Board games are a great way to pass the time between friends. Just like video games, or any other game out there actually, they can provide entertainment and hours and hours of fun for everyone involved. Here are five board games based on videogames that we think are totally awesome.
- The Witcher Adventure Game
Imagine this, four players sitting around one board, taking on the roles of Geralt, Dendelion, Triss, and Yarpen. All four are trying their hardest to complete each and every single quest across the Northern Kingdoms, but in the end, only one will be named victor. Who it will be depends on your skills and cunning, because in this board game, only those who can outwit the others the most will win. That’s not to say that the battlefield is not fair for all players, as each one has a special die apart from the main one that allows the players to use their own personal skills in order to get ahead of the others. Still, that alone cannot guarantee victory, and each game can take an expectant turn for the better or the worse every time. Prepare to spend hours and hours immersed in this game, especially if you’re a fan of the series.
- Doom: The Board Game
In Doom: The Board Game, two to five players can come together for all the fun, one of which will play as one of the spawns of Hell, and four of which will play as marines who are doing their best to survive. There are two operations that players will be taking on here, with six missions each, called Black Bishop and Exodus. Just like in Bethesda’s original video game, the marines’ goal is to restore the facilities and explore the very depths, while the one player commanding all the demons must stop them from reaching Hell itself. All this makes for one hell—no pun intended—of a tabletop adventure.
- Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game
Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game, is very similar to the actual videogames, so if you’ve played any of those and enjoyed it, then you’ll most likely enjoy the board game as well. Just like in the video game, the goal of this board game is to build a city, fight battles, defend your territory, and basically guide a whole civilization on its way to making it to the top. Two to four players will engage in a battle of wits and critical thinking as they attempt to advance further than the other players.
- Gears of War: The Board Game
Gears of War tells the story of a special operations soldier assigned to lead a mission to save humanity by destroying the Locust Horde in a fictional planet called Sera, which is already on the brink of destruction. In this board game adaptation, four players will take on the roles of Marcus, Dom, Augustus, and Damon of the Delta Team, going on one of the seven missions, each on of them randomly constructed and with different objectives and enemies. Even the map layouts are generated at random as well. Teamwork is extremely important here if you want to finish the missions, as each player’s contribution will give an advantage to the team against the enemy.
- Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia
Bioshock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game released for various consoles in 2013. The game takes place in a fictional steampunk city called Columbia, from which this board game’s name comes from. Two to four players, either independently or as a team of two, play as either the insurgents “Vox Populi” or the counter revolutionary “Founders” in their battle to control the city. The players will also have to deal with other NPCs, Booker and Elizabeth, who has no other purpose in the board game other than to ruin the players’ lives. These NPCs move across the board according to a randomly selected timesheet, messing up strategies and generally just wreaking havoc. If you’re a fan of Bioshock Infinite, then there’s absolutely no reason for you not to try this board game out, too.
What about you? Are you a fan of board games too, especially those based on video games? Or is there a video game in your mind that you think would be perfect to be a board game? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.