If you’re looking to add some new experiences to your weekly game nights, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the coolest board games you should grab right now to make your game night legendary. From an all-time classic to a niche horror game that’ll scare you diceless, here are PopTonic’s top picks!
If you’re a longtime board game fan, some of these names might sound familiar to you. If not, then you’re in for a treat: these are three of the very best board games ever made. They are sure to spice up your next board game night!
Settlers of Catan
If you’ve ever wished that Monopoly had a bigger brother with more strategy and politics, then you’re going to love Catan. The long-running and fan-favorite board game sees players attempting to settle an untouched wilderness. You use a collection of resources based on your settlements’ placement on the map to create roads and raise armies.
While you’re trying to craft the most successful settlement, you can use your resources to trade with your opponents. Alliances are formed and betrayals are common in this heady, thought-provoking strategy game. The best part about this game is that it’s very well-supported, with numerous expansions ready to add even more depth and texture to your board game nights.
Okay, maybe the last thing you want to think about right now is stopping a virus from overtaking the world’s population. However, the stellar board game Pandemic puts you in the shoes of a team of researchers trying to do just that. In Pandemic, the odds are stacked against the players as they race against the clock to save the world from a microscopic threat.
Part of the fun of this game is that your playgroup is working together to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Fans of strategy and challenging puzzles will love this title. The gameplay is snappy and the results of your efforts are clear as soon as the cards hit the table. Do you have what it takes to save the world?
Betrayal at House on the Hill
For playgroups looking for a shot of horror, look no further than Betrayal at House on the Hill. This paranoia-inducing board game tasks players with the simple goal of surviving a night in a haunted house. As your party explores the house, room tiles are drawn randomly, making each playthrough unique. The very nature of the threat at the heart of the house even changes from game to game, with “Omens” that can trigger horrifying finales to each session.
Sometimes, the threat can be as mundane as a murderer who calls the house their home base. Other times, it could be as fantastical as a true supernatural haunting or eldritch deity breaking through into reality. Whatever the case, your team has to work together to make it out alive. Unless, of course, one of you has been tasked to betray the others, lending another layer of tension to this spectacularly spooky board game.