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There is nothing wrong with some friendly competition. Whether with a partner, child, roommate, or best friend; game nights are pretty much-guaranteed fun, even if there are a few debates along the way. The options these days are endless as well. It is not just choosing between Chutes and Ladders or Monopoly anymore. Don't get us wrong, both are excellent games, but variety and choice keep things interesting and create new memories or traditions, like a mystery night.
While there are board games that might be complicated or have an adult subject matter, most are appropriate for all ages, making them a great way to spend quality time with the family. Now is a great time to add some new options into the family game library, perhaps one that makes you sing or escape an island.
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We update these sales weekly, but products go fast! If something is out of stock or not on sale, check back next week for a batch of new deals.
Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride
Normally $55, Now $40 at Amazon
Hop on board a cross-country adventure to construct train tracks all over North America. Anyone who builds the longest train and can claim the most paths from city to city gets points. With various strategies, players love that you get a unique outcome every time. The lowest price we've seen for this game is $33.
Goliath Rattlesnake Jake Boardgame
Normally $20, Now $8 at Walmart
On your turn, try and get the gold back, piece by piece that Rattlesnake Jake stole, in this wildly popular game. Each move, he rattles to warn you until he strikes! If Jake strikes on your turn, you have to give him back half of all your nuggets. The player with the most gold at the end wins. For two or more players, ages 4 and up.
The lowest price we've seen for this game is $8.
Normally $25, Now $13 at Amazon and Walmart
With the option to play with two to twelve players, this is one to have in your game closet thanks to its flexibility. The goal is to get five chips in a row without one of your opponents blocking you. Overall, it's a simple and entertaining game for children over seven.
We've seen prices drop as low as $9 for this.
Z-Man House of Danger Choose Your Own Adventure
Normally $23, Now $15
Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Z-Man has adapted the classic concept to board game format. You can play on your own (ages 10+), but it’s more fun with friends. Each choice involves risk and challenges, and every game ends differently, just like the books.
East Dane Gifts Yahtzee Vintage Bookshelf Edition
Normally $40, Now $16
The cloth-wrapped, hardbound “book” opens up to reveal a reprint of the original Yahtzee game. Vintage-vibe game board, dice keepers, rolling cup and scorebooks all inspired by the original 1956 Milton Bradly edition of the game. Yahtzee!
Asmodee Spot It! Card Game
Normally $13, now $10
A sharp eye and quick reactions are what’s called for in this fast-paced matching card game. Between any two cards there is only one item of the many shown that matches (items may be reversed, sized differently or otherwise visually challenging). The rules are simple, and gameplay can be raucous. Two to eight players, ages seven and up.
Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game
Normally $35, Now $25
If you like playing Ticket to Ride, but have some younger players, this junior version is ideal to start. For ages 6 and up, First Journey will still test your strategic and critical thinking skills, just with slightly simplified rules. Plus, the game will likely cap out at 30 minutes.
The lowest price we've seen for this game is $21.
Arlmont & Co Willingham Handmade Mah Jongg Game
Normally $68, Now $65
Popular in East Asia for more than a century, Mah Jongg has seen revived interest and younger fans in the U.S. over the past few years. Take turns drawing and discarding tiles in often fast-paced rounds until you get the hand you want, build your score, and win the game. This beautiful set is handcrafted from raintree wood featuring 144 tiles painted with Chinese symbols. Easy to learn, a lifetime to master.
Spin Master Games Santorini - Strategy-Based Board Game
Normally $38, Now $29 at Amazon
Great for both kids and adults alike, this two to four-player board game is a race to see who can build a three-story building first. The rules are simple enough to understand, but you can put a lot of strategic thinking behind the game to come out on top.
Main Street Classics Sinister Table Top Foosball
Normally $40, Now $30
No basement or game room? No problem. Recreate the spinning and flipping (but no flopping) of arcade foosball right on any surface (kitchen table, picnic table, tree trunk) and enjoy fast and furious gameplay. At just over two feet long and weighing only five pounds, it’s easy to take along for parties and playdates. Some assembly required.
Asmodee 7 Wonders Duel
Normally $35, Now $25 at Amazon
Requiring some strategy and out-of-the-box thinking, you will compete against your opponent to build a civilization, architectural wonders, an army, and gain supremacy of the ancient world. This two-player game has many variables and ways to win, so this will quickly become a regular activity in your home. Voted Best Overall by our experts.
We've seen prices drop as low as $21.
Catan Studio Catan The Board Game
Normally $58, Now $41 at Amazon
This popular game is a contest of who can build the biggest settlement on the island of Catan. Players battle it out using tactical thinking and decision-making to earn victory points when they build structures on their color-coded villages. The setup ensures no two games are alike.
We've seen Amazon offer prices as low as $33.
George & Company LLC Left Center Right
Normally $12, Now $7
A super-quick and fun party game for three or more players. Each player starts with the same number of chips. Roll the dice: how they land determines whether you’ll give up one or more chips to your left or right, or build up the pot in the center. The last person with a chip gets the entire thing. Ideal for all ages, and an easy way to get everyone off their screens for a little bit.
The lowest price we've seen for this game is $7.
Czech Games Codenames: Duet The Two Player Word Deduction Game
Normally $20, Now $14 at Amazon
This game is one where you work together rather than against each other—something to consider if you have an overly competitive or argumentative friend. A word association game that is all about a secret mission and deduction of codes. Easy-to-learn and fast-paced, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Rated Best for Two Players by our experts.
We've seen prices as low as $14 on Amazon.
Atelier D. Wooden Dominos
Normally $50, Now $33
Summer and dominos go hand-in-hand and while there’s definitely nothing wrong with classic “bones,” this hardwood set takes the game to new spaces. Concentric hexagons, laser-etched into the wood replace traditional pips, and the set looks as good sitting on a mantlepiece as it does in action by the pool. Includes cotton carrying bag
Wyzworks Fast Sling Puck Board Game
Was $38, Now $26
Equally at home as a decorative item on the mantel top or entertaining bored children at the campsite, this tabletop hockey game is crafted from wood. It's quick to learn, and not too challenging to master.
Gamewright Forbidden Island
Normally $20, Now $18 at Amazon
Just like your favorite season of Survivor, the game has you exploring a forbidden island to find four sacred treasures. Problem-solving, teamwork, and strategic thinking all come into play as you try to escape the island before the rising tide causes the island to sink.
Spontuneous The Song Game
Normally $35, Now $26 at Amazon
No matter if you have perfect pitch or can’t carry a tune, this game requires you to break into song. Each player lists out trigger words, and when it's their turn, they announce the word, and the players attempt to sing a song containing it. No musical talents are required. The lowest price we've seen for this item is $20.
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