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TOP-10 Best Strategy Board Games of All Time

TOP-10 Best Strategy Board Games of All Time

 

TITLEGameplay rating (0-10) Boardgamegeek
rating (0-10)
Players / bestTime (minutes)Complexity rating (0-10) / Age
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) (2017)
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) (2017)

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Asmodee Eclipse Board Game

Cosmic Encounter

Scythe

Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons
8.783-6 / best strategy
board game for 6 players
240-4808.34 / 14+ years
Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)
Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)

8.95

Star Wars: Rebellion - Rise of The Empire

Feldherr Foam Tray Value Set for The Star Wars Rebellion Board Game Box

SW: Outer Rim

SW: Imperial Assault
8.462-4 / best for two players180-2407.34 / 14+
Brass: Birmingham (2018)
Brass: Birmingham (2018)

8.80

Roxley Games Brass: Lancashire

Wingspan with Swift Start Pack
8.672-4 / 360-1807.76 / 14+
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (2015)

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (2015)

8.778.562-4 / best for 3 players120-2408.74 / 14+
Gaia Project (2017)
Gaia Project (2017)

8.808.581-4 / 3-4
top boardgame for playing solo
60-1508.60 / 12+
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)

8.448.652-4 / best for 4 players40-805.66 / 13+
Great Western Trail (2016)
Great Western Trail (2016)

8.668.292-4 / 375-1507.40 / 12+
Scythe (2016
Scythe (2016)

8.358.291-5 / 490-1606.74 / 14+
<br/>Terraforming Mars (2016)
Terraforming Mars (2016)

8.628.401-5 / 3-4
solo play
120-1806.46 / 12+
Twilight Struggle (2005)
Twilight Struggle (2005)

8.488.332 / 2120-2407.12 / 13+

10 Most popular strategy board games

TITLEGameplay rating (0-10) Boardgamegeek
rating (0-10)
Players / bestTime (minutes)Complexity rating (0-10) / Age
Axis and Allies. Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition (2009)
Axis and Allies. Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition (2009)

8.006.932-5 / 5180-2406.36 / 12+
Carcassonne (2000)
Carcassonne (2000)

7.757.422-5 / 230-453.86 / 8+
The Settlers of Catan (1995)
The Settlers of Catan (1995)

7.487.203-4 / 460-1204.68 / 6+
Ticket to Ride (2004)
Ticket to Ride (2004)

7.457.712-5 / 430-603.72 / 8+
Risk Legacy (2011)
Risk Legacy (2011)

7.157.483-5 / 545-905.20 / 10+
Diplomacy (1959)
Diplomacy (1959)

8.007.056-7 / 73606.72 / 14+
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery (2007)
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery (2007)

7.597.562-5 / 4-590-1206.26 / 12+
Imperial 2030
Imperial 2030

7.777.712-6 / 490-1807.02 / 14+
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy (2011)
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy (2011)

8.567.952-6 / 4,660-1807.38 / 12+
The Voyages of Marco Polo (2015)
The Voyages of Marco Polo (2015)

8.017.952-4 / 440-1006.40 / 12+

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) (2017) — the best strategy of all time

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
  • epic space strategy
  • diplomacy, political, economic
  • space exploration
  • awesome and addictive gameplay
  • interesting and deep mechanics
  • best strategy board game of all time
  • top rated

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) ON AMAZON

«Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)» is the most majestic, epic, global, perfectly balanced space strategy. At the moment this is the fourth game edition which was released on the 20th anniversary of the first edition release. Due to rules improvement Twilight Imperium has become faster without losing its depth and epicism.

War in the game plays a major role but victory depends not only on your success in the battle. The strategy of victory depends on the implementation of various tasks related to economy and science. Sometimes you can win playing «Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)» without participating in wars and battles. The gameplay is intended for 3-6 players but the most powerful Twilight Imperium is revealed in the most powerful manner if 6 players aged 14 or older are involved.

The fourth edition is not a simple and fast game about space, planets and spaceships. This is a true epic story which players build themselves — development, research, science, military development, political negotiations, military conflicts and great battles. One of the best strategy board games of all time.

Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)

Star Wars: Rebellion
  • wargame
  • miniatures
  • great duel strategy board game
  • perfect balance
  • top board game for 2 players

Star Wars: Rebellion ON AMAZON

«Star Wars: Rebellion» is a large-scale asymmetrical multi-level strategy not only for Star Wars fans. Game world and plot «Star Wars: Rebellion» is built on the classic film trilogy — “Episode IV: New Hope”, “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, “Episode VI: Jedi Return.”

The main gameplay is built around the confrontation between the Empire and rebels, strength, power, tactics and strategies of which are very different. Each player represents one of the parties to a conflict. The Empire has a powerful spacecraft, strong army, vast stocks of resources and… a clumsy bureaucratic machine.

The task of the player representing Empire is to find rebels’ base and destroy it. The task of the rebels is to achieve small goals, acting surgically from the underground resistance. A significant role in the gameplay is played by the leaders of each of the warring parties. The game is rich in various opportunities and actions, namely: you can build a variety of units and equipment, extract resources, conduct battles both in space and on the surface, capture planets and conduct covert action mission. The best version of the game is for two players aged from 14.

Brass: Birmingham (2018) — Best Economic Strategy

Brass: Birmingham
  • economic
  • amazing game mechanics

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«Brass: Birmingham» is a comprehensive economic strategy for creation and development of its own industrial empire, built on the real events of the English industrial revolution in the XVIII — XIX centuries.

Simple rules, good depth and balance of gameplay. Despite this, you will have to make difficult and stressful decisions to build a flexible economic model, find compromises between your money and winning points, try to anticipate actions of your opponents.

«Brass: Birmingham» is an exciting and multi-faceted game, especially for more experienced players who have played several games. It will appeal to fans of true strategies with multiple choice of ways for development, careful planning and close interaction between players.

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (2015) — the best civilization strategy

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
  • civilization board game
  • scale strategy
  • struggle for territory
  • research
  • economic
  • addictive gameplay

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization ON AMAZON

«Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization» is a global large-scale strategy board game in which players from small settlements build powerful civilizations. The atmosphere and mechanics of the game perfectly convey the process of formation and development of culture, science and military power of states, their complicated relations and struggle for military and political dominance. One of the best board civilizations. Excellent implementation of various aspects for building and development of a civilization and state.

In «Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization» has no nations with their special characteristics. At the beginning of the game all the participants are in equal conditions and throughout the game develop their civilizations, giving them significant distinctive characteristics. The game involves a lot of interesting game key actions but the main gameplay is built on the card engine.

The game provides the player a variety of options and criteria for which the player will be awarded or fined. Players define these criteria by themselves adding different event cards to their respective decks. The game insures you an opportunity to make important decisions at every stage and these decisions can make every move meaningful for the payoff and victory.

«Through the Ages» is well played by a team from 2 to 4 players aged 14 but the best and optimal number of players is 3 people. The average game time is 60-90 minutes per player. If you like complex strategies for the development of civilization and you are a connoisseur of consistent development, interaction of players, variety of strategic decisions, then try «Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization».

Gaia Project (2017)

Gaia Project (2017)
  • space colonization and exploration
  • economic
  • civilization
  • solo board game

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Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
  • cooperative play
  • heredity of game
  • dynamic change of rules
  • good game balance

Matt Leacock (creator of the classic cooperative board game Pandemic), co-authored with Rob Daviau (creator of «Risk Legacy») has developed «Pandemic Legacy: Season 1», legacy version of «Pandemic» game . Since 2015, the game has won many awards. And there’s really not in vain. The most important factor creating intrigue in the game is its unpredictability and hidden secrets. Buying an ordinary game, you immediately have access learning all the rules, you get transparent gameplay and all parts of this process. But this is not about «Pandemic Legacy: Season 1».

You start the game only with the basic “foundation” which describes the basic gameplay. The main secret and intrigue are hidden in sealed envelopes, boxes and maps, which will be gradually available at certain points of the game. As the game progresses the rules literally change — new paragraphs are added. New elements are added to the panel (stickers are pasted), previously hidden dossiers become available, secret boxes are opened. Characters get new skills.

All these elements can significantly affect game key actions and even change the victory conditions. The story that players go through in the game, unexpected and unpredictable twists of the plot, previously hidden various elements and key actions, creating characters, intense discussions for several months while you go through the game — it’s all a true cooperative game with deep immersion when you realize that your actions and informed decisions are interconnected and can affect a variety of game aspects — gameplay, panel, rules.

If you like cooperative board games, if you are a fan of the original «Pandemic» and will be able to gather a company for 15-20 sets, on average, then for you the game will open as a true exciting series with its plot and history.

Great Western Trail (2016)

Great Western Trail
  • many strategies
  • good interaction
  • complex economic strategy

Scythe (2016)

Scythe
  • alternative history
  • economic strategy with elements of battles
  • miniatures
  • beautiful artwork
  • territory building

Terraforming Mars (2016)

Terraforming Mars
  • science fiction
  • collaborative work on terraforming
  • industry, manufacturing
  • combination of acting out cards and laying out tiles on the field
  • race and struggle for achievements and awards
  • many unique maps, different corporations and opportunities for various strategies

Twilight Struggle (2005)

Twilight Struggle
  • wargame
  • cold war
  • political
  • dynamism
  • high level of interaction