12 Date Night Board Game Deals to Buy When You’re on a Budget
Board game deals make it easy to plan a memorable Valentine's Day date night or friendly get-together without breaking the bank.
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As a self-proclaimed board game fanatic and Sales Editor for Reader’s Digest, my worlds are colliding thanks to these epic board game deals. Board games make for the perfect date night for any stage of a relationship. They offer a fun way to get to know one another without the added pressure a feel-good movie in theaters or a dinner date might bring.
Plus, board games are great for group gatherings between friends and work amazingly as a gift idea for pretty much anyone who likes to have a little fun. The only drawback is the cost. Some complex board games like Plunder and Destinies cost upwards of $50, while strategy-based role-playing games can cost up to $200—sometimes more!
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This electronic game mimics the features of Jumanji in the films, from beating drums to creepy riddles and challenges. Just one thing before you click “buy,” do not begin unless you intend to finish.
Ticket to Ride London
You’ve participated in road trip games, but have you played games about road trips? Ticket to Ride is a staple in my family, and almost every person my husband and I play it with ends up purchasing it for their own collection. The goal of Ticket to Ride is simple: Build train routes from one city to another. Whether it’s easy to accomplish is another matter entirely.
Add it to your cart now and save a whopping 47% on the London version of the game.
There’s a lot to unpack with Scythe. This well-reviewed board game is set in the alternate world of 1920s Europa. Cultivate land, accumulate mechs and explore a mysterious factory that holds many important secrets. The game relies on a well-reasoned strategy to win.
Play with one to five people. At a savings of $34, you really can’t go wrong—this robust game offers almost unlimited replayability.
Life: Super Mario edition
We’re all familiar with the game of Life. It’s so well-loved that online versions of this classic game exist, not to mention hundreds of mash-ups with franchises like Harry Potter and Animal Crossing.
The game of Life: Super Mario edition, available at a savings of 32%, takes players to a Mario Party-inspired world filled with mini-games. Play as beloved Nintendo characters like Princess Peach and Yoshi who battle it out to collect stars and beat Bowser.
Let’s-a-go shop this board game deal before it’s gone!
Clue board game
Clue is a classic board game that needs no introduction. Treachery at Tudor Mansion invites all your favorite suspects back for another mystery—with a twist. This cooperative escape room card game has players working together to escape Tudor Mansion and solve the mystery before time runs out and the police arrive.
Pick it up for 35% off to start sleuthing.
Boiled down, Planet is a game where you work as a super being to create the ideal world in the palm of your hand—literally. Nurture plant growth, raise up mountains and complete objectives to build the most populated planet before the end of the game. Start crafting your perfect world while this game is $23 off.
It’s easy to pick up and play for two players or more, so it’s perfect for strategy game newbies.
House of danger
My husband and I are House of Danger veterans. We’ve been playing for two years, and I still couldn’t tell you all the possible endings of this choose-your-own-adventure game. This cooperative card game, available at a savings of 37%, plays like the classic choose-your-own-adventure books from the 70s and 80s.
Each decision you make changes the story along the way. Replay again and again to experience all the different ways you can win (or lose) as each decision unfolds.
Another game that is playable solo or with up to five people, Wingspan offers the chance to collect and care for a bevy of beautiful birds. This strategy game gives each player the ability to learn facts, lay eggs and attract the very best birds to their wildlife preserves to win. Start building your habitat while this game is available at a savings of 40%.
Gloomhaven is a classic game in the strategy genre. Work cooperatively with other players to fight automated monsters in a world that’s ever-changing. Hardcore gamers love the complexity and the price at $60 off.
This award-winning strategy game is best played across a few sittings, and each game lasts up to 120 minutes.
Above and below
They say it takes a village to raise a child—but it only takes you to raise a village. Above and Below is one of the coolest things you can buy online. Build a colony and take advantage of the rich world around you, or venture underground and explore caverns.
Each game consists of different encounters, problems and solutions—it’s different for every play-through. Snag it on sale at $30 off and start exploring.
Poetry for Neanderthals
If you’re a fan of poetry books, you’ll get a kick out of Poetry for Neanderthals, now available at a savings of 31%. This competitive word-guessing card game forces players to use one-syllable words to give clues to their team. If the team correctly guesses the secret phrase before time is up, they win the round.
Pick it up for a party along with a few of the other board game deals on this list and get ready for some serious belly laughs.
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