Most strategy board games position opposing sides against each other in some form of battle or conquest. The most classic and well known of strategy games must be chess – most of us learn to play this when we’re young & can pick it up again at any stage of our lives. Many contemporary strategy games are more perhaps more complex to play, but are more involving and have an imaginative story that goes with them.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne Board Game Review

Having won several awards, Carcassonne has become a modern classic. The game is turn based around with players placing tiles to create a map. The tiles can depict a road, city, river, cloister or grassland – or a combination of these. Tiles join together by matching these different land types. Once the map has been created, players can add one of their meeples (a wooden token) in an area on the map. Depending on the location of the meeple, they can represent a robber, knight, farmer or monk. When an area is completed, a placed meeple scores points and then returns to the players land. This popular version of the game also includes ‘The River’ expansion giving you 12 extra tiles to play with which really extends the game play significantly.

Carcassonne is in essence, a simple game to pick up and play. Every game can and will play out differently depending on the tiles that you pick. The game is also a little unique in that there are numerous extra expansion sets available, varying the game play even more. Suitable for anyone aged 8+ and for 2-5 players, the average playing time is 30-45 minutes. Carcassonne is a great, easy to pick up and play game – without doubt one of the best strategy board games around.

Settlers of Catan

Settlers Of Catan Board Game Review
This incredibly popular, award winning game is set in the fantasy world of Catan. The game is dice based with players gaining resources with which they can build settlements, roads and cities or choose to trade for other resources.The game will evolve and play differently every time with their being many ways to gain points towards victory. There are also many expansion packs available that can extend the game and add extra dimensions to the game play. Expansion sets can also allow more people to play. This core version is ideal for playing with family or friends.

The game is suitable for ages 10+ for 3-4 players, a game will typically last for around 90 minutes. There’s more to this game than Carcassonne, more pieces, more rules, longer game times – on the surface its a little more complicated to play as well. But once you get the hang of it, it is very easy and straight forward to play. Settlers of Catan is a great game for anyone wanting something a bit more involved & in depth.

A Game of Thrones

A Game Of Thrones Board Game Review

Based on the best selling novels by George R.R. Martin, this second edition of the A Game of Thrones board game is a game of intrigue, diplomacy and warfare. Players take the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and complete to gain control of the Iron throne. You can choose to play in your own style and use strategies of your choosing – decide whether the word is in fact mightier than the sword, then use force or negotiate make your way through the kingdom.

The game is suitable for ages 14+ and for 3-6 players. The game contains lots of cards and other pieces and is very absorbing to play. The Game of Thrones board game isn’t just for fans of the books or TV series and will appeal to players that have never seen or read it before.

 

The Best Strategy Games

Game RRP (£) Rating
Carcassonne Board Game Review Carcassonne 24.99 4.9
Pandemic Game Pandemic 29.99 4.9
Othello Classic Review Othello Classic 22.99 4.8
Settlers Of Catan Board Game Review Settlers of Catan 25.99 4.8
Ingenious Board Game Review Ingenious 25.00 4.8
A Game Of Thrones Board Game Review A Game of Thrones 59.99 4.8
Small World Small World 39.99 4.7
Talisman Magical Quest Game Talisman Revised Edition 39.99 4.6
King of Tokyo Game King of Tokyo 29.99 4.6
Runewars Game Runewars Revised Edition 49.99 4.4