The best games set in the Cold War 🧊⚔️ 2021

Looking for a party game set during the Cold War 🧊⚔️? We have a list of the best 30 Cold War games.

What is the Cold War?

The Cold War was a post-World War II state of geopolitical tension between the powers of the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its satellite states) and the powers of the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies, and others).

Period ca. 1947 to 1989.

Historians do not fully agree on dates, but a common time frame is the period between 1947, (the year the Truman Doctrine was announced, a U.S. foreign policy that pledged to help nations threatened by Soviet expansionism) and either 1989 (when communism fell in Eastern Europe) or 1991 (when the Soviet Union collapsed).

Proxy wars

The term "cold" is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two sides, but both sides each supported large regional wars known as "proxy wars."

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This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 43 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Watergate

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watergate" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!58€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Twilight Struggle

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

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    • 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  4. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de
  5. Secrets

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Secrets
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 35 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Secrets

    • YouTube Review for the game "Secrets" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Secrets" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism

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    • 1 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Cold War: CIA vs KGB

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Iron Curtain

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. 1960: The Making of the President

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    • 2 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Space Explorers

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. 1989: Dawn of Freedom

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    • 2 Players
    • 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Days of Ire: Budapest 1956

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!56€ atAmazon.de
  14. Modern Land Battles: Target Acquired

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Angola

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 480 Minutes
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Quartermaster General: The Cold War

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Quartermaster General: The Cold War

    • YouTube Review for the game "Quartermaster General: The Cold War" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Quartermaster General: The Cold War" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. Wir sind das Volk!

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  18. Covert

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Fire in the Lake

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • Hard to learn
  20. Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Third Edition)

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 45 - 360 Minutes
    • 15+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  21. Europe Divided

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de
  22. 1969

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. 1955: The War of Espionage

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62

    All details for the board game Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 90 - 300 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  25. Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2

    All details for the board game Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2 and similar games
    • 4 Players
    • 180 - 200 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de
  26. Blue Water Navy: The War at Sea

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 960 Minutes
    • Hard to learn
  27. Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987

    All details for the board game Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987 and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 120 - 720 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Very hard to learn
  28. Vietnam 1965-1975

    All details for the board game Vietnam 1965-1975 and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 360 - 6000 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  29. Flight Leader

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  30. Cold War Gone Hot: World War III 1986

    All details for the board game Cold War Gone Hot: World War III 1986 and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • Hard to learn

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