Best Cooperative Board Games

When playing board games there are many ways to win.

You can ruthlessly outsmart your opponents, be lucky enough to beat the rest, or you can work together to complete a common objective.

I personally think that cooperative board games can be much more fun than competitive ones if you have the right game and the right people to play with.

Luckily there are a number of great cooperative board games on the market that span a wide array of different genres and play styles. We collected our very favorites that are the highest rated and most loved by the community.

5 Best Cooperative Board Games

Flash Point

Best Cooperative Board GamesNot a conventional theme for a board game, but that’s one of the reasons I love Flash Point.

You and your friends play the role of firefighters. There are victims trapped in a burning building and it’s your job to work as a team to rescue them.

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As this is a cooperative board game, each player is assigned to a specific role. Their character has certain skills that are helpful to the team.

Flash Point has 2 sets of rules and 3 levels of difficulty making it extremely difficult to get bored by similar situations. It also has a number of expansions that can expand gameplay even further if you exhaust these configurations.

It’s a game that’s easily accessible and is great for all ages. Thanks to the difficulty levels you can play with younger teammates or with more experienced board gamers and still have a great time.

Robinson Crusoe

Best Cooperative board GamesThere was a lot of hype surrounding this game around it’s release, and it didn’t help that the game wasn’t so widely available.

Fortunately a lot of people (including myself) feel that the game lives up to the hype.

Simply put, it’s awesome.

But!

It’s also not easy. The first few plays through unless you’re a board game badass you will very likely get walked all over.

Robinson Crusoe is a gorgeous game that has you wandering through the jungle either playing a cook, a carpenter, an explorer or a soldier. You’ll have to work together to build shelters, craft tools, find food, fight beasts, hunt for treasure and most importantly of all: survive.

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There are 6 rich scenarios you can play out like saving a young lady, becoming a treasure hunter, or exorcising people on a cursed island.

I really feel like they did a fantastic job of making you actually feel like you’re stranded on an island and the difficult but rewarding game mechanics make this one of the best cooperative board games there is.

Eldritch Horror

best cooperative board gamesI feel like I can put Eldritch Horror into the “Best RPG Board Games” category as well as this one.

It’s a the next instalment to the very popular Arkham Horror game, and possible even outshines it.

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An ancient evil is on the loose in the world and you take the role of investigators travelling the globe looking for clues on how to defeat them, solving mysteries and completing objectives.

What’s cool about this game is that alongside your group objective each player will have their own personal story arc too. As both of the stories develop you learn more about the ancient evil and yourselves, which in turn helps you work together to defeat them and save the world.

Eldritch Horror is great at rewarding good teamwork, and all choices affect the other players. For this reason i’d recommend a group of people who will invest themselves into the story narrative. It’s much more fun that way!

Dead of Winter

Best cooperative board gamesIf you’ve been enjoying the recent Zombie trend in popular culture lately, then you’ll love Dead of Winter.

It’s a part of our Top Rated Board Games of 2014 list and has garnered a lot of positive attention since its release.

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You’re already familiar with the starting scenario: you are a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over. Your goal: survive.

It can be played with 2-5 people and is actually surprisingly straightforward to learn and play.

Dead of Winter comes with a set of beautiful cards and pieces that make you really feel like you’re with a bunch of friends in a dire situation.

Fortune and Glory

Best cooperative board gamesFortune and Glory is pretty much Indiana Jones in a board game.

It’s the 1930’s and the world is crumbling under the foot of the Nazis. The evil oppressors are searching the globe for powerful occult artefacts that will aid them in world domination.

 

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You’ll play one of many heroic individuals who are racing around the world to find these artefacts before the world slips into eternal darkness.

Now I know what you’re saying about the price tag, but after purchasing this myself I can say that it’s worth it.

In fact its so rich in gameplay that you don’t even have to play it as a cooperative. You can choose solo mode, competitive mode or team mode.

Fortune and Glory is filled with interesting characters, luck, fate, exciting locations around the world, magic, tribes, gold and much much more.

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