Video games may have become the de facto way to play with friends, but they lose the intimacy of sitting around a table plotting with (or against) friends to be crowned the winner - and the best board games offer that in spades.
Whether you're solving a murder, building a civilization from scratch, or looking for something with incredibly detailed game pieces that feel like artwork, there's a board game for you. We've dug up a mixture of board games with a science-theme, alongside some old classics.
Summer is in full swing, too, so if you're looking for a great board game to play in the evenings on the patio, or something to keep the kids occupied when school is out, we've got something for you.
We've scoured the web for the best board game deals, and whether you're new to the medium or a veteran, here are some of our favorites.
- Amazing board game deals at Amazon
- Latest board game deals at Best Buy
- Check out Walmart's impressive board game section
Betrayal at House on the Hill (2nd Edition):
$37.99 $29.88 at Walmart
Save $8 - The endlessly replayable, trust-breaking horror adventure that sees one player try to snuff out their comrades one by one is back in this third edition which adds even more permutations, characters, and plenty more.
Was $55 now $47.99 at Walmart
Save $8 - Catan puts players in control of their very own civilization and sets them out to explore a modular board to earn victory points. One of the reasons it’s so popular, even years after release, is that no two matches tend to play out the same, plus there are expansions to add (more on those in a moment).
$54.99 $24.86 at Amazon
Save $30 - It seems irresponsible to recommend that you play this game, especially if you’ve watched one of the two documentaries about this legendary board game. One of them even had The Rock in it. But, if you’re brave enough to try it, this is a great price to pick up this modernized version of a classic game.
Dark Souls The Board Game:
$119.95 $98.24 at Amazon
Save $22 - Prepare to buy. Dark Souls is a legendary gaming franchise known for its incredible difficulty, and the board game is no slouch. Featuring wonderfully detailed miniatures, it’s a must for any Dark Souls fan. At $120 dollars MSRP, even a 10% discount knocks a good amount off.
Ticket to Ride:
Was $54.99 now $47.99 at Amazon
Save 13%: A truly classic strategy game, Ticket To Ride sees players playing cards to claim railway routes, linking cities, and earning points for long-distance routes. It’s ideal for two to five players and is simple to learn and changes each time – making it ideal for board game novices, too.
Was $54.99 now $43.99 at Amazon
A mansion is haunted by the ghost of a murdered servant (cheery) and it’s your job to work out who did it. The twist is, one player plays as the ghost and the rest of the players play as psychics. What difficulty is it? Medium.(we're here all week).
Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion - Call of The Spirits: Disneyland Edition Game: $24.99 $11.12 at Amazon
Save 53%: Based on the Disney ride and the… interesting Eddie Murphy film, this board game is a great way to spend a night with the big Disney fans in your life. Enlist the help of Madame Leota in the Seance Room, avoid the Hitkicking Ghosts and get the win!
Disney Sorcerer's Arena: Epic Alliances Core Set:
Was $39.99 now $29.98 at Amazon
You and three other members of the family can work together or betray each other in a cold-blooded game of strategy. Okay, maybe it’s not that serious. Play as classic characters like Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey, Gaston, Aladdin, Demona, Sulley, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent and Ariel.
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Jordan Middler is a Scottish journalist with a love for anything he can put on a shelf. For almost a decade he has been creating content about video games, virtual reality, and tech for websites including VGC, Overlode, Live Science & Space.com. He also spent five years as the chief voice of gaming for BBC Scotland. If he’s not reviewing the latest games, or building LEGO kits, you’ll find him dusting his shelves in the eternal war with his greatest enemy, dust.
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