The best board games of the 2020s 2024

Looking for a board game classic from the 2020s? We have compared the best board games from the 2020s and listed them in an overview.

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The best board game classics from the 2020s

In this overview, we've listed the best board games from the 2020s that you can 2024 still buy on Amazon:

This list was last updated on April 18, 2024. We compared 1363 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. MicroMacro: Crime City

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    MicroMacro: Crime City is a unique detective game that immerses players into a detailed and expansive cityscape to solve intriguing crimes. The game centers around a large, detailed map of a city where various crimes have occurred. Players become detectives tasked with unraveling these mysteries using the clues scattered across the city.

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. So Clover!

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    So Clover! is a cooperative word-association game that challenges players to think creatively and work together. The essence of the game is to generate and guess keywords based on shared features, aiming to achieve the highest possible team score.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Cascadia

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    Cascadia is a tile-laying and token-drafting board game that features the rich habitats and diverse wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. It combines strategic tile placement with wildlife conservation themes.

    Nominated for 24 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. The Crew: Mission Deep Sea

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    The Crew: Mission Deep Sea is a cooperative trick-taking card game that embarks players on an underwater expedition to discover the lost continent of Mu. Building on the foundations of its predecessor, The Crew, this game combines the familiar mechanics of trick-taking with unique cooperative elements and a compelling thematic narrative.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. The Castles of Burgundy: Special Edition

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    The Castles of Burgundy: Special Edition revitalizes Stefan Feld's classic strategy game for 1-4 players, where participants embody aristocrats managing their princedoms. This special edition, a collaboration between Ravensburger and Awaken Realms, elevates the game with a full art redesign, premium materials, and enhanced components, offering a luxurious playing experience as players build their settlements, castles, and engage in trade.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 70 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  6. MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House

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    MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House is a captivating detective game that expands upon the original MicroMacro: Crime City. Players become sleuths, examining a giant city map (75 x 110 cm) filled with intricate details to solve various crimes. This edition includes 16 new cases, each offering a unique story and set of challenges that require players to scrutinize the map to uncover hidden information and trace suspects' movements.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Ready Set Bet

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 9 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Heat: Pedal to the Metal

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    Heat: Pedal to the Metal is a dynamic and strategic racing board game that simulates the thrill and intricacies of car racing. It offers players a chance to experience the excitement of racing while managing crucial elements like speed, car upgrades, and varying track conditions.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Top Ten

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 4 - 9 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. HITSTER

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    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Splendor Duel

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    Splendor Duel is an intriguing two-player game that builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, Splendor, enhancing it with new layers of strategy and competitiveness. Designed specifically for two players, this standalone game maintains the core elements of Splendor while introducing novel twists and mechanics, making it more dynamic and interactive.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

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    Unmatched: Cobble & Fog is a captivating expansion to the Unmatched system, featuring a quartet of iconic characters drawn from literary lore, each with their unique playstyle and abilities. This expansion introduces the Invisible Man, Sherlock Holmes with Dr. Watson, Dracula along with the sisters, and the duo of Jekyll & Hyde, all brought to life in a highly asymmetrical miniature fighting game.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Sea Salt & Paper

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    Sea Salt & Paper is a set collection card game that combines strategic decision-making with the excitement of timing your moves just right. Similar to Rummy in gameplay, it involves collecting sets of cards to score points, while also navigating the timing of when to end the round for optimal advantage.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

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    King of Tokyo: Dark Edition is a limited collector's edition of the popular game King of Tokyo. Set in an alternative, darker version of Tokyo, this edition brings a new level of intensity to the battle for control of the city.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Project L

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    Project L is a dynamic and visually appealing board game that combines tile-matching with engine-building elements. It's designed to challenge players with its strategic depth, encapsulated within an elegant and simple design. The game features unique triple-layer 3D puzzles and attractive acrylic pieces, making it not only a test of intellect but also a delight to play.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Lands of Galzyr

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Stella: Dixit Universe

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. MicroMacro: Crime City – All In

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    MicroMacro: Crime City – All In is the latest installment in the MicroMacro: Crime City series, offering players a new district of the black-and-white, crime-ridden metropolis known as Crime City to explore. This edition comes with a fresh, large city map that connects seamlessly with the maps from previous games, presenting 16 new and more complex crime cases for players to solve.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Trio

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game

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    Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game brings the epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance to your tabletop. This two-player game captures the essence of the Star Wars universe, offering a dynamic and strategic experience where players build their decks and battle to destroy each other's bases.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Marvel United: X-Men

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    Marvel United: X-Men is an expansion to the cooperative board game Marvel United, focusing on the beloved X-Men universe. This game invites players to embody iconic Marvel heroes, joining forces to thwart the nefarious schemes of a villain who is orchestrating their master plan behind the scenes. With a mix of strategy, collaboration, and superhero flair, this game brings the X-Men's battles and stories to life on the tabletop.

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Grove: A 9 card solitaire game

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    • 1 Players
    • 5 - 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Dorfromantik: The Board Game

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2023

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Marvel United

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    Marvel United is a cooperative board game where players take on the roles of Marvel superheroes, working together to thwart the plans of a powerful villain, who is controlled by the game mechanics.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Dune: Imperium

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    Dune: Imperium is a strategic deck-building game inspired by the iconic Dune universe, incorporating elements from both the recent film adaptation and the classic novels. Players lead one of the Great Houses in the interstellar political landscape of the Landsraad.

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Next Station: London

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    Next Station: London invites players to take on the role of project managers tasked with the ambitious job of redesigning London's iconic underground network. The game challenges players to strategically optimize connections, incorporate as many of the city's landmarks as possible, and efficiently use the tunnels under the Thames, all while adhering to the city's specific requirements.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Destinies

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    Destinies is a unique blend of board gaming and digital app integration, offering a rich, competitive, story-driven experience set in a dark medieval-fantasy universe. It is the first game in a series utilizing the innovative Destinies system.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 3 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Zombie Teenz Evolution

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Zombie Teenz Evolution

    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by The Dice Tower
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Meeple University
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Scorpion Masqué
      Video is in English
  29. Carcassonne: 20th Anniversary Edition

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    Carcassonne: 20th Anniversary Edition celebrates two decades since the beloved tile-placement game Carcassonne won the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award. This special edition not only commemorates the game's lasting appeal but also enhances the classic experience with new and exclusive content. Players continue to draw and place tiles depicting the picturesque landscapes of southern France, aiming to strategically deploy their meeples—be it as knights, robbers, monks, or farmers—to score points by completing cities, roads, cloisters, and fields.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. My City

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    My City is a groundbreaking competitive legacy game where players develop their own city across multiple epochs. This game uniquely blends city-building with the evolving challenges and narratives of a legacy format.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for My City
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for My City

    • YouTube Review for the game "My City" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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