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The Best Games 2020 Board Games | Expert Recommendations

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Games 2020 Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Marvel United Superhero Card Strategy Board Game

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

You’re all in it together in Marvel United: either you work together as a superhero team to foil the villain’s great scheme, or you’re all vanquished and have to start over. You will never get bored with Marvel United since the gameplay is random and continually changing, driven by a turn of the cards. Ages 14 and up, for 1-4 players. You’ll get the base game, as well as a Spiderman expansion and a Dr. Strange figure, in this brand-new Marvel United retail bundle!

Catan Board Game

This product was recommended by Jennifer Curtis from She Cooks She Eats

Catan is one of the best board games there is. It uses your imagination and strategy to help you win this game. It uses multiple players to stand against each other that is why it’s a fun game. You need to trade resources in this game, so you need a good strategy to build settlements and cities. Basically, your goal is to create an empire within the game. Overall, a very engaging game as it also maximizes your interest.

Marvel Champions The Card Game

This product was recommended by Michael Jan Baldicana from bidetsPLUS

Marvel Champions The Card Game is a cooperative game that is made for adults and teens. It is a strategy card game, which means you need to strategize and use your cards strategically in order to win the game. The game includes 1-4 players who work together as a team with an easy-to-learn, yet difficult-to-master gameplay. The game has been designed for players of all ages and skill levels.

Z-Man Games Store Pandemic Board Game

This product was recommended by Rachel Scott from Nationaltasc

Inspired by the most recent pandemic, this strategy board game aims to build cooperation among the players. With an average playtime of 45 minutes, the players have to work together in order to prevent the spread of a pandemic and control the infection while finding the cure at the same time. Players must apply their character’s unique skills in order to successfully control the pandemic and save humanity.

Blue Orange Games Photosynthesis Board Game

This product was recommended by Sharon Dylan from Management Help

This award-winning board game will surely make Science learning more fun for 8-year-olds. This game allows you to enhance your strategy game as well as learn about trees and their life cycles. It basically revolves around the idea of photosynthesis so it is a good way to explain the concept to kids in a fun way. It works via the Action Points Allowance System Mechanism where you take your seedlings to fully blooming trees. The players get to collect light points as their trees collect energy from the sun’s rays. To win the game, a player must have the most light points.

Hasbro Gaming The Game of Life Board Game

This product was recommended by Colleen Colodany from Kids Wiki

The Game of Life, with its various themes, has to be one of the most fun board games. With over 4 hours of playing time, it is suitable for any group, whether with family or friends. The game takes the players on a trip called life with occasional ups and downs. Although very realistic, it will surely keep the players hooked for its entire duration.

Thames & Kosmos Store The Crew – Quest for Planet Nine

This product was recommended by James Leonard from Cozy Seating

The supreme game of 2020 for entertainment and fun is The Crew: Quest for planet nine. It involves cooperative strategy, mental sharpness, and concentration. The game is fun because of the expedition to find the nine planets of the solar system. The card game is mind-boggling and thin to win. It is the best choice to sharpen our thinking and analytical skills.

North Star Games Store Taverns of Tiefenthal

This product was recommended by Robert Welch from Projector1

The Taverns of Tiefenthal was awarded the title of the board game of the year, in the year 2020. At the start, this game can seem complex and difficult to understand, but as you start playing it more and more, the easier you will find it gets. In this game, Tiefenthal is a small village. This village is known for, as the name suggests, the dark, shady, taverns. The board game includes a board, cards, four taverns, several dice, cubes, markers, tokens, tiles, and an instructions booklet. Through the game, you will meet the regulars who are the citizens. Turn by turn, each person playing can become the tavern host. As the host, your role will be to attract rich guests, to earn enough to expand your tavern and level up.

Restoration Games Downforce: Danger Circuit Expansion

This product was recommended by Elijah Miller from RC Ride On Cars

This is a great expansion pack to an already wonderful board game, allowing players to play on two new track, and increases the danger levels. In particular, i lobe the crosstown speedway component of this game.

Capstone Games Curious Cargo

This product was recommended by Jason Cordes from CocoLoan

Curious Cargo mixes the route-building elements of previous tile games like Tsuro and Metro with a quirky pickup-and-delivery system, resulting in a game where it may be better to receive than to give. Each player is given a grid on which to place tiles depicting pipes in two colours (or three in the advanced game), each of which can convey a good of the same color from one of the machines on the board to the loading or receiving docks on the left and right sides.

Edition Spielwiese 59050G Pegasus Spiele-Nova Luna

This product was recommended by Jason Cordes from CocoLoan

This Spiel-nominated game is a relaunch of a lesser-known product from a few years ago called Habitats, rethemed as an abstract tile-laying game by designer Uwe Rosenberg. Players take four-color tiles from the rondel and arrange them in their areas. You score objectives displayed on tiles by positioning them near tiles of specified colors. Still, if you chain together tiles of the same color, you can score those even if only one contacts the tile displaying that objective.

Stonemaier Games Pendulum Board Game

This product was recommended by Jason Cordes from CocoLoan

With over a thousand new board games launched each year—a rate that appears unsustainable, even as demand continues to rise—any game with a unique or new mechanism stands out among the sea of worker-placement and deckbuilding titles. The pendulum is a turn less game played with three sand timers that control when players can move their workers and which locations are open, making game play fast and frantic but also requiring you to retain a lot in your head, lest you place a worker somewhere and then forget to use them.

Themeborne Escape The Dark Sector Board Game

This product was recommended by Daniel G. Leone from NJ Law Results

If you’re a fan of sci-fi and space, then this is certainly the game for you. I recently found out that this was the second installment of a board game series but it doesn’t detract from the game in the slightest! It is a co-op set-up that sees players trying to find a safety ship on an abandoned star base in space, and the aim of the game is to make your way back home. It is intense (and terrifying at parts), but this makes it so much fun to get invested in. I also love the fact that there is such a short set-up time, allowing players to just get straight into the action.

Capstone Game Ride The Rails

This product was recommended by Richard J. Brandenstein from Keyboard Kings

Ride the Rails is the best 2020 board game in my opinion as it’sits great fun. The aim of the game is to build train routes and capitalize on the money you can make for the companies. It’s fun and competitive, and it’s a multiplayer game, unlike other board games I’ve experienced. It takes around an hour to play in total.

USAopoly Telestrations Original 8 Player

This product was recommended by Steffo Shambo from Tantric Academy

Most people don’t consider this a board game but I do and I love it. Each participant is given a rewritable notebook, a pen, and a secret phrase to play with. They have 60 seconds to sketch that phrase and then give it to the person sitting next to them, who must then jot down what they think the artwork is of. This technique is repeated until the completed artwork has completely deviated from the initial stimulus.

Takenoko Bamboo Farming Game

This product was recommended by Jacquelyn Kennedy from PetDT

I have loved playing Takenoko, as it is a strategy based game that does not focus overly on military movement – it is about bamboo farming! You are caring for an important panda in Nippon, and looking after the bamboo garden, which belongs to the Emperor. To do this, you farm and irrigate small packages of land, growing a range of yellow, green, and pink bamboo. You have to use your own wits to ensure the panda has enough to rat, whilst still having plenty of ornamental bamboo left for the garden. This has been a staple on family holidays for a few years now, and all ages seem to love it!

CGE Czech Games Edition Lost Ruins of Arnak

This product was recommended by Megan Moore from Photography-Lighting

This game is immersive, beautifully created, and just straight-up genius. While the gameplay is only around an hour each time, I always find myself thinking about it over the next few hours, just because there are so many options to consider. I’m always left wondering how it would have turned out had I not traveled there or played that card, but this is definitely part of its charm.

Kingdomino – Board & Strategy Game

This product was recommended by Mimi Paul from Starkflow

This is a fun strategy game realised in 2020, which can be adapted for both the young to old without losing the integrity of the game. Great quality board game that is both enjoyed by everyone and will last and entertain for a long time to come. Definitely recommended.

Funko Disney: The Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits

This product was recommended by Robert Greene from Price of Meat

I’m a complete Disney nerd, and The Haunted Mansion is my all-time number one park attraction, and Funko’s game plunges you directly into all of the grizzly and gruesome secrets of the home of the nine hundred and ninety-nine happy haunts and challenges you, and all of the other players to make it out of the infamous house alive. Welcome foolish mortals to the best board game you’ll play this, or any other, year.

Eagle-Gryphon Games On Mars Board Game

This product was recommended by Shane Paarman from Awesome Stuff 365

If I had to pick a board game that stands out to me the most from 2020, it’s On Mars. It’s a beautiful game, all about strategy, as you are trying to survive and thrive while building a human settlement on Mars. There are missions to complete, and players collaborate with each other, which is a gameplay feature I love.

Red Raven Games Sleeping Gods

This product was recommended by Bryan Truong from GameCows

Our 2022 board game pick has to be Sleeping Gods. There’s been a lot of new innovation in board games, but Sleeping Gods manages to do something that’s never been seen before. It creates a massive open-world ready for exploration that players can pick up and explore at their own pace. Unlike most board games that can be completed in an afternoon, Sleeping Gods’ full campaign can take anywhere between 10-30 hours to complete, but it can be started and stopped at any point the player wants. It comes with a massive atlas full of different locations to explore, Even one complete game isn’t enough to see the entire world of Sleeping Gods and all it has to offer. If you’re looking for an incredible story-driven experience Sleeping Gods is one of the most unique board games you’ll see today.

Spin Master Jumanji The Game Action Game

This product was recommended by Lorraine Daisy Resuello from Connection Copilot

My children love Jumani movies. They watched the two recent versions and mimic the characters of Dwayne Johnson (Spencer), Rhys Darby (Nigel) and Karen Gillan (Martha). So, when I saw this on Amazon, I immediately bought one. The goal of the game is for the player to reach the center. Like in the movie, a dangerous path awaits each player through illuminating animations, threatening to take away their three precious life. If anyone loses all three life tokens, the group fails. The first time we played it, my kids, aged 6, 10, and 12, couldn’t wait to call out its name and shout Jumaniji!

Mr. B Games Liars Dice 30th Anniversary Edition

This product was recommended by Tim Hill from Social Status

I love the classic Mr. B Games Liars Dice board game. It’s a family-friendly board game that’s suitable for all ages. I learned how to play it from my nephew. It’s fun and easy. We often play this at home when relatives and friends visit us or during special gatherings. The best thing about this game is you can lie to everyone while keeping a straight face. Six players can play this 45-minute board game. It comes with sturdy dice cups, a rubber mat, and dice.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

This product was recommended by James Parsons from Content Powered

I play board games as a weekend hobby with my family and friends. I recommend Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. This board game is available for sale on Amazon. I’m always been an avid fan of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire,’ America’s TV’s hottest game show. When I saw this board game available online, I immediately bought it. Each player has a chance to play as the host while the other players answer the challenging and exciting trivia questions to win. The board game has 5 card consoles, 1,000 game cards, lifeline tokens, four orange sliding slats, and fake money,

North Star Games Oceans Deluxe Edition

This product was recommended by Jibran Qazi from MCPD

First of all, this game is wonderful. Not terribly complicated with easy to learn rules, but still crunchy enough that you have to think ahead a bit. The artwork is gorgeous as well, and it is a delight creating fishy horrors that leech off your friends and family’s species. Very good game . Streamlined update to evolution ruleset. Enjoying it a lot.

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