Board games have been with us for quite some time and I still remember those golden times where I would gather with my friends for a game or two… or a night of playing! But, as we grow old, go to school, get a job and tons of stuff to do, we can’t always gather for our favorite board games. Thankfully, if you have a PC, you can enjoy some of the best board games for PC. So, your job today would be to read this article, and I’m going to do all the heavy lifting for you, and present you the best PC board games. The list is below.
What are PC Board Games?
Board games for PC are electronic replicates of classic board games. Using a physical board, playing cards, dice, and game pieces, you’re undoubtedly used to playing board games with your friends or family. Those very same games are then brought to your computer screen by board games for PC.
You may play these board games online using a mouse or keyboard in place of setting up a real board and moving game pieces with your hands. You can interact with the game board and all of the pieces on the computer by clicking or typing.
List of the Best PC Board Games
Board games can be fun to enjoy for hours with your friends. If you already played a lot of them, you might have a good idea about which ones are the best. If you don’t, here is a list of the best PC board games listed from the best to worst.
1. Tabletop Simulator
Tabletop Simulator is the best board game ever for me. This game allows you to do literally whatever you want. You can make your own games, assemble a tower of cards, dominos or various chess figures. That’s great, right? Well, yes, but here you can rage-quit and flip the table if you feel aggressive! Plus, the realistic physics and sandbox allow for so many possibilities that you can only drop your jaw to the ground and look with excitement. This is the only game that will not punish you for raging, so feel free to do absolutely everything!
2. Colt Express
Colt Express is here to bring you a very smart board game that has a solid story, but also a very good multiplayer component. Ever heard about Colt Express? It’s a famous robbery boardgame in which you need to rob the wagons and search for various supplies. So, you are a bad guy here and that’s awesome. I like bad guys! But, you aren’t the only one here as you’ll have to carefully manage and rethink your steps in order to win. This game waits for you to pick it up and it’s only a couple of bucks. Rock on, boys.
3. Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a very simple game to learn and play, but damn hard to master. Here, you are going to build railroads across America and complete particular routes in order to lay down the tracks before your opponents. If you are interested in the game, you can check out its DLC where you can play in the other countries aside from America. It’s very fun to play and supports two to five players at once. You know what to do; organize a game and kick their ass!
4. Monopoly Plus
Forget about your Monopoly at home. It’s bland and it isn’t inspirational at all. This game is all you need for having lots of fun. Believe it or not, Monopoly Plus is developed and published by Ubisoft, so this speaks for itself. Monopoly Plus is all about building your city and be smart when it comes to finances. On top of that, the game features some beautiful graphics and animations that will really give you a look at what you’ve built during your gameplay. It even supports LAN play, so you can now play with your family if you have more than one PC.
Faeria is a free-to-play top-down game with cartoonish artwork. However, its fantasy setting makes the game really interesting and eye-appealing. Faeria is a game full of challenges and will embark you on a journey to defeat the Emperor of Mimast with interesting levels and Limited Boss Battle mode. If you like board games, but also a good story and adventure, then Faeria is for you. I’m sure it will provide you with a lot of fun and it costs nothing to try it.
6. Mansion of Madness
Last year, Mansion of Madness was released and it’s here for the pure H.P. Lovecraft fans. I’ve never seen a board game this good and this dark. This game is about solving a mystery by conducting some investigation along the way, and it’s based directly on H.P. Lovecraft writing. The goal here is to basically explore several locations to unveil a certain mystery. As this is a board game, you’ll play with two to five friends, which makes the game more immersive. Oh, did I forget to say that it’s completely free?
7. Card Hunter
Another free game is Card Hunter. Surely, this game will not blow you away with its graphics, but it will provide you with a decent amount of fun. It’s all about cards here and the game is based on classic tabletop RPGs. The good thing here is that you can play versus AI, so if you aren’t that skillful, you’ll still have a space to progress. Playing a singleplayer campaign never felt so refreshing in this type of game, and multiplayer is reserved for the most skilled players. And guess what? I’m not one of them!
8. The Witcher: Adventure Game
The Witcher: Adventure Game might sound familiar, and it surely is. Our beloved Geralt of Rivia makes his return once again and he is ready to kick some ass. This board game perfectly resembles The Witcher’s world and I’m glad it’s here because not all of the gamers have a right PC to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This way, you can enjoy a more laid-back approach and still complete some quests, upgrade your character and follow a story. Also, there is multiplayer in which you can play with your friend, and you can’t find that in The Witcher 3.
League of Geeks took their time to perfect this board masterpiece. And I’m not even kidding! That’s how the developer is called. What you can expect from this board game is nice visuals and finally some great animations. I like when there are animations in such games and now we have it here. Armello combines several genres like RPG, strategy and card play in order to bring you an amazing board experience that will blow you away. This game is more expensive than just a few bucks, but I’m sure you’ll cherish every moment in your gameplay; it’s that great.
10. Risk: Factions
Do you remember that Monopoly Plus game from Ubisoft? This time, Stainless Games and Electronic Arts combined their skills to bring us Risk: Factions. This board game will let you wage war between the five, strong factions with unique abilities. As it’s a board game, you can play anything between two and five players. What factions will you choose depends on your playstyle. Whether you are Cat, Robot, Yeti, Undead or Human, I wish you luck because this game isn’t that easy.
11. Blood Bowl 2
Blood Bowl 2 strikes you with everything it has. Ever wondered how this game manages to be so brutal? Well, that’s because it combines Warhammer with American Football to create that intense atmosphere and provide some great visuals. The game represents a great turn-based strategy and its excessive violence is here to add a final nail to the coffin. However, the game is filled with great humor so you’ll laugh like a maniac while you tackle that goddamn opponent.
12. Words with Friends
Words with Freinds is a fun and intuitive game for you and your friends. It’s almost like a classic crosswords game where you’ll need to guess various words depending on the letters you’ve given. This game is made for PvP as you have so many possibilities here. You can even chat with your friends in the game and laugh at them when they are losing. Words with Friends is fully compatible with almost every platform out there, and it’s free to play… you know what that means.
13. Small World 2
Small World 2 is another game that you can play on many platforms. Aside from Windows, the game is available on Linux, Kindle Fire, SteamOS and much more. Small World 2 is a fantasy-based game where you’ll fight versus both AI and your opponents. And that small piece of land you’ve grabbed will be shared with your opponents, so no stopping here! Your heart will pump faster and you’ll have to fight with all you have and that’s what makes this game so awesome!
Carcassone is a very interesting piece of effort inspired by a medieval fortified town of Carcassone in France. This game has beautiful and vivid visuals and it’s greatly done. The point of this board game is to draw and place a tile with a piece of the landscape to a corresponding place. For example, if there’s a railway, you’ll need to continue it with a railway, and similar.
The game ends when the complete map is constructed and the player with the most points wins. This game is for two to five players, but everything is better with more people. Grab some beers and snacks and enjoy!
15. Twilight Struggle
If you love a Cold War era, you’ll be happy to hear about Twilight Struggle. In this two-player game, you can choose US or USSR and prepare some dangerous tactics to out-play your friend. The game borrows much from history, so there are some actual events in which you will participate and be part of them. The best player will get the world dominance and the worst will be forever forgotten. So, what will it be? Prepare to make a history for yourself!
16. Descent: Road to Legend
There’s always something special about fantasy games and it’s really nice to see that developers are pushing this genre to its maximum. Descent: Road to Legend is another board game that will evoke your exploration instincts and get you going on an epic adventure as you explore the dungeon by controlling your monsters. The game lets you control an overlord, so you are in charge here and can make various tweaks and commands in order to beat the game. Being a free product, you can now enjoy it and share with your friends to know about it.
17. Gremlins, Inc.
Gremlins, Inc. isn’t a great-looking game and doesn’t even have those high-end animations, but it’s fun as hell! What makes this game so special is its gameplay. It’s a very intense game and its strategy-based gameplay is here to make you fight for your political power, money, and prestige.
You’ll need your brain to work for you, or else you’ll get forgotten and forever fall into the oblivion. Money can be saved or invested, and if you aim to be a bad guy, you can go to the other side of law and steal the money from others. Either way, Gremlins, Inc. is an enjoyable experience in both singleplayer and multiplayer.
In Pandemic, you and your squad join a disease control unit and collaborate to stop fatal disease outbreaks from spreading across the world. You’ll work together to contain and eradicate illnesses while discovering treatments as you traverse the globe. You must work together as a team and think strategically as you race against time to save humanity in this cooperative game.
Pandemic delivers limitless replayability and keeps you interested all the way to the end with its varied roles and difficulty settings. Can you contain the breakouts and discover the treatments in time, or will the illnesses exterminate mankind?
19. Rento Fortune
I’m a huge fan of dice games and I’m very happy because I can play Rento Fortune. Dice games are always the most fun board games because nothing can replace that feeling of satisfaction when you get a number six. This game is here to bring you and your friends a lot of fun. It’s a beautiful-looking game in which you can build your properties and trade lands with the other players. Also, there are some auctions, wheels of fortune and even Russian Roulette, so if you are lucky, you may be a winner. Stop what you’re doing and try this game for just a couple of bucks.
Dominion revolutionized the deck-building genre and remains a favorite among board game enthusiasts. In Dominion, you aim to build the most efficient deck of cards by acquiring new cards and managing your resources wisely. Each game presents a fresh tactical challenge due to the always shifting market of available cards. The simplicity and complexity of the game make it simple to learn but challenging to master.
Numerous expansions for Dominion are also available, bringing new cards and mechanics to the game to keep it interesting and new. Get ready to think, adapt, and outwit your rivals to become the Dominion’s supreme monarch.
21. Fritz Chess 15
When talking about board games, Chess is an undisputed king! How many of you know about chess? I guess a lot of you played this amazing game and if you like it, you can now play it on your PC. Fritz Chess 15 is based on FRITZ- a popular chess program that even managed to beat Kasparov! This game offers solid 3D graphics and a classic chess gameplay. You are either a good player or a bad player; nothing in-between.
Splendor is an award-winning board game and it’s very simple to get into, but very hard to win. Supporting two to four players, Splendor is a game of resource management. The players are here to buy gem mines, shos and transportation and the goal is to have the most prestige points. When one collects 15 of them, the game ends and he/she is declared as a winner. Fairly simple, yet interesting.
Board games are for those with a competitive spirit. If you aren’t competitive and you don’t want to win anything, then board games probably aren’t for you. You should, however, consider some board games for PC, as it’s almost a Christmas time, and you can invite your friends or family to a game or two. Be sure to enjoy every single game off this list and spread a good word about it. What game will you play in the upcoming snowy days? Is your PC wallet to handle all of those Steam discounts?