Star Wars board games have been around for quite some time. Some games adhere to a specific time or movie, while others may have a general Star Wars theme, and both can be equally fun to play. We often see Star Wars fans that get hooked on a board game just because it’s Star Wars themed. If you fall into that category, then keep on reading.
Today we will cover the 10 best Star Wars board games for you and as a bonus, we will also be checking out some Star Wars-themed classic board games.
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10 Best Star Wars Board Games
Our top choice is the Star Wars Rebellion board game which allows for players to control either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. It includes over 170 board pieces that perfectly match the Civil War characters, including a few of the popular characters we know and love. The game’s goal is to build the most powerful force in the universe and defeat your opponents. In addition, there are a few secret missions that the main characters can go on which can help turn the tides in your favor.
Why we like it
- Both sides are not equally matched
- Excitement throughout the entire game
- Adheres to the Star Wars story
Being able to play with your favorite Star Wars characters and recreating the large scale battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebellion adds a lot of replay value.
2. Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Imperial Assualt is a strategic board game aimed at managing your troops and completing missions in the middle of the galactic civil war. I features two modes, the campaign and skirmish. In the campaign, you can go through almost the entire Star Wars universe. It has over 30 missions and tons of well-known characters. In the skirmish mode, things move at a much faster pace and there are a lot more battles in comparison to the campaign.
Why we like it
- Two game modes available
- Excellent balance between decision making and mechanics
- Great combat system
Even though it is shorter in terms of the time it takes to play, Star Wars Imperial Assualt is very strategic and the two game modes are very unique.
3. Star Wars: X-Wing – The Force Awakens
If you are looking for fast-paced board game, Star Wars X-Wing is the game for you. This Star Wars board game features the popular X-Wing and TIE fighter. You must build a squad and defeat your openonent. Even though there is quite a lot of strategy and thinking involved, the game is relatively short, providing tons of action in a game that rarely lasts over 2 hours. With an easy to learn set of rules clearly outlined in the rule book, this is a great miniature game.
Why we like it
- Easy to learn
- Relatively short gameplay
- Perfect for first-time players
A fun and exciting duel-based Star Wars game with an option to either be in command on an x-wing or TIE fighter, with easy to follow rules and fairly short gameplay that first-time and veteran player will find enjoyable to play.
4. Star Wars: Outer Rim
Smugglers, mercenaries, and bounty hunters are the focus of Star Wars Outer Rim. You will establish your legacy by building your ship and establishing a crew. If you choose to play the game solo, you will set out on an adventure with an option to choose between multiple characters and recruit others to leave your mark on the galaxy. Star Wars Outer Rim can be played with up to 4 players where each person will have a chance to complete a different set of missions and the opportunity to make modifications or upgrades to their ship. Each player will be able to build the commanding character as they please.
Why we like it
- Extremely competitive
- Fast passed, but not too short
- Easy to follow rules
- Option to play it solo
Star Wars Outer Rim is a fast-paced and competitive game. You can play as one of eigh characters and build your ship the way you see fit. It has a lot of replay value.
5. Star Wars Destiny: Two-Player Game
Card games are good, but Star Wars based card games like this one can be even better. The game includes multiple characters from both the resistance and the first order. It combines a deck of cards with dice to ensure duels are fast. During the game, you will have to rely a little bit on your luck and a good tactic to be victorious. With every turn, you will be presented with multiple options for your next move; so if you play it right, you can surprise your opponent.
Why we like it
- Fast-paced 1 on 1 game
- Outstanding balance between tactics and luck
- Multiple move options during every turn
- Excellent for beginners in board games
Dueling is the central theme of Star Wars Destiny and being able to play as either side, creates a lot of replay value and unique strategies to win.
6. Star Wars: Armada – Core Set
Armada is designed for only two players and is more of a miniatures game due to the amount of pieces. The game starts with both sides having very different strengths such as the imperial fleet having more power and the rebel alliance having more tactical capabilities. Each player controls their entire fleet so you will need to think several moves in advance to know if you need to upgrade, attack, or even retreat.
Why we like it
- Miniatures game
- Asymmetrical sides with different strengths and weaknesses
- Straight-forwards rules
Star wars: Armada is a unique experience for two people and if you enjoy more army or tactical based games, then this was is for you.
7. Star Wars: Unlock! The Escape Game
Escape game with a Start Wars theme? You got it. This game includes 3 escape adventures as part of the Star Wars universe and you can play as a smuggler, imperial agent, or rebel. Each adventure lasts about an hour and you will need to interact with other characters and items to ensure a successful mission. Each adventure presents its own unique challenges and if you are trying to teach someone new, then you can play the practice scenario that better explains the rules.
Why we like it
- Multiple escape adventures
- Practice scenario perfect for beginners
- Adventures are challenging and intense
Star Wars: Unlock! The Escape Game is great cooperative board game that allows for a more casual experience than the other Star Wars board games.
8. Star Wars: Legion – Core Set
Star Wars Legion is a duel battling game based in the time of the civil war between two of the fiercest rivals in the universe: Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. It is played over 6 rounds where you and your opponent battle to complete objectives that will lead you to victory. During the duels, the winner of each gets a token, and the player with the most tokens is declared the winner. Despite the low number of rounds, the game is not too short.
Why we like it
- MIniatures game
- Easy to learn with intuitive mechanics
- Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader characters included
Legion is an excellent dueling game and the detailed miniatures make it a lot of fun to play with. Also, playing as Luke or Darth Vader never gets old.
9. Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion
If you are looking for a shorter game packed with excitement, then Empire vs. Rebellion is the one you’re looking for. This duel card game is a combination of luck and strategy in which you and your opponent try and play a better hand during events set in the civil war era. The game also includes several iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. When played correctly, these characters can help you tips the scales in your favor even if you are playing on the losing side.
Why we like it
- Interesting duel game
- Specific abilities can tip the scales
- Small game, but plenty of strategies required
Even though the game lasts only an hour, you and your opponent are in for an exciting duel. Both sides will need to carefully plan their strategy and try and outsmart the other one.
Fans of the duel between the galactic empire and the rebel forces are going to love this game. It’s a combination of a card and dice game, in which you play on the side of the rebels. The goal of the game is to defeat the empire and its leader Darth Vader. You and the other players are on the rebel alliance side, and you gather your strengths, recruit new rebels, and go into battle with the empire. Even though it can often be 4 players against Vader, a victory is not that easy, and you will have a challenging gaming experience.
Why we like it
- Card and dice game
- Darth Vader is the centerpiece
- Challenging and interesting gameplay
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is an excellent combination of card and dice based play. Getting to take down the Empire is an awesome experience.
Star Wars Themed Classic Board Games
Most classic board games rarely get an upgrade when it comes to the rules and gameplay. However, some of these Star Wars board games have definitely ventured out to try something new. Don’t take that as a bad thing; some games could use a small refresh.
Hasbro Operation: The Mandalorian Edition
Star Wars based games are cool, but Mandalorian based game may be cooler. Baby Yoda, or the child as it’s called in the series, continuously grabs things that the players will need to remove. Since this is an operation theme board game, ]the players will need to use the included tweezers to remove items from the board. The game’s main goal is to avoid touching the sides, in which case you will lose your turn. Once the game ends, the player with the most collected items wins.
Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition
Even though it is based on the original monopoly game, this one is slightly different and has a few more options. You choose to play with one of the four characters, and your task is to protect the child as the game progresses. Collecting the child tokens enables you to improve the abilities of your character. The winner of the game is the one that has the most imperial units at the end, but even though you play against each other, all players must protect the child.
Hasbro Clue Game: Star Wars Edition
People that like solving clues are going to love this Star Wars board game. The mystery behind the game is to uncover which planet is on Darth Vader’s list of destruction, the room where the plans are hidden, and the right vehicle for escape. You get to play with some of the best characters in the Star Wars world: Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO or R2-D2. As the game starts, all players will need to ask questions during their turn, which will help them eliminate specific locations and determine the correct one. The one that gets all 3 missions correct is the winner.
Star Wars Chess Game
Chess may not be exciting for most people, but fans may find this Star Wars themed chess exciting. The game rules are the same, you have 32 board pieces, and the goal is to take out your opponent’s king. The pieces are larger than the ones on standard chess, and they are all Star Wars themed. The silver ones are the rebels, while the dark ones are from the Empire. Since the game is not linked to a specific time in Star Wars history, you get to play with characters from different eras.
Trouble: Mandalorian Edition Board Game
Mandalorian fans are going to love another Baby Yoda based classic board game. The game is identical to the original Trouble series, where you throw the dice and move your pieces around the board. You have the option to play as The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, or Kuiil, and there are a few additions that the original game doesn’t have. Depending on the number you get on your roll, your piece may experience an obstacle like mudhorn or mercenaries, but you may also get a reward. The winner is the first player that moves the pieces in the safe zone.
There is hardly anyone on this planet that hasn’t played Guess Who or at least doesn’t know it. This version of the popular game is Star Wars themed, making it ideal for children that are also fans. The game’s goal is simple: try to match two identical cards on the board by guessing. The less tries it takes to open all cards on the board, the better memory the player has.
Risk: Star Wars Edition Game
Combining Risk and Star Wars can be a good recipe for fun. You have the option to play 1 on 1 or with a team on a board in the shape of a TIE fighter. Each side chooses to play as the rebels or the empire, and both teams participate in 3 missions. Since the game is based on the Return of the Jedi, the assignments are the assault on the shield, attack on the Death Star, and the battle between Luke and Darth Vader. The winner of the game is the side that manages to defeat the other.
Operation Game: Star Wars Edition
The patient in this version of Operation is BB-8, the cute droid Rey found on Jakku. The droid needs repairs, and the players will need to use the tweezers to remove parts from the board without touching the sides.
Star Wars The Clone Wars Monopoly
People that love Monopoly, but believe that the gameplay is long, might like this Star Wars Board Game. Based on the Clone Wars series, this Monopoly version enables you to play with your favorite characters from that era. The board is the galaxy, and you travel around it and develop strategies to build, buy, and sell real estate and increase your wealth. Even though the game follows the same rules as the traditional Monopoly, there are some Star Wars rules added that make it more interesting, but at the same time reduce the time it takes to finish the game.
The classic Battleship game gets a Star Wars upgrade, and the pieces that players get to play with are the popular fighters from both sides, the x-wing and TIE fighter. The game’s goal is simple: throw imaginary missiles at your opponent’s grid and try to take out a fighter. In this head to head battle between the rebels and the empire, the player who manages to destroy its opponent’s entire fleet wins the match.
While the regular Yahtzee is fun to play, the Star Wars edition of it may be better. Based on the duel of Rey and Kylo Ren, this Star Wars board game manages to recreate that duel on a board. Unlike the classic game, this version keeps the dice rolling rules, and the goal of each roll is to match the two icons on a shield piece with the icons on the dice. That removes a piece of the shield, and the game continues until the shield of one of the players is penetrated, in which case the winner is the other player.