Top 10 Board Games in 2020

Board Games are an all time classic and are making a big come back. With a crazy year coming to a close we all have had a chance to rediscover the love of board games.

They are an amazing way of pulling loved ones or friends together for some quality time away from our screens. A sure way get the brain ticking away and fill a room with laughter.

Board games now go beyond the classics (which are still fun to play!) and have evolved and expanded to allow so much choice with a range of themes and topics covered. Board games have also been turned on their head and there are now new and fun exciting ways of playing from co-operative play style as well as the competitive style.

Be it for young or for old there is a board game that is sure to pull you in and wanting to come back to play time and time again. We have put our heads together and come up with a list of our favorite board games for 2020.

So without further delay here is our top 10 for you to try out at your next game night.

1. Wingspan

Wingspan is a competitive bird-collection, engine-building game. You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your aviary. 

Also available are expansions to continue your game play.

Game details:

Players: 1-5
Duration: 40-70 minutes
Age: 10 years+

Buy Online:
Wingspan Board Game

 

2. Catan

A year after year favourite with expansions available to continue to expand your game play. Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: The race to settle the island has begun!

Game details:

Age: 10+
Players: 3
Duration: 45–90 min

Buy Online:
Catan Board Game
Catan Expansion Packs

 

3. Quixo

Mensa Select Winner. Quixo is similar to Tic-Tac-Toe – with one player being crosses and the other circles, and with both trying to create a line of their symbol – but that's where the resemblance ends. The pieces in the game are cubes that have a circle on one side, a cross on another, and blank faces on the other four. 

Play with two players or in teams of two. Your aim is to line up 5 cubes in a row, pushing your lines of cubes horizontally or vertically.

Game details:

Players 2-4
Duration 15 mins
Ages 6+

Buy Online:
Quixo Wooden Game
Quixo Mini

 

4. Hoot Owl Hoot

A beautiful cooperative game by Peaceable Kingdoms. Hoot Owl Hoot is an award winning colour-coded cooperative matching game with two play levels so it will grow with your child.

Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up; if they are successful everyone wins.

Buy online:

Hoot Own Hoot Board Game

 

5. Dinosaur Escape

Another game from Peaceable Kingdoms but this time round its a fun cooperative game based upon the all time favourite animal the dinosaur. Three dinosaurs are lost in the ferns and a volcano is threatening to blow! Work together to move the dinosaurs around the board. Uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens to rescue all three dinosaurs. Get the dinosaurs safely to the island before the volcano erupts and everyone wins!

Game details:

Players  2-4
Duration: 20 minutes 
Age: 3+

Buy online:
Dinosaur Escape Board Game

Ticket to Ride

Trains, and a board game what's not to love. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game where players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfil their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

With expansions and younger version available everyone will be getting all aboard.

Game details:

AGE: 6+
Players: 2-4
Duration: 20-30 Minutes

Buy online:
Ticket to Ride board game
Ticket to Ride Expansion Packs

 

7.  Power Grid - Recharged Board Game

The object of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this strategy based game, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then vie against other players to purchase the power plants that you use to supply the power. However, as plants are purchased, newer more efficient plants become available so you're potentially allowing others to access to superior equipment merely by purchasing at all.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials, like coal, oil, garbage, or uranium, to power said plants(except for the highly valuable "renewable energy" wind/solar plants),making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

Expansions are also available to extend game play once you have mastered the base game. Great for players that love ticket to ride and looking for something new.

Game details:

Age: 10 years - Adult
Players: 2 - 6
Duration: 120 Minutes

Buy online:
Power Grid Board Game
Power Grid Board Game Expansion Packs

 

8. Karuba

An addictive tile-based puzzle game. Finally! After a long boat trip, the treasure hunters have reached the island of Karuba and can go on the hunt for hidden treasures. Who will lead their expedition team along the smartest route through the jungle trails? Many paths have dead ends- so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle. The expedition team with the most valuable treasures wins the game. Karuba was nominated for a 2016 Spiel des Jahres award.

Game details:

Players: 2-4 treasure hunters
Ages: 8-99
Game length: Approx 40 minutes

Buy online:
Karuba Board Game
Karuba Card Game

 

9. Pandemic Board Game

A game to play that maybe is inspired a little by current events that is sure to give everyone a giggle. A cooperative style based game. Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand. 

Game details:

Age: 8 years - Adult
Players: 2 - 4
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Buy online:
Pandemic Board Game       

 

10. Paul and the Moon 

Players take control of Paul moving him around the pound, when he is moved on a new space look at the symbol on the same. Now pick a star that you think has the matching headdress symbol to the space Paul is on. If you are correct hang the star along the star path, creating part of the star ladder. If you did not pick the matching star, return the star (face down) in the pond. And pull the cloud over until the new yellow star is visible, covering more of the moon. The next player now takes there turn. If you complete the star ladder before the moon is covered, you have saved the moon! 

Game details:

Players: 1-6 
Ages:  3+ 
Duration: 5-10 mins

Buy online:
Paul and the Moon board game

 

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Take a look at our entire selection of board games in our online store:
Toys2Learn Board Games.

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