Black Friday board game deals 2021 – get the best bargains of the year

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Family board games
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Party board games

This year’s Black Friday board game deals may be officially winding down, but nobody seems to have told retailers that. There are still some massive discounts up for grabs from every genre, and a few of the best board games have been reduced to their lowest ever price.

Regardless of whether you’re hunting down something to play with family over the Holidays or would prefer a co-op strategy for your next games night, you shouldn’t struggle to find a bargain in the Black Friday board game deals; there’s no shortage or choice. A good example would be the 60% reduction of Pandemic at Amazon (opens in new tab), bringing its cost down to just $17.99 instead of $45. Similarly, fantasy adventure Gloomhaven has hit a record low price at Amazon (opens in new tab), dropping by $55 to $84.99. Even favorites like Catan have had their prices slashed by $33 (opens in new tab) or more.

That’s why we’ve been busy finding the very best Black Friday board game deals and leaving them for you here. We’re keeping this page regularly updated as the sales event of the year wears on too, so drop in every now and then to see if anything on your wish list has been discounted. Once the weekend is over, you can also check in on our guide to the Cyber Monday board game deals for more savings.

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Today’s best Black Friday board game deals

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Pandemic | $44.99 $17.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – More than half off one of the best games on shelves right now is one heck of a way to kick off the Black Friday board game deals. This one’s a masterclass in teamwork and strategy, so we can’t recommend it enough.
UK deal – £33.32 £24.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Blockbuster | $19.99 $6.29 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 69% – Few games can be played over and over again but still remain fun like Blockbuster can. It’s a superb party game that anyone is able to get involved in, and its accessible rules mean that you’re able to dive right in without delay. Highly recommended.
UK deals – £19.99 £14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Ticket to Ride | $54.99 $21.98 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – Want the perfect post-Thanksgiving board game? It’s Ticket to Ride. Thoroughly chilled out yet still engrossing, it’s the sort of experience every member of the family can get involved with.
UK deal – £30.95 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Catan | $55 $22 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – A strategy classic, Catan is an excellent buy even when it’s not discounted by more than half. Indeed, this is one of the best Black Friday board game deals we’ve seen so far.
UK deals – £40.90 £23.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Carcassonne | $39.99 $26.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 33% – Although this beloved strategy game hasn’t had as big a discount as other entries in the Black Friday board game deals, it’s still a great price on an equally great game. Tactical yet easy-going, it’s the perfect addition to any collection.
UK deal – £30 £26.26 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Gloomhaven | $139.99 $99.45 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 29% – This is comfortably one of the best and most talked-about board games for years, so seeing Gloomhaven falling close to its lowest ever price as part of the Black Friday board game deals isn’t a bad way to kick off the weekend.
UK deal – £149.99 £101.75 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Black Friday board game deals – family games

Want something everyone can get involved with over Thanksgiving or Christmas? These must-have board games for families will tick the box nicely, and some are already hitting their lowest ever price. You’ll find some old favorites in this list, too; many of the best classic board games are on offer as well.

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Catan | $55 $22 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – Another beloved classic has fallen in price ahead of the Black Friday board game deals, and it’s perfect if you wanted something for the whole family to play over Thanksgiving. Because that’s the cheapest we’ve ever seen Catan, this offer is amazing value as a result.
UK deal – £40.90 £23.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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King of Tokyo Dark Edition | $44.99 $39.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 20% – Don’t let the moody packaging fool you; King of Tokyo is the perfect kind of game for anyone that wants a fun, breezy board game session. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, is easy to get into, but is still tremendously engaging. It’s a must-have, in other words, especially with that discount.
UK deal – £60.60 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Ticket to Ride | $54.99 $21.98 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – While the concept might not light your world on fire straight away, bear with it. We can’t recommend Ticket to Ride enough, and its laid-back yet surprisingly tactical gameplay of laying down train routes across 1920s North America is really quite satisfying.
UK deal – £30.95 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Exploding Kittens | $20 $9.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 50% – Few games are as joyfully ridiculous (or funny) as Exploding Kittens, so it’s a good thing that the game has seen a 50% drop in price ahead of the Black Friday board game deals. At just $10, it’s well worth a try… trust us.
UK deal – £19.99 £9.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Dixit | $39.99 $32.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 20% – A delightfully abstract family game that’s not like any other on this list, Dixit challenges players to think of a clue inspired by a card. Everyone else then has to find the best match to that clue, so it’s a chilled-out dose of lateral thinking to shake up games night.
UK deal – £29.99 £20.60 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Carcassonne | $39.99 $26.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 33% – If you’ve not played Carcassonne before, you should remedy that immediately. Surprisingly chilled out but somehow capable of reeling you back in for more again and again, it should be in your collection, stat.
UK deal – £30 £26.26 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Azul | $39.99 $15.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – A $24 discount on a massively popular puzzle game like this that makes the perfect gift, and it’s an invite to finish some Christmas shopping early. A relaxing exercise of your gray matter, Azul has timeless gameplay to go with a beautiful design.
UK deal – £30 £27.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Articulate! | $26.99 $23.43 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 12% – If you want a family classic that you can play en-masse, this trivia extravaganza hits the spot. Even though it sees you answering a variety of questions from all sorts of topics, they’re not too specific and that means anyone can get involved.
UK deals – £32.99 £19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Risk | $31.49 $19.45 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 38% – If you want a classic family game that still has a bit of strategy, it doesn’t get much better than Risk. This old favourite is still going strong despite being decades old thanks to its accessible yet engaging gameplay, and you can get it for $12 less than normal if you’re fast.
UK deal – £33.99 £19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Black Friday board game deals – games for adults

Looking for something to really get your teeth into? Board games for adults offer strategy to spare, and many rank amongst the best cooperative board games too. We’ve gathered a few favourites below, and they’re all discounted for Black Friday.

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7 Wonders Duel | $34.99 $21.13 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 40% – As a two-player version of the full 7 Wonders, this take is a little more streamlined. However, that doesn’t mean it’s lost any of its excellence. Duel is every bit as good as the normal game, so being able to grab it for almost $14 less in the early Black Friday board game deals is a steal.
UK deal – £26.25 £19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Mysterium | $54.99 $35.19 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 36% – November isn’t normally associated with spooky goings on, but we can make an exception for this discount on Mysterium. An excellent whodunnit game that casts one of you as a ghost trying to solve their own murder, it’s a creepy delight that comes highly recommended.
UK deal – £33 £27.11 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Disney Villainous | $34.97 $17.50 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save 39% – We’ve got a real soft spot for Disney Villainous, especially when it gets such a big reduction. An excellent game about letting your evil side out, it’s strategic and absolutely gorgeous to look at. There are loads of expansions to enjoy once you’ve got the hang of the base game, too.
UK deal – £39.99 £24.50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Gloomhaven | $140 $99.45 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 29% – While we’ve seen it dip lower in price before, this is still a very reasonable deal if you want to get Gloomhaven on your table sooner than later. Besides saving you $40 off the listing price, it allows you to avoid any potential stock shortages later in the year.
UK deal – £139.99 £101.75 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion | $49.99 $31.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 36% – This is a smaller, more focused version of Gloomhaven that’s also much less expensive than its full-fat equivalent, but it’s every bit as awesome. Eager to try the franchise but put off by that price? This is where you should begin.
UK deal – £42.49 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Pandemic | $44.99 $17.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 60% – Getting half off one of the top board games isn’t a deal to snooze on. In fact, that’s not too far away from its lowest ever price of $16 back in August. Although Pandemic may be discounted even more in a few weeks, there’s no guarantee it’ll do so before the Black Friday board game deals are over. With that in mind, we’d give this some serious thought if you’ve been looking for a new game to enjoy over the Holidays.
UK deal – £33.32 £24.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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7 Wonders | $59.99 $42.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 28% – Want a grand strategy game that won’t make your brain feel like it’s slowing melting into a confused mush? 7 Wonders is a great choice. While it still has depth, it’s easier to get into than most and has loads of replayability.
UK deal – £44 £26.21 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Betrayal at House on the Hill | $49.99 $28.34 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 43% – Ever wonder how long you’d last in a horror movie? Now you get to find out. This haunted house adventure sees you exploring a mansion that’s created as you go, and the threat you’ll face is determined by the rooms (or items) you draw. There are 50 scenarios in total, and some even turn a member of your team against you… A must have.
UK deal – £49.10 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Splendor | $44.99 $25.19 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 44% – An intricate yet accessible strategy game about mining, making, and selling jewels for the highest price, Splendor is something a little different for games night. It doesn’t take too long to play, either; with a runtime hovering at just 30 minutes, it’s not something that’s going to drag on and on past its welcome.
UK deal – £33.76 £24.31 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Arkham Horror: The Card Game | $44.95 $32.36 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 28% – This adaptation of the beloved Lovecraftian board game is always a firm favorite, and we’ve heard it described as (whisper it) being much easier to get into. This $12 discount is a nice way to kick off the early Black Friday board game deals as a result.
UK deal – £33.73 £24.97 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Scythe | $90 $63 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 30% – As an alternate history look at what the world would be like if we had dirty great mechs stomping around the place, Scythe has a setting unlike any other. It also has a fantastic, gripping engine-building system to match. That makes this reduction in the Black Friday board game deals well worth a look.
UK deal – £80 £58.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Arkham Horror (Third Edition) | $69.95 $44.76 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 36% – As an adaptation of the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft, the Arkham series has been a board game mainstay for years. Thanks to this price cut on the original game’s third edition, you can get in on the ground floor for less.
UK deal – £50.81 £43.20 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 | $79.99 $63.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 20% – The standard version of Pandemic is a must-have if you find it on offer, but for our money, this Cold War spin-off is better. As a ‘Legacy’ game, your actions have consequences that carry over from session to session. This means plenty of secret mechanics will unlock over time, but it also means a higher cost for the game itself. As such, any discount you can get is worthwhile.
UK deal – £61.23 at Amazon (no discount) (opens in new tab)

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Twilight Imperium | $169.99 $119.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 27% – A classic sci-fi strategy game, Twilight Imperium has been around in one form or another since the 1990s and continues to impress today thanks to its collection of 354 miniatures and countless cards. Unfortunately, it’s got a similarly impressive cost. Famously expensive, this is a tactician’s dream but is often priced out of most peoples’ budgets – and that’s why any discount is such a big deal. While it’s fallen to $110 during previous Black Friday board game deals, this is still a great offer on a product that doesn’t often see good reductions.
UK deal – £112.51 £81 at Amazon
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Descent: Legends of the Dark | $174.95 $136.46 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 22% – This new edition of the Descent RPG is hoping to knock Gloomhaven off its perch, and thanks to a cleverly-integrated app experience, it has a good chance of doing so. However, it’s every bit as expensive as its rival. That means this discount for the Black Friday board game deals is a bargain.
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Black Friday board game deals – party

Got a gathering of friends or family descending upon you this Holiday season? The best party board games will see you through. Break these out and everyone will have a great time (well, hopefully).

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Blockbuster | $19.99 $6.29 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 69% – We’ve yet to find a better party game than Blockbuster; because of easy-to-understand rules, a capacity for lots of players, and endless replayability, it’s a fantastic choice to bring out at any get-together. An essential purchase, particularly with such a massive discount in the Black Friday board game deals.
UK deals – £19.99 £14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Exploding Kittens Party | $29.99 $22.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 17% – The original Exploding Kittens is awesome, but the drawback is player-count. This updated version fixes that problem by allowing up to 10 people to join in. That makes this offer well worth considering if you’re having a get-together with friends over the Holidays.
UK deals – £29.99 £19.13 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Codenames | $19.95 $11.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 42% – Think you know how your friends think? Codenames is a good way to find out. This modern favorite doesn’t often seem to fall this far in price, so the early Black Friday board game deals are certainly bringing the goods.
UK deals – £17.99 £15.70 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Gutterhead | $24.99 $19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 20% – Should the likes of Scrawl be too tame for you, it might be worth taking a look at Gutterhead. While it has a similar concept (that involves really bad drawings), it breaks the mould with elements inspired by charades. That means you’ll have to mime and guess words as well as doodle them on a whiteboard.
UK deal – £24.99 £18.74 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

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Black Friday board game deals – what to expect

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What will the best Black Friday board game deals be?

There’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the Black Friday board game deals, so what should you be looking out for? Considering the sale’s proximity to Christmas, board games for families such as Pandemic, Catan, and Ticket to Ride are always a good shout. They’re usually cheaper than normal and will go down really well if you’re visiting loved ones over the Holiday season.

However, it’s worth pointing out that those games always seem to be on sale – the discount you’ll get during Black Friday isn’t dissimilar to other year-round reductions. As such, the best deals tend to be on more expensive board games for adults such as Wingspan, Mansions of Madness, Root, or Twilight Imperium. Because these usually weigh in at $100/£100+, being able to pick them up for less isn’t an opportunity to miss (especially considering the fact that Gloomhaven, often considered to be one of the best cooperative board games out there, tumbled to its lowest ever price during last year’s Black Friday board game deals).

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Just make sure you don’t wait too long on the off-chance a better offer comes up. As demonstrated by Gloomhaven in the 2020 Black Friday board game deals, it’s unlikely to happen; this will probably be your best chance of scoring a bargain.

Plus, there’s always the danger that the game in question sells out or leaps back up to full price before long. We’ve been burned by that ol’ chestnut before, and it’s more of a danger than ever these days thanks to manufacturing difficulties that have been impacting board game stock across the world.


Naturally, Black Friday board game deals aren’t the only things worth looking into. The sales event also has a lot of other gear at massively reduced prices, including Black Friday Lego deals, Black Friday Samsung TV deals, Black Friday curved monitor deals, Black Friday projector deals, and Black Friday PS5 and Xbox Series X monitor deals. Gaming peripherals are also well represented, so prepare for the Black Friday gaming headset deals, Black Friday PS5 SSD deals, and Black Friday Xbox controller deals with our guides.

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