If you love video games, but want to be away from a screen for a while, there are a ton of board games that bring video games to your living room. Here’s seven of the best examples of board games inspired by video games.
Terror in Meeple City (Formerly Known As Rampage)
Remember that old school arcade game Rampage where you got to play as huge monsters running around the city destroying things? That’s exactly what you get to do with this game. You set the board up by actually building little structures with meeples in each floor. Players move their monsters around the board by flicking a little disc that the monster stands on. Once they’ve moved, monsters can choose to throw a car at a building, try to blow down a building, or if they’re touching the building, the player can pick up their monster and drop it on top of the building to try to destroy it. When you knock over buildings and floors, you get to keep the floors and people as prizes. Eat enough people and floors and you’ll be the winner!
XCOM: The Board Game is based off of the video game XCOM, which revolves around defending the planet from an unknown alien threat. The co-operative board game is fantastic. The whole game is timed using a free app. Each person takes one role, whether it be research, assigning soldiers to missions, launching ships or doling out money. But here’s the catch. You only get an extremely limited amount of time to perform your role, usually around 30 seconds. The app prompts you when it’s your turn to act. If you haven’t finished everything you want to do in the time given, then you don’t get to do it. It’s an incredibly fast-paced game where you never have enough resources or manpower to adequately deal with the constant alien attacks. What’s fabulous about the game is thanks to the limited amount of time each person has to do their duties, it is impossible for one person to take over and play every role, which can get very annoying in co-op games. I highly recommend XCOM: The Board Game.
The Witcher Adventure Game puts players in the roles of different characters from the The Witcher video game series, Triss Merigold, Dandelion, Yarpen Zigrin, or Geralt of Rivia. As you travel across the land you’ll be conducting investigations and working to complete quests. But as you travel, you’ll also encounter and fight dangerous monsters. Each character has their own abilities and skill sets, such as spells, diplomacy, or fighting. The different characters also have their own custom dice that they use to fight or avoid monsters. Their different skills and dice make each player’s experience unique, and the game really focuses on story-driven play.
Travel to Aperture Laboratories from the Portal video games to help resume testing. Each player controls a group of test subjects, who will perform lots of important but dangerous testing. The board is constantly shifting and moving, and at the end of each player’s turn, one of the chambers at the end of the Lab drops, and all of the test subjects within the chamber perish. But if you’ve got the most test subject in the room, you’ll earn points and maybe even cake. In order to win, you’ll need to possess the most cake at the end of the game, which happens when one player’s test subjects have all died. Portal fans will really enjoy the tiny companion cube and turret minis that come with the game. The board game really captures the feel and the snarkiness of the video game.
Based on retro shoot’em up video games, The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade puts you in the role of brave space pilots flying around in dangerous asteroid fields. The game board is unlike any I’ve seen before. The board actually scrolls and reveals new threats like asteroids, space mines, and enemy cruisers. You’ll have to weave through the treacherous star field, all the while attempting to upgrade your ship and make it to the final boss.
BattleCON: Devastation of the Indines evokes traditional fighting games like Mortal Combat. The dueling card game includes 30 different fighters to chose from, each with their own unique mechanics. Players choose one character and battle along a seven-space-long board. What’s unique about the game is that players can combine cards in different ways to create new combo effects. Players know what is in their enemy’s hands, so there is a lot of strategy that goes into picking a move that will counter your opponent’s move. The last player standing wins. The game also has a co-op mode where 3 or 4 people team up against a huge boss. It also has six different dungeon modes for solo or cooperative play against the game.
This board game is inspired by MOBA style video games like League of Legends or DOTA 2. Two to six players control two pirate factions against each other. The crew and the heroes attempt to board enemy ships and disable them. The crew is made up of Deckhands and Bosuns who single-mindedly charge across the gangplank to attack key features on your enemy’s ships, very much like the minions in League of Legends or DOTA 2. Players will use their Heroes, the Captains, Quartermasters, Swashbucklers, Gunners and Brutes, and all their special abilities to win the day. The game comes with 70 highly detailed, beautiful miniatures.