THE BEST Board Games

Plinko Bottle Opener

Plinko Bottle Opener

This fun wall-mounted bottle opener from Leroy Woodworks doesn’t just catch your bottle caps, it sends them down a Pachinko/Plinko-style pegboard so you can bet on where they’ll land. Set up shot glasses, and turn it into a drinking game. Available with custom artwork.

All Queens Chess

All Queens Chess

A fun variant on chess, in which all of the pieces are queens. While you get the versatility of a queen’s moves, the objective here isn’t to capture pieces, but to try and get four queens in a row, while your opponent attempts to block your movements.

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Jaws Board Game

Jaws Board Game

The upcoming Jaws board game has one player as the titular shark while up to three other players step in the role of Quint, Brody and Hooper. The shark player will attack swimmers and the heroes’ boat, while the humans try to find the shark and anticipate its next attack.

Daldøs & Hnefatafl Board Game

Daldøs & Hnefatafl Board Game

Based on two traditional board games from Scandinavia, this set is as much of a tabletop work of art as it is fun to play. It’s played with unique 4-sided dice, and its playing pieces are stored on a miniature Viking ship. Made from laser-engraved plywood and beech wood.

Yoz Board Game

Yoz Board Game

Yoz is a medieval cooperative adventure board game. Your goal is to collect gems to become more powerful, battle dragons and claim the treasure inside the castle before the thieves do. The map is made of 16 tiles that can be combined 20 trillion ways.

Dized Board Game Companion App

Dized Board Game Companion App

Dized is a board game companion app for both newbies and experienced players. It’s already available on both iOS and Android. You buy credit to either permanently access rules and tutorials for one game or access all resources for a month.

Clue: Lost in Vegas

Clue: Lost in Vegas

Hasbro has released adult and modern parodies of some of its classic board games. In Clue: Lost in Vegas, instead of investigating a murder, you have to figure out the last person who saw your missing friend after a wild night in Vegas.

Inhuman Conditions

Inhuman Conditions

A five-minute party game from the makers of Secret Hitler. Inspired by Blade Runner‘s Voight-Kampff test, Inhuman Conditions pits an investigator who must determine if the other player is a human or a robot. If they’re a robot, that other player faces verbal challenges.

LEGO The Settlers of Catan Concept

LEGO The Settlers of Catan Concept

LEGO Ideas member The Humble Bricksmith proposes to turn the popular board game The Settlers of Catan into a set made purely of LEGO pieces. Even the dice and cards have been turned into LEGO. At only 2,717 pieces, the game still fits in a small box.

Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game

Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game is an officially licensed semi-cooperative game for 1-4 players. Players takes the role of hunters and must work together to take down machines from the eponymous RPG. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Clickbait Party Game

Clickbait Party Game

(PG-13: Language) In Reiner Knizia’s Clickbait, players draw a card containing a stupid product or service. A dice indicating letters are rolled. Players must then make an advertising tagline for the product with each word beginning with some or all of the letters that were rolled.

2nd Breakfast Board Game Table

2nd Breakfast Board Game Table

Wooded Realms’ board game table comes with a removable playfield, reversible panels (one side cloth, one side wood) and a clear acrylic panel that you can write on. The table also has eight USB ports, two AC outlets, double and single cup holders, and shelves.

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game is a board game for 1 to 4 players that lets you play as the resourceful TV show hero. The game comes with five missions, each with various tools and puzzles. It has a companion website that lets you adjust the difficulty and see hints.

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Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

It’s board game time! The officially licensed Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid puts you in the suits of the Angel Grove heroes. Fend off Rita Repulsa’s army while managing your resources. You can unlock the Zords and form the Megazord to unleash extra abilities.

Trogdor!! The Board Game

Trogdor!! The Board Game

Soon you and your friends can become Tregdar – er, Trogdor, The Burninator. Homestar Runner’s upcoming cooperative board game puts you in the scaly feet of the muscular dragon as you try to achieve total burnination of The Peasant Kingdom of Peasantry.

Geekon! Board Game Backpack

Geekon! Board Game Backpack

GeekOn!’s Board Game Backpack has an expandable main compartment that makes it easy to load board games, even several at once. It’s also padded and waterproof and has a laptop compartment. GeekOn! also offers optional elastic bands for board game boxes.

Jurassic Park Danger! Board Game

Jurassic Park Danger! Board Game

Jurassic Park Danger! gives you the opportunity to become the wild dinosaurs inhabiting the eponymous attraction. One player gets to control the dinos, while the other players control some of the original movie’s characters, who will try to escape from Isla Nublar.

Monopoly Cheater’s Edition

Monopoly Cheater’s Edition

Monopoly Cheater’s Edition puts some fun new twists on the classic board game. It comes with a deck that assigns each player with a rule-breaking mission, such as moving another player’s token, skipping spaces on the board and even breaking out of jail.

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game

Co-created by video game critic Angry Joe, Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game is a card-based fighting game with nice pre-painted miniatures as well as stages and interactive props from the series. It has 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, free-for-all and co-op boss modes.

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

Using Shapeways‘ 3D printing tech, Innovo is offering up this nifty chess set which comes in flat-pack form. Simply punch out the pieces, and you can play anywhere. We only wish there was a way to put it back in your wallet once it’s punched out.

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Ceramic Chess Set

Ceramic Chess Set

We love the minimalist look of the pieces in this chess set from Ceramic Sense. Each pawn, rook, bishop, knight, king and queen is made by hand, and the oak chess board features a cool tribal texture on the black squares. Pieces available without the board for $150.

LumiSource LED Chess Set

LumiSource LED Chess Set

This unique chess set features glass pieces with LEDs inside of them, providing a soft glow of light from each one. The lights use inductive power so they only glow when placed close to the board, and don’t require individual batteries. In blue/white or blue/red combos.

Invisible Think

Invisible Think

A fun take on Pictionary-type games, but in this case game players wear special red glasses so they can’t see what’s being drawn, adding to the fun and challenge. Includes 220 drawing cards, 4-pairs of glasses, erasable markers, and a drawing board.

Pixelated Chess Set

Pixelated Chess Set

Induku Design’s nifty laser-cut chess set has the look of chunky old-school video game pixels. The board folds up for travel, and has storage spaces inside. Each piece has a laser-engraved shading pattern on it, and nice jaggy edges. No FSAA or TXAA here.

Chess Set Ring

Chess Set Ring

We don’t know if Joe Turner’s creation is indeed the world’s smallest chess set, but it could be the most portable one. Joe made the ring and all of the tiny chess pieces out of silver, then topped the ring off with a board made from fossil ivory and ebony.

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