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The 22 Best Board Games To Play In 2021

From Pandemic Legacy to Wingspan, here are the best board games and card games we've played and recommend.


As much as we love video games, there's nothing quite like sitting down at a table with friends or family and breaking out a great board game. From tabletop RPGs to family-friendly board games and strategy titles, the world of board games is vast and ever-growing. And if you're someone who just grew up playing the classics--Monopoly, Clue, maybe Risk--it can be hard to navigate the world of modern board games and discover the best board games for your personal tastes. Fortunately, we've played a lot of the best board games out there and have strong opinions on which ones are worth your time and money.

When shopping for some new board games, it's important to keep in mind who you'll be playing with and what kind of time investment you're down for. Will you be playing with folks who are already tabletop-savvy, or are you looking for more casual party games that anyone can jump in and play? Are you looking for games that can be played in quick, successive rounds, or are you willing to invest in a legacy game, one that's played over multiple sessions with permanent changes made to the game each time? If you live with just one other person, are you interested in two-player board games? We've tried to include a variety of different board games in our list as well as a mix of tabletop classics and modern gems.

Another thing to keep in mind before we dive in: Many of the most popular board games can be played digitally these days. This includes official digital releases on platforms like Steam or the Nintendo eShop. Another great option is Tabletop Simulator, which offers official DLC for some of the great board games on this list as well as a massive library of mods for both popular and niche titles. If you don't have space for a bunch of physical board games or live far away from most of your tabletop-loving friends, this is an alternate way to enjoy everything the wonderful world of board games has to offer.

With that said, here is our list of the best board games we've played and love--be sure to let us know your favorites as well in the comments down below.

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