When you think of board games, you might think of dusty old standbys like Monopoly and Clue. But board games have exploded in recent decades, producing incredible tabletop experiences that offer as much depth, strategy, co-op, and competition as you’re willing to try. One thing that holds lots of people back from amassing a huge board game collection is the price. Some of these games can cost upwards of $100 at MSRP. Thankfully, many of the best and most popular board and card games are cheaper than that. Better yet, they're often on sale.
Below, we’re tracking all the best deals on board games, card games, dice games, and everything in between. So whether you’re looking to play solo, with the family, or at a party, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at what board games are on sale right now.
Board Game Deals
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion 49% off $49.99$25.49 Frosthaven 8% off $299.99$274.95 Wingspan 27% off $65.00$47.58Arkham Horror: The Card Game 20% off $59.95$47.96 Root 20% off $60.00$47.92 Codenames 53% off $24.99$11.69Wordle: The Party Game 31% off $19.99$13.89
When Is the Best Time to Find Board Game Deals?
Board games go on sale at sites like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and even GameStop fairly regularly — you can generally find special discounts every month or two. In addition, they absolutely get big discounts during major sale events like Amazon's Prime Day and Black Friday.
While Prime Day is primarily an Amazon shopping holiday, other retailers always put on competing sales events at the same time. Those are great times to look for board game deals.
As for Black Friday, it's not just a one-day event: you can often find deals on board games the whole week of Black Friday, as well as on Cyber Monday and throughout that whole following week. Keep in mind that stock runs out (particularly at Amazon), so if you see a good price on a board game you want during one of these major sale events, grab it before it's gone.
How to Know if it’s Really a Good Board Game Deal
At online board game retailers like Amazon and Walmart, prices are always in flux, to say the least. Many of the board games in the board game section will be discounted to some degree from their MSRP. But there are a few ways to know when a board game is on sale for a notable discount.
For one, you can check Amazon’s daily deals page, where you’ll occasionally find an actual sale on various board games. Sometimes these are from one company, sometimes they’re on the whole category of board games. Target also periodically runs sales on board games, so check their deal page, too.
If you’re looking at a board game and are wondering if the sale price is good, copy the URL and paste it into the search field at camelcamelcamel. That’s an Amazon price tracker that shows you price history. Better yet, it works for any item, not just board games.
Finally, you can follow IGN Deals on Twitter, where we’ll always tweet any notable board game deals we come across.
How Do You Know if a Board Game Is Any Good?
IGN reviews board games fairly regularly, so you can always search to see if we’ve reviewed a game you’re considering picking up. Other websites do too. We also have a whole lot of board game roundups, ranging from the best classic board games and the best cooperative board games to the best horror board games.
Outside of IGN, the best board game resource around (for my money) is Board Game Geek. It maintains a database of every board and card game you’d want to know about, with all kinds of news, stats, and user reviews all gathered together in one place.