8 of the Best Board Games to Look Forward to in 2021

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Board games have been a family favourite for many generations. Now, thanks to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, many new titles are being released that might not have had the same audience as before. This means many more people are getting to share their creative ideas with the world when it comes to gaming, which we’re happy about!

As a bingo site, we’re fans of all kinds of games, even besides bingo, which is why we’re excited to share some of the best upcoming board game titles to look forward to in 2021. Which would you want to play?

1. Frosthaven

The stand-alone sequel to the very popular Gloomhaven, Frosthaven is a co-op board game where one to four players work together to achieve a common goal, which centres on improving and repairing a frozen outpost to the north of the city of Gloomhaven, which is being terrorised by monsters.

After raising a seriously impressive $13 million in its first month, this is one of the most successful Kickstarter-funded board games of all time. As the name suggests, this could be the perfect game to play on a cold winter’s night in!

2. Quest

If the legends of King Arthur inspire you, then you might enjoy Quest, which is another sequel, in this case to the very popular Avalon. It’s not clear whether it is set during the same era as the first game, but with stunningly beautiful artwork, it involves many of the same characters.

The premise of Quest is that the evil sorceress Mordred is trying to overthrow the legendary king. To play the game, anything from four to 10 players come to the mythical Round Table to thwart Mordred’s plans by going on a series of quests, which can involve secret roles and amulets to keep the gameplay interesting.

3. BurnCycle

Following monsters and legendary tales, we now leap right into the future with robots. BurnCycle is an exciting take on a futuristic dystopia, where co-op gameplay involves moving robot characters around a building, to free them from their oppressive human masters.

What adds to the thrill of this game is having to play the game in a certain order of actions, as well as visiting several rooms to find new items or different pathways through the building. Using dice, one to four players can skip over certain instructions–all while aiming to keep their captain alive–before the threat level of the game reaches its maximum limit. It’s certainly a new take on “artificial intelligence”!

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4. HeroQuest

Fantasy is a theme that runs through many board games and has for decades. This often involves a battle of the light triumphing over darkness, with a variety of fantastical characters. HeroQuest was first released in 1989 and has been very popular, but until recently, it became very difficult (or expensive) to get hold of the game.

For this reason, the game is being relaunched in 2021, with a bit of update to the representation of different characters. Overall, though, the quest for the elf, wizard, barbarian and dwarf remains the same: conquer the dread forces of evil and defeat the evil wizard Zargon. Fans of the original will be keen to explore the updated version, no doubt!

5. Lizard Wizard

It seems many games have become so well-loved that they need to have an add-on. This is no different in Lizard Wizard, which is a different take on the same theme that players loved in Raccoon Tycoon. Following the same premise of creating an empire in a competitive economic market as one of many animal characters, Lizard Wizard adds a different twist by including magic.

In this game, one to five players aim to get as many wizard towers, gold and scoring spells as they can, while creating spells and gathering the right materials to create mana, a power source, which will give them an edge during gameplay.

6. Masters of the Universe

Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s will no doubt have memories of watching Prince Adam transform into He-Man while thrusting his magic sword up into the air and shouting: “I am the power!” Even if you didn’t, you’ll enjoy the wide variety of characters in the Masters of the Universe tabletop game.

Its theme follows on from the classic TV series and brings the power of Grayskull and He-Man’s nemesis Skeletor to the fore. As was the case in the show, the central theme of this game for two to four players is the battle between good and evil. It is sure to revive the kind of nostalgia that we all might feel when getting to play with miniature character figurines.

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8. Darwin’s Journey

Finally, if you’re fascinated with travel and scientific discoveries, you’ll love Darwin’s Journey. This game retraces the footsteps of the 19th-century biologist Charles Darwin as he explores the islands of the Galapagos in the Pacific, sending back specimens to be studied and preserved in museums.

The board game is known as a worker-placement game, where one to four players select certain actions for each of the five rounds. Some of the actions you can look forward to in this game include correspondence, exploration, specimen gathering and dispatching repertoires to museums. For those who are fans of biology and zoology, this is an interesting insight into the island exploration that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

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