The best games set in the Cold War 🧊⚔️ 2024

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 February 25, 2024. We compared 187 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

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    Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 transports you to 1962, at the height of the Cold War, where a mysterious Soviet bioweapon called "Project MEDUSA" threatens global safety. As newly recruited CIA agents and medical graduates, you and your team are tasked with a critical mission: investigate and halt the development of this deadly pathogen. This game stands alone as a thrilling prequel to the earlier seasons of Pandemic Legacy, immersing players in a tense world of espionage and covert operations.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!51€ 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
  2. Twilight Struggle

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    Twilight Struggle offers an immersive journey through a pivotal period in history, where the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation. This two-player game takes place during the forty-five year rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States. Instead of traditional warfare, players engage in a dance of intrigue, prestige, and the occasional outbreak of hostilities. As the superpowers strive to make the world safe for their ideologies, you'll navigate a complex web of politics, espionage, and strategy. The game begins in the aftermath of World War II, with both superpowers scrambling for control, and concludes in 1989, leaving only one superpower standing.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  3. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

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    13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis is a tense, strategic two-player game set during the critical moments of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It captures the high-stakes Cold War atmosphere, offering a rich thematic experience in just 45 minutes. The game challenges players to navigate complex dilemmas, such as choosing between gaining prestige or risking global nuclear war, and strategically managing their hand of cards to outmaneuver their opponent.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Kompromat

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Secrets

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 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. Vienna Connection

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Cold War: CIA vs KGB

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    Cold War: CIA vs. KGB is a strategic game that immerses players into the tense and intricate world of espionage and global manipulation in the aftermath of World War II. As the head of either the CIA or the KGB, players engage in a delicate dance of influence, using spies, double agents, and any means at their disposal to sway foreign governments towards their ideology. The game captures the essence of the Cold War, where indirect actions, influence, and subterfuge define the struggle for global supremacy rather than direct military engagements.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cold War: CIA vs KGB
    • 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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    1960: The Making of the President is a captivating and strategic two-player board game that immerses players in the historical and intense presidential election of 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

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    • 2 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism

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    • 1 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Space Explorers

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Spy Connection

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 11% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Spy Connection
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!13€ atAmazon.de*
  13. Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. 1989: Dawn of Freedom

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    • 2 Players
    • 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Third Edition)

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 45 - 360 Minutes
    • 15+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Angola

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 480 Minutes
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Days of Ire: Budapest 1956

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Modern Land Battles: Target Acquired

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

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    • 2 Players
    • 13 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Covert

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    🔥 Deal: 37% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!56€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Europe Divided

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. 1955: The War of Espionage

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. 1969

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. LEADERS: The Combined Strategy Game

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de*
  28. Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest

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    • 1 - 3 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 90 - 300 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  30. Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2

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    • 4 Players
    • 180 - 200 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

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