Best Star Wars Board Games iMore 2021
Star Wars is a legendary entertainment franchise when it comes to films, but that fame extends far beyond the realm of cinema. Star Wars books, shows, toys, and board games have proven immensely popular all around the globe, and the latter is a great way to have fun with your friends while pretending that you're in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Here are the best Star Wars board games we recommend.
- Like Dungeons and Dragons: Star Wars: Force and Destiny
- Tactical fun: Star Wars: X-Wing
- Strategic fleet battles: Star Wars: Armada
- Hardcore strategy: Star Wars: Rebellion
- Extensive campaign: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
- Casual card game: Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion
- Back to the classics: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Monopoly
- Challenge the brain: Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
- Simple strategy: Star Wars Risk
Like Dungeons and Dragons: Star Wars: Force and DestinyStaff pick
This Dungeon and Dragons-inspired game allows you to embark on grand adventures in the Star Wars universe, complete with custom characters and limitless opportunities for storylines. It's recommended for 3-5 players.
Tactical fun: Star Wars: X-Wing
Star Wars: X-Wing is a two-player tabletop game that brings the thrill of starfighter dogfighting to the dinner table. Included dials and templates make executing moves a breeze, and there are tons of different tactics you can employ in order to shoot down the opposing player. It can get expensive as you buy more pieces, but the base set is a great start.
Strategic fleet battles: Star Wars: Armada
The two-player Star Wars: Armada takes the formula of Star Wars: X-Wing and scales it up to Imperial Star Destroyer and Rebel Alliance frigates, allowing you and a friend to experience what it's like to captain iconic Star Wars warships.
Hardcore strategy: Star Wars: Rebellion
Star Wars: Rebellion is a 2-4 player game that spans the entire Star Wars galaxy. The Empire and Rebellion are in open war, and the team that coordinates troop movements, controls the most territory, and uses their ships more effectively will defeat the opposition.
Extensive campaign: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a long-lasting tactics game where one team controls the armies of the Empire while the other controls an elite Rebel strike team. The full experience contains 30 missions, meaning the game will entertain its recommended 2-5 players for days or even weeks.
Casual card game: Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion
Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion is a simplistic, yet engaging two-player Star Wars card game that anyone can pick up and play, making it excellent if you don't want to think too hard and just have some fun.
Back to the classics: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Monopoly
The 40th Anniversary edition of Star Wars Monopoly takes 2-4 players on a nostalgic trip through beloved moments from the first film, A New Hope, as they compete to own the galaxy in Monopoly fashion — with some Star Wars twists.
Challenge the brain: Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
Star Wars Trivial Pursuit is a trivia game for 2-4 players that makes you answer questions about the Star Wars universe, which can range from very easy to extremely hard. If you like having your brain challenged, or just want to show off, this is the game for you.
Simple strategy: Star Wars Risk
Star Wars Risk offers a simple and easy strategy experience anyone can play, as two teams of 2-4 players duke it out in an epic space battle above the moon of Endor.
If we had to choose
All of these board games are fantastic, but if I had to recommend just one, it would be Star Wars: Force and Destiny because I'm a huge fan of roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, and experiencing that type of game with a Star Wars theme is awesome. Creating your own Jedi, smuggler, soldier, or scoundrel in the Galaxy Far, Far Away presents limitless opportunities for fun.
If you're a fan of deep strategy, the large scale and complex systems of Star Wars: Rebellion will be perfect for you. If you're looking for something on the simpler side, though, Star Wars: Empire Vs. Rebellion is a great bet. It's an easy way to just pick up and play something on Star Wars Day without having to spend hours reading instructions or learning rules.
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