Strategy board games are the best way to keep the mind flowing and keep you on your toes when you’re not interested in playing any sort of video game. If you’re not down with the idea of playing a typical board game like Candy Land or Life, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at some of the more popular strategy board games the market has to offer.
Top 7 Best Strategy Board Games
Hasbro 28720 Risk Game
First on our list is one of the more popular strategy games that you may or may not have played. Manufactured by Hasbro, this game is a game of strategy where you can attack as much as you want, or as little as you want. Arming yourself with troops to attack your enemy’s troops, you’re going to want to utilize strategy to defend your territories against any sort of attack. If you’ve ever played Battleship, this 2-5 player game may be right up your alley. One of my favorite parts of this game is that you earn troops and no one starts off with a set amount. The better you are, the more you’ll have to attack with. The only aspect I don’t like is playing with any more than four people – it gets a bit too hectic for my taste.
Twilight Struggle Deluxe Edition
This next game may not be one you’ve heard of, and it’s a 2-player game that takes place in the Cold War. With combat between the Soviet Union and the United States, this game aims to recreate the struggle between the most powerful areas known. I like the fact that this game is only two players, and deals with a setting that hasn’t been done much before, but I dislike how long it takes to play. With board games, I cap out at around 2 hours. If you’re a history buff that isn’t too anal about accuracies, then you should definitely check out Twilight Struggle, as it’s one of my favorite strategy games.
Monopoly Board Game: The Classic Edition
This wouldn’t be a list about strategy board games without including Monopoly. With a table that reminisces over the original board, you’re going to want to sit down and enjoy a game or two with a group of friends. One can argue that it’s one of the longer games you could ever play (maybe longer than Twilight Struggle), and others may see this as a downside. One of our favorite features of this game is that it’s the classic version, not any fancy entertainment edition (i.e. Star Wars, Pokemon, etc.) Sometimes, classic is the best.
The War of the Ring Board Game
You might not have heard of this game, and if you’re someone who likes medieval or Skyrim era games, you’ll love The War of the Ring. I personally love adventures revolving around the “middle earth” trope, and if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, you’ll definitely want to nab this game. The fact that it is a Lord of the Rings styled game is one of my favorite bits about it, and one of my least favorite things about it is that there are SO many pieces (over 200 plastic figures alone) – it’s tough keeping track of everything! Even if you don’t like Lord of the Rings, but still like the art style and general time that it takes place, you’ll definitely want to pick this up.
Last on this list is “7 Wonders” a short strategy game that can suit up to 7 people for battle. As one of the players, you take your stance as a leader of one of the 7 great Ancient Cities. You develop commercial routes and put together a fantastic military in order to take out others and reign supreme. The whole idea around this game is one of my favorites, being able to take out another ancient city through short strategy, while the shortness may also be a downfall. Typically, strategy games are long and can become boring and tiresome – unfortunately some on this list are guilty of that, but if you’re looking for something quick that doesn’t require an incredible amount of learning, then you should definitely check out 7 Wonders and dominate the playing field with your quick-witted strategies.