It's a great time of year for board games. As the weather turns chilly and the nights grow longer, it's the perfect opportunity to snuggle up cosy inside and enjoy the shuffling of cards, the clinking of tokens, and the groans of your dad failing to understand the rules.
Digital games are great, you certainly won't find me arguing otherwise on a site called PC Gamer. But there's something magical about the feel of plastic and cardboard in your hands, and of getting loved ones together around a physical play space. It's a great opportunity to get your eyes off screens for a bit too.
Cyber Monday is a great excuse to pick up some games, and you'll get them in time to bring them along for Christmas. But given how much the board gaming hobby has grown and flourished in recent years, you can be a bit spoiled for choice these days. Which deals are worth leaping at, and which can you safely ignore?
You'll find your answers below. I've hunted down the best Cyber Monday board game deals on some of our favorites, to make a bitesize list for you to peruse.
For the most part these are games on the more accessible side of things—games full of fun and strategy, but easy to learn and pretty quick to play, making them perfect for springing on your friends and family. I've also focused on the best savings available—there are loads of other great games available, but much stingier discounts have kept them off our list.
I've made sure to list playtime and player counts for each to make it easier to find the right games for you—we've even got some games you can play solo, for more solitary souls. If you want to check out more board game deals, Amazon's board games hub is fertile ground, though you'll have to scroll past a lot of different kinds of Monopoly to get to the good stuff.
Best board game deals
Codenames| 2-8 players | Time to play: 15-20 minutes
$24.99 $12.39 at Amazon (save $12.60)
Brilliantly fun social word game that challenges you to get inside the mind of your teammates by trying to guess where their one-word clues are trying to lead you. Easy to learn and great for parties. There's also a specific 2-player version with tweaked rules for better head-to-head play.
Ticket to Ride: Europe| 2-5 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$49.99 $31.38 at Amazon (save $18.61)
Build railroad tracks and connect cities across Europe in this classic and easy-to-learn game. A staple for any board game lover's collection, and especially easy to recommend at such a low price.
King of Tokyo| 2-6 players | Time to play: 30 minutes
$44.99 $38.45 at Amazon (save $11.54)
This anarchic dice game lets you stomp around a city as a giant monster, smashing buildings and fighting your fellow kaiju for the title of King of Tokyo. Colorful, charming, and great fun.
Horrified: American Monsters| 1-5 players | Time to play: 60 minutes
$36.99 $22.99 at Amazon (save $14)
Gently creepy co-op action where you play a team of investigators out to protect their home town from creatures of US urban legend, including Bigfoot, the Mothman, and the Jersey Devil. Wonderfully atmospheric with evocative artwork, though if the theme doesn't grab you, there are also versions featuring classic Universal monsters, or even villains of Greek myth.
Pandemic Legacy Season 0 | 2-4 players | Time to play: 60 minutes
$79.99 $69.90 at Amazon (save $10.09)
For something deeper and more RPG-like, Pandemic Legacy Season 0 rethemes the bones of the game to be about a Cold War bioweapon and has rules that change as you play.
Small World of Warcraft | 2-5 players | Time to play: 40-80 minutes
$59.99 $49.37 at Amazon (save $10.62)
Small World condenses map-conquering strategy down into a fast and accessible form, full of clever twists and charm. This World of Warcraft-themed take is ideal for fans of the MMO, adding new mechanics to reflect the creatures and cultures of Blizzard's universe.
Pandemic | 2-4 players | Time to play: 45 minutes
$39.99 $28.07 at Amazon (save $11.92)
An iconic co-op game that feels spookily relevant these days. Work together carefully and strategically to contain ever-growing outbreaks, and try not to yell at your friends and family when it all goes wrong. There are loads of variants these days if you prefer a different theme, such as Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu or Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the popular Pandemic Legacy series if you want an ongoing campaign.
Fallout: The Board Game | 1-4 players | Time to play: 2-3 hours
$69.99 $44.49 at Amazon (save $25.50)
Buy this "if you're looking for an easier, more sandboxy RPG experience with an emergent story," writes one reviewer. This competitive take on Fallout features a modular, hex-based hidden map board and a character customization system.
Star Wars: Outer Rim | 1-4 players | Time to play: 3-4 hours
$59.99 $47.99 at Amazon (save $12)
Rated highly on Boardgamegeek, Star Wars: Outer Rim is designed by Corey Konieczka, who also created the Battlestar Galactica board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and Mansions of Madness. "A game of Outer Rim takes place over a series of turns that sees players taking dangerous jobs, tracking down bounties, upgrading their ship, and more, all in service of gaining more and more fame," reads the description.
Dark Souls: The Card Game | 1-4 players | Time to play: 60+ minutes
$50.01 $34.95 at Amazon (save $15.06)
A complex Dark Souls board game comes with huge amounts of plastic, but the card game is more straightforward: You and your friends try to defeat two bosses before you run out of bonfire cards. Good luck with that.
Minecraft: Builders and Biomes | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$39.99 $31.99 at Amazon (save $8)
I guess this is one way your kids from playing Minecraft all day. But seriously, it's a fun game about strategic resource collecting and exploring, suitable for both kids and adults.
Sequence| 2-6 players | Time to play: 20 minutes
$24.99 $13.99 at Amazon (save $13.82)
OK, yes, this is tic-tac-toe with playing cards. But it's really good! With enough strategic depth for both a StarCraft 2 grandmaster and your grandmother, who may or may not be a StarCraft 2 grandmaster. One of the family favorites of PC Gamer global editor-in-chief Evan Lahti.
Exploding Kittens Party Pack| 2-10 players | Time to play: 15 minutes
$24.99 $12.50 at Amazon (save $12.49)
A profoundly silly but undeniably fun card game that's perfect for parties and family gatherings. Imagine Russian Roulette but with a deck of cards instead of a gun, tons of weird tricks and ways to mess with your fellow players, and a bunch of gags about kittens, unicorns, and burritos.
Under Falling Skies| 1 player | Time to play: 20-40 minutes
$29.99 $22.75 at Amazon (save $7.24)
If you've never tried playing a solo board game, the idea might sound strange, but it can be a really relaxing way to take some time for yourself away from screens. Under Falling Skies is a standout of the genre—the alien invasion theme and progression of UFOs down the vertical board towards your base makes it feel like a mash-up of XCOM and Space Invaders, and clever campaign rules will keep you coming back for one more game.
Splendor| 2-4 players | Time to play: 30 minutes
$44.99 $22.61 at Amazon (save $22.38)
Who among us hasn't fantasized about being a gem-coveting Renaissance merchant? An accessible card development game, Splendor's won a ton of awards since its release in 2014. There's also a version with Thanos? 🤷♀️
Carcassonne | 2-5 players | Time to play: 45 minutes
$34.99 $22.67 at Amazon (save $12.32)
A classic Eurogame about competitive castle-building. Twist the landscape around your fortress-city by placing tiles to connect roads, build fields and monasteries, and ensure your dominance.
7 Wonders Duel| 2 players | Time to play: 30 minutes
$29.99 $21.99 at Amazon (save $8)
One of the best two-player board game out there. A tense game of civilization-building that revolves around card drafting. It's a lot like the multiplayer game of the same name but it's deftly focused around the battle between two instead of many.
Azul | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-35 minutes
$39.99 $21.70 at Amazon (save $18.29)
A clever mix of spatial and mathematical tile placement. Near anyone can grasp the basics, but mastering which tiles to draft from the center and how you can place them is a brilliant conundrum.