Posted Thursday, 2-Jul-2015
Looking for a board game or two to play this 4th of July? Here’s a list of 8 great titles you should check out, featuring everything from quick light games to long drawn out grueling strategy slugfests. One thing’s for certain though; these games will put you in just the right patriotic mood for the 4th of July.
Take a quick trip through American History this 4th of July with Timeline: American History. The game is simple: players take turns attempting to place historical events in the correct order of the growing timeline. You’ll need to know your dates in American History pretty solidly to win this game.
With an estimated playtime of just 15-minutes, the game is a great opening to your Fourth of July and will get you in the patriotic mood.
The Scrambled States of America is another quick board game for the Fourth of July. This time, State knowledge and speedy reflexes are the name of the game.
In Scrambled States of America players collect State cards and then try matching it with the “scrambled challenge” which can range from finding a state that ends with the letter A to finding a state that borders Tennessee. The person with the most matches at the end of the game will be the Head of States!
Next up in our list of Fourth of July games is 10 Days in the USA. Take a trip across the United States in this route-building game by Alan R. Moon (See: 10 things you didn’t know about game designer Alan R. Moon).
With a play time of just 30 minutes, 10 Days in the USA is another great opener for a game-filled Fourth of July. In this game, you’ll plan out your trip from start to finish with tiles representing the 50 States and 16 transportation tiles. 10 Days in the USA’s ruleset is similar to Racko in which the goal of the game is to discard and add tiles to get the correct order of days. Be the first to connect the 10 days as you cross the USA.
Memoir ’44 takes on a bit more of a serious tone than our previous three games. While it’s great to have some light games to play on a holiday, Memoir ’44 is great for someone looking for a more involved strategy war game for the 4th of July.
Set in one of the most pinnacle years of World War II, Memoir ’44 takes players through historic battles such as Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge and the Ardennes. With a combination of both skill-based strategy building and lucky dice rolls, Memoir ’44 is a great balance of a simplistic ruleset and a complex strategy ceiling. So if you’re looking for something with a little military strategy this fourth, Memoir ’44 might just be the game you’re looking for.
Another great military strategy game for the 4th of July is 1775: Rebellion. Take on the role of either the American Continental Army or the British Army and the Loyalist in this Fourth of July strategy game.
1775: Rebellion is a little more in tune with the 4th of July theme than Memoir ‘44 and it’s a tad slower but it’s no less exciting. You’ll have a great time reliving the birth of the United States in this relatively fast paced war game. 1775: Rebellion utilizes customized dice to ensure that the game never has a dull moment. For this Fourth of July relive the war for independence in a great, yet simple to understand strategy game. It’s hard to get more festive than that.
If you’re a fan of the Catan Histories series, look no further than Catan Histories: Settlers of America Trails to Rails for this 4th of July. Set in the 19th century when America was heading west, players are given the task of setting up a network of railroads and making a fortune.
Be careful though, dwindling resources will mean that you’re going to have to keep a close tab on your building and trading practices. Settlers of America plays in about 2 hours but you’ll hardly notice once things get going in this Fourth of July game.
Another board game for your 4th of July is a race across America to reach the Pacific as renowned surveyors of the Louisiana Purchase Lewis and Clark. Lewis and Clark is a card drafting and worker placement game with a historic theme. Much like Settlers of America, players will need to keep a close watch on their resources during their trek across the United States.
Stylized as a game that rewards careful planning and opportunistic play, Lewis and Clark could be the deck building game you were looking for this Fourth of July.
Last but certainly not least, Fortress America is a behemoth of a game and is best suited for those in it for the long haul. With an average playtime of two and a half hours, Fortress America is great for players looking for some heavier, more involved gameplay this Fourth of July.
It’s an especially welcoming game to players looking for a military strategy game but would rather not deal with the nuances of a historical theme. Take on the role of the Unites States as they defend against foreign invaders from around the globe… or switch things up and try to take down America yourself as one of the three opposing factions.
If USA can withstand the assault long enough then you’ll manage to keep the country safe but if the invaders can penetrate the United States’ defenses then that’ll be lights out. That being said you’ll feel positively patriotic defending the red, white and blue this Fourth of July.
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
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