As you're searching for Black Friday deals on things that plug into your PC, don't forget the value of unplugging for a while too. Leaving your desktop and playing a game on your dining room table is a great way to spend a few hours, especially if friends or family are visiting. And the board game business is booming like never before, meaning lots of exciting options to choose from.
Many of those games are pretty darn pricey, however. A big board game can cost far more than even a new triple-A videogame. So Black Friday is a good time to look for a deal on a discounted board game to ease the strain on your wallet.
Below we've picked a bunch of our favorite board games that are on sale for Black Friday. Whether you're looking for long strategy sessions, games you can finish in a quick 30 minutes, or something in between, all the games on our list are smartly designed with enough depth to play them again and again.
Not every board game we love is on sale for Black Friday (unfortunately). Some of our favorites haven't been marked down at all, and others are discounted but not as much as we've seen in the past. The ones on our list below are genuinely good deals, though, and you're sure to find something you like.
We've noted how many players each game is intended for, and roughly how long it'll take to play them.
Best Board Game Deals
Gloomhaven | 1-4 players | Time to play: 1-2 hours
$139.99 $84.99 at Amazon (save $55)
Picture Diablo, but on your dining room table. This dungeon crawler challenges you to battle monsters, level up, and make choices that change the narrative each time you play.
Twilight Imperium | 3-6 players | Time to play: 4-8 hours
$164.99 $119.99 at Amazon (save $45)
This space opera featuring war, conquest, diplomacy, and trade is like your favorite 4X game come to life. One of the most epic board games ever made.
Ticket to Ride: Europe| 2-5 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$54.99 $18.49 at Amazon (save $36.50)
Build railroad tracks and connect cities across Europe in this classic and easy-to-learn game. It’s really a must-have for any board game lovers, and this is the cheapest it’s been.
Small World of Warcraft | 2-5 players | Time to play: 40-80 minutes
$59.99 $38.39 at Amazon (save $21.60)
A World of Warcraft-themed skin on the board game Small World, with a set of mechanics and clever twists to make the game of rising and falling empires new and fresh for the Alliance and Horde.
Betrayal at House on the Hill | 3-6 players | Time to play: 40-90 minutes
$49.99 $28.34 at Amazon (save $21.65)
Use tiles to build a haunted mansion and then try to escape with your life. Work together with other players, but beware—one of them is a traitor.
Mysterium| 2-7 players | Time to play: 40-45 minutes
$54.99 $35.19 at Amazon (save $19.80)
One player is a ghost, the other players are psychics whose job it is to figure out who murdered the ghost, with what weapon, and where. Problem is, the ghost can only communicate through mysterious, strange visions. If the psychics can get enough clues, they solve the mystery and everybody wins.
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective| 1-8 players | Time to play: 90 minutes
$49.99 $36.39 at Amazon (save $13.60)
Explore Victorian London in this co-op detection game, where you look for clues, talk to witness, and unravel labyrinthine cases. Can you solve it faster than Sherlock himself? No. But it’s still great fun.
Codenames| 2-8 players | Time to play: 15-20 minutes
$19.95 $11.49 at Amazon (save $8.46)
Amazingly fun social word game that challenges you to get inside the mind of your teammates by trying to guess what their one-word clues mean. Easy to learn and great for parties. There’s also a specific 2-player version.
7 Wonders Duel| 2 players | Time to play: 30 minutes
$34.99 $21.13 at Amazon (save $13.86)
One of the best two-player board game out there. A tense game of civilization-building that revolves around card drafting. It’s a lot like the multiplayer game of the same name but it’s deftly focused around the battle between two instead of many.
Minecraft: Builders and Biomes | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$39.99 $17.49 at Amazon (save $22.50)
I guess this is one way your kids from playing Minecraft all day. But seriously, it’s a fun game about strategic resource collecting and exploring, suitable for both kids and adults.
Azul | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-35 minutes
$39.99 $15.99 at Amazon (save $24)
A clever mix of spatial and mathematical tile placement. Near anyone can grasp the basics, but mastering which tiles to draft from the center and how you can place them is a brilliant conundrum.