We have to admit that video games aren’t always for everyone.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth. Thankfully, the next best thing is board games. Board games give us a way to connect with each other in competitive fun, or allow us work together cooperatively. If you’re a huge fan of video games and want your board games to reflect that, then we’ve got your back. We’ve put together a short list of some of the best board games based on video games.
These games are perfect for small and large get-togethers and we hope that they’re just what you’re looking for. What could be more perfect this holiday season?
Cyberpunk Red Tabletop RPG
The videogame Cyberpunk 2077 might have only just released, but the tabletop RPG it’s based on has been around since 1988. Cyberpunk Red is the fourth edition of the game, published only this year, acting as a prequel to to the video game. It’s set in 2045 and sees players create their own characters, engage in combat , get yourself augmented and more.
There are multiple sourcebooks for each version of the game, but we think the newest, Cyberpunk Red, complete with a Jumpstart Kit, is a good a place as any to start.
Resident Evil 2: The Board Game
Many players revisited Resident Evil 2 when the Remake came out last year. The board game adaptation of the game is a co-operative version of the story, so you won’t be on your own to take on the horror of Raccoon City. It has fantastic reviews and claims to be “the best ever board game” depicting the difficulty of Resident Evil 2. It’s a bit on the pricier side, usually around $100 on Amazon, but if you have the budget, it’s well worth it. After all, how many other games do you get a figure of a G-Mutant with? Exactly.
Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game
Despite having released almost ten years ago, players are still revisiting Portal and Portal 2. They’re classics! It should come as no surprise, then, that the series has spawned a board game. Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, as it is so eloquently titled, has you and your friends jumping between different test chambers as you try to collect cake. Whoever gets the most cake by the end wins. What’s not to like? Test chambers and cake. That’s Portal in a nutshell, my friends.
This War of Mine
This War of Mine is an award-winning game about survivors living in a war-torn city. This board game adaptation plays similarly: you and up to five other players will fight to survive by scavenging, seeking shelter and fighting off threats. If you want to play by yourself there’s a single-player variant as well. It requires a lot of strategy, but if you’ve got a group prepared for it, this is one to grab for sure.
Small World of Warcraft
This adorable board game is inspired by the dynamic World of Warcraft franchise. In Small World of Warcraft, you play as characters vying for control of Azeroth. You’ll choose ability combinations to help you meet this goal and work towards claiming land. Days of Wonder is the team behind this cute board game as well as the award-winning Ticket to Ride series, so it’s guaranteed to be a great time.
Time to go back to a classic with this one. In this board game adaptation of the arcade classic, you play as either Pac-Man or the four iconic ghosts, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. Pac-Man gains points as he moves around the board eating pegs, and the ghosts try to stop him – just like in the arcade game. The best part? Pac-man makes his signature “waka, waka” sounds as he moves around the board. This is the perfect video game-themed board game to play over the holidays as it’s simple enough for almost any age to join in.