The best board games in 2019

The best board games have their work cut out for them. Not only do they have to be accessible (and affordable, more importantly), they’ve got to offer intriguing mechanics, depth, and a hook that’ll keep you coming back for weeks on end. So you can get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop that we think will appeal to PC gamers in particular. Our team have also worked hard to find you the top bargains, savings, and price cuts.

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Best cooperative board games
Prefer to work together instead of against each other? No problem. We’ve got some recommendations.

You’ll notice that our recommendations have one thing in common: replayability. Whether it’s through modular boards, random scenarios, or procedural elements, they offer a wildly different experience each time to keep things fresh (the best board games won’t lose their shine after a few goes, after all). Although we’ve been sure to include accessible games that can be finished in a short space of time, our team have also thrown in multi-game campaigns with consequences that span weeks of play. Dungeon-crawling RPG Gloomhaven is a classic example of this. Meanwhile, Betrayal at House on the Hill and Pandemic now offer Legacy editions where your actions carry from one match to the next. This creates a unique, shared experience you won’t get anywhere else. What’s better than a great board game you can enjoy with your friends? A board game where your choices have long-lasting consequences.

Want more recommendations to give games night a fresh spin? Don’t miss our list of the best cooperative board games.

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©Avalon Hill

Think Resident Evil 2, but where you can be the villain.

Players: 3—6 | Difficulty: Moderate | Time to set up: 5 minutes | Time to play: 40—90 minutes | Age: 12+