Are you a fan of video games and board games? Well, you’re in for a treat! Today we’re going to run down the top 10 board games based on video games that you might want to check out. Although you might think that board games based on video games sound a bit strange, you’ll be astonished to know that they can work really well.
Board games based on video games have been making a resurgence recently. While some use the tried and tested rules of classic games such as Catan, Monopoly or Pandemic, newer games are eager to break the mold to create gaming experiences that capture the same feelings as the games they are based on. As a game enthusiast, I’ve had a lot of fun exploring the world of board games based on video games, and I want to share my top picks with you!
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 board games based on video games:
Fallout: The Board Game
The Fallout board game has to be my favourite as it offers a lot of depth for any fans of the video game. The twist in this game is that players explore together. Players can choose to be Vault Dwellers or members of the Brotherhood of Steel and work their way around the board completing missions, fighting enemies and building partnerships. With lots of missions to enjoy and various different endings, this is a fantastic board game for fans of the franchise.
Gears of War: The Board Game
Gears of War: The Board Game sees players take the mantle of Delta Squad as they suit up in their marine armor and tackle the locust horde. The game starts with randomly placed tiles that feature Locust enemies, and players must work through a variety of missions. The game is played with a set of cards that give players health and action bonuses. Fans of the games will recognize the “Active Reload” and “Road Run” cards. Unfortunately, the game is out of print at the moment, so the second-hand market might be your best bet for finding this one.
XCOM: The Board Game
XCOM is one of the earlier offerings of a virtually integrated board game and is still the talk of the town thanks to the fun it provides while playing. As a player, you have to take control of Earth’s defense and win against the alien invasion. It’s a tense game that will keep you on your toes.
Doom: The Board Game
In the Doom board game, one player has control of the franchise’s Hellish demons, while several of the other players are would-be Doomslayers. The heroes need to complete various missions around the board and earn weapons to take on the Hellspawn. However, the player in control of the demons has to vanquish the marines at all costs. While the video game is more of a first-person shooter, the board game offers a more tactical affair complete with character stats, unique traits, and special abilities.
This War of Mine: The Board Game
This War of Mine is indeed not the most cheerful game to play, but it’s unforgiving and harsh to the core, bringing the amazing theme home. The best part about this one has to be the spirit it has of the video game and the way in which it embraces a narrative game to be neither an easy nor quick addition. If you haven’t tried your hand at it yet, you should.
Dark Souls – The Board Game
The Dark Souls board game definitely deserves a mention. Players can choose to play as one of four classes and delve into the dark and dangerous world of the video game. The game features tough boss battles, just like the video game, and players must work together to defeat them. The miniatures included in this game are highly detailed and add to the overall experience. If you’re a fan of Dark Souls, this board game is a must-have.
The Witcher – The Board Game
Based on the popular video game series and books, The Witcher board game allows players to take on the roles of Geralt of Rivia and other witchers as they travel through the Northern Realms completing quests and fighting monsters. The game features a modular board, custom dice, and a card-based combat system.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – The Board Game
Set in the world of Azeroth, this board game allows players to take on the roles of heroes from the popular MMORPG as they battle the armies of the undead Scourge and the powerful Lich King. The game features customizable character cards, miniatures, and a modular board that changes with each playthrough.
Resident Evil – The Board Game
Based on the popular survival horror video game series, Resident Evil – The Board Game allows players to take on the roles of iconic characters like Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they fight their way through a mansion infested with zombies and other monsters. The game features a modular board, miniatures, and a deck-building mechanic to simulate the tense and dangerous environment of the Resident Evil universe. Since the original, there have been various sequels covering Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.
Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate
Set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is a horror-themed board game where players explore a haunted city and uncover its dark secrets. The game features a modular board, miniatures, and a traitor mechanic where one player becomes the villainous Betrayer, trying to defeat the other players. The game is based on the popular Betrayal at House on the Hill board game.
Mention: Monopoly: The Video Game Partnership Edition
There are too many versions of Monopoly based on video games to mention on this list, and I don’t really consider a branded Monolopy a video game board game but I thought I would mention it to avoid comments. Monopoly has created variations on Mario, Sonic, Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Roblox, Fallout, and most recently Fortnite. Whilst Monolopy is a lot of fun, the rules essentially stay the same as the original and therefore can’t be considered to be “based on a video game”.
These are just a few examples of how video games can be transformed into exciting and engaging board games. Whether you’re a fan of strategy games or adventure games, there’s something for everyone in this list. So, gather your friends and family and try out these board games for a fun-filled evening of gaming.
Don’t forget to comment, and please tell me which one you will pick if you had to choose one. Would love to hear from you guys!
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