10 place: Bloodborne
The board game Bloodborne is based on the game of the same name, which is exclusive to the PlayStation 4. The game was, at one time, received with a bang by both critics and players, being, in fact, the continuation of the traditions of the video game Dark Souls.
A bouncy filler from the creator of many hits and games smaller than Eric Lang, Bloodborn presents everyone with the chance to slaughter the monsters from the PS4 exclusive of the same name. The toy does not pretend to any depth and great replayability, there is not much content here, and the process is simple. We choose, we attack the next foe with a melee / ranged weapon, or maybe we use a unique item or go to rest, keeping the previously gained victory points, curing wounds and strengthening our deck with new cards. After passing through small enemies and intermediate bosses, which have their own unique abilities, the heroes go into a duel with one of the 5 main bosses that influence the party as a whole, like the Ancients from the Lovecraft series of games.
The advantages of Bloodborn are simple rules, a low entry threshold and high-quality localization from the Games Store, which has only recently been sent out. If you want something similar, but with a neutral theme, you can turn your attention to the Dungeon Raiders.
- Tv to table – set in the world of the fan-favorite blood borne video game on playstation 4 and designed by the acclaimed Eric m. Lang.
- Hunt for upgrades – players PA and strengthen their hunters as they delve deeper into the chalice dungeon.
- Unpredictable action – multiple bosses and randomly generated Dungeons offers tons of playability.
9 place: World of Warcraft Miniatures Game
This game was developed by Upper Deck, which originally specialized in collectible card games (CCG). And World of Warcraft was their first (and last) experience with miniature games. True, the game also traced the inherent CCI chips.
In general, the game turned out to be very solid, 2 sets were released (more than 120 miniatures in total). A third set was also announced, but was canceled. The game is a simple skirmish (adaptation of the arena mode from the original game), in which battles take place in 3-on-3 to 5-on-5 mode. The authors also proposed to conduct a 1-on-1 duel using a large set of cards. In general, the game was received positively by the players, but after its closure, it was quickly forgotten.
8 place: Age of Empires 3: The Age of Discovery
Age of Empires is one of the most famous and popular representatives of the real-time strategy genre.
This is the second tabletop adaptation of this series, the first was based on the second part of the series, and this one on the third. The game was developed by Tropical Games, and this is the only game released by this company, but what kind. The game is a great hybrid between European games and American games. The game plays a very large role in the economic part of the process of conquering the world, but at the same time there is a fairly simple combat system based on cubes.
The game was well received by players and critics, and later re-released, albeit without Age of Empires in the title. At the moment, the game is ranked 123rd in the list of the best board games according to the BGG website.
7 place: This War of Mine и X-Com board game
The computer game This War of Mine became an event in the world of games, almost for the first time the process of the survival of ordinary people during a war was shown. The game was filled with a lot of difficult moral choices.
Not so long ago, the Polish company Awaken Realms, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, released a desktop adaptation of the game. The players perceived the game more than positively, especially noting the extremely careful attitude to the original computer game, and, in fact, absolutely correct transfer of the game to the table. Also, it is worth noting that the game will receive a Russian version by the forces of the Crowd Games company, the collection of pre-orders has already been successfully completed, and soon the investors will receive their game.
- This War Of Mine: The Board Game is the table top adaptation of the award-winning video game that pictures the drama of civilians trapped in a war-torn city
- TWOM: The Board Game features a multiplayer experience for up to 6 players, as well as a solo variant
- Experience the simulation of a struggle for survival as a group of civilians facing a blind and merciless war
- 45 to 120 Minutes Playing Time
- Ages 18+
After Firaxis games, led by renowned game designer Sid Meier, more than successfully relaunched X-Com, FFG took on the adaptation of the video game.
The board game was a successful experiment in introducing new technologies into board games. To play, you just need to have a tablet or phone that supports a special application, without which it is impossible to play. Moreover, each player takes on a specific function, and the entire gameplay takes place in real time. Also, over time, the game got hold of one small addition.
- A co-operative board game of global defense for 1-4 players based on the award-winning video game, XCOM: enemy unknown
- A free and innovative digital app coordinates the escalating alien invasion, teaches you the game, and serves as your rules reference
- Players assume four distinct roles, each of which is vital to XCOM’s success: commander, chief scientist, central officer, and squad leader
- A push-your-luck dice mechanic partners with the use of the app to heighten the game’s tension and drama
- Includes sixteen sculpted XCOM soldiers, eight interceptors, and twenty-four UFOs
6 place: Vikings Gone Wild
Desktop view of not the most popular smartphone app. But if no one took care of transferring Clash of clans to the desktop version, then in our case the authors did not waste time, in addition to the base game through Kickstarter, they released many add-ons and promo cards.
Vikings Gone Wild is the right example of using deck building mechanics to adapt a digital board game. She was lucky to come out after a wave of direct imitations of the Dominion (see Resident Evil) and not get an indistinct boring base (see Worlds of Tanks). It’s surprising to admit this, but this is a rare case of a board game that retains the main message of the original. You also rebuild town halls, accumulate resources, recruit troops and go to war against neighbors, and with a successful attack you get points. And all this is pretty fast, easy for beginners and with humor.
- Vikings gone wild is a deck-building, resource management game based on the online real-time strategy game
- The only way to win is by successfully attacking each other, each attack involves interesting bluffing mechanisms in which the attacker doesn’t know the defense Capacity of their opponent.
- 45 – 70 minutes average playtime
- For 2 to 4 players
5 place: Doom: The Board Game
Doom is an iconic first-person shooter that many consider the game that laid the foundations for the genre. The classic first and second parts were released back in 1993 and 1994.
The Doom desktop adaptation was timed to coincide with the release of the third installment of the shooter. And if everyone has already forgotten a computer game, or at least remembers very rarely, then the board game, at one time, became the basis for many board games. It was the modified Doom engine that was used to create the beloved Descent (first edition).
The game itself was a dungeon crawler with an overlord. The players, acting in the same team, opposed the player playing for the box. And for the Marines, it became a real test, since a priori the overlord was much stronger than the players.
- Based on Bethesda soft works’ blockbuster science fiction shooter game
- Experience the game from both invader and marine perspectives
- Customize player decks throughout missions to improve your marine
- Randomized Initiative makes for unpredictable and nerve racking activation phases
- The fast paced struggle to survive and adapt to ever changing battle conditions replicates the heart pounding experience of a video game
4 place: Mech vs Minions
Mech vs Minions is the only game on our list whose name doesn’t match the original. The original PC MOBA is called League of Legends.
This game is quite far from the original, in our opinion. The game is a cooperative game in which a team of heroes destroys hordes of minions. However, the main feature of the game is programming of actions.
The game has received rave reviews from players and critics. At the moment, the game is ranked 21st in the ranking of the best games on the BGG website. Perhaps, to some extent, the hype around the game was influenced by the fact that at first it was almost impossible to buy the game. The first edition was disassembled in a matter of hours, and the second had to wait about six months.
3 place: Civilization (FFG)
The FFG company, at one time, had a great interest in adapting video games and was quite successful in this field. In 2010, FFG released one of their best creations in this direction. This is the board game Civilization.
And the game was good. She was close to the original in many aspects, for example, that there were 4 possible ways to win. Many fans of the original video game noted that the game turned out to be very close in spirit to its progenitor.
After its success at home (in the USA), the game received two add-ons that expanded the existing set of factions and added several innovations, and the game was translated into many languages, including Russian.
- Offers new, streamlined form of gameplay
- Multiple paths of victory offer unique strategy opportunity
- Expansive game engages both new and experienced players
2 place: Starcraft
In second place we have a game that many still consider the standard of the strategy genre on the table, as well as the progenitor among computer games.
The game went on sale in 2007, when there was a period of the most fruitful collaboration between FFG and Blizzard. The board game is literally imbued with the spirit of the original in absolutely everything.
This game is a large-scale strategy in which the main component is the capture and further retention of territories. The game can be played simultaneously by up to 6 people (2 for each faction). Later, the game received the Brood War add-on, which significantly expanded the game and fixed some of the flaws in the original. The game was very popular and is still considered one of the coolest rarities. Almost every self-respecting tabletop player dreams of having one in his collection.
- New units and race sheets
- Introducing Leadership cards and hero units
- For Ages: 12+
- Number of Players: – 6
- Playing Time: – hrs
1 place: Gears of War
And the winner was Gears of War.
In many respects, the best shooter of the late 2000s and early 2010s simply had to be adapted into board games. And how glad we are that this happened.
The board game was very unusual, unlike most dungeon crawler games in which an overlord was required, Gears of War abandoned this archaism and replaced it with AI monster cards. This had a tremendous effect, as it became possible to play the game alone, and at the same time it did not become boring, and playing alone was just as fun as in a company of 2-4 people.
Unfortunately, pretty quickly after the board game was released, FFG decided it was time to release the second edition of Descent and pushed Gears of War far into the shelf, releasing only one expansion to it, called “Mission pack 1”. In Descent, unlike Gears of War, there was an overlord, but the game used many of the ideas of the Gears of War and became a real hit. And, of course, its success is due in part to Gears of War, which in our opinion is the best adaptation of a video game to a board game …