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Top 10 board games for under $15

Posted Saturday, 2-May-2015

If you want a fun new game but are trying to save your pennies, this is the list for you.

 

Contributed by Andrew Knighton

 

Just because a board game is cheap doesn’t mean it isn’t any fun.  Some of the most popular games  in the world come in small, inexpensive packages.

Our list of 10 board games under $15 covers a wide array of games.  From pure dice games to card games and tile games, there is something for everyone.  There’s even a Spiel des Jahres winner on the list!

 

Here are 10 of our favorite board games for under $15:

 

Forbidden Island

Hunt for ancient treasure on an island that’s sinking beneath your feet.  A great cooperative game that’s accessible to younger players and new gamers.

 

Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island

 

2-4 Players ♠ 30 Minutes  ♠ Ages 10 & Up

 

Find the best price for Forbidden Island

 

Lost Cities

A two-player card game of exploration through collecting card sets. A simple but clever mechanic means that you have to balance the costs of launching each new expedition against the benefits it could bring, all while keeping an eye on the other player’s progress.

 

Lost Cities
Lost Cities

 

2 Players ♠ 30 Minutes  ♠ Ages 10 & Up

 

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Bohnanza

Growing and harvesting beans might not sound very exciting, but it makes for a fun-packed game.  Unable to change the order of your own hand of cards, you have to play them out for better or worse unless you can trade them away.  Set collecting fun with delightful cartoon illustrations.

 

Bohnanza
Bohnanza

 

2-7 Players ♠ 45 Minutes  ♠ Ages 13 & Up

 

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Pit

A raucous family card game that remains fun even as players get older and games get more sophisticated.  All you have to do is collect a hand of eight cards depicting the same commodity before anyone else can.  But you do that by frantically trying to get your trades in first, as the whole table descends into shouting and excited laughter.

 

Pit
Pit

 

3-8 Players ♠ 90 Minutes  ♠ Ages 7 & Up

 

Find the best price for Pit

 

The Resistance

Together, you are working to overthrow the evil empire.  But there’s a problem – traitors in the team’s midst.  Rebels and infiltrators secretly try to work out who’s on each side and ensure the destruction or safety of the empire in this game of bluff and guesswork.

 

The Resistance
The Resistance

 

5-10 Players ♠ 30 Minutes  ♠ Ages 13 & Up

 

Find the best price for The Resistance

 

No Thanks

A simple yet engaging card game in which players compete to end up with the lowest score.  Each turn you can either pick up the available card or give up one of your precious passing counters, which reduce your score at the end of the game. Collecting a set of adjacent cards can save you lots of points, but failing to complete the run could be ruinous.  A game about saying ‘no’ for as long as you dare.

 

No thanks
No Thanks

 

3-5 Players ♠ 20 Minutes  ♠ Ages 8 & Up

 

Find the best price for No Thanks!

 

Hanabi

A cooperative game in which you play drunken fireworks technicians trying to line up all the fireworks correctly, as represented by laying down sets of cards.  The problem is, you can look at anybody’s hand except your own.  Each turn you give others clues or risk playing one of your cards, just hoping it’s the one you were looking for.

 

Hanabi
Hanabi

 

2-5 Players ♠ 25 Minutes  ♠ Ages 8 & Up

 

Find the best price for Hanabi

 

Zombie Dice

You’re a zombie, and all you want to do is eat brains.  Take three dice, roll them all, and hope that you don’t get shot too often as you try to roll brains.  A quick, simple game of gambling on risk versus reward.

 

Zombie Dice
Zombie Dice

 

2-99 Players ♠ 10 Minutes  ♠ Ages 10 & Up

 

Find the best price for Zombie Dice

 

Jungle Speed

Snap made exciting.  Whenever your card matches someone else’s, try to grab the stick before they do, leaving them with a bigger pile of cards.  First to get rid of all their cards wins.

 

Jungle Speed
Jungle Speed

 

2-8 Players ♠ 10 Minutes  ♠ Ages 7 & Up

 

Find the best price for Jungle Speed

 

Love Letter

A deck of only sixteen cards creates a surprisingly entertaining game, as each player in turn draws one and plays one.  Will you end up getting your letter closest to the princess, or will one of the cards undo your plans?  Quick, simple, charming, and endlessly replayable.

 

Love Letter
Love Letter

 

2-4 Players ♠ 20 Minutes  ♠ Ages 10 & Up

 

Find the best price for Love Letter

 

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