Spice up your board game nights by adding some classics with an Imperial or Rebel twist, such as Monopoly or Clue, that can awaken the Force within you and your crew. Star Wars-themed board games are exciting ways to reenact your favourite scenes and walk awhile in some of the iconic characters’ shoes while developing your deductive reasoning, cooperation, diplomacy, and combat skills.
The best part of playing most of these Star Wars themed board games is that thanks to this rich and expansive universe, you can always pick them up again when you think you have mastered the rules and tactics 100%, only to find out that there is a strategy that you left unexploited to its full potential, or a completely fresh point of view that one of your buddies suddenly brings to the table.
Also, they offer a good excuse to see the movies again, just in case you end up debating about your favourite scenes and characters in the middle of a challenging game.
And if you are not that familiar with the Star Wars universe but want to pick a great gift for one of your loved ones, the Star Wars board games reviews below will certainly point towards the best options.
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An exciting educational family board game, with numerous Star Wars character cubes to play with, from the Rebel Alliance to the First Order, that challenges the players to get five cubes in a row without the opponent interfering and snatching the match. The cubes and cards come in an all-in-one carry case so that the players can enjoy a suspenseful game from Niima Outpost to the Forest Moon of Endor and beyond, with the Force as your ally, of course!
There are 15 characters to choose from in this game, so you can play with your favourites, such as R2-D2, Chewbacca or Darth Vader, and the aim is to match 5 cubes in a row, be it horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally.
Before you start playing, you must make sure the setup is made correctly. You can play this game anytime you like, in any setting, due to the handy self-contained plastic case. First, you need to load the cubes into the game grid and check that there are no more than 2 of the same characters in the same row, column, or diagonal, which would facilitate reaching a win more quickly.
There are 15 Top Trumps character cards in the game, and the next step after you set up the game grid is to deal 2 cards for each player.
After dealing the cards, the game begins when the first player pushes out the cube situated in the top left corner of the grid, onto the other side of the game grid. It is now the second player’s turn, and he will use that cube to push out and replace any other cube on his side of the game grid.
The players then take turns pushing cubes and trying to get to 5 of the same characters lined up horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The catch is that you are not allowed to push out the same cube that was placed in the previous turn. Players may need to put the last cube in the empty initial hole, at the top left corner of the grid, to complete the line of 5 and win the game.
Completing a line of 5 that matches one of the cards that you were dealt at the beginning of the game means you get 2 points, and the player that reaches 5 points first is the winner. If the line does not match any of your cards, you only get 1 point. The twist of this game comes in the form of Snatch the match, a move where the losing player shows their cards and snatches 2 points if either of their cards matches the winner’s line of 5.
A quicker way to play Top Trumps Star Wars Match, ideal for children and people who lack patience, can be achieved by letting the cards face down when dealt. After completing a line of five, the player yells “Match!” and shows his line. The other player turns their cards face up and has a chance to steal the line and win if any of their cards matches the opponent’s character.
Star Wars Rebellion is a game where 2 to 4 players, aged 14+ decide the fate of the galaxy during a period of Civil War. The game can last for hours and it embodies the extraordinary conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Allegiance.
With more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that include 32 of the Star Wars galaxy’s most noteworthy star systems, Star Wars Rebellion gives the players the opportunity to command starships, account for troop actions and attract systems to their cause, either as an Imperial player or a Rebel player. There are different conditions for each player, as the Empire needs to discover the Rebel Base and do it’s best to destroy it, while the Rebels need to choose a system where they hide their base and as the game unfolds, they have to gain time and increase their reputation by fulfilling some goals, in order to start a revolution that will end the imperial control.
Each player’s forces are commanded by a couple of iconic protagonists or anti-heroes, such as Leia Organa, Mon Mothma Grand Moff Tarkin or Emperor Palpatine. They can be sent on top-secret missions, as the civil war expands through the galaxy, thus evoking some of the most memorable moments from the Star Wars trilogy, such as the one where Luke Skywalker receiving Jedi training on Dagobah or Darth Vader’s trap that freezes Han Solo in carbonite. It is these types of cinematic adventures, such as the moment where Boga Fett might accept a bounty to capture Han Solo or the one where Wedges Antilles would lead the Rogue Squadron on a surgical strike against the Imperial built yard, that actually shape the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars Rebellion.
The players benefit from a rich and expansive galaxy, with worlds that feature many different resources, which they can either win over by using diplomacy tactics or try and conquer them by sending Star Destroyers, Stormtroopers, fighters, and walkers. For one cause to expand, it needs as many resources as it can gather.
Family game time gets an epic upgrade with this competitive trivia-style game! Players get to prove whether they are a Padawan or Jedi Master by getting their knowledge of Star Wars tested with 1,000 questions on the iconic planets, ships, villains, and heroes from a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Pictopia is mostly a game of teamwork-with a competitive twist! Sometimes the players work together in order to win and other times the player answers on his own, but the fun part is that they gamble every time, based on how well they think they will answer! The risk varies based on how well you know your STAR WARS trivia! The Feel the Force questions are an excellent way to add an exciting twist to the game by showing how much you can sense about your opponents!
The game can accommodate up to 6 players, but you can comfortably play it with only two players, and a single game can last anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes.
Each player starts with a character marker peg that will move along the score tracker panel, 5 wager coins, labelled one to five, and an answer dial. Also, during the game, players will take turns being the host. The host asks the questions, by showing a card that contains four pictures to the other players, so they do not earn points during that turn. All four pictures on the card are from Star Wars and they are connected in some way. After looking at the card, each player will choose one of their gamble points and then the host rules the die.
Three of the results are established on group responses, so players should work together to find the correct answer. There is also the possibility that each player answers on their own, as well as the situation in which the host answers a question, and the other players must guess what the host’s choice was.
If the players get the right answer, they win points according to the number on the wager coin that they chose after looking at the card and get to move their peg forward. Winning the game requires gaining a total of 25 points, reaching the final spot on the score tracker panel, and correctly answering one last question. If you do not give a correct answer to this decisive question, your peg gets moved back two spaces on the board.
If you have ever wondered how you would perform as the most infamous smuggler in the galaxy, Star Wars: Outer Rim gives you the chance to collect cargo, hunt bounties, complete jobs and other mercenary shady business, in order to gather fame points in the Star Wars universe and win the game.
The game invites the players to embark on a journey, to travel the Outer Rim in their ship and build their legacy amongst the legends of the Star Wars galaxy.
Before embarking on this adventure, you have to choose between eight of the iconic Star Wars characters, such as Han Solo, Boba Fett, Bossk, Lando Calrissian, or Jyn Erso. Each character has their personal goal and ability, and completing this goal brings you more fame and allows you to receive more powerful ability by flipping your character.
To play, you will also need a ship. This is the element that determines the speed of your movement, along with your power and hull strength when it comes to ship-to-ship battles. Players get one of two starter ships at the beginning, but as soon as you evolve and gain credits you can buy ships like a Firespray-31 patrol craft or a modified YT-1300 freighter. Keep in mind that more complex ships not only improve a player’s stats, but they also come with personal goals. Accomplishing a ship’s goals also contribute to the fame level of a player and brings your generic ship closer to an iconic Star Wars vessel, such as the Millennium Falcon.
The goal of Star Wars: Outer Rim is reaching ten points of fame, and that can be done by taking turns, each of them split into three distinct steps.
First, there is the planning step, where the active player can choose to gain credits, move across the galaxy, or recover all the damage they took. Second, there is the action step, where the active player can perform some actions, such as buying cards from a communal marketplace or delivering cargo and bounties. The last step of a turn is the encounter step, where the active player can resolve a single encounter, by drawing an encounter card related to their location. This step can bring new cargo or mods, can help the player make some progress on a job, or provide the opportunity to obtain a massive reward.
If you love the classic whodunit game and are a fan of Star Wars, you will certainly enjoy saving the galaxy from Darth Vader’s plan of destruction, in the Star Wars Cluedo Game.
The game can accommodate between 3 and 6 players, and the main goal is to be the first player to guess which planet Darth Vader is going to destroy next, which room onboard has the Death Star plans hidden in it and last, but not least, which vehicle onboard is the right one in order to escape.
There is a 3D board where all the action happens, and six rebel play pieces that players can choose from: Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as three decks of cards, for the planets, rooms and vehicles, and a die that decides how the pieces move on the board. A card is drawn from each deck and then gets placed in a secret folder, while the rest of the cards get shuffled and dealt out to each player. There is also a special deck of corridor cards that you draw from when you end up in a hallway, and those can either help you, by allowing you to ask a free question for example or cause problems, like throw you in a detention room, where you are stuck until another player comes and rescues you. When another player rescues you, you must show them a card from your hand. If all the players end up in a detention room, everyone loses.
The game also comes with some tokens for the different vehicles and planets. Just like in any other Clue game, the cards that reveal the correct answers are hidden in a mission folder, and players take turns rolling the die, drawing cards, moving around the game board and asking the right questions in order to guess the information hidden in the mission folder. Each player starts the game with a mission notepad, so they can efficiently keep track of every clue that they know and that has been revealed during the game. Remember to always keep your mission sheet hidden from your opponents, so that you get to be the first one to find the answers!
It is an excellent game for developing deductive reasoning, and in order to win, the player must get to the Docking Bay to state their answers. Bluffing may also come in handy if you want to trick your opponents and prevent them from guessing first!
The fate of the Galaxy rests in your hands once again in this strategy board game of tactical combat and missions that can accommodate between two and five players, with two separate game experiences. Imperial Assault brings to life the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the destruction of the Death Star.
You can either chose the campaign game, where the troops and resources of the Galactic Empire go against of a team of elite Rebel operatives, or the skirmish game, where two players gather strike teams and fight head-to-head over clashing objectives.
This miniatures game of tactical combat and intense missions can last up to two hours, and it splits the players as follows: one player becomes the commander of the armies and forces of the Galactic Empire, including stormtroopers, massive AT-ST walkers, and villains like Darth Vader, while up to four other players get to embody some of the heroes of the Rebel Alliance, ready to engage in secret operations to take down the Empire. The second game experience available, the skirmish game, concentrates more on tactical combat, so you will have to build a deck of Command cards to secure advantages over the opponent’s forces.
The beauty of Star Wars Imperial Assault is that as you play the game over and over again, you will never encounter the same campaign twice. What happens is that the characters gain new experience and skills, and the options for future missions are shaped by the outcomes of the already completed missions. An important aspect for Rebel players is that they should always try to maintain focus, no matter what the mission at hand is, as the Galactic Empire can easily win by summoning reinforcements in the blink of an eye.
Battling one-on-one against a single opponent in skirmish game offers a fast-paced game experience, where each player must build forces of Imperial, Mercenary, or Rebel units. Each skirmish map begins with two separate missions that the players can engage with, and command cards can be played during missions to give the soldiers unanticipated bonuses. Victory can be attained by reaching the perfect combination of accomplishing individual goals and crushing enemy forces.
If you’re looking for a cooperative card and dice game that can accommodate up to 4 players, Star Wars Dark Side Rising allows the players to take command of the Rebel forces in the battle against the Galactic Empire and is an exciting experience for the Star Wars enthusiasts.
This exciting Star Wars adventure requires recruiting Rebel forces to defeat the Empire, in order to interrupt the completion of the Death Star.
Working together is crucial and with utmost coordination, the players will be able to recruit famous characters such as Han Solo, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO or Admiral Raddus, and efficiently organise their cells, so that the Empire’s rise to galactic supremacy is hindered.
Every player begins the game with a different board, as leaders of a certain Rebel unit: Intelligence, Leadership, Support or Tactical. There is a team leader, or starting character asset, depicted on the player boards for each player – Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Captain Cassian Andor and Hera Syndulla, along with the Base of Operations – Tatooine, Alderaan, Yavin 4 and Lothal.
A detailed 3D Darth Vader centrepiece is featured on the main game board, to represent the Imperial operatives that try to wipe out the Rebels.
The game has an estimated runtime of 45 minutes and evolves by rolling dice, collecting characters, building teams to fight against the Galactic Empire, and directing the Rebel efforts across different locations in the galaxy, such as Scarif, Eadu or Jedha.
Besides the custom-sculpted Darth Vader bust, the set includes 1 Death Starboard with 6 components, 51 asset cards, 4 base of operations or rebel cell player boards, 17 custom-sculpted dice, mission and alliance tokens, as well as damage and operation counters.
Star Wars Monopoly is a classic Monopoly game, with pretty much the same rules, but it combines all 3 Star Wars trilogies into one game, so the players can enjoy elements from all 9 episodes of the Star Wars saga. The artwork and gameplay are inspired by the Star Wars universe, so the properties include Planets and Droids, and instead of the traditional houses and hotels, this game comes with TIE fighters and X-Wings.
There are also Star Wars-themed cards, so, for example, if you land on a Jedi Training or Holocron space, you will pick a matching card and accomplish the action mentioned there.
The pieces that come with Monopoly: Star Wars Complete Saga Edition include 9 tokens, 24 Title Deed cards, 16 Jedi Training cards, 16 Holocron cards, 32 TIE Fighters, 12 X-Wings, 2 dice and 82 cardboard credits.
The game pieces are beautifully sculpted metal pieces, in the form of Darth Maul, Padme, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia, Luke, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and Rey. Some of the users have been a bit disappointed that the pieces do not include other important characters, such as Boba Fett.
The prices in this game are a bit lower than in a regular Monopoly game, and another difference you might notice is that the Railroads are replaced with Light Speed squares, that teleport you to the next Light Speed square when you land on them. This usually helps players pass GO quicker.
Money pieces are also different in this version of the game, they are made of cardboard and they come in two shapes: the circle credit is worth 10 and a rectangle credit that is worth 50. At the beginning of the game, the bank gives each player 5 of each money type, so they get 300 credit in total.
A Ground Combat game that you are probably familiar with if you already played Star Wars: X-Wing or Star Wars: Armada from Fantasy Flight Games, this version of the game can be easily picked up and enjoyed. Star Wars: Legion allows the players to embody the commander of an army of troopers, powerful ground and repulsor vehicles, along with iconic characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, during the Galactic Civil War.
The game brings innovative mechanics that simulate the fog of war and the chaos you would find on the battlefield, while 33 unpainted miniatures, that are easily assembled, allow the player to create a distinctive army. The player must choose the units wisely, as they are the foundation of the army, and they have one or more upgrade slots for the player to equip upgrade cards that change and adapt the unit’s battlefield role.
The game lasts up to two hours and consists of six rounds during which the player must manipulate their units to claim objectives and fight their opponent. Gaining as many points as possible brings you closer to victory. After duelling with your opponent over objectives on the battlefield of the Galactic Civil War, the player that gained the most victory tokens by accomplishing objectives wins the game.
Each player starts the game with a hand of chosen command cards that will allow him to gain better control of a certain unit when it activates. In order to destroy your opponent, you need to deliver orders to your units, by first selecting a command card during the command phase of each round. Both players need to reveal the chosen command card simultaneously. If you want to issue orders to a particular unit, all you have to do is take the order token matching that unit’s rank and place the other token next to your unit on the battlefield. All other unassigned order tokens need to be randomized.
The next time it is the player’s turn to activate a unit, they have a choice to either activate a unit that they ordered in the first phase of the game or draw a random token from their order pool. If they choose the latter, they can activate any unit with the rank that appears on the order token that they have drawn. During this activation phase, a player’s troops can either march across the battlefield, choose to attack the enemy, take careful aim, avoid enemy fire, or chose to take a second to recuperate. Of course, you must keep in mind that attacking and destroying the enemy is just as important in the game as are movement and positioning of your unique army.
Besides building the army to your liking, you can also upgrade your Star Wars: Legion play area with the Desert Ruins Game mat, a rubber mat with a slip-resistant bottom, that measures approximately 3’ X 3’.
If you enjoy the classic game Guess Who?, with its hidden identities and clever clues, you will certainly have a blast trying to guess the mystery images based on all your favourite Star Wars characters, from Kylo Ren, C3PO, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and more.
If you are not familiar with the game, the rules are simple. When the game starts, each player uses a slider situated on the right side of the game board to choose their mystery character and then opens all the doors on the game board. You get to ask your opponent yes-or-no questions about their character, and you must close the doors on characters that the answers help you rule out. Players take turns asking questions and closing doors until one of the players thinks they are ready to take a guess. The player that guesses the character first wins the round.
It is designed for two players, ages 5 years and up, and it includes two game boards, with 15 doors and 2 two-sided cards featuring versions of your favourite Star Wars characters pictured as kids.
The game boards are easy to assemble, the whole process lasting no more than a couple of minutes.
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