Top Ten Best Co-Operative Board Games

Top Ten Best Co-Operative Board Games

In Co-Operative board games, players work together to defeat "the game". This is typically accomplished by achieving a specific goal before a certain amount of rounds or before all players are killed.  Most Co-Operative games encourage open dialogue to develop a strategy to win.

In some Co-Operative games, one or two players may take on the role of traitor. Traitors typically win if the other players lose. Some Co-Operative games may add an additional layer of intrigue to the game by giving players personal win conditions. These are usually kept secret throughout the game and are meant to cast doubt among the rest of the players to where a player's true loyalty lies (ie players might think you are a traitor when you are really trying to accomplish your personal goal).

Now that you have an idea of what Co-Operative games are all about, here are the best Co-Operative Board Games available (in our opinion).

Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments section below!


10. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Mysterium Best Co-Operative Board Game

Mysterium

In the 1920’s, Mr. MacDowell, a gifted astrologist, entered in his new house when he immediately detected a surnatural being. Gathering  eminent mediums of his time for an extraordinary seance, they will have  7 hours to contact the ghost and investigate to unlock an old mystery…

Unable to talk, the amnesic ghost will communicate with the mediums through visions (illustrated cards). They will have to decipher the images to help the ghost remember how he was murdered (who? where? which weapon?). The more they cooperate and guess well, the easier it will be  to the catch the right culprit. 


09. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Battlestar Galactica Best Co-Operative Board Game

Battlestar Galactica

Players will either be loyal to the humans or to the Cylons. Humans and Cylons have specific and conflicting winning objectives. The human players win by reaching Kobol, but the Galactica will be be threatened by a host of challenges along the way. Only through the cooperation of the humans will the ship (and fleet) survive. The Cylon players win either by destroying the Galactica with attacks from the Cylon fleet, or, through sabotage that reduces one of the necessary resources (Food, Fuel, Population, or Morale) to zero.


08. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Hanabi Best Co-Operative Board Game

Hanabi

In this challenging cooperative card game, players work together to launch a spectacular firework display. Trouble is, it's dark out, so you can't really see what you are working with. Each player holds their cards so that only the other players can see them. They must give each other vital information and remember all the information received. Then use the information to choose which cards to play. Helping each other play the right cards at the right time is the key to creating an unforgettable show and avoid being booed by the audience.


07. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Arkham Horror Best Co-Operative Board Game

Arkham Horror

Designed for one to eight players, Arkham Horror is a cooperative adventure game of survival, horror, and investigation. A terrible creature from beyond time and space—an Ancient One—is awakening, roused by dimensional gates that open across the city. Players take on the role of investigators, each with a unique backstory, abilities, and equipment. Joining forces, the investigators must secure the city, encountering its haunted and mysterious locations before the Ancient One awakens. If the Ancient One awakens and defeats the players in the final battle, all of Arkham is doomed.


06. Best Co-Operative Board Game

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Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island

An adventure game for you and your friends to play as castaways on an uninhabited island. Your task is to build a shelter, ward off potential dangers, and complete the missions. There are seven different scenarios included in the box - they will provide you with new, more difficult, and curious ways to play!

05. Best Co-Operative Board Game

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Dead Of Winter

Dead of Winter puts 2-5 players together in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity are either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means the players are working together toward one common victory condition--but for each individual player to achieve victory, they must also complete their personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that's fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or worst of all: vengeance against the colony!

04. Best Co-Operative Board Game

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T.I.M.E. Stories

In T.I.M.E. Stories, you and up to three friends travel between the future and past, experiencing alternate realities, solving mysteries, and fixing dangerous temporal faults. Created by the team at Space Cowboys, this cooperative board game challenges you to inhabit the bodies of other beings, discover the secrets of your location, communicate with the rest of your team, and win a race against the clock in order to save the known world. 

03. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Shadows Over Camelot Best Co-Operative Board Game

Shadows Over Camelot

As the incarnation of the Knights of the Round Table, you join forces against the game itself in an attempt to protect Camelot.

Your victory hinges on the successful completion of legendary Quests, such as the search for Excalibur, the Holy Grail, or Lancelot's Armor; the tournament against the Black Knight; and numerous wars against the Saxons and Picts.

But beware... all is not as it seems among these noble Knights. One of your number might yet turn out to be a traitor-in-waiting, biding his time while sowing havoc and destruction from the Shadows!

02. Best Co-Operative Board Game

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Gloomhaven

Players will take on the role of a wandering mercenary with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this remote corner of the world. Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. In the process they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make. This is a persistent game that is intended to be played over many game sessions. After a scenario, players will make decisions on what to do, which will determine how the story continues, kind of like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.

01. Best Co-Operative Board Game

Pandemic Best Co-Operative Board Game

Pandemic

Pandemic is based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each threatening to wipe out a region. The game accommodates 2 to 4 players, each playing one of a variety of characters with unique special abilities. Through the combined effort of all the players, the goal is to discover all four cures before any of several game-losing conditions are reached.

Pandemic also has released a couple "legacy" versions of the game where your group of players can play multiple campaigns with different scenarios incorporated to change strategy and unlock new gameplay variants as you progress through each month of the campaign.

Dead Of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Dead Of Winter: A Crossroads Game

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