Days of Wonder was first established in 2002 by Mark Kaufmann, Yann Corno, and Eric Hautemont. Their company quickly became one of the leading publishers in the board game industry after their release of Ticket to Ride.
Over the years, they’ve continued to release board games that have toped the charts. So after reviewing sales data and gathering customer opinions on forums such as Board Game Geek, we’ve put together the best Days of Wonder board games of all time.
Top 10 Days of Wonder Board Games
T2R Europe is a stand alone version of the original Ticket to Ride. Similar to its predecessor, the goal is to get the highest amount of points by claiming routes between two destinations; but in this edition, you can now establish ferries or even build a tunnel.
Another new twist is that you can create stations to use another players routes to complete a destination.
Ticket to Ride Europe is number one because it is one of the top selling board games of all time. This version of Ticket to Ride is often bought after playing the original because it has a lot more options for creating routes and is a bit more competitive.
2. Memoir ’44
Memoir ’44 is a historical board game that offers 17 different scenarios from WW2 that mimic the terrain and troop placements. Your goal is to command your army and utilize your troops unique abilities to achieve victory.
It combines luck (dice rolls) with strategic card play to recreate several famous battles. Memoir is a fan favorite because of its historical significance, but also because it is an award winning 2 player game.
3. Five Tribes
Five Tribes is a strategic board game that takes place in the fabled land of Naqala where the Sultan has just died and a new Sultan must seize control of the kingdom.
This is a unique worker placement board game because the “workers” or meeples are already on the board. Players must strategically move the workers around the board to summon Djinns to gain power and earn victory points.
4. Small World
- Easy to learn but lots of strategy
- Lots of replay value
- The Board is different depending on the number of players
Small World is personally one of my favorite Days of Wonder board games because it has such great replay value and it’s fairly easy for beginners. Your goal is to conquer the land by utilizing the different tribes and their unique powers.
Be careful to not over extend your tribe or they might go into decline and you must now pick a new fantasy race with a random power assigned to it.
There are 14 different tribes in Small World and 20 unique powers which creates a lot of fun combinations every time you play.
5. Deep Blue
Deep Blue is a “Press Your Luck” board game where you must gather a crew of deep sea specialists and divers, discover wreckage sites, and dive for sunken treasure.
Players will compete to find the best dive spots and may even be forced to work together to fend off threats during a dive. Deep Blue is a fun family board game that combines a bit of strategy and luck.
In Quadropolis you have been commissioned to design and build a city with your team of architects. Each architect will determine which city tile you can get and where you can place it in your new city.
You only get four turns per round so choose carefully. The player with the most victory points from building their city is the winner.
I personally like that this game can be played in an hour or less, it’s something that is challenging enough to play, but easy enough that it doesn’t take up a whole afternoon to play it.
7. Shadows Over Camelot
Shadows Over Camelot is a cooperative game set in the age of Arthur. The Kingdom has come under darkness once again and you must band together with the other knights to protect Camelot.
As a team, you must complete quests to find Excalibur, defeat the Black Knight, and fight in numerous wars. But beware, one of your teammates might be working against you.
8. The River Games
In The River board game, players strive to build a settlement in the new world. Players will gather resources, claim new territories, and construct buildings to earn points.
It’s the 4th Century BCE and you are a trader of fine goods in the city of Corinth. People from all around the Mediterranean Sea come to this market to find what they need. Do you have what it takes to be the best trader in the land?
In Corinth, players only have a few weeks to rise through the ranks as the best merchant. You must role the dice to deliver goods, purchase goats, erect buildings, or visit the market. The player with the most stuff (points) at the end is the winner.
10. Cleopatra And The Society of Architects
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects is a family board game where players work to complete the new palace in Alexandria. Your goal is to become the wealthiest player; but to do so, you might have to get some help from some shady characters to speed things along.
Be careful to not become too corrupt or you might lose everything.