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 February 24, 2021. We compared 37 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  3. Twilight Struggle

    All details for the board game Twilight Struggle and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  4. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

    All details for the board game 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism

    All details for the board game Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism and similar games
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. 1960: The Making of the President

    All details for the board game 1960: The Making of the President and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  7. Iron Curtain

    All details for the board game Iron Curtain and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de
  8. Secrets

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Secrets
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 35 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Secrets

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Secrets" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Secrets" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  9. 1989: Dawn of Freedom

    All details for the board game 1989: Dawn of Freedom and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  10. Cold War: CIA vs KGB

    All details for the board game Cold War: CIA vs KGB and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  11. Angola

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime480 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  12. Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War

    All details for the board game Confusion:  Espionage and Deception in the Cold War and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Days of Ire: Budapest 1956

    All details for the board game Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  14. Wir sind das Volk!

    All details for the board game Wir sind das Volk! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Wir sind das Volk!
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    💸 Too expensive!25€ atAmazon.de
  15. Space Explorers

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Fire in the Lake

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Fire in the Lake
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  17. Quartermaster General: The Cold War

    All details for the board game Quartermaster General: The Cold War and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Quartermaster General: The Cold War

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Quartermaster General: The Cold War" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  18. Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Third Edition) and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime45 - 360 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. Blue Water Navy: The War at Sea

    All details for the board game Blue Water Navy: The War at Sea and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 960 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  20. 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

    All details for the board game 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime13 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Covert

    All details for the board game Covert and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  22. 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
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime90 - 300 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  23. Europe Divided

    All details for the board game Europe Divided and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Europe Divided
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 75 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  24. Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2

    All details for the board game Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2 and similar games
    • Players4 Players
    • Playtime180 - 200 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de
  25. Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest

    All details for the board game Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest and similar games
    • Players1 - 3 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  26. 1969

    All details for the board game 1969 and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 1969
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!45€ atAmazon.de
  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
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime120 - 720 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme
  28. 1955: The War of Espionage

    All details for the board game 1955: The War of Espionage and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Vietnam 1965-1975

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

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Vietnam 1965-1975
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime360 - 6000 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  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
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

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