When it comes to Star Wars board games, you’re not short on choices.
Last month, at the New York Toy Fair, Hasbro unveiled two new The Mandalorian-themed board games arriving later this year; Operation: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition and Trouble: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition.
These games join a long list of over two hundred Star Wars-themed board games. Whether you love classic board games like Monopoly or Clue or you and your friends prefer creating your own world with RPG games — there’s a Star Wars game for you!
Table of Contents
- 1 Classic Star Wars Board Games
- 2 Star Wars Roleplaying Games
- 3 Star Wars Strategy Games (Tabletop)
- 4 The Bottom Line
Classic Star Wars Board Games
Star Wars has wisely monopolized on the popularity of themed board games over the years.
In 1999, Trivial Pursuit released an Episode 1 focused edition, which now turns up in antique stores or on Amazon for just under $100. But fear not, all of these games won’t break the bank.
| 8+ | 4 Players | $39.95
John Boyega recently tweeted about playing this game, and he seemed to think that it was a bit more difficult to follow than classic Monopoly. Considering Monopoly already causes more family feuds than any other board game… this one might cause feuds of galactic-proportions.
Unlike classic Monopoly, this game is only designed for four players and lets you choose to play Luke Skywalker, Finn, Darth Vader, or Kylo Ren.
| 8+ | 2-6 Players | $22.49
This game includes nine playable pieces that allow you to play as a character from all three trilogies. Similar to landing on a Chance space, landing on Jedi Training or a Holocron space influences the outcome of your game.
Have you ever wanted to buy Tatooine or Naboo instead of buying Park Place? Now’s your chance!
| 10+ | 2 Players or 2 Teams | $32.00
While this game is called Risk, it deviates slightly from the classic game where the key to gameplay is holding territory and strategically attacking your opponent. The Star Wars edition requires you to play out the Battle of Endor and work to take down the Death Star.
The game’s three theaters of combat are designed to require a more strategic approach, allowing each choice to create a different outcome every time you play. You can play one-on-one or create teams to face off against the battle between the light and the dark side.
| 13+ | 2-4 Players | $64.99
While Rey and Kylo are on the cover of the game, most of the questions are focused on the Original and Prequel trilogies. This is the perfect game to play after a Star Wars marathon to brush up on the most minor details of the series.
| 8+ | 3-6 Players | $22.99
Playing as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, or C-3PO, your mission is to stop Darth Vader before he strikes his next target. This 3-D cardboard board game isn’t quite like classic Clue, but the essence of the game remains.
Darth Vader’s plans are placed in a mission folder at the start of the game, and players must ask questions to solve the mystery.
- What planet does Vader plan to destroy?
- Where are the Death Star plans housed?
It’s not quite as cheeky as Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick — but it’s a fun game for the whole family!
Star Wars Roleplaying Games
If you love Dungeons & Dragons, then the collection of Star Wars roleplaying games created by Fantasy Flight Games will be the perfect way for you and your friends to experience the Star Wars universe in a brand new way.
If you’re just starting out, they have a Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed beginner experience, as well as three standalone roleplaying systems — Age of Rebellion, Edge of the Empire, and Force and Destiny.
[Editors Note: If you have a local tabletop gaming shop please consider picking up these games at your local store. Not only will you be supporting local business you are likely to save some money and make some life long gaming friends.]
Following a similar system as the other Fantasy Flight Games, The Force Awakens only focuses on four fully developed characters, and it guides you through the adventure experience. If you have never played an RPG before, this is the perfect one for you.
| 13+ | $29.30
As a vital member of the Rebellion, your character is given a duty that they must fulfill in order to lead the rebels to victory.
Each character starts out with an obligation that drives their motives — an expensive addiction, an outstanding debt, or a bounty. With every roll, you further your story and build a world around you.
| 13+ | $25.20
Your choice of morality in this game defines the outcome of your Force-sensitive character. A path of compassion might lead towards becoming a Jedi Guardian, while a path towards theft and violence might tempt you towards the dark side.
Fully compatible with Edge of Empire and Age of Rebellion, this game allows you to create a Force-sensitive character to work alongside smugglers and the Rebel Alliance.
Star Wars Strategy Games (Tabletop)
Are you looking for an extensive game that requires strategy, patience, and might last for several days?
Then you’re looking for one of the three best Star Wars strategy games out there.
| 14+ | 2 Players | $79.94
Command your own tactical fleet with three capital ships and a squadron of ten fighters. You can choose to lead the Imperial fleet or the Rebel Alliance and face off in a tactical battle for the fate of the galaxy.
Gameplay allows you to build your own fleet and customize it to meet your preferred tactics.
Each card drawn shapes the course of the conflict; whether you’re rescuing Princess Leia or increasing the strength of your starships, each choice has consequences.
| 14+ | 2-5 Players | $69.97
This game provides two levels of gameplay — campaign and skirmish. You can play as a member of the Rebellion or a Stormtrooper as you face off in a battle in the wake of the Death Star’s destruction.
This game contains 30 individual missions, which could easily span days of gameplay and strategy.
The Bottom Line
Overall there are over 200 Star Wars board games with varying degrees of difficulty, skill set requirements, age preferences, and price points. What’s important is that you’re having fun while you play!