10 best sports board games 2022 (2022)

Board games and sports are sometimes presented as diametric opposites, but does it have to be that way? Why can't you prove your spirit on the field before proving your cunning around the table? Little shock then that some board games designers have taken direct inspiration, and crafted some great board games based on the trials and tribulations of real-world sport. Whether you're brawling in the ring or racing for the finish line, we've listed some of the best sports board games you can buy right now. Eye of the tiger, Chariots of Fire, welcome to the Jam, etc, etc.

Best sports board games

  • Flamme Rouge
  • Baseball Highlights 2045
  • The Football Game
  • Crash Tackle Rugby
  • Camel Up
  • K2
  • Jab
  • Blood Bowl
  • WWE Dice Masters
  • Downforce

1. Flamme Rouge

It’s all about the timing in this cycling sprint finish

If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France - or any tour cycling, really - you’ll know that there are two basic ways to win a stage. You either carve out a big enough lead throughout the stage that you cross the finish line unopposed, or you stay with the peloton until the final stretch and burst out at the perfect time.

This cycling board game deals with the second scenario: the vein-popping sprint to the finish, as you navigate slipstreams and jostle for position before making a late dart for the finish line.

In the game, you control two cyclists: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur. To win, you have to make sure one of these riders crosses the line first. Each team gets their own deck, and you must take care to play the cards in such a way that you don’t fall too far behind the pack, while also not giving opponents the opportunity to use your slipstream and not leaving your attack too late. Flamme Rouge is the mad dash to the finish line frozen in time for us to pick apart the moment-to-moment action.

Buy Flamme Rouge on Amazon UK and Amazon US

2. Baseball Highlights 2045

Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the ‘Borgs

Let’s examine the future of baseball’s history. In the year 2032, the game has grown stale, so the league decides to shorten games to six innings each. Added to that, some pitchers have bionic arms installed and have become known as ‘Borgs, while the all-human players are the Naturals. There’s also ‘Bots, who are fully automated and can both pitch and bat, but cannot field. All caught up? Great! Because it’s your job to manage the team!

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It’s the ‘Highlights’ in the title of this game which is of crucial importance. Unlike some other sports games that focus on the play-by-play of a game or day-by-day of a season, Baseball Highlights 2045 cranks the pace up. Each match sees you draw just six cards, deciding on whether defensive or offensive play is best; although some cards and players will allow you to do both simultaneously.

Buy Baseball Highlights 2045 on OnBuy.com and Amazon US

Lead your own football club to the top of the table, on the table

The Football Game is essentially a Football Manager board game, with the added challenge of keeping fans happy, maintaining the stadium and dealing with the day-to-day running of the club. So in that respect, it’s closer to a Football General Manager board game.

You play through six games, using coloured dice and tactics cards to determine the outcome of the football matches. A mixture of skill and luck is needed to earn your team the victory.

There’s also off-the-field drama like press scandals, social media blow-ups and injury crises that can work both for or against you. For added realism, each club has different expectations, so finishing higher up the league doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve won.

Buy The Football Game on Amazon UK

4. Crash Tackle Rugby

All the strategy, intricate timing and bone-crunching body slams of rugby

Crash Tackle Rugby, sometimes known as simply Crash Tackle, describes itself as ‘rugby chess’ - and, honestly, that’s not far off. It deals with a full game of rugby union, with you and your opposing coach managing the manoeuvres of all 15 players on your team.

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As you control every individual step, pass and kick of each player, there’s an added level of control that stats-based manager sims can’t offer. Stats, tactics and positioning still play a big part, along with dice rolls and pressure play cards that lean into the thundering pace and knife-edge luck of top-level competitive sport. Of all the games here, Crash Tackle Rugby puts you right in the centre of the game, rather than controlling it from overhead.

Buy Crash Tackle Rugby on crashtacklerugby.com

5. Camel Up

Place your bets early and win big, or wait to see how the madcap race unfolds

While many other sports board games revolve around you managing the outcome of a match or competition, in racing game Camel Up you’re just betting on the results. Sitting on the sidelines doesn’t mean the pressure is off, however.

In this quick and easy game, you watch camels race around a pyramid. The earlier you bet, the more you stand to win. The camels move along the track based on the roll of a die, but - to add to the fun - can also hop on each other’s backs and be carried along to victory. Easy to pick up and engrossing from the start, Camel Up is perfect for any and all skill levels.

Buy Camel Up: Second Edition on Amazon UK and Amazon US

6. K2

Battle against other players or just the elements during a dangerous descent

Mountain climbing is usually a sport where you’re only competing against yourself and the elements. Board game K2 does offer a solo experience, but also allows you to go head-to-head with up to four other players in a race.

You need to ascend the mountain and make it back to base camp while keeping your climbers alive. As everyone uses identical decks, there’s limited luck here - instead, it’s all about tactics. When do you move, and when do you shelter? Wait for a storm to pass, power through it, or try and beat it down the mountain? These are the sorts of decisions you’ll have to make that can mean life or death for your climbers on K2.

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Buy K2 on Amazon UK and Amazon US

7. Jab

The fists fly as fast as the cards in this boxing game

Boxing’s fast and furious pace can be difficult to gamify without taking the sting out, but somehow Jab manages it. By drawing cards, you take direct control of your boxer’s fists in the heat of the moment.

Rather than a turn-based game, the fists are constantly flying. You need to keep your wits about you and strategise off the cuff, making sure to play the right offensive cards while still managing to defend. All the rush of boxing and none of the risk. It features some referential humour too, with bonus cards in the form of famous faces - Barack Obama’s Obamacare card can heal you up if you draw it mid-fight.

Buy Jab on Amazon UK and JustForFun (US).

8. Blood Bowl

Dungeons & Dragons meets the NFL, and they’re going hell for leather… or is that hell for pigskin?

Blood Bowl is quite literally fantasy football, as players are tasked with running a twisted game of American football between a team of humans and a team of orcs. There’s a plethora of statistical analysis in play but, basically, the humans are all-rounders and the orcs are wrecking balls.

Various dice are used as the players move, pass, block or blitz leading to often violent outcomes. The game has several expansion factions to bring in more teams from the world of Warhammer, and has collectible figurines for every blood-splattered star player. It’s all-out war on the pitch, and the players are giving it their all - sometimes even their limbs.

Buy Blood Bowl on Amazon UK and Amazon US

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9. WWE Dice Masters

Wrestling stars old and new alike enter the ring in this strategic dice-rolling game

WWE Dice Masters is a great game for wrestling fans because it includes old legends such as Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage alongside more contemporary superstars including Becky Lynch and AJ Styles.

Another entry in the Dice Masters series, the game sees two players taking control of a dice-based team to do battle with one another in the ring. All of the Dice Master games are fully interchangeable, so if you want to blend your WWE set with your Avengers set, your Justice League set or your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set, just grab the expansion packs and you’re all set.

Buy WWE Dice Masters on Zatu or Amazon US

10. Downforce

Start your engines and try your best to win… or secretly bet big money on your opponent instead

Like Camel Up, Downforce sees you placing bets on the racing on the board - cars rather than camels, this time - but instead of relying on the chaotic luck of dice rolls there’s a little more tactical thinking involved.

You play cards to bid on which car you receive at the beginning of the game, but these cards may end up helping other players out more as everyone lays cards to race the cars around the track. A well-timed bonus card might even give you the perfect boost. You can also make secret bets on your opponents to cash in even if your own driver flames out. Downforce manages to capture the burning rubber mayhem of elite racing, while also embodying the spirit and glamour of the shady backroom deals of high-stakes gambling.

Buy Downforce on Amazon UK or Amazon US.

FAQs

What are the 10 most popular board games? ›

Put away the electronics and gather 'round for a good old-fashioned board game. No matter which game you love to play, you'll enjoy the break.
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What is the #1 board game in the world? ›

1. Chess. Chess requires two players and is purely a strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered tiled board with sixty-four squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most ancient and popular games, played by millions of people all across the globe.

What is the best selling board game of 2021? ›

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What is the most popular board game in the US? ›

The most popular game by far and ranking as the most popular board game in America is Monopoly.

What is the hardest board game in the world? ›

Go, which has more permutations than there are atoms in the universe, is thought to be the most difficult board game in the world. Today the Google program, known as AlphaGo, defeated world champion Lee Se-dol in the first of five matches in Seoul, South Korea.

What is a top-selling board game? ›

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  • #8 - Battleship. ...
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  • #1 - CHESS! View this post on Instagram.
27 Jan 2022

What is second most popular board game? ›

The second most popular game in the world, Catan, is a game you can't just play once.

What is the oldest board game? ›

The Royal Game of Ur is the oldest playable boardgame in the world, originating around 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. The game's rules were written on a cuneiform tablet by a Babylonian astronomer in 177 BC.

What are the most fun board games? ›

This strategic game can be played with anywhere from two to four players, and it has a 4.9-star rating from more than 9,400 Amazon reviews.
  • Catan. $47.99. ...
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  • Codenames. $15.97. Walmart. ...
  • Exploding Kittens. $19.99. Target.
8 Aug 2022

Whats the oldest game in the world? ›

Some historians believe that mancala is the oldest game in the world based on the archaeological evidence found in Jordan that dates around 6000 BCE. The game might have been played by ancient Nabataeans and could have been an ancient version of the modern mancala game.

What is the most popular board game in 2020? ›

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31 Dec 2020

Is monopoly still a popular game? ›

But Monopoly, and board games in general, have retained their popularity. The game sold more than three million copies last year, more than at the height of its first boom 60 years ago.

How do I stop buying board games? ›

5 ways to resist the urge to buy new board games
  1. Save space on their shelves.
  2. Save some money.
  3. Have a chance to play through a stack of unplayed games.
14 Mar 2018

Can you name some popular board games? ›

Following chess, checkers, backgammon, Monopoly, and Scrabble are among the top five most popular board games.

How many board games are there in the world? ›

Boardgamegeek lists more than 93400 games and expansions.

What is the oldest board game in America? ›

The earliest board games published in the United States were based upon Christian morality. The Mansion of Happiness (1843), for example, sent players along a path of virtues and vices that led to the Mansion of Happiness (Heaven).

Do board games make money? ›

A successful board game business can make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a game sells for $30 per copy, selling just 1,000 games would generate a revenue of $30,000. In some cases, businesses are much more successful than this. One board game raised over $12 million on Kickstarter.

Is chess a sport? ›

Like all sports, chess has a defined set of rules and etiquettes. The International Chess Federation serves as the governing body of the sport of chess, and it regulates all international chess competitions. Additionally, the International Olympic Committee considers chess to be a sport.

What is the longest board game to play? ›

The Campaign for North Africa has been called the longest board game ever produced, with estimates that a full game would take 1,500 hours to complete.

What is the hardest game to master? ›

Chess. One of the most famously difficult games in the world to master is chess. There's much debate about how old chess is and where it came from, but one thing's for sure: The objective is to checkmate the opposition king, while keeping your own monarch safe.

What is the hardest game to beat? ›

Top 10 hardest video games, ranked
  • 8) Cuphead (2017)
  • 7) Darkest Dungeon (2016)
  • 6) Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (2003)
  • 5) Celeste (2018)
  • 4) Dark Souls 1, 2, 3 (2010-2016)
  • 3) Bloodborne (2015)
  • 2) Elden Ring (2022)
  • 1) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
7 Jun 2022

Who invented Monopoly? ›

Monopoly

Is Monopoly the most popular board game? ›

Monopoly now accounts for nearly one-third of all global board game sales, largely thanks to Hasbro's own expansion strategy. On New Year's Eve, Monopoly celebrates the 85th anniversary of its patent. Its publisher, Hasbro, can toast the occasion knowing that its prized board game is more popular than ever.

How many Monopoly games have been sold? ›

It is estimated that more than 250 million Monopoly games have been sold and that the game has been played by billions people.

Which country plays the most board games? ›

But no country dominated the numbers like USA. The US accounted for over 50 per cent of the total worldwide searches for Pandemic board game in March and were responsible for over 40 per cent of worldwide searches for 'board game'.

In what countries are board games popular? ›

According to Google Trends, the UK, Canada, Australia, and several smaller English-speaking regions were all among the top 10 searchers of 'board game' in March, per capita. But the USA is still the biggest consumer of board games.

What is the most popular board game in France? ›

During the survey period, it was found that Scrabble was selected most often with 36 percent of respondents, followed by 32 percent of respondents who stated that Trivial Pursuit was among their favorites. The survey was carried online and collected data from 1,000 respondents.

Who invented the 1st board game? ›

The Chinese invented their first known board game in 200 B.C., and, in Western Europe, they were playing Tafl (a game very similar to chess) from 400 B.C.

How old is go? ›

Go, probably the world's oldest board game, is thought to have originated in China some 4,000 years ago. According to some sources, this date is as early as 2356 bce, but it is more likely to have been in the 2nd millennium bce.

What was the first Monopoly? ›

The board game Monopoly has its origin in the early 20th century. The earliest known version, known as The Landlord's Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902.

What is the funniest board game? ›

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5 Aug 2021

How do you play go? ›

How to Play Go - YouTube

How old is the game chess? ›

Chess, as we know it today, was born out of the Indian game chaturanga before the 600s AD. The game spread throughout Asia and Europe over the coming centuries, and eventually evolved into what we know as chess around the 16th century. One of the first masters of the game was a Spanish priest named Ruy Lopez.

Where did board games become popular? ›

We are all familiar with classics like Monopoly™ and Scrabble™, but the first known board games originated from Egypt around 5,500 years ago and have evolved across cultures and societies ever since.

What was the best selling board game of 2019? ›

Instead, here are the top 10 in order of games sold.
  • Codenames.
  • Secret Hitler.
  • Azul.
  • Grandpa Becks Cover Your Assets.
  • Fantasy Flight Games Standard American Sleeves.
  • Cards Against Humanity.
  • The Mind.
  • Catan.
13 Dec 2019

Do people still play board games? ›

Yes, board games are still extremely popular. According to data from Statista, the global market value of cards and board games was estimated to be around 12.02 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, and will reach a value of 21.56 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

Why do people play board games? ›

Playing board games increases brain function.

Playing stimulates brain areas that are responsible for memory formation and complex thought processes for all ages. Engaging in play assists in practicing essential cognitive skills, such as decision making, higher level strategic thinking, and problem solving.

When was sorry invented? ›

A simple game where players try to move around the board faster than their opponents, Sorry! was trademarked on May 21, 1929, by William Henry Storey in England. British manufacturer Waddingtons initially sold it before Parker Brothers adopted it in North America.

What are the 8 original Monopoly pieces? ›

From 1950 until 1998 the Monopoly game pieces stayed the same – they were the dog, battleship, race car, top hat, iron, horse and rider, and howitzer. Those eight Monopoly game pieces formed the backbone of the game for many years. But, while the Monopoly tokens stayed the same, they did shrink in size!

Can you be addicted to board games? ›

Addictive. Like many things in life, too much of a good thing can be harmful, and board games are no exception. Without proper regulation, children and adults can become just as addicted to board games as they can to harmful behaviors, drugs, and alcohol.

Why are board games so addictive? ›

According to game designer Brad Finlayson, it comes down to one of our most basic traits: we're social animals, and games make for memorable, face-to-face experiences. "As a game designer, I really like to pay attention to what makes people addicted to games," he told host Michelle Elliot on CBC's B.C. Almanac.

How many board games is a good collection? ›

Somewhere in the range of 50-100 games is a good solid collection size to be played regularly with enough variety in the games that you don't get bored yet not so many that you feel like you aren't getting to know the games well enough at a level where the nuances and game play flesh themselves out.

What is the most popular board game in the world 2020? ›

It may not come as a surprise that one of the most-loved games of all time, Monopoly, is the most popular board game across the world. With almost 200,000 average searches since the start of 2020, it takes the top spot in 12 of the 15 countries we looked at.

Are board games still popular 2021? ›

Global board games market was valued at USD 13.75 billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 30.93 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 13.70% over the forecast period (2022-2028).

Is chess the most popular board game? ›

The number #1 board game is Chess

The game gives each player 16 pieces and those pieces have special moves that need to be learned.

How many board games does the average person own? ›

Today's gamers have changed, too. While the average household may have had a modest collection of games in decades past, you're more likely to find dozens in the homes of today's gamers. The majority of survey respondents, 57%, own between 1 and 25 board and card games, while 22% have between 26 and 50.

What is the most complicated board game? ›

Go, which has more permutations than there are atoms in the universe, is thought to be the most difficult board game in the world. Today the Google program, known as AlphaGo, defeated world champion Lee Se-dol in the first of five matches in Seoul, South Korea.

Which country plays the most board games? ›

But no country dominated the numbers like USA. The US accounted for over 50 per cent of the total worldwide searches for Pandemic board game in March and were responsible for over 40 per cent of worldwide searches for 'board game'.

Why do people like board games so much? ›

Playing board games triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural “feel-good” chemicals. “Happy hormones” have the power to improve conscious and unconscious mind functions, leaving a person feeling cheerful, compassionate, and ultimately content.

Why do people buy board games? ›

Tabletop gamers get access to lots of games. Families and friends are getting together and having fun. People are saving their eyeballs from too much screen time! Board games are a great way to get a group of people together and give them something in common to focus on.

Do board games still sell well? ›

Yes, board games are still extremely popular. According to data from Statista, the global market value of cards and board games was estimated to be around 12.02 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, and will reach a value of 21.56 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

What is the oldest board game? ›

The Royal Game of Ur is the oldest playable boardgame in the world, originating around 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. The game's rules were written on a cuneiform tablet by a Babylonian astronomer in 177 BC.

What is a top selling board game? ›

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  • #8 - Battleship. ...
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  • #5 - Scrabble. View this post on Instagram. ...
  • #4 - Monopoly. View this post on Instagram. ...
  • #3 - Backgammon. View this post on Instagram. ...
  • #2 - Checkers. View this post on Instagram. ...
  • #1 - CHESS! View this post on Instagram.
27 Jan 2022

Who invented Monopoly? ›

Monopoly

What age group enjoy board games the most? ›

The oldest demographic in my survey (55-74) are also the most likely to create games, with 31% reporting that they do; interestingly, the next highest age group to create games was 18-24 year olds, at 26%.

Do people still play board game? ›

Yes, people still play board games and they're not dying out but growing every year. You can make money by creating board games but marketing is critical to your success.

How much money do board game companies make? ›

How much profit can a board game company make? A successful board game business can make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a game sells for $30 per copy, selling just 1,000 games would generate a revenue of $30,000. In some cases, businesses are much more successful than this.

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