Top 10 Best Board Games in NZ

A game is a competitive activity that involves mental or physical exertion, skill, chance and strategy. Games typically involve a contest of skill, physical strength, and sometimes both. Games allow people to learn and practice skills such as coordination, strategy, problem-solving and learning through play.

Board games are also fun for all ages and great for family gatherings. They provide great entertainment and a challenge for the whole family.

Board games are played on a board, which is a “map” to decide where pieces move. Playing pieces include game tokens that represent people, animals and objects. The board may show a landscape or arrangement of the playing pieces; both may be altered during the course of the play.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the best board games from different eras and different genres, from fun and silly to strangely deep. 

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How to choose the Best Board Game for you

Before you search online and buy your first board game, there are some things to consider. These include the age range that the game is aimed at, the level of difficulty, and whether or not it has lasting appeal.

Board games are an age-old form of entertainment. Generations have enjoyed playing them over the years. From classics such as Monopoly to contemporary favourites like Pandemic, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with this genre of games.


How do you know which game You’ll enjoy playing most?

The following are some of the things that you should consider when choosing a board game:

Age Range – Some games are meant to be played with children; others are not. Depending on the game, it may be meant for children over the age of 8 years old.

Rules – Some games have very complex rules and they can be difficult to follow. This can cause frustration if players aren’t able to wrap their heads around them. Look at the rules before you buy the game so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. If there are too many rules, then you may want to look into another game.

Complexity – Some board games are very complicated. If you’re playing against someone who seems to have an upper hand, then you may want to consider a more complex game for more enjoyment.

There are so many things that can be said about the best board games in the world. The truth is that everyone has different tastes when it comes to this genre of entertainment and what may be enjoyable for one person may not be enjoyable for another person. But here we have listed what we think are the best board games ever made.


The Best Board Games NZ


1. Nemesis Semi-Cooperative Miniatures game

Board Game

The game is designed to be an intense and rewarding experience, with many climactic moments. The goal of the player should be to survive the ship for as long as possible and get back to Earth in one piece. At the beginning of the game, players will be dealt two objectives out of a pool of five. 

Secretly, one player will be The Traitor and his goal is to sabotage his fellow players by preventing them from completing their objectives. The Traitor’s identity is kept secret until the end of the game but he will have to play in exactly the same way as all other players. This creates an interesting interplay between cooperation and betrayal that we think creates a special bond between people who meet in these kinds of situations.


2. Expedition to Newdale

Expedition to Newdale

Expedition to Newdale is a game where you play as one of the lords of Newdale who would like to keep the kingdom safe. The goal is to develop new regions and make sure that they are thriving enough by going through adventures and having loyal citizens. 

You also need to prove your loyalty to the king by keeping him happy with your actions. But you won’t know if there are any rebels in the kingdom until you go through a scenario, so it’s important for one player not to be too eager about their loyalty because that’s when they’ll be found out! There are multiple scenarios in this game that helps provide variation from time-to-time, but also allow for players who want an immersive story experience.


3. Doom Board Games

The Board Game

This is an interesting game that involves two different roles, the invader and a cooperative team. The board game is based on a video game of the same name. The board includes spaces for objectives like restoring power to Union Aerospace Corporation’s facility or manning expedition into Hell in order to explore it. Players move around the spaces in their turn and do what is instructed or face the consequences.


4. Whistle Mountain

Whistle Mountain

In Whistler Mountain, you leave the ground with blimps, dreadnoughts and hot air balloons. The game is a standalone game that has a nod to Whistle Stop. One of the major differences in this board game is that it is set in the Rocky Mountains where there are resources and technology. 

Workers build an industry on these mountains and you need to build tall scaffolds as they collect resources while being careful not to cause flooding below. Resources are different every time as they depend on what players build in this area, and each game evolves differently. You have to choose between acquiring new abilities or building all sorts of contraptions which makes the replayability for this board.


5. Alone Core Board Game

Alone Board Game

This is an exciting game that takes place between a group of players, one of which has to play the role of the hero and complete challenges, this player can’t see the whole map and will have to rely on his memory in order to remember where the traps and dangers are located. The other 3 players will try to stop the hero from completing his missions, by planting traps and setting events, and since this is a cooperative game all of the players have to have the same objectives in mind. The game will be made playable with only 2 or 3 people since it’s not a competitive game, only a cooperative one.


6. Hallertau


The Hallertau is a region in Bavaria, Germany that produces hops and prides itself on being the first in Middle Europe. In 1850, it was what it is today. You are the chief of this small Bavarian village. Your goal is to increase your wealth and prestige through the supply of goods from agriculture and sheep breeding to local crafts folk and other villages in Hallertau.


7. Monopoly + Monopoly Madness

Monopoly + Monopoly Madness

Monopoly is a board game where players own property, draw cards, and negotiate with other players to buy properties that can increase the value of their wealth. Monopoly for Nintendo Switch is a board game that was released on November 2nd 2019 by Hasbro. It is made up of three different versions; The traditional Monopoly board game, Monopoly for Nintendo Switch which brings the classic with its 3D city at the centre of the board, and then they have also released Monopoly Madness which includes shorter rounds and some new features like collecting resources.


8. Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars is a minigame collection for the Nintendo Switch. It includes boards from Mario Party games as well as some of the minigames. The game is made up of 5 classic boards from Mario Party games and it also has a selection of minigames that have been released throughout the series. Some examples include Mushroom Mix-Up, Shy Guy Says and Free Play where you can practice different types of Minigames in these modes.


9. Rambo Board Game

Rambo - The Board Game

The board game has been themed in order to make it as realistic a playing experience as possible. The board game is cooperative, which means that the players work together and use teamwork to defeat the opponent. There is also a tactical aspect to the game. The player must make strategic decisions while they are playing. Scenarios are heavily reliant on their situation and how they choose to react, so every single decision can be life or death.


10. Catan 


The game is set on Catan, an island with rich flora and fauna and mountainous terrain.  Players are trying to establish new settlements on the land. Players use resources to build roads, houses, cities and other settlements. To win the game, you must have 10 “victory points”. You can gain victory points by expanding your player’s settlements in clever ways.