It has been a while since Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker has landed. The ending of the Star Wars saga, at least for now. But no matter. A Star Wars story never ends, if you play Star Wars board games. So here it is! Best Star Wars board games – the TOP 10 list 2020.
We aimed to collect a list of different type games that would fit strategy, family board game lovers, miniature, war, skirmish game fans, as well as children so that everyone could find their way to experience Star Wars once again.
Here is the list of games that we cover in this article. This list randomly ordered, meaning that no game is better or worse.
Table of Contents
Risk: Star Wars Edition (2015)
Recommended to: easy, quick, light-strategy game lovers, war game fans, Star Wars Fans
1. Great 2 player experience 2. Super easy to learn and start playing 3. Re-creates the Return of the Jedi / Death Star destruction events 4. Exciting multitask feel
1. If you expect a risk theme – it is not really here 2. Not the best choice for experienced players
Risk: Star Wars edition board game – the battle of Death Star. This is how I like to call it. A game for 2-4 players, with 40 min playtime, that is best for 2 Players. Any other number of players typically do not perform at its optimal level.
The game simultaneously progresses over 3 different battles. Spaceship battle over Death Star, Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker fight, and the Battle of Endor, where Rebels aim to deactivate the shields of Death Star.
In Risk: Star Wars edition board game players draw cards that have multiple action alternatives, such as attacking with Darth Vader, using a Death Star to blow something up, moving and attacking with a fleet, working towards shields’ deactivation and more. These actions are implemented with dice, such as throwing a number of dice based on the number of units, and succeeding or failing an action based on the dice values.
For example, if you roll a 5 or 6 while using a Death Star action, you get to destroy a tile on the board that usually has rebel units on it. The very same is with Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker’s fight and shield destruction actions.
The good things about the game are that it is really easy to play. There are not many rules, and the sets of actions available are easy to understand. In addition to that, the thematic feel is decent, you get to do all sorts of Star Wars stuff that were the most dramatic in the series. Finally, the game offers quite a good value, in terms of components and game value, based on the price. It is certainly one of the cheaper options out there.
On the other hand, the game is certainly not for everyone. For more experienced gamers the light strategy options and lots of dice rolling is not really what they are looking for. Furthermore, once you replay more, you sort of understanding what strategy for each side you need to follow, which makes replayability not that rewarding. But still, you kind of enjoy coming back to much loved Star Wars board game!
1. Pretty decent Carcassonne version 2. Cute little meeples keep fighting over planets, HA!
1. Probably the most ridiculous Star Wars edition idea “Hey that field of asteroids is mine!”
This is sort of a weird game to be in a Star Wars theme, but it is pretty funny. It is similar to the original Carcassonne board game, but with some theme and rule adjustments. Instead of routes, castles, and cathedrals, players construct space trade-routes, planets, and asteroid fields! Yea and every player selects one of the famous Star Wars characters to represent – including Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, or just a casual Stromtrooper!
The main difference between a casual Carcassonne and Carcassonne Star Wars is conflict! Yes, another Star Wars-themed game, with another conflict aspect, even in Carcassonne board game! So in this game players are actually capable of placing their meeples onto already claimed planets, which results in combat between two meeples! Roll dice to find out who is the final owner of a planet, and collect as much galactic stuff as you can!
1. One of the best Star Wars board games for serious gamers 2. Strong feel of a Star Wars theme
1. Long playtime 2. Combat system makes players… sleepy (improved by Rise of the Empire expansion)
If miniature-war games do not feel the same as true board games to you, hands down, this is the best board game with Star Wars theme. You got 2 boards, long, deep, strategic gameplay, and a strong immersion into Star Wars theme that will keep you very delightful most of the time.
Star Wars Rebellion board game – experience an epic conflict over all the galaxy – disrupt Galactic Empire plans to conquer the galaxy as a member of Rebel Alliance or spread your enormously gigantic Galactic Empire army all over the galaxy to sniff out the rebel base and destroy it!
What a clever, beautifully looking game. The amount of components is HUGE, you can really feel the thematic impact. Players implement actions & missions that sort of let you experience the excitement once again: stealing valuable intelligence, blowing up planets, control of Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, Star Destroyers, even the Death Star. Plus, you get to meet the famous characters from episodes 4, 5 or 6, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Emperor Palpatine or Darth Vader and more.
There are two main negative points about the game, its length and quiet boring combat system, especially with a larger amount of units. However, this has been improved by the expansion of Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire. In fact, most of the players who try the expansion, they never ever choose to play the core set without it. The expansion improves the gameplay overall without extending the playtime.
1. One of the best Star Wars exploration board games out there 2. Two Modes: 1 Player vs other players; Coop mode against AI 3. Vast replay value
1. Takes time to learn 2. Balance issues as with the most asymmetric type games
Star Wars Imperial Assault board game brings you right back into the story of Star Wars, after Death Star destruction, where one player controls the empire troops and attacks rebel players. Each rebel controls unique characters, collect items & implement missions, while collectively defending against the Imperial Player or a computer-simulated AI player. This is a thematic re-implementation of the original DESCENT: JOURNEYS IN THE DARK board game. Also, this is a campaign-style game that can be finished through a number of game nights, so having a constant group of players is strongly recommended.
Starting with positives, this is a really well-made game with a strong Star Wars theme influence, original characters having their own unique abilities, and detailed storyline, which is reflected by quests and tasks that personally relate to every character of the game. In addition to that, the game can be played in a cooperative mode that is supported by the Imperial Assault Companion App, where players compete against AI Imperial Player.
The negative thing about this game is rather complicated rules, as well as lack of balance that is indicated by the players. Of course, this is inter-related… To make it as balanced as possible, you need to get it right with every detail of the rules, which will take time as there is a lot of reading to do.
But if you are a true Star Wars fan that is into a campaign, role-play games, Star Wars Imperial Assault board game is probably the best game for you.
1. Superb miniatures! Just look at that Star Destroyer! 2. Well made mechanics that make game interesting and balanced
1. Need expansions to experience the game fully
Star Wars Armada board game is a Star Wars space battle miniature game that has some similarity to Star Wars: X-Wing (covered below in the list as well), as the action is around spaceship battles for two players. But that is probably the only similarity, as this game is quite different. Mainly, it is a lot larger scale, as you control not only Squadrons (small, tiny space-ships) but huge ships – and one of them is a Star Ship!
First of all, if you are a miniatures fan – those models look stunning. They are amazing, and lots of expansions provide you even more ship miniatures, that make the game more exciting and enjoyable.
What is more, the game introduces an interesting mechanic – time delayed commands – were players prepare and select actions to be done for future turns. Maybe the feel of the game is slower than X-Wing, as a large part of the game you are positioning yourselves to have the epic battle, but it also feels more “grand” as it truly seems that the stakes of the game are just higher.
If you are not sure which game you would like more our recommendation would be X-Wing for a more of a beginner gamer, and Armada for the ones that already had plenty of experience with miniatures and war board games, especially considering that this game requires a larger sum to invest.
1. Great looking miniature spaceships 2. Rich gameplay, detailed mechanics 3. Easy to start, quick to play
1. Very few miniatures in the base game edition
Fly your rebel fleet to a victorious space battle! Or crush the remaining rebel forces to end the conflict once and for all with the empire space force! Select and upgrade your space crafts, outmaneuver and defeat your opponent’s fleet!
Star Wars X wing miniatures board game is a strategic war game where players control rebel or empire fleet spaceships to battle each other. A tactically detailed, fast-paced, quick to play game with beautiful miniatures that are perfect for Star Wars fans that enjoy war games.
The great thing about the game is that you can play it numerous times per night. As a result, you do not feel that bad if you lose like in those super long strategy war games, as you can certainly get your revenge immediately quick and easy!
A very detailed game mechanics! Control each ship’s actions & flight patterns, predict your opponent’s actions to counter them. But be careful, there is always a luck factor, even a new player has real chances to win this!
The disadvantage of the game is the small number of miniatures included in the base game edition. And since the game not only looks great but also plays great, BE CAREFUL if you are a Star Wars Fan, because this game just might empty your pockets once you see those expansions and miniatures that look great and make the game even better.
1. One of the best War Miniature games out there 2. Good replay value 3. Well balanced gameplay
1. Requires large investments to experience the top-level gameplay
Star Wars: Legion – another miniature war game. Yes. But this time, this is a ground battle war game. Great looking unpainted miniatures with iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (both included in the core set).
The game offers lots of new mechanics that feel incomparably different than other minis in our list, which introduces lots of tactical variabilities, making repeat gameplay different. It is also slightly cheaper than other Star Wars miniature games out there, with endless opportunities to expand the core set…
We will not elaborate more on this one. If you are unsure which miniature game to pick, and you are not that huge fan of space fights, get this one. Just be sure to understand the expansions will pull you like a dark side of the force, and you are going to enjoy every second of it.
1. A decent party type board game with Star Wars theme
1. More complicated images decrease smoothness of the game
If you ever wondered if there is a Star Wars party game… Yes, there is. And it is Dobble Star Wars. Same old Dobble also called Spot It, but with Star Wars references on cards.
If you are a fan of Dobble, and not a Star Wars fan, our advice is to play the original Dobble. The game is lightly affected by the more complicated and almost universally dark-colored images. This makes naming the pictures a more complicated task that the original game. But if you are a fan of Star Wars, just get on with it. This will certainly be a refreshment for your Star Wars game night.
1. Unique thematic feel 2. A great choice for solo players 3. Pretty good replay value
1. The text size on cards is too small 2. There could be more dice included
The latest Fantasy Flight edition to their Star Wars collection is something different. A thematic strategy game, that is not that combat-war focused.
This is an adventure, exploration game where players control mercenaries, bounty hunters or smuggler characters, with the main goal of the game to become the most famous one in the outer rim. Players take various tasks, such as cargo smuggling, upgrading and/or acquiring ships, recruiting new crew members. In addition to that, each player-controlled character has different special powers that allow them to take advantage of unique game elements. As a result, there is plenty of variabilities that the game offers allowing you to take different strategies to reach victory and experience unique Star Wars Stories.
The negative factors are mainly about the components. There are too few dice included in the base game (the amount is minimal so that 1 player a time could roll them), as well as text on cards being too small. Dice are probably available to purchase separately, as for other Fantasy Flight games, but the text is really the issue here that many players keep telling.
Overall, the game is still a less traditional product that is a success indeed! Experience a thematic, strategic adventure that is not surrounded by conflict or destruction of the other players.
1. Improved monopoly version that introduces Coop/Faction modes! 2. A monopoly that is actually quick to play!!!!!
1. Quality of components could be better
Ye ye, we know, how come there is a Monopoly game on the list! Surprisingly, it sort of does not feel like a Monopoly. In addition to that, we wanted to include more games that are different to help you find what fits your flavor. This game just may be better than the original Monopoly (this is just our opinion).
It is still “roll dice and move” type game, but it introduces some bold changes to the gameplay. First of all – a round board, and planets on it! Players choose their faction – either the Rebels or the Dark Side, and all players focus on conquering planets one by one. The game finishes once all planets are conquered, and factions count how many planets they control to decide the game-winning faction.
Chance (dice rolling) is still the dominant feature as in other Monopoly versions, where players pay Credits whenever they land on a planet that is controlled by a different faction. If a player lacks credits to pay, he must give up the control of its top valuable planet instead of bankruptcy.
Thank you for reading! You finally reached the end of our 10 Best Star Wars board games! We hope you found some useful information here. Let us know what Star Wars board games you play and until the next time everyone!
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