Top Rated Board Games 2014

2014 was a great year for board games.

With 2015 almost halfway through and therefore awards not being given out yet, we thought we’d delve into the best games of 2014.

There were a lot of great games that came out last year but for the purposes of this list, we wanted to narrow it down to our 5 favorites.


Without further ado, here are the…

Top Rated Board Games of 2014

(In no particular order!)

Dead of Winter

Top Rated Board Games 2014This game has received glowing praise since it was released and after playing it I would find it very difficult to make a best of 2014 list without including it.

The basic premise is that you are a group of survivors in a world where humanity has pretty much perished. They are either dead or a zombie or you.

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The game is for 2-5 players and is classified as a “meta-cooperative physiological survival game”. You’ll be forced to make decisions that could save you, kill you, or kill everyone.

It’s not too complicated to play and everything you get in the box is beautifully crafted.

If you’re not too into zombie games, don’t worry! There are so many aspects to the game that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Definitely my favorite zombie game, and possibly my favourite on this list.

Splendor

Top Rated Board Games 2014Splendor has made the top of a number of lists this year, probably because it’s incredibly addictive and intoxicatingly fun.

After playing Splendor I immediately wanted to play again.

Here’s the gist: you’re a Renaissance merchant whose desire is to acquire mines and transportation, and to create exquisite jewellery to win over the nobility.

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The goal is to acquire very expensive sources, which give you victory points. Whoever is the first to reach 15 victory points wins.

Splendor is a simple game that doesn’t take too long to play (around 30 mins) and has great replayability (the board changes every game).

It may sound a little complicated but trust me when I say it’s very easy to pick up. The mechanics of the game are very well done, making it smooth to play.

Splendor is a beautiful game that’s earned a permanent place in my collection.

Imperial Settlers

Top Rated Board Games 2014Settlers from 4 great powers have discovered a new land where they’ve all decided to settle. The Romans, Barbarians, Egyptians and the Japanese build up their civilizations only to find that there isn’t enough room for everybody.

That’s when the war begins.

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In Imperial Settlers you’ll control one of these great powers and will help build up an army and gather resources to take down the enemy players.

This is a card game that’s fairly straightforward to learn, fast to play and is extremely rewarding.

Each of the factions have a distinctly different feel to them making Imperial Settlers fun to play again and again.

If you like Settlers of Catan or 51st State then you’ll have a lot of fun with this.

Concordia

Top Rated Board Games 2014Concordia is a map exploration game. You start off in Ancient Rome or Italy (there are 2 maps to choose from) and the goal is to explore towards the corners of the map.

You will gather resources, acquire a number of different goods, and place settlements.

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Bare in mind that this isn’t a combat based game, but is so rich in gameplay mechanics and map beauty that you really don’t need it.

Concordia can be played with 2-3 players (Italy) or 3-5 players (Ancient Rome), it’s simple to explain and is a pleasure to play.

I’d recommend you play with more than 2 players as I ended up interacting very little when it was just 2 of us.

Istanbul

Top Rated Board Games 2014Istanbul is an absolutely gorgeous game. The artwork is fantastic and included are wooden pieces and beautiful red rubies.

You are a merchant in a Turkish bazaar. The object is to buy and sell goods in order to acquire combinations or the amount of money required to buy rubies from different parts of the game board.

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You also have helpers whom you can leave at different stops to work for you or bring along with you.

In addition to this you have a troublesome family member who isn’t very helpful towards your business. Other players are able to catch him and send him to jail for a bounty.

It should take around an hour to complete and is recommended for 2-5 players. I would recommend around 3. Different map layouts bring different strategies so you’ll have to think on your feet to beat the other players.

This is another well-crafted game that I’ll be coming back to time and time again.


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