Have you always been curious about the best board games in the world? Thousands of board game fans around the world have voted, and the final list is known.
The best board games ever in a row
Are you in a hurry? Then we are sure that we will list the 10 best board games for adults for you:
- 7 Wonders Duel
- Great Western Trail
- Terra Mystica
- Star Wars: Rebellion
- Terraforming Mars
- Twilight struggle
- Through the ages: A New Story of Civilization
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
All the games on this list are real toppers, but maybe not ideal for everyone. Some will be too difficult, take too long, or have a topic you don’t like. That’s why I recommend 7 wonders duel often for most people first. Then you have a topper at home for a reasonable price.
Below you will find the 25 best board games of all time, no matter what year they were published, there are games from 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the list, but also many older games up to 2002. Do you prefer to only play board games? Then check out our list of the best board games to play on your own!
25th Orleans (2014)
During the noisy Middle Ages in Orléans, you need to gather a following of peasants, merchants, knights and monks to gain the upper hand through trade, construction and science in medieval France.
In the city of Orléans and the area around the Loire, you can go on commercial trips to other cities to buy coveted goods and build trading centers. You need your followers and their unique skills to expand your power by using them as traders, builders and scientists. Knights expand your reach and secure your trading expeditions. Artisans build trading stations and tools to make the job easier. Scientists are making progress in science, and last but not least, it doesn’t hurt to be active in monasteries, because with monks by your side you will be much less likely to be the victim of fate.
In Orléans you always want to do more than you can and there are many ways to win. The challenge is to combine all of the elements with your strategy.
24th Concordia (2013)
Two thousand years ago, the Roman Empire ruled the countries around the Mediterranean. The economy flourished with peace at the borders, harmony within the provinces, uniform legislation and a common currency. This gave the ground to the powerful Roman dynasties as they spread across the myriad cities. Lead one of these dynasties and send settlers to the remote parts of the empire, develop your trade network and honor the old gods in your favor.
Concordia is a peaceful strategy game of economic development in Roman times for 2 to 5 players, ages 13+. Instead of relying on the luck of dice or cards, players should rely on their strategic skills. Be sure to keep an eye on your competitors to determine what goals they are pursuing and where you can beat them! In the game, settlers from Rome are sent to settle in cities that produce stones, food, tools, wine, and clothing. Each player starts with an identical set of playing cards and receives more cards during the game.
23rd Star Wars Imperial Assault (2014)
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategic board game with tactical battles and missions for two to five players. Star Wars: Imperial Assault offers two different games with battles and adventures in the Star Wars universe!
Imperial Assault puts you in the middle of the galactic civil war between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the Death Star was destroyed over Yavin 4, in which you and your friends can participate in two separate campaigns. The campaign game represents the fearless troops and resources of the Galactic Empire against a team of elite rebel agents trying to break the Empire’s influence on the Milky Way.
21.Mechs vs. Minions (2016)
Mechs vs. Minions is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. In the world, Rune Terra players play the role of four fearless yordles: Corki, Tristana, Heimerdinger and Ziggs. In Mechs vs. Minions join forces and control your redesigned ‘Mechs against an army of looters. With modular boards, program-controlled command lines and a story-driven campaign, each mission is unique and tests your teamwork, programming and pilot skills.
20. Viticulture (2015)
In Viticulture, the actors are in the role of people in rustic and historic Tuscany. You inherited a barren vineyard. There are a few plots on the vineyard, a small cellar and three workers. They all have the dream of making their winery a real success.
The players are able to decide how they want to use their employees all year round. Each season is different on a vineyard, so workers have different jobs to do in summer and winter. There is competition for these tasks and often the first employee to get started has an advantage over the subsequent employees.
Luckily for the players who love to visit wineries, and an added bonus is that many of these visitors are willing to help in the vineyard when they are visiting, as long as you hire a staff member to look after them and guide them the way shows. The visits (in the form of maps) are short but can be very useful.
With these employees and visitors, players can expand their vineyards by building, planting vines (vine cards) and fulfilling wine orders (wine cards). It is said to be the most successful winery in Tuscany.
19th Mansions of Madness (2016)
Mansions of Madness is a really terrible board game. It is full of madness and mystery. each Game you play is recorded in a predetermined story on a unique card. Monsters you encounter have different skills that each game goes through in different combinations. As a researcher, you fight these monsters and look for clues to complete the story. One of the players is the goalkeeper and determines the movements of the monsters and other forces in the house. The other actors are researchers looking for answers and trying to survive.
Blood Rage (2015)
In Blood Rage, each player controls the warriors, leaders, and ships of their own Viking clan. Ragnarök has come and it is the end of the world! It is the Vikings’ last chance to die heroically and secure their place in Walhalla on Odin’s side! There are many ways for a Viking to boast. You can invade a country and plunder it for its rewards, crush your opponents in epic battles, complete missions, increase the value of your clan, or even die wonderfully in battle.
17.Arkham horror: the card game (2016)
In Arkham Horror: The card game becomes you and your friends (or up to three friends with two games) in the New England town of Arkham. You certainly have your talents, but you also have your mistakes. You may have studied a little too much in Necronomicon’s writings and the words will continue to haunt you. You may feel compelled to cover up any signs of extraterrestrial evil that are hindering your own research to protect the trust of the larger population. Perhaps you are shaped by your encounters with a creepy sect.
16.Mage Knight The Board Game (2011)
Mage Knight Board Game is a versatile board game. You can play Mage Knight competitively, cooperatively, and even alone, as a hero who dares to enter the ancient and mysterious Atlantic empire. You can be a hero or an antihero, rely on spells or physical abilities, just discover new areas and artifacts, or recruit a powerful army: it all depends on you. If you like fantasy and mysteries, Mage Knight is for you.
In Agricola you are a farmer in a wooden hut with your partner and little else. During a round you can only do two actions, one for you and one for your partner. You may think about having children to get more work, but then you need to expand your home first. And what are you going to feed all the little children?
The game supports many levels of complexity, primarily through the use (or disuse) of two of the most important Types of cards, small improvements and professions.
14. Puerto Rico (2002)
In Puerto Rico, players take on the role of colonial masters on the island of Puerto Rico. The aim of the game is to collect victory points by sending goods to Europe or building buildings.
Each player uses their own board with space for city buildings, plantations and resources. Among the players are three ships, a trading house and a supply of resources and duplicates.
The game’s resource cycle is that players grow plants that they exchange for points or duplicates. Doubloons can then be used to purchase buildings so that players can produce more grain or acquire other skills. Buildings and plantations only work if they are occupied by settlers.
13.Caverna: the cave farmers (2013)
Caverna: The Cave Farmers follows the same line as its predecessor (Agricola # 16): a game that focuses on the workers, with an emphasis on agriculture. In the game, you are the leader of a small dwarf family that lives in a small cave in the mountains. You start the game with a farmer and his family, each member of the farming family represents an action that the player can take in each round. Together you cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deeper into the mountain. They cover the caves as houses for your descendants and as work spaces for small businesses.
12. War of the Ring (2012)
In War of the Ring, one player plays as Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls the Shadow Armies (SA). First, the Free Peoples are reluctant to collect their weapons against Sauron. So they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other companions before they start fighting: this is represented by the Political Road, which shows whether a nation is ready to fight in the war or not.
The game can be won by a military victory if Sauron conquers a certain number of cities and fortresses of the free people or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies in the search for the ring bearer: while the armies collide, the ring community secretly tries to go to the fate mountain to destroy the one ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intentions of his enemies, but searches for the precious ring throughout the Middle Ages. The community will face numerous dangers, which are represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring.
11. The Burgundy castles (2011)
The Burgundy castles are located in the Burgundy region in medieval France. Each player takes on the role of an aristocrat who originally ruled a small principality. During the game you want to build settlements and mighty castles, trade on the river, mine silver mines and use the knowledge of the travelers.
This game is about players who take settlement stones from the field and place them in their principality, which is displayed by the field. Each tile has a function that begins when the tile is placed in the principality. The principality itself consists of different regions, each of which requires a different type of settlement tile.
10. 7 Wonders Duel (2015)
In many ways, 7 Wonders Duel is similar to the original 7 Wonders game. Players play in three centuries, buy cards that provide resources, or promote their military or scientific development to develop a civilization and perform miracles.
The difference to 7 Wonders Duel is that, as the title suggests, the game is only for two players, with the players not taking cards and playing at the same time. A player can only take a card if it is not covered by others, so timing is important. As in the original game, any card you buy can be built, discarded for coins, or used to build a miracle.
9. Great Western Trail (2016)
America in the 19th century: You are a rancher and keep moving your cattle from Texas to Kansas City, where you transport them by train. This will give you money and victory points. Needless to say, you want to drag your most valuable cattle every time you arrive in Kansas City. However, the Great Western Trail requires not only that you keep your herd in good condition, but also that you use the various buildings along the trail wisely. It can also be a good idea to hire professionals: cowboys to improve your herd, artisans to build your own buildings, or engineers to build the important railroad.
If you skillfully maneuver your herd and master the chances and pitfalls of the Great Western Trail, you will surely collect the most victory points and win the game.
8. Scythe (2016)
It is a time of turmoil in Europe in the 1920s. After the First World War, the snow grew darker. The capitalist city-state, simply known as “The Factory”, which fed the war with heavily armored Mechas, has closed its doors and is attracting the attention of several neighboring countries.
Scythe is a game in an alternative story in the 1920s. It is a time of agriculture and war, broken hearts and rusty gears, innovation and courage. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of the five factions of Eastern Europe trying to make a fortune and claim their faction’s share in the country around the mysterious factory. Players conquer territories, recruit new troops, harvest goods, attract new villagers, build and activate monstrous’ Mechs.
Scythe emerged from a Kickstarter campaign.
7. Terra Mystica (2012)
In the land of the Terra Mystica, 14 different peoples live in seven landscapes. Each group is bound to its own living environment, in order to develop and grow, they have to integrate neighboring landscapes into their living environment.
Terra Mystica is a game with little luck that rewards strategic planning. Each player controls one of the 14 groups. With sensitivity and skill, the player should try to control as large an area as possible and develop the skills of this group. There are also four religious sects where you can progress. Each group has special skills for this.
6.Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)
Star Wars: Rebellion is of course at the top of the board games for movie lovers, because it’s about the Star Wars universe! May the force be with you!
The galactic civil war is bigger than ever. In Star Wars: Rebellion, you can control the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance. You have to control spaceships, plan your maneuvers, and so on. The difference between the Empire and Rebel Alliance is the victory conditions. It’s important to change your style of play depending on who you are.
As an imperial player, you can control legions of stormtroopers, TIE’s, star destroyers and the Death Star yourself. You are feared by the inhabitants of the Milky Way and rely on the power of your huge war machine. To win, you need to find the base of the rebel alliance and destroy it!
5. Terraforming Mars (2016)
In the twenty-fifth century, humanity began to mine Mars. Huge companies sponsored by the world government on earth initiate large-scale projects to increase temperature, oxygen content and marine coverage until the environment is habitable.
In Terraforming Mars you play one of these companies and work together in the process of colonization.
4. Twilight Struggle (2005)
In 1945, improbable allies of Hitler’s war machine fell, while humanity’s most devastating weapons brought the Japanese empire to its knees. Where there were once many great powers, there were only two today. The world had little time to breathe deeply before another conflict threatened. In contrast to the titanic struggle of the past decades, this conflict would not be waged primarily by soldiers and tanks, but by spies and politicians, scientists and intellectuals, artists and traitors.
Twilight Struggle is a two-player game that simulates the forty-five-year dance of intrigue, prestige, and the occasional outbreak of war between the Soviet Union and the United States. The whole world is the stage on which these two titans fight to protect the world from their own ideologies and lifestyles. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new "superpowers" climb over the wreck of World War II and ends in 1989 when only the United States stopped.
3. Through the ages: a new history of civilization (2015)
Through the Ages: A New History of Civilization is the new edition of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization with many small and large changes to the game’s maps and major changes in the way the army works.
Through the Ages is a game in which you build a civilization. Each player tries to build the best civilization through careful resource management, discovering new technologies, choosing the right leaders, building miracles and maintaining a strong army. Weakness in any of the areas can be abused by your opponents. The game takes place over the centuries, starting in the age of antiquity and ending in modern times.
2. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 is a cooperative campaign game with an overarching storyline – played in 12 to 24 sessions, depending on how well your group performs during the game. The game largely begins like the standard version of the pandemic, with your team of disease fighters racing against the clock to travel the world and treat the diseases.
There are four actions available to you during your turn. There are a number of ways you can travel, build structures like research stations, treat illnesses, exchange cards with other players, or find a cure for an illness. Each player has a unique role with special skills to help them with these actions.
1. Gloomhaven (2017)
Gloomhaven is a game full of tactical battles in a world with constantly changing motifs. Players take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special abilities and reasons to travel to this dark corner of the world. The players must work together to clear dangerous dungeons and forgotten ruins from the emergency. In the process, they will improve their skills with experience and loot, discover new places to explore and loot, and expand an ever changing story triggered by the choices they make.
Gloomhaven is the result of a Kickstarter campaign. Click here for the Kickstarter page.
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