treasures as you explore. Your thievish abilities will grow as you acquire cards for your deck.

Keep quiet and be quick. Make a mistake and – CLANK! The dragon’s rage grows with each careless sound, and each stolen artifact. Making it out of the depths alive is the only way to enjoy the plunder you have collected!

Other People’s Opinions

  • There’s nothing wrong with a dungeon crawler that combines deck building and risk management (with a healthy dose of risk)
  • The most annoying aspect of this game begins at the very beginning, when you have to set up the decks and the board.
  • There are some flaws in the game, but they are generally covered up by an enjoyable experience.

 

35. Star Trek Panic

 

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  • There are 1 total
  • Rank: 1 out of 1
  • Not ranked: 0

Description of the game

USAopoly Publisher

Age recommendation: 13 and older

The USS Enterprise crew members, or players, take on the roles of the original crew members in the cooperative game Star Trek panic. The goal of the game is to complete five missions and then eliminate any remaining threats on the game board while maintaining at least one intact section of the ship’s hull. The player loses the game if all six sections of the Enterprise are destroyed at any point.

Other People’s Opinions

  • Children as young as 6 can enjoy the show.
  • More cooperation is fostered by characters with different abilities. In order to maximize outcomes, players must use each other’s strengths.
  • As a result, players need to rely on each other to make it through the hostile environment. That is what a cooperative game is all about.

 

Additional (in alphabetical order):

All of the games listed here appeared on a single unranked list, whereas all of the games listed above appeared on at least one ranked list (and many appeared on multiple lists, ranked and unranked).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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