The 8 Best Board Games of 2022

Plan B Games, Cephalofair Games, Keymaster Games
🕚 Updated January 2022

There are a lot of board games out there---more than you could possibly imagine. Plenty of options if you want something new to play, or to surprise the hardcore gamer in your life with a game they don't already own. Here are our picks for the best board games you can buy.

Scroll Table to Left
  Best for Quick Games Best for Families Best for Couples Best for One-on-Ones Best for RPG Fans Best Co-op Best Card Game Best for Long Games
 
  Keymaster Games
Space Park
Alderac Entertainment Group
Cubitos
Plan B Games
Azul
Repos Production
7 Wonders Duel
Cephalofair Games
Gloomhaven
Buffalo Games
60 Second City
Thames & Kosmos
The Crew - Mission Deep Sea
Red Raven Games
The Ancient World
 
Our SummaryBlast off with a concise space adventure that supports up to four players.Partake in the annual Cube Cup, outthink your opponents, and make sure to have a great time in Cubitos.A more casual game with a competitive edge, Azul is all about decorating mosaics better than your opponents.Duke it out in a planet-scale war as you advance through the ages and ensure victory for your nation.This advanced merging of tabletop RPGs and board games bring advanced strategies to a cooperative, dungeon-crawling adventure.Expand your city and defeat the corrupting pollution with quick thinking and a partner at your side.Take a team of up to four other players underwater in this aquatic, card-based adventure.A long-winded strategy game where you have to build up your own civilization to defeat the terrifying titans.
Pros✓ Quick matches
✓ Colorful artwork
✓ Easy to understand
✓ Great for families
✓ Fun balancing
✓ Lots of strategy
✓ Peaceful tone
✓ Unique mechanics
✓ Lots of room for problem-solving
✓ Fairly compact
✓ Great for 1v1's
✓ Strategic
✓ Long, intense matches
✓ Role-playing encouraged
✓ Cooperative
✓ Detailed boards and pieces
✓ Compact
✓ Cooperative
✓ Quick decision making
✓ Cool story
✓ Not a lot of setup required
✓ Cooperative play with up to five players
✓ Lots of strategy
✓ Long matches
✓ Beautiful artwork
Cons✗ Not very advanced or detailed✗ Can potentially take up a lot of space✗ Space-intensive✗ Doesn't work for more than two players
✗ Largely card-based
✗ Expensive
✗ You need a dedicated group to complete it
✗ Limited player count✗ Fans of traditional board games might be disappointed✗ Not great for less experienced players
Scroll Table to Right
Review Geek's expert staff has decades of experience testing and reviewing products. Our recommendations come from countless hours of digging into every product to find its strengths and weaknesses. We then compare that with other related products to help you find the best one for your needs. All of our reviews and product recommendations are done without bias, and we never accept payment in exchange for a review or recommendation. Read More »

The 8 Best Board Games of 2022

Azul, Gloomhaven, and Space Park board games spread out on tables in a collage
Plan B Games, Cephalofair Games, Keymaster Games

We rounded up a nice variety of board game titles that everyone in your family. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly options or something more niche that focuses on a space adventure or a deep-sea mission, we think you’ll love these creative, fun, and immersive board games.

Best for Quick Games: Space Park

Space Park pieces and boards
Keymaster Games

Pros

  • Quick matches
  • Colorful artwork
  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Not very advanced

Board games can be beautiful, intricate masterpieces of design and gameplay that melt the mind and eat up a good chunk of your day. They’re great, but not what you want to bust out when playing with less experienced players, or when you just don’t have the spare time. Space Park differentiates itself, though, by offering fantastic gameplay and design and keeping games brisk (under 30 minutes) while supporting up to four players.

Exploring the galaxy has never been so convenient, and each location you explore grants you “Explorer Points”—the player with the most by the end wins. With fantastic artwork and a premise that’s easy to grasp, this game makes sure you won’t have to spend forever explaining it while still getting a satisfying play session out of it.

Best for Quick Games

Space Park

Explore the galaxy in this brisk, exploration-focused board game.

Best for Families: Cubitos

Cubitos board laid out
Alderac Entertainment Group

Pros

  • Great for families
  • Fun balancing
  • Lots of strategy

Cons

  • Can take up a lot of space

In this fairly recent hit, Cubitos has you partake in the Cube Cup—an annual race full of strategy and hijinks that is sure to be the center of attention for your next family game night. The fastest in the pack wins the game, and with plenty of items available to give yourself the edge, there are a lot of strategies to consider. But be careful—going too fast causes you to lose everything so even if it looks like there’s a clear winner, that could change with one misstep. With such a balanced system, it means it’s anyone’s game right until the very end.

Best for Families

Cubitos

With colorful artwork and an easy-to-grasp premise, this game is perfect for your next family game night.

Best for Couples: Azul

Azul board game box
Plan B Games

Pros

  • Peaceful tone
  • Unique mechanics
  • Lots of room for problem-solving

Cons

  • Space-intensive

Azul works with up to four players, but if you’re looking for a relaxed board game that still has a competitive edge to play with your significant other, it definitely delivers. Instead of civilization-building epics or planet-scaling wars, Azul keeps things simple–you’re just decorating mosaics after all. But with points rewarded for proper tile placement, there’s a lot of puzzle-solving and planning that must be done to ensure victory.

Best for Couples

Azul

A peaceful game about decorating mosaics that still has a competitive edge.

Best for One-on-Ones: 7 Wonders Duel

7 Wonders Duel board game pieces
Repos Production

Pros

  • Fairly compact
  • Great for 1v1's
  • Strategic

Cons

  • Limited player count
  • Largely card-based

If you’re only playing against one person and that player knows their stuff when it comes to board games, you want something to play where you both can stretch your strategic muscles. 7 Wonders Duel offers just that as a tweaked version of the popular 7 Wonders gameDuel sees you taking control over your chosen civilization and seeing it progress through the ages to victory. Wage war, advance technology, and most importantly, ensure the utter and magnificent defeat of your opponent.

Best for One-on-Ones

7 Wonders Duel

Duke it out in one of the best 1v1 board games ever released.

Best for RPG Fans: Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven board game box
Cephalofair Games

Pros

  • Long, intense matches
  • Role-playing encouraged
  • Cooperative
  • Detailed boards and pieces

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You need a dedicated group to complete it

Are you ready for an adventure?

Gloomhaven merges strategic board games and tabletop RPGs into one intense dungeon-crawling adventure. You and up to three other players all play a different adventurer—each with their own skills—and work together to clear out tombs, find loot, and progress the story. Matches are long (up to two hours in length), but the in-depth decisions you make keep things engrossing the entire way through. With so many options and roleplay being actively encouraged, this game is highly replayable—especially as you get new people to try it out.

Best for RPG Fans

Gloomhaven

Merge board games and tabletop RPGs fans together in this cooperative, dungeon-crawling tale.

Best Fast-Paced Co-op: 60 Second City

60 Second City board and pieces
Buffalo Games

Pros

  • Compact
  • Cooperative
  • Quick decision making

Cons

  • Limited player count

Competitive games are great and all, but working together is also fun and 60 Second City allows you to do that with infrastructure. Turns are quick, and both players will have to make the right choice for the city to prevent the corrupting pollution from taking over. Complete the necessary goals to protect the city and build the perfect metropolis, all in less than 30 minutes per match.

Best Co-op

60 Second City

A two-person challenge where you have to think fast to save your city from the corrupting pollution.

Best Card Game: The Crew – Mission Deep Sea

The Crew - Mission Deep Sea cards laid out
Thames & Kosmos

Pros

  • Cool story
  • Not a lot of setup required
  • Cooperative play with up to five players

Cons

  • Fans of traditional board games might be disappointed

You don’t need fancy pieces or extravagant boards to have a good time; cards are enough to tell grand tales and provide excellent gameplay. 2019’s The Crew – The Quest for Planet Nine was a great example of this, and now the series is back. The new follow-up game, The Crew – Mission Deep Sea, takes you and up to four other players on an aquatic, co-op adventure where you progress the narrative, make strategic choices together and conquer the increasingly difficult challenges. Working together is key here, and one false move can put the entire team at risk.

Best Card Game

The Crew - Mission Deep Sea

Only using cards and a few simple pieces, The Crew still manages to create an enthralling experience.

Best for Long Games: The Ancient World

The Ancient City board and pieces laid out
Red Raven Games

Pros

  • Lots of strategy
  • Long matches
  • Beautiful artwork

Cons

  • Not great for less experienced players

Want an expansive, long-winded game that gives you something to show for it? The Ancient World sees you and up to three other players building expansive, fantastical civilizations to defend yourselves from other players and the invading Titans. In it, you can manage resources, enjoy the gorgeous artwork, and build a narrative for your kingdom as you fight these massive beasts. Matches take, at minimum, one hour to play through, but you can expect that to increase drastically if you have a game full of players who really know what they’re doing.

Settle in for the long haul, and see who’s best fit to rid the world of these massive terrifying monsters once and for all.

Best for Long Games

The Ancient World

Build a fantastical civilization and defeat titans in this advanced strategy game.

Eric Schoon Eric Schoon
Eric Schoon is a writer for Review Geek and has spent most of his life thinking about and analyzing products of all shapes and sizes. From the latest games to the hottest smartphones, he enjoys finding the greatest strengths and weaknesses of everything he gets his hands on and then passing that information on to you. Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support Review Geek.