Family get-togethers, gift giving, cozy indoor winter nights: this time of year is a perfect time to play board games. 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 some 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.
Below, find the great deals on board games.
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.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
Normally $30, Now $10 at Kohl's
A fast-paced, silly card game where the object is, naturally to avoid an Exploding Kitten. Take turns drawing cards and following the humorous and off-kilter tasks. Super-fast to learn, with broad comedy and gross-out jokes that kids love. Ages 7 and up and ranked as one of our seven best card games of 2021.
The folks at Exploding Kittens also recently released Exploding Minions featuring Kevin, Bob and the rest of the adorable yellow characters from the Illumination Entertainment films.
$10 is the lowest price we've seen for this game.
Normally $25, Now $13
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.
TeeTurtle Unstable Unicorns Card Game
Normally $20, Now $15
From the same folks that created Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns is the one that started it all. The objective is simple: be the first to collect seven unicorns in your Stable to build a unicorn army. Use magic to to upgrade and downgrade cards and “betray your friends.” Great for two to eight players, it’s easy to learn and quick to play. Ages eight-plus, but particularly great for teens and adults.
Kickstarter rated it one of their top 100 overall backed projects. Our own editors voted this game Best for Teens. $10 is the lowest price we've seen for this game.
Catan Studio Catan Board Game
Normally $58, Now $37
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 $22.
Asmodee 7 Wonders - Duel
Normally $35, Now $28 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 $18.
Hey! Play! Deluxe 7-in-1 Game Set
Normally $50, Now $35
You love classic board games, but space is an issue. Hey! Play! has your back with this attractive and action-packed playset. Inside the chess board, you’ll find equipment for six other games, including dominos, backgammon, cribbage, cards, dice and of course checkers. Most parts are crafted in stained wood. The dice and dominoes are made from a complementary antiqued plastic to simulate ivory.
$29 is the lowest price we've seen for this game.
Czech Games Codenames: Duet The Two Player Word Deduction Game
Normally $20, Now $14
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 $8 on Amazon.
Winning Solutions Clue Linen Book Vintage Edition Spr
Normally $43, Now $34
Part of a beautiful collection of classic games, reimagined as vintage cloth-covered hardbound books. Open the “book” up and you’ll find a 1949 version of the game board, wood movers and vintage looking character cards.
Days of Wonder Ticket To Ride
Normally $55, Now $44
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 $22.
Z-Man House of Danger Choose Your Own Adventure
Normally $25, Now $19
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.
The lowest price we've seen is $11.
Goliath Rattlesnake Jake Boardgame
Normally $20, Now $13
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 $5.
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.
The lowest price we've seen for this game is $19.
George & Company LLC Left Center Right
Normally $12, Now $8 at Amazon
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.
Space Cowboys Splendor Marvel Board Game
Normally $50, Now $40
If find you can't wait until the next Marvel movie or streaming series, this is the board game you’re looking for. A fully stand-alone strategy game, and a new twist on classic Splendor, players collect infinity stones with an endgame of claiming the Gauntlet that lets you use them. As with the original game, it’s easy to learn, but new card structure and tactics means you can’t simply rely on gem collection to win.
Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game
Normally $35, Now $28 at Amazon
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 $12.
We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
Normally $30, Now $22 at Amazon
Do you think you know everything about your friends and loved ones? Probably not. Carefully crafted questions help form deeper connections while still having fun (it is a game night after all). Pour some wine, get cozy. and learn some new facts about even your closest confidants.
Atelier D. Wooden Dominos
Normally $50, Now $25
Clear skies 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.
The lowest price we've seen for this game is $25.
Asmodee Spot It! Card Game
Normally $13, now $10 at Walmart
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.
The lowest price we've seen for this is $6.
Spontuneous The Song Game
Normally $35, Now $30 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.
Gamewright Forbidden Island
Normally $20, Now $19 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.
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