There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to the best board games, so where should you start? ‘Overwhelming’ is an understatement. Start here:
- Betrayal at House on the Hill
Have you ever wondered how long you’d last as a horror movie character? Betrayal at House on the Hill lets you find out. It sets players loose in a mansion that’s revealed room by room, and something nasty is waiting for you inside. You’ll need to work as a team if you want to get out of there alive — especially because one of you is a traitor in secret…
The odds are against you from the start in Pandemic, but that’s the beauty of it. This co-op epic is never less than thrilling, and teamwork — not to mention the ability to think on your feet — is your only hope of winning after the world gets overrun with disease. That helps it reach the top spot as one of the best board games overall.
Powered by unique combat and a setting that’s reminiscent of The Witcher, Gloomhaven is the fantasy adventure of your dreams. An engrossing RPG stuffed with branching storylines, miniatures, and a world that’s influenced by your decisions, it’s the sort of game you can lose yourself in for months.
As you might have guessed from the name, Wingspan puts birds front and center. Your aim is to attract the biggest variety to your preserve, and you’ll do this through clever mechanics that form a moreish, satisfying loop. The lack of direct competition also turns it into a relaxing, zen-like experience you’ll enjoy regardless of whether you win or lose.
Its namesake may be long gone, but Blockbuster: The Game is still the life of the party. This movie quiz is fast-paced and surprisingly brutal, but it’s never unfair. In fact, it’s the best board game for get-togethers by a mile. That’s because you don’t need to be a film buff to play — no in-depth knowledge is required.